Well Sarah, I think a lot of people on this sit are going to form opinions that don't come from experience. I would have to say there has to be a reason that laminate flooring is the most popular flooring in the flooring industry at this time. Please don't form an opinion based on someone elses complaint, there might be 50 people that love it and one who hates it. All the reports i get on it are good, keep in mind their are different grades of laminate, just like anything else. Ask your local flooring store on their opinions of what they would suggest. All hard surface floors can scratch ( steel, concrete, ceramic, laminate ) with the proper precautions and maintanence any floor will look great for a long time to come.