We're about to do the flooring of my house, particularly, the bedrooms. We'll use wood laminate flooring and I specified Pergo brand. But my contractor asked if we could change to cheaper brands since Pergo is too expensive. He named Steiger, said to be a sister company of Pergo and only half the price. When I made some research, I couldn't find this brand in the internet. When I asked some vendors, they said it is made in China and stressed that they encounter problems with some China made brands.
To those who have experience, what brand can you recommend for laminated flooring, particularly in the mid-priced or affordable market? Are there better alternatives?