It all comes down to personal preference. Since you are thinking about laminate, the major concern with this is with splashes of water or keeping it clean. Obviously laminate holds up to this MUCH better than real wood flooring, but it can still cause problems over the long run.
I prefer tile in kitchen areas personally. Again, it all comes down to personal preference and I don't think it is going to make much difference either way as long as it looks good.
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Brian Rayl, REALTORÂ®, e-PRO, SFR
Keller Williams Park Cities