Pergo Laminate Flooring: Reviews, Prices, Pros & Cons VS Other Brands

Pergo was the first laminate company and has the best reputation in the industry. In fact, there was a time when the name Pergo was synonymous with laminate.

Pergo laminate cost is $1.99 to $2.99 per square foot. That's what you can buy it for in stores and online. The MSRP is generally higher.

This Pergo laminate flooring guide includes Pergo laminate reviews of the major lines and their cost. Pergo laminate pros and cons compare this brand with the other leading brands we've reviewed including Shaw, Armstrong, Mohawk and TrafficMaster.

Pergo Laminate Flooring Overview

Here's a summary table of major lines, their features and costs.

Line

Look

Warranty

Cost/sq. ft.

Thickness

Natural Authentic

Traditional

Lifetime/5 or 10

$2.49 - $2.99

10mm, 12mm

Textured

Rustic, Traditional

Lifetime/5 or 10

$1.99 - $2.99

8mm, 10mm, 12mm

Smooth

Contemporary

Lifetime/5 or 10

$2.29 - $2.99

10mm, 12mm

Handscraped

Traditional, Contemporary

Lifetime/5 or 10

$2.39 - $2.99

10mm, 12mm

Note on prices: The costs in the table are for the flooring only. Most homeowners spend 50 cents to $1 per square foot more on extras like underlayment, transition strips and installation supplies. About half of Pergo laminate products have underlayment attached, so the cost is built into the flooring price.

Since Pergo changes its lineup occasionally, some styles might be different when you shop for Pergo laminate.

Installation cost for laminate is $1.75-$2.50 per square foot.

Pergo laminate flooring is only sold two places, Lowes and Home Depot.

Pergo Laminate Flooring Reviews

Pergo categorizes its very large selection of laminate flooring into four broad categories.

Each category includes flooring from a range of Pergo collections. Here are the groups and what they offer.

Pergo Natural Authentic Laminate

Pergo Natural Authentic Laminate

This is the largest category of Pergo laminate flooring with almost 80 different style and color options.

The Natural Authentic lines are produced to look like hardwood flooring in classic wood species: Oak, Hickory, Walnut, Chestnut, Cherry and more. There are a couple Pine looks too.

The level of gloss varies by color from matte to satin to semi-gloss.

Pergo Natural Authentic laminate is part of several collections including Pergo Outlast+ with underlayment attached and backed by a Lifetime residential warranty and a 10-year commercial warranty.

Many Pergo XP are available in the Natural Authentic group too. The flooring is available in 8mm and 10mm formats. Pergo XP has underlayment attached and is backed by Lifetime residential and 5-year commercial warranties.

Best use: If you want a midgrade or premium laminate flooring at a more affordable price than genuine hardwood, Pergo Natural Authentic offers a great selection.

Regardless of your home's style – Traditional, contemporary, rustic, modern – you'll find a good fit.

Pergo Textured Laminate Flooring

Pergo Textured Laminate Flooring

This is the second largest collection of Pergo laminate.

The embossed surface of the planks has realistic wood look and feel.

Oak dominates the Pergo Textured laminate floor options. There's a sprinkling of Cherry, Chestnut, Elm, Mahogany and Pine.

In terms of color, you've got a wide selection. Coastal Pine and Crema Oak are very light, almost washed. Warm medium tones include Harvest Pine, Natural Park Hickory and Village Grove Hickory. Dark colors come in both cool tones like Lawrence Chestnut and warm hues like Peruvian Mahogany.

You have the option of flooring with attached underlayment and laminate without underlayment.

Lines are backed by excellent Lifetime residential warranties with commercial warranties of 5 years or 10 years.

Best used: The Textured Pergo laminate looks fantastic in homes with Traditional, Old World and Rustic design. People who go barefoot in the house enjoy the feel of wood texturing!

Pergo Smooth Laminate Flooring

Pergo Smooth Laminate Flooring

Smooth wood-like floors boast a more contemporary look. Several exotic wood species – Jatoba, Acacia, Koa and Tigerwood are part of the lineup.

Colors are mostly medium brown to dark brown. There are a few reddish brown options like Amazon Acacia, washed shades like Hermosa Oak and beautifully light Northern Blonde Maple.

Most of the Pergo Smooth laminate flooring has attached underlayment, but not all. Widths range from 8mm to 12mm with options at all price levels.

Best used: Smooth hardwood is the top choice for contemporary and modern design. Pergo smooth laminate works well in homes with that type architecture and decor.

Pergo Handscraped Laminate Flooring

Pergo Handscraped Laminate Flooring

The handscraped (also hand scraped and hand-scraped) Pergo laminate flooring is very versatile.

The darker tones like Calico Oak and Chateau Maple have a traditional or rustic look. Greyhawk Oak and Newport Pine are lighter and look fantastic in any setting including contemporary homes.

Hand-scraping gives the wood image deep character, something of a hand-crafted, Old World feel.

There's an equal number of smooth flooring with attached underlayment and no underlayment.

The finishes are semi-gloss and gloss in 10mm and 12mm options.

Best used: Whether your home is traditional, modern or something in between, the key is this: Does your home have a casual feel or a formal tone? If leans toward casual and relaxed, then handscraped Pergo laminate will be right at home.

Special Features of Pergo Laminate Flooring

Here are a few of the most notable features available with some Pergo laminate flooring.

WetProtect is a technology available on almost 40 Pergo laminate styles. It is a waterproof system created with three essential components:

  • The Uniclic locking system that prevents moisture from penetrating into and beneath the plank seams.
  • Hydroseal – a sealant applied to the perimeter of every plank that repels water. Since water cannot be absorbed through the sealant, it won't swell.
  • GenuEdge technology wraps the protective surface layer around the edges of each plank for additional moisture protection.

If you choose a Pergo laminate with WetProtect, be sure that installation follows Pergo instructions. There are a few special guidelines including the requirement to apply a bead of waterproof (silicon, for example) caulk to the perimeter of the flooring.

The WetProtect flooring is backed by a Lifetime residential warranty and 10-year commercial warranty. It is some of the very best laminate flooring in the industry.

Mohawk uses the same technology. Pergo and Mohawk are sister companies that share this and other technologies but have different product lines and looks.

ScratchGuard Advanced is one of the toughest wear layers in the industry. It's a major reason that Pergo offers a Lifetime residential warranty on so many of its products.

The scratch-resistant surface also protects against stains.

Pergo Pros, Cons and Ratings

Next, we use Pergo pros and cons to compare Pergo laminate to other top brands.

Pros:

The many (120+) options cover the range from light to dark, from rustic to modern and from affordable to premium. Its selection is comparable range to Mohawk, Shaw and Armstrong.

WetProtect is water-resistant, like Shaw Repel, AquaGuard, Mohawk RevWood Plus and Armstrong Audacity. It's a 24-hour water resistance warranty. Only AquaGuard's 30-hour guarantee is better.

Warranties are excellent including many commercial warranties of 10 years. Armstrong Audacity with a 15-year commercial warranty is one of just a few that are longer.

Cons:

You can only buy Pergo at two home improvement chains. Lines with attached underlayment are sold at The Home Depot. Those without attached pad are sold at Lowes.

Despite more than 100 options, there are no stone or tile looks. That's why we give the brand a 4 rating for range.

Here are the ratings:

  • Range of color/style options: 4
  • Overall Quality: 5
  • Ease of installation: 4
  • Green/Low-VOC: 4
  • Overall Rating: 4.25