Engineered is real hardwood with a engineered backing (usually plywood). Its I way to get a real wood look in a place with changing humility or temperature. it can be sanded usually 2-3 times depending on the wood.
You can’t beat real wood. It looks great and can last a very long time if properly taken care of. It can be sanded down & refinished numerous times.
Vinyl Flooring is a great substitute for real wood flooring. while it may not feel the same as real wood, todays vinyl flooring does share a very similar look. vinyl flooring is also water resistant (If not water proof) as well as scratch resistant. Most Vinyl and laminates also muffle sound.