The warmth of wood flooring is still preferred by many homeowners. But for sheer utility, wood may not be the best flooring choice for highly-trafficked areas, as Consumer Reports' tough flooring tests have shown. To give consumers the look of wood and the durability of other materials, flooring manufacturers have developed laminate, vinyl, and linoleum products that simulate wood’s color and grain—even the texture. And now fans of porcelain tile flooring can enjoy that appearance and feel, too.

As part of our annual flooring tests, we’ve added more tile flooring to our flooring Ratings. And for the first time, we’ve tested porcelain-tile planks that resemble wood, often right down to the textured grain. Because they’re planks, they’re slightly flexible. But unlike ceramic tile, they’re impervious to water. One brand can even be floated without the need for thin-set mortar. Here are a few types of tile flooring we recommend: 

Style Selections Natural Timber Ash 553878 tile flooring
The Style Selections Natural Timber Ash 553878, sold at Lowe's.

Lumber Liquidators Avella Brazilian Cherry

At $3.60 per sq. ft., the Lumber Liquidators Avella Brazilian Cherry 10039367 has a medium-dark hue in its “high-definition wood-grain image” (according to the company) and tied for the top score in our foot-traffic test since it’s polished to a smooth-matte finish. The tile flooring planks measure roughly 3 feet by 6 inches.  

Style Selections Natural Timber Ash

The Style Selections Natural Timber Ash 553878, $4 per sq. ft. at Lowe’s, has a rougher feel to its texture, which even simulates the splits in its gray, worn-wood simulation. (Lowe’s calls it a “time-worn rustic wood.”) Its planks measure roughly 4 feet by 8 inches.

Torino Rustic Sequoia Sierra Gray

Also gray, the Torino Rustic Sequoia Sierra Gray 10109111, $7 per sq. ft., has a more prominent feel of simulated grain. That texture, however, made it less resistant to wear from our foot-traffic test. Its planks measure roughly 4 feet by 8 inches, and this product is the only one of the four that can be floated, which makes swapping out broken tiles an easier task.

Dal-Tile Forest Park Timberland

The Dal-Tile Forest Park Timberland FP97, $7 per sq. ft., looks darkest of the four with its deep, rich tone. But this product only did so-so in our foot-traffic test. Its planks measure roughly 3 feet by 6 inches.

Although wear proved an Achilles heel for a few of these types of porcelain tile flooring, the foursome stood out in other areas of our tests, with among the highest scores for resistance to scratches, stains, dents, and sunlight. This made them among the top-ranked flooring products overall in our flooring Ratings of more than 60 options. Check out our buying guide for Flooring if you haven’t replaced a floor in a few years.