The need for floor lamination
Laminate is a great option for someone that wants the look of wood or stone without the premium that comes with those materials. A high-quality laminate floor handles dents and scratches better than almost any other product due to it having a very strong and durable wear layer.
Also, the composition of the core on the laminate floors is very strong due to how compressed and dense the fiberboard is.
There are several manufacturers including TAS and Mohawk that are pushing to make their laminate product lines to have water resistant properties. If scratch and stain resistance is your main priority, definitely take a look at going with laminate flooring.
The look and feel of laminate have improved over the years to mimic the stone and hardwood counterparts thanks to technological advancements in the industry and they will only get better.
Getting an underlayment to go under the hardwood is something to give some thought, it can improve the softness underfoot and help with the acoustics since laminate tends to be loud and hollow sounding (some laminates have the padding attached).