Why choose laminate?
A cheaper alternative to wood flooring, laminate is durable and stain resistant. Available in tile of plank form, it's made of a photo image of real wood that's mounted onto high-density fibreboard. Most design now have a click-and-lay system that makes them easy to lay.
In kitchens, but not recommended for areas that get excessively wet - if moisture gets under the top layer, the design will wear away and the planks may warp.
Use a sound-insulating underlay. Laminate is a floating floor, so you'll need to leave an expansion gap of 5mm around the walls and pipework to allow for movement.
Easy as it's designed to withstand normal wear and tear. However, it can mark, and unlike wood, can't be sanded.