Yes, hardwood is a great flooring option for kitchens.
Let's shove my opinion aside and look a the data. If you're asking yourself this question, you may be surprised by the statistics.The Data
Based on our analysis of 1.7 million kitchens, 64% of kitchens designed or built since 2009 have hardwood.
In fact, hardwood is by far the most popular flooring option for kitchens (obviously given it's over 50%).
More specifically, medium hardwood accounts for 3%, dark hardwood 17% and light wood 17% (source: our kitchen design statistics
- scroll down below the kitchen gallery).
The second most common kitchen floor material is tile. Specifically, porcelain tile at 10.5% of kitchens and ceramic tile at an even 10% of kitchens.
Statistics aside, is it better to use vinyl or laminate for floor longevity?
Vinyl may last longer and would definitely stand up better to abuse, but a quality hardwood that's well maintained will last long as well and can handle some abuse. In fact, we have a top-notch oak hardwood in our playroom and it's suffered no damage despite 5 and 2 year old boys use it daily where they drop and throw all kinds of stuff on it.IMPORTANT:
You definitely want to invest in a quality hardwood for your kitchen. While he have excellent hardwood in our playroom, we have a cheap hardwood in our living room and dining room. It scratches easily and if in the kitchen, it would be in rough shape. There really is a difference in quality among hardwood flooring options
Hardwood is easy to clean, can withstand some abuse, can look better over time (if it's a good hardwood) and looks fabulous.
In a nutshell, yes, hardwood flooring is good for kitchens.