Good Morning Pam. I can't tell you which brand is better. Just a couple of my thoughts. I,myself,was looking at floors recenty.I liked two different styles but on one ,the warranty was twice as long.Choose that one. As far as waste goes, it's how you cut it.It doesn't have anything to do with what stores they sell to.The product is probably the same. My advice is, get a good warranty and the style and color you like. you should be OK. Some warranties are as much as 25 yrs. Thank you for reading,Ron J.