Hurst Hardwoods is unique compared to other flooring manufacturers, considering they carry a variety of other brands, both big and small along with their own lines. This makes them a one-stop-shop if you’re in need of hardwood or engineered flooring, and their pricing is quite impressive as well.
The History of Hurst Hardwoods
This company has been in the flooring business since 1992, and they have grown substantially over the past several decades. They have one of the largest selections of name brand hardwood flooring online and are able to ship from over 40 locations across the United States. Hurst Hardwoods also carries an impressive line of unfinished flooring as well as luxury vinyl and laminate flooring.
Hurst Hardwoods Unfinished Hardwood Flooring
One of the first things you'll notice with Hurst is the fact they are unfinished hardwood flooring. That's uncommon, and ideal when you need to save some money. You’ll just have to finish the planks yourself or bring in a pro, however. You can find both domestic and hardwood species in this class, along with your choice of solid or engineered boards.
This kiln-dried hardwood is NWFA certified and available in different cuts, grades, and sizes. That includes live sawn White Oak and rift & quartered Red Oak. Reclaimed Heart Pine is available as well in 2 ½” to 9’ widths. You can also pick up New Heart Pine if you prefer floors with a cleaner look or natural Maple which is available in four grades.
Hickory, Walnut, American Cherry, Ash, and Southern Yellow Pine are all options as well with this mill-based solid hardwood flooring. As for their engineered unfinished boards, the currently carry Red Oak, White Oak, Walnut, Hickory, Maple, American Cherry, and European French Oak. These boards have a 4mm wear layer and are 5/8” thick.
When it comes to exotic unfinished hardwood from Hurst, the usual species all are present and accounted for. That means Brazilian Cherry, Brazilian Walnut, Tigerwood, and Santos Mahogany are available. Hurst has some unusual exotic hardwoods as well with Australian Cypress, Caribbean Heart Pine, Brazilian Teak, and Lapacho.
Wenge and Sapele are also options, but regardless of the hue you choose, all solid unfinished exotic hardwood is ¾” thick with a tongue and groove profile. Hurst's engineered unfinished boards are also 5/8” thick with a 4mm wear layer. There are only seven species to choose from, however, although the same species are available aside from Australian Cypress, Lapacho, and Carribean Heart Pine.
Hurst Hardwoods Prefinished Hardwood Flooring
Hurst doesn't have quite the selection of prefinished solid hardwood flooring compared to their unfinished lineup. The selection of species includes Walnut, Maple, White Oak, Red Oak, Hickory, and Hickory Hand Scraped. While the sizes will vary, all boards are protected by a UV cured Aluminum Oxide finish.
The selection of sizes and thicknesses vary just as much with the prefinished engineered domestic boards. You'll get to choose from the same species with the exception of Hand Scraped Hickory, but American Cherry and European French Oak are available as well.
We are also impressed with the company's lineup of exotic species in the prefinished class. You will find some of the same species here as well, but with a few new additions. That would be Amendoim and Tiete Rosewood. There is an exotic “specials” section if your budget is tight with sold deals in select species and sizes.
Engineered prefinished flooring in the exotic category from Hurst includes 10 species and two surprises, including European French Oak. It's the only category with Acacia hardwood flooring as well with two sizes of hand scraped engineered boards. These planks are also topped off work their cured Aluminum Oxide finish.
Hardwood Brands available from Hurst
If you weren't impressed by their prefinished and unfinished flooring, you will definitely take notice of the brands carried by Hurst Hardwoods. While we aren't going to cover them all, you can find products from most of the top brands, including Bruce, Armstrong, and Mannington along with Hurst Hardwoods' own brand of flooring.
At this time, there are 23 brands carried by Hurst, and each brand has multiple collections available. With Armstrong, you'll find planks from a variety of collections like Performance Plus while Bruce has boards from their American Originals, Turlington, and Fulton collections doing with a half dozen other lines. Bella Cera Hardwoods is well-represented, and Kährs had one of the largest collections with over 20 styles.
Lifecore, Somerset, and UA Floors all have flooring through Hurst, but there are some smaller brands you'll want to consider as well. Ribadao specializes in exotic flooring, including solid Brazilian Teak, Cherry, and Walnut. LM Flooring had well over 100 styles while Carolina Mountain Hardwood has both domestic and exotic species. Versini, Harrison, and Ark are a few of the other hardwood Brands available through Hurst.
Textures and Finishes
Do you love the look of hand-scraped Oak or prefer the look of smooth finished Maple? With either option, you'll find plenty of styles available from Hurst. The wealth of brands they carry allows you to find almost any type of finish you can imagine whether your tastes run rustic or contemporary. While you can't dig through their site based on those specifications, but the search function will help you narrow the field.
There are several types of grades to consider with Hurst depending on the species you choose. They use the NWFA guidelines for Oak, which means you'll choose from Clear Oak, Select Oak, #1 Common Oak, and #2 Common Oak. With domestic hardwoods like Cherry, Ash, Maple, Hickory, and Walnut, the grading scale is similar as Select Grade is the top option followed by the two common grades and Character Grade flooring. Exotic grades include Clear, Select, and Common.
The Green Factor
Hurst Hardwood is a member of the NWFA, and we're pleased to say mist of the listings we checked mention sustainability. Given the depth of their catalog, it will come down to the brand and style you choose, but overall they carry a wide range of eco-friendly flooring.
Hurst Hardwood Cost & Availability
Normally when we discussed the cost of a brand's hardwood flooring, things are clear cut. With Hurst, most of their listings have prices although it's impossible to give an accurate range with hundreds of options available. On average, you'll find solid and engineered flooring anywhere from $3.00 to $6.00 per square foot depending on the brand, finish or style.
Hurst Hardwood Pros, Cons and Ratings
Hurst has one of the largest selections of hardwood flooring on the internet, and it's easy to spend hours browsing species and brands. They are also one of the best places to pick up unfinished and prefinished planks at an excellent price if you aren't concerned about branding. Their own lineup of planks are well with a look as well although the focus this Hurst Hardwood review is on the brands as a whole.
Pros: Massive selection of engineered and solid hardwood flooring. An abundance of exotic and domestic species. Unfinished flooring and solid prices across the board.
Cons: Shipping, although that will depend on your order and promotions.