And that means understanding all of Mohawk’s laminate flooring options out there is difficult, to say the least. But that, friend, is why we’re here!
In this article, we’re going to give you some background on Mohawk, some background on laminate flooring in general, and break down everything you need to know about Mohawk’s numerous laminate flooring lines.
Meanwhile, we’ll talk about the most common themes that pop up in Mohawk laminate flooring reviews (so you don’t have to spend hours sorting through forums and review sites like we did) using our easy-to-understand pros/cons section.
By the time you’re done reading, you’ll know everything there is to know about Mohawk laminate flooring—products, prices, reviews, FAQs, and more!
Mohawk Industries has been in the flooring business since 1875. They started as a carpet company, and have expanded over the years into just about every type of flooring you could imagine.
They own tons of different companies. Daltile, who makes many of the types of tile you see… well, everywhere, is one of their biggest subsidiaries, but definitely not their only one. We’ll go into more detail on that later.
For now, let’s stay focused on Mohawk laminate flooring.
Where is Mohawk Laminate Flooring Made?
Mohawk Industries is located in Calhoun, Georgia. Many of their products are made in the United States, but like everything else, it varies product-by-product and brand-by-brand.
Why is that important? American-made products aren’t just better for the US economy—they’re also the right choice if you’re looking for environmentally friendly flooring (since they lack the carbon footprint involved in container shipping).
Where Can You Buy Mohawk Laminate Flooring?
Mohawk products are sold everywhere—from big-box retailers like Lowes to independent flooring retailers near you. That being said, the quality won’t stay the same—we’ll get into more detail on that in a moment.
Mohawk Sells 2 Main Collections of Laminate Flooring
Hokay! Let’s get into it. Basically, Mohawk sells 2 main collections of laminate flooring (under their own name): RevWood and TecWood.
RevWood Is the Flagship Mohawk Laminate Flooring Line
Looks, durability, you name it—RevWood is where it’s at. Love the look of hickory floors but don’t want to deal with the disadvantages of hickory flooring? Try RevWood in Kingmire Rustic Suede—Mohawk doubts you’ll be able to tell the difference, and we agree.
In fact, Mohawk laminate flooring isn’t even mentioned on the company’s website—they call it a “performance hardwood”. That’s how good it looks.
RevWood comes in dozens (and dozens and dozens and… ok, sorry) of different wood floor colors and plank widths, from slim to wide-plank wood flooring looks. Prices range from around $2–$4/sq. ft. but depend on your point of purchase.
The bottom line: read our RevWood review for more in-depth information.
And TecWood Is the Company’s Laminate/Wood Hybrid Line
Unlike RevWood, TecWood isn’t a true laminate. But given the ambiguity surrounding the branding of Mohawk laminate flooring (they don’t even call RevWood a laminate), it’s worthy of inclusion here.
So where does TecWood fit in? It mixes the fiberboard core and wear layer of laminate with the real wood veneer of engineered wood—essentially giving you the best of both worlds and avoiding many common engineered wood disadvantages.
Like RevWood (Mohawk’s “real” laminate flooring line), TecWood comes in 3 tiers:
And like RevWood, TecWood can be made to look like everything from jet-black to light wood floors. Whatever types of wood flooring you want, you can find their look in TecWood—it comes in literally hundreds of options.
TecWood usually runs between $3.50 and $7.00 per square foot—but again, it depends where you buy it. These prices are much closer to real wood flooring costs than your average laminate, but they’re still relatively low.
Mohawk Also Owns Pergo: The Inventor of Laminate Flooring
Pergo invented laminate flooring way back in the 1970s, and the company has been perfecting it ever since. And these days, Mohawk actually owns Pergo—so you could technically call any Pergo offerings “Mohawk laminate flooring” if you were so inclined.
There are Tons of Pergo Collections (Too Many to List Here)
If you want more info on that, check out our Pergo reviews article—there are simply too many product lines to discuss here. For now, the important thing to note is:
Pergo and Mohawk Laminate Flooring Products Share Some Technology
That’s right—because Pergo and Mohawk laminate flooring are technically made by the same company (from a certain point of view), they do tend to share a lot of technology and special features.
Example: what’s the difference between Mohawk laminate’s WetProtect and Pergo laminate’s WetProtect? This isn’t the start of a joke—we’re just making a point.
Anyway, now you know: Pergo laminate flooring is also, technically speaking, Mohawk laminate flooring.
There Are Some Store-Exclusive Mohawk Laminate Flooring Lines, Too
It wouldn’t be the flooring industry without some weird caveats and private labels, would it? So fun fact: Mohawk laminate flooring is also sold as an exclusive at some box stores, but the quality is generally lacking.
This isn’t a ding on Mohawk as much as it is on the industry as a whole. Oftentimes, companies will make lesser product lines to be sold exclusively at certain retailers at a discount.
Basically, we’d urge caution with any box store brand—though some of these, like SmartCore, are much better than others. And try not to judge Mohawk laminate flooring too harshly by their box store exclusives.
PS: we have to mention that our box-store-products-aren’t-worth-it rule holds up, like, 95% of the time. AquaGuard flooring, a brand of waterproof laminate from Floor & Decor, is actually an excellent buy.
Mohawk Home Laminate is Sold Exclusively at Costco
The main type of Costco laminate flooring sold in stores is called “Mohawk Home” and, if Mohawk laminate flooring reviews are to be believed, it’s a product to skip. Apparently, the company just made a cut-down version of their regular products, and… voila.
Interestingly, you can also buy Shaw laminate flooring from Costco, too. This is notable because Shaw is Mohawk’s biggest competitor. However, these products aren’t actually sold in stores (there’s a weird affiliate program, don’t ask).
Mohawk Bridgeport Laminate is Sold Exclusively at Lowes
Offered exclusively by Lowes, Mohawk Bridgeport is exactly what you might expect from a box store exclusive. It’s fine. Just fine.
In fact, when it comes to Mohawk laminate flooring reviews, Bridgeport is about as middle of the road as they come.
And These Exclusive Collections Tend to Shift (Relatively) Regularly
Box store exclusives tend to shift relatively often, depending on who can get an exclusive deal with whom. One day you’ll see a product line on a website, the next day it’s gone. Not like Armstrong laminate flooring gone (which is literally not manufactured for the US market any longer), but you get the point.
For example: the Costco line of Mohawk laminate flooring used to be called “Harmonics”. You can still find it on some 3rd-party reseller sites, but for the most part, it’s disappeared entirely. This might have more to do with the fact that the Mohawk laminate flooring reviews of Harmonics were… well, let’s call them “mixed”, but still.
Mohawk Laminate Flooring Reviews: The Pros and Cons
We spent hours (seriously, hours) digging through Mohawk laminate flooring reviews, which we’ve distilled down into these pros and cons. If you’re still on the fence, this might help answer some of your questions!
Advantages of Mohawk Laminate Flooring
Let’s start with the good stuff, shall we?
Mohawk Offers a Huge Selection of Colors and Styles
Given the massive amount of laminate floors Mohawk offers (both under their own name and the Pergo brand), you’re basically guaranteed to find something you like.
Something bright and peppy for your sunroom flooring? Check. A moody statement for your Dr. Evil-themed dining room? Check.
Whatever your flooring ideas, there’s a Mohawk laminate to make it happen.
Mohawk Laminate Reviews Confirm: The Floors are Actually Waterproof
One thing that comes up again and again in reviews of Mohawk laminate: the waterproofing is not just a gimmick.
RevWood’s Hydroseal finish and GenuEdge beveled coatings (yeah, we didn’t choose the names) really do work. Together with the UniClic installation system, these features create something called WetProtect, which (absurd branding aside) is exactly what it sounds like.
Anyway, as we mentioned, Mohawk’s proprietary click-lock system is called Uniclic, and if reviews of Mohawk’s laminate floors are to be believed, it’s surprisingly DIY-friendly. In our experience, DIY flooring projects are… let’s say “not often worth the trouble”, but from the reviews we’ve read, this one seems to be pretty great.
Just make sure to read your warranty before installing—sometimes, an improper (or amateur) installation can void it.
The good news: from the reviews we read, this really does live up to the hype—both as a warranty and as a guarantee of just how scratch-resistant ande waterproof Mohawk laminate flooring really is.
As anyone with a dog (or a cat, or a young child) will confirm, the best flooring for dogs has to be able to stand up to a lot. Which is why Mohawk keeps repeating—in just about every marketing material they have—that the best wood flooring for dogs is actually their laminate flooring.
Mohawk Laminate Flooring is FloorScore-Certified and Eco-Friendly
Mohawk is recognized as a leader in eco-friendly flooring, and their laminate options are no exception. Lots of Mohawk laminate reviews mention buyer satisfaction with the company’s FloorScore certification (which guarantees that it’s low-VOC flooring).
With all the issues VOCs can cause—and all the issues surrounding high levels of VOCs in flooring (looking at you, Lumber Liquidators)—completely non-toxic laminate flooring is a must.
And since Mohawk laminate flooring is waterproof (or at least water-resistant, in the case of the plain ol’ RevWood line), there’s zero maintenance necessary.
Mohawk Laminate Flooring Reviews Say the Hardwood Look is Authentic
If you’re on the fence between laminate and another floor—vinyl, wood-look tile, whatever—we should mention that reviews of Mohawk laminate say the hardwood look is really authentic and that the wood flooring patterns on the planks don’t repeat (an issue with lesser laminate products).
Disadvantages of Mohawk Laminate Flooring
Like grandpa always says, there’s no free lunches. Here are the downsides you’ll most often see in Mohawk laminate flooring reviews.
Some Mohawk Laminate Flooring Reviews Say the Warranty Could Be Better
Warranty oddities that pop in Mohawk laminate reviews include things like needing soft covers for any furniture, doormats to protect the floor from excessive sand and dirt at entryways… weird stuff like that.
The warranty is also non-transferable, so if you sell your home, the new owner won’t be covered. Again: stipulations like this can be pretty standard in the flooring industry, but it’s important to be aware.
Not All Mohawk Laminate Products are Good for Pets
The All Pet Protection plan we mentioned before doesn’t include the basic RevWood line—it’s only available for the Select and Plus lines.
And if you think nobody has ever made that mistake (and left a scathing review for Mohawk’s laminate as a result), think again.
Laminate Doesn’t Generally Increase Resale Value
This isn’t a knock on Mohawk laminate as much as it is laminate in general, but these floors won’t generally increase your resale value as much as real wood. There’s just no way around it.
Mohawk Laminate Only Comes in Wood Looks
RevWood, Pergo, and all the rest of Mohawk’s laminates look fantastic—but they only come in wood looks.
Again, this really depends on the brand—but these days, lots of resilient flooring manufacturers are leaning into stone-look floors. Karndean vinyl plank flooring, for example, comes in tons of different tile-look varieties.
Mohawk Laminate Flooring FAQs
Whew! We’re getting close now—just a couple more FAQs and you’ll know just about everything there is to know about Mohawk laminate flooring. So without further ado, here are the most commonly asked questions on forums, Google, and in Mohawk laminate flooring reviews.
Are Mohawk Laminate Floors Waterproof?
We touched on this earlier a bit, but for the most part, yes. RevWood Select and RevWood Plus come completely waterproof, while standard RevWood is only water-resistant. Pergo products with WetProtect are entirely waterproof.
What’s the Difference Between Mohawk’s Laminate and Luxury Vinyl Products?
Mohawk offers an EVP (rigid core vinyl) flooring product called SolidTec. It’s also waterproof, but perhaps a little more heavy-duty given that it’s made entirely of plastic.
Note: Mohawk says that SolidTec has an “SPC core”—but if you read the fine print, you’ll see it’s not actual SPC flooring. Mohawk just uses the same initials that usually mean “stone polymer composite” to brand its “solid plastic core”, which we find… morally suspect.
Either way, SolidTec seems like a solid (again, pun intended) floor, if lacking in the bounce you’d find in a WPC flooring product like COREtec, for instance.
Does Mohawk Laminate Flooring Need to Acclimate?
Flooring products generally need to adjust to changes in temperature and humidity before they’re installed—otherwise, they might warp or bend after you put them down. Mohawk laminate flooring is no different! Products vary, but we’d recommend a 48-hour acclimation period just to be safe.
How Long Do Mohawk Laminate Floors Last?
Short answer: it depends. Really, you get what you pay for with laminate. If you buy a product with a super-short warranty, you’ll get a floor that doesn’t last too long.
Can You Install Mohawk Laminate Over Radiant Heat?
If you love the feeling of warm toes in the morning, you’re in luck—you can heat many Mohawk laminates from below the same way you’d heat wood floors. Just make sure to check specific product specs before doing so.
How Do You Install Mohawk Laminate Flooring?
We talked about this a bit before, but Mohawk laminate is made to be glued down or (more commonly) installed as a click-together floating floor.
What is a floating floor? It’s any floor that doesn’t attach to the surface beneath it, but rather “floats” on top. Usually, this is achieved with a click-lock flooring system, in which planks snap together. Mohawk’s Uniclic is one of these systems.
Why are click-together floating floors so popular? Well, they help with water resistance (by eliminating seams between planks) and they’re easy and cheap to install (which is why the cost to install vinyl plank flooring and similar products like laminate is so affordable).
Special thanks to Steph Gregerson for contributing to the first edition of this article.
About The Author
Associate Director of Content Marketing at FlooringStores (and its parent company, Broadlume), Samuel is a former travel writer, English teacher, and semi-professional trivia host. When he’s not creating content, he can be found doing crosswords, drinking coffee, and petting the office dogs.
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