Updated December 07, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

The 7 Best Underlayments For Vinyl Flooring

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We spent 28 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. Unlike hardwood and laminate, vinyl flooring calls for a dense and thin underlayment, in order to prevent indentations in the finished product. Here are some of the most popular options, many of which are designed to work specifically with the relatively flexible nature of this cost-effective material. Varying styles are available for traditional tiles, as well as rigid, luxury vinyl plank. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best underlayments for vinyl flooring on Amazon.

7. SoundBuffer Luxury

6. TMS Mass Loaded Vinyl

5. Steico Natural

4. BestLaminate Pro-Line

3. Shaw Selitac

2. Floor Muffler UltraSeal

1. BestLaminate VisQueen

Editor's Notes

December 06, 2018:

Grades of vinyl flooring differ somewhat, from the common (and wildly inexpensive) variety that offers no structural support, to relatively firm planks and luxury vinyl tile that, in some cases, can mimic harder, laminate materials. If your plywood subfloor is in good shape, maybe stick with a straight-up vapor barrier like the VisQueen, which is compatible with the thinnest flooring. Floor Muffler and the Pro-Line are excellent for LVT installations, and the Selitac comes with a handful of expert testimonials. Of course, you can't beat the wood-infused Steico with a stick (hah), but due to its construction and the size of its available packages, it costs roughly an arm and a leg.


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on December 07, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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