While the choice between hardwood and ceramic tile for a kitchen floor is a personal one, there are important considerations to keep in mind when deciding. Both choices can provide a beautiful look and easy-to-clean surfaces, but hardwood can get scratched easier than ceramic tile.
This damage to hardwood can be minimized by applying a good protective finish. Ceramic tile, however, can crack and break if the underlying floor has any amount of structural movement, as is common in older homes. If ceramic tile is used in such a home, it is important to replace the subfloor before adding the tile in order to stabilize it and prevent tile damage, according to This Old House.