15 best laminate manufacturers

Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

Laminate has become the most popular type of flooring in recent years. If 10 years ago only rich people could buy laminated panels, today the situation on the Russian market has changed dramatically. Many domestic and Chinese manufacturers offer quality flooring at an affordable price. To compete with them, Europeans also have to cut prices. The popularity of laminate flooring is due to its beautiful appearance and durability. On average, the service life of the floor covering is at least 10-15 years. This is enough to mentally prepare for the next renovation in the room.

The main criteria for choosing a laminate

  1. One of the important indicators of quality and reliability is the wear resistance class. The number 31 indicates that the laminated panels are intended for use in heated dry rooms. With proper use, the coating will last about 10 years. But the 34th class is able to serve up to 30 years in residential premises.

  2. The weak point in the laminate is moisture resistance. The generally accepted standard is 18%, but many premium materials have a moisture permeability range of 7-12%, which allows them to be installed in bathtubs or kitchens.

  3. The laminate differs in structure and decor. And if there are no comrades in taste and color, then the smooth coating loses somewhat to embossed products or coatings that look like natural leather. The grooved surface looks more ergonomic for daily use.

  4. On the ends of some types of laminate there is a small depression called a chamfer. When laying such material, the borders of each board are drawn. This allows you to visually smooth out unevenness in the floor. And it is better to lay a smooth floor covering only on a flat surface.

Our review includes the best laminate manufacturers. When compiling the rating, the following criteria were taken into account:

  1. innovative approach;

  2. modernity of equipment and technologies;

  3. price range;

  4. expert opinion;

  5. consumer reviews.

Rating of the best laminate manufacturers

Nomination a place Name of product rating
The best European laminate manufacturers 1 Pergo 4.9
2 Balterio 4.8
3 Berry alloc 4.8
4 Kaindl 4.7
5 Kronotex 4.7
6 Classen 4.6
7 Haro 4.6
The best Russian manufacturers of laminate or joint production with the Russian Federation 1 Tarkett 4.9
2 Quick-Step 4.8
3 Ritter 4.8
4 Kronostar 4.7
5 Egger 4.6
6 Kastamonu 4.5
The best Chinese laminate flooring manufacturers or co-production with China 1 Floorwood 4.8
2 Goodway 4.6

The best European laminate manufacturers

European companies are considered the pioneers in the field of laminate flooring. And today manufacturers from Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Norway dictate fashion on the world market. The experts selected several brands popular in Russia.

Pergo

Rating 4.9

Pergo

The winner of our rating, according to experts and consumers, is the Swedish manufacturer Pergo. The company is considered the pioneer of this type of flooring. The first laminated panels appeared back in 1979. Today, products are in demand in different countries of the world, and the technological chain at Pergo factories has been so improved that the laminate is of exceptionally high quality.

The flooring line includes 12 collections in the most popular class 32-34. In addition to laminate flooring, Pergo brand products such as parquet boards and vinyl flooring are also in demand. All products have international environmental certificates confirming the safety of using the material.

Advantages

  • stylish design and texture;

  • resistance to wear;

  • ease of use and maintenance;

  • environmental friendliness.

disadvantages

  • high price.

Balterio

Rating 4.8

Balterio

The Belgian company “Balterio Laminate Floors” was founded in 2001. From the moment of its establishment, the employees set a goal for themselves – to create promising and fashionable floor coverings based on laminated panels. Thanks to high quality and our own developments, it was possible to quickly conquer European consumers and expand production. But the attractiveness of the Balterio laminate also interested some Asian pseudo-entrepreneurs, who launched counterfeit products and flooded the Russian market with them.

According to experts, the Belgian laminate is reliable and durable. Not only experienced installers, but also home craftsmen can handle the installation.

Advantages

  • a wide range of colors and sizes;

  • availability of international quality certificates;

  • long service life (up to 30 years).

disadvantages

  • high price;

  • a lot of counterfeit products.

Berry alloc

Rating 4.8

Berry alloc

Laminate production is the core business of the Belgian-Norwegian firm Berry Alloc. The two companies Berry Floor and Alloc have brought together a large industrial capacity, a wealth of experience and a research base. As a result, HPL flooring or high pressure laminate has entered the market. It is fundamentally different primarily in the manufacturing technology, when the top layer is pressed immediately. This innovation allowed the brand to take the third prize in our rating.

HPL laminated panels outperform traditional DPL (direct pressure) products in terms of both quality and resistance.

Advantages

  • the richest collection of designs;

  • high wear resistance;

  • operational safety.

disadvantages

  • many forgeries without certificates;

  • high price.

Kaindl

Rating 4.7

Kaindl

Kaindl products meet all modern requirements for quality and environmental friendliness. One of the reasons is the rich experience (over 120 years) in working with wood. Experts especially note the high resistance of the laminate to moisture, which significantly expands the scope. Good performance in the material and in relation to impact resistance, so that accidental dropping of dishes from the table will not lead to destruction of the coating.

To create perfect laminated panels of the Austrian company allows advanced equipment. Therefore, the products have precise dimensions and reliable locks. The material managed to become famous not only in Europe, but also in North and South America, Russia.

Advantages

  • low water absorption;

  • dense base;

  • long service life (30 years).

disadvantages

  • a modest set of accessories;

  • high price.

Kronotex

Rating 4.7

Kronotex

The German company Kronotex has been actively involved in the production of wood-fiber panels since 1993. The plant is part of the largest association of the Swiss Krono Group, which has a wide dealer network in 80 countries. Experts explain the brand's entry into our rating by the full production cycle. Kronotex specialists independently grow wood, process it and sell it to the end consumer. In addition to laminate, the assortment includes such modern materials as HDF boards, MDF, OSB, etc.

A distinctive feature of Kronotex flooring is the rich spectrum of solid colors (200 options). With the help of such panels, it is possible to create a bright and creative design in different rooms.

Advantages

  • rich selection of colors;

  • high performance characteristics;

  • compliance with environmental standards.

disadvantages

  • a large number of fakes;

  • high price.

Classen

Rating 4.6

Classen

Another German laminate manufacturer made it to our rating. The Classen Gruppe company has been working in the woodworking field since 1963, having accumulated invaluable experience to this day. From a small-town factory, the enterprise has turned into a concern uniting several production sites in Germany and Poland. In addition to laminated panels, doors are well known in our country; their assembly has been established in Russia as well.

The Classen philosophy is based on providing consumers with practical, modern and sustainable products. The company's employees can boast of many patents that have been obtained for unique developments. The production of 32-33 grade laminate is especially successful.

Advantages

  • rich selection of structures, formats, colors;

  • high performance;

  • convenient and reliable lock.

disadvantages

  • Polish-made laminate is not of high quality.

Haro

Rating 4.6

Haro

The Haro brand closes the rating of the best European manufacturers of laminate flooring. For more than 30 years, floor coverings based on laminated panels, parquet boards and cork have been rolling off the conveyor of the German concern Hamberger Flooring GmbH & Co. The geography of product consumers is amazing, deliveries are made to 90 countries. High quality laminate flooring and stylish design are the main ingredients for success.

Haro designers have a large number of their own developments. Some of them are found in floor coverings of other brands. Experts point out aquaShield protection, Silent Pro underlay, permaDur and bioTec coatings. The laminate is equipped with two types of locks. Lock Connect plus is considered a classic of the genre, and the 4G Top Connect is considered more modern.

Advantages

  • spectacular design;

  • own developments;

  • strong locks.

disadvantages

  • no bright colors;

  • high price.

The best Russian manufacturers of laminate or joint production with the Russian Federation

To find their niche in the Russian market, foreign laminate manufacturers had to solve the price issue. To reduce the cost of manufacturing, joint ventures and branches have been established on the territory of our country. The review includes the following domestic brands.

Tarkett

Rating 4.9

Tarkett

The appearance of the Tarkett brand dates back to 1987. The main area of ​​activity for the company was the production of soft floor coverings (carpet, vinyl). Subsequently, the plant expanded its product line and turned into a large concern Tarkett Sommer AG. It is located in the town of Mytishchi, Moscow Region, where laminate flooring is produced under the Tarkett and Sinteros trademarks.

Experts gave the brand the palm for high quality and affordable price for the domestic consumer. The floor covering has a long service life (15-25 years), which is more than enough until the next renovation. The use of simple but effective locks allows you to independently mount the floor covering.

Advantages

  • high quality;

  • acceptable price;

  • durability;

  • wear resistance.

disadvantages

  • there were cases of defective products.

Quick-Step

Rating 4.8

Quick-Step

The Belgian-Russian company Quick-Step belongs to the large concern UNILIN. It is famous for its glueless floor coverings, which appeared in the company's range in 1997. During its existence, Quick-Step has developed its own products. For example, a V-shaped chamfer. The first collection was presented in 2001 with the memorable name “Perspective”. Laminate imitated the texture of a plank floor, which led to the popularity of a beautiful volumetric coating.

In Russia, the Quick-Step plant appeared in Dzerzhinsk, Nizhny Novgorod Region. This happened in 2011, immediately after its opening, affordable and stylish products began to be supplied to the domestic market.

Advantages

  • unique decor;

  • locks of our own design;

  • moisture resistant laminate for a bath.

disadvantages

  • persistent odor;

  • the quality is inferior to the Belgian counterparts.

Ritter

Rating 4.8

Ritter

The appearance of the Ritter brand happened in 2009, when Laminat-Trade LLC began mass production of floor coverings. The experts highly appreciated the company's unique developments and unusual stylistic approaches. The brand received a place on the pedestal of the rating not only for the unusual embossing in the form of leather, but also for the European quality of products. Thanks to modern German equipment, the domestic manufacturer has managed to achieve stability in size and precise execution of locks.

Laminate has managed to win its niche in the Russian market in a short period of time. Experts associate lightning-fast progress with such components of success as the use of high-quality raw materials, their own developments and the presence of a production laboratory.

Advantages

  • original design developments;

  • affordable products;

  • long service life (30 years).

disadvantages

  • a modest choice of decors;

  • lack of smooth coatings in the range.

Kronostar

Rating 4.7

Kronostar

Laminate under the Kronostar brand is successfully produced in Russia, although it is controlled by the large international concern Krono Group. Thanks to European equipment and modern technologies, a domestic plant in Kostroma manages to produce floor coverings, wall panels, MDF and other high quality materials.

The brand got into our rating for solving a difficult task set by the employees of the plant. They make every effort to produce not only high-quality, but also human-safe laminate. It was this approach that allowed the head of the enterprise to win the honorary title of “Ecologist of the Year” in 2013 and 2014. Many experts consider Kronostar laminated panels to be the most environmentally friendly material.

Advantages

  • environmental friendliness;

  • affordable price;

  • high technical characteristics.

disadvantages

  • poor choice of designs;

  • all collections are the same size.

Egger

Rating 4.6

Egger

More than 56 years have passed since the introduction of the first chipboard press in Austria. Since then Egger has developed into an international concern with modern factories in various European countries. Several branches have also been built in Russia, where high-quality laminate flooring and other materials based on particle boards are produced. Experts assessed the scale of production in our country and included the brand in our rating.

Laminated panels of 31-33 grades are produced not only under the Egger trademark, but also under the order for large enterprises and trade organizations. For the installation of floor coverings, the manufacturer's line contains all the necessary accessories, from decorative elements to care products.

Advantages

  • a large selection of designs and formats;

  • waterproof Egger Aqua + collection;

  • possibility of wall mounting.

disadvantages

  • panels with weak locks come across;

  • high price.

Kastamonu

Rating 4.5

Kastamonu

A large holding company that unites factories in Turkey, Bulgaria, Russia, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina is Kastamonu. It is one of the five largest woodworking companies in Europe. Laminate has a special place in the product line. To make the floor material as accessible as possible for the residents of our country, an enterprise with a full production cycle was built in Elabuga. Thanks to the use of innovative technologies and the constant improvement of employees' skills, the brand managed to win its niche in the Russian market in a short time.

The experts appreciated the combination of laminate flooring availability and excellent quality that meets European standards. This is confirmed by the flattering reviews of domestic consumers.

Advantages

  • affordable price;

  • great quality;

  • environmental friendliness.

disadvantages

  • a modest choice of designs and colors; there are defective panels.

The best Chinese laminate flooring manufacturers or co-production with China

Chinese manufacturers have recently improved the quality of products, while maintaining an affordable price. Many of them were created by well-known European concerns that control the manufacturing process. Several brands were able to get into our rating.

Floorwood

Rating 4.8

Floorwood

The German concern Floorwood has a simple but important goal. The company's employees want to make quality floors available to all walks of life. Long-term laminate flooring is manufactured in various countries around the world, but most of the products are manufactured in China. German quality is ensured by strict quality control, but it is not difficult to achieve it thanks to the most advanced equipment and high-quality wood.

Experts gave the first place in the rating to the brand for a rich set of shades and structures. The lineup is constantly being updated. The buyer is offered both very wide panels and shortened narrow strips. The convenient lock allows you to install the laminate on your own.

Advantages

  • many interesting collections;

  • long warranty period;

  • volumetric 5G – fixation.

disadvantages

  • high price.

Goodway

Rating 4.6

Goodway

The experts gave the second place in the rating to the Goodway brand for originality. The company's innovation lies in the fact that each country offers its own line of laminate flooring. The most luxurious and rich is the flooring products for the Arab countries. Each panel is highlighted with a special U-shaped bevel. In total, 8 collections have been developed, taking into account the flavor of different countries.

Such an indicator of a laminate as reliability and durability also looks good. Classes 33 and 34 are assigned to the flooring from the Middle Kingdom, and the warranty period for products is 25 years. To make products even more affordable for Russians, two collections began to be produced in our country.

Advantages

  • original collections;

  • compliance with international and Russian standards;

  • long warranty period.

disadvantages

  • there are poor quality locks.


Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

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