Originally Posted by SlowButSteady
Yep. Formica does seem to be one of the best, if not the best, brands of laminate. However, as far as I can tell, the difference in quality among the best brands is pretty minimal.
Ooooh, I disagree with that second statement. We had some kitchen work done and failed to specify "Formica" brand and the crap we got was a real PITA. Stained if you look cross eyed at it and scratched very easily. Even doing cross word puzzles in the newspaper left stains.
One of the best kept secrets is butcher block. Doesn't weigh much more than 1.5 inches of ply plus formica, is easily sealed with tung oil, which can be renewed and is easily restored with light sanding and re-oiling.