Here we explain why the top five LVT (luxury vinyl tile) flooring brands are leaders in the flooring industryWritten by: Yarl Christie
Published on: September 16, 2021
Five Best Luxury Vinyl Floor Brands Rated by Stories Flooring
Luxury vinyl floors are preferred for their looks and stress-free maintenance. However, the quality of LVT flooring on the market can vary dramatically.
Want to ensure you are getting the best luxury vinyl tiles for your home? Here are our top five LVT flooring brands to consider…
Amtico comes with 50 years of experience in LVT flooring. Its remarkable products are suitable for domestic and commercial settings. The Amtico LVT collection is reputed for its superior quality, durability, and functionality. Let’s look at some of the brands best LVT collections...
Amtico Form: This collection provides distinctive wood and stone effect designs. Ideal for modern and traditional settings, they utilise three different realistic grain textures. Antimicrobial technology is included in their design, protecting against harmful bacteria. Amtico Form tiles also feature a 0.7mm wear layer and come with a brilliant 30-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Amtico Click Smart: The Click Smart range is one of the easiest to install. There are plenty of designs to choose from, including a variety of wood and stone effects. The floors are built with superior durability in mind and offer sound reduction benefits up to 20dB.
Amtico Signature: This is the brand's flagship range. Floors in this collection have a 1mm wear layer, which makes them ideal for use in family homes. It is a design-led collection, allowing you to create your own unique layout. There are over 100 pre-defined designs to choose from.
Amtico Spacia: This range comes with a 10-year warranty for commercial use. It is known for its short lead time, which means greater cost savings for you. You’ll find a variety of abstract, wood, and stone effect designs available to suit any interior. The manufacturer advertises these floors as water resistant, enabling you to install them in areas such as the bathroom which makes the Amtico Spacia collection hugely popular.
Amtico Spacia Canopy Oak SS5W1020
Amtico Access: A loose-lay collection, which means you can install the floors without using adhesive. This makes it easier to replace them if needed in the future. The range features good soundproofing capabilities, comes with a 0.55mm wear layer, and is available in three different sizes.
Amtico First: This range features contemporary patterns and textures in wood and stone. No matter what type of look you are aiming for, there is something to suit everyone. They come with a 7-year commercial manufacturer’s warranty, requiring very little maintenance.
Karndean, established for over 40 years, is renowned for its LVT flooring collections. Made for commercial and residential use, its floors are some of the best in the industry. Some key flooring lines from its extensive LVT collection include:
Karndean Art Select: The Art Select range features floors with realistic wood (oak and maple) and stone (limestone, slate, marble, and travertine) effects. Each is packed with character and charm, featuring intricate designs that are sure to impress.
Karndean Opus: This range is available in plank and tile formats. It has been designed to deliver a simple, clean, and modern look. This adds simplicity into the space. The floors are durable too, benefitting from a 0.55mm wear layer.
Karndean Van Gogh: If you prefer realistic timber tones without the stress of real wood maintenance, this range is for you. Available in rigid core and Gluedown variations, the collection was inspired by the famous artist. Its designs are striking and distinctive, providing a luxurious effect in any room.
Karndean Art Select Savannah Oak RL23
3. Quick-Step Livyn
Owned by UNILIN, the Quick-Step brand is renowned for its range of laminate and LVT products. Its floors come with a lot of unique benefits, such as a patented click system and advanced flooring technologies.
Quick-Step Livyn: The Quick-Step Livyn range is undoubtedly one of the best available. Its vinyl floors are available in a wide range of colours and designs. A protective top surface ensures that they look and perform brilliantly for many years.
Quick-Step Ambient: In the Quick-Step Ambient range, you have a choice of Click or Glue Plus floors. They feature V-grooved tiles and are available in an impressive range of designs.
The Click varieties employ a “click-to-fit” installation, which is easy, safe, and timesaving. The Ambient Glue Plus range on the other hand requires a glue-down installation. They offer enhanced wear-resistance and are ideal for heavy traffic areas.
Quick-Step Pulse Click: The floors in this collection feature extra-large, clickable, wear-resistant planks. They are advertised as being water resistant and feature a 20-year manufacturer’s guarantee. With stain and scratchguard technology, these floors are sure to look and perform like new for years to come.
Quick-Step Livyn Ambient Click Minimal Light Grey AMCL40139
With over 160 years in the industry, Kahrs is undoubtedly a leader in LVT flooring. The brand offers a range of collections to choose from, including:
Click/Click Herringbone: Beautiful yet tough, the Click and Click Herringbone collections are designed with easy installation in mind. They feature a click system with 5G locking technology and are available in a vast range of designs.
The Click range comes with an IXPE sound-reducing backing. This adds comfort underfoot while also reducing sound. The Click Herringbone range doesn’t come with this feature as it is slightly thinner, measuring in at 5mm thick.
Dry back: Available in a range of stone and wood designs, the Dry Back collection offers three different variations. The floors are available in a huge choice of designs, and they need to be glued down during installation.
Dry Back Xpression: The floors in the Dry Back Xpression range are made from the brand’s unique and innovative Enomer® material. Its planks and tiles are plasticizer and PVC free, making this is a great range for the eco-conscious. Like the standard Dry Back range, these floors need to be glued down.
Looselay: This collection of modular floors is quick and simple to install. They come with a non-slip backing, suitable for temporary use. Measuring 5mm thick, these affordable floors are great for shows, fairs, and events.
Kahrs Wentwood Dry Back LTDBW2007-229 0.7mm
We couldn’t run through our favourite LVT brands without mentioning our very own Bentley collection. With over four decades of experience in the sector, this quality range of LVT floors has something to suit all tastes and budgets. The collections include:
Classic: Choose from eight striking designs in the Bentley Classic collection. Offering real wood effects, they come with R9 slip resistance, and a tough PU coating. The floors have been built to last and are sold with a 30-year manufacturer’s guarantee.
Original: Ideal for use in even the busiest family homes, the Original collection is guaranteed to last. The floors come with a click system for easy installation, and you’ll find them simple to maintain. Sold with a 12-year warranty, the floors come in realistic wood effects.
Portofino: The Portofino LVT range is one of the best on the market. The floors feature a water-resistant surface, enabling them to be installed anywhere in the home. You will need to glue them down, but they offer exceptional durability in return. Each floor comes with a great 20-year warranty.
Portofino Rigid Core: With Bfl-s1 fire resistance, this is one of our safest and toughest flooring ranges. The floors are highly wear resistant thanks to their rigid core, and they feature a 1mm underlay. This adds comfort, as well as additional stability to the floor.
Bentley Portofino Dry Back Sawn Oak LVTDB207
Stories Flooring offers all the above major flooring brands at the best prices. Feel free to request free samples so you can try before you buy.