It's a matter of personal taste. I personally hate laminate, I find it really cheap and off putting. I much rather walk on a nice berber carpet than laminate floor. Also I don't know what price bracket your house falls under, but I think laminate can get a pass at a starter home/neighborhood, once your house is passed that limit (I am not qouting a price, because it's relative to each area), you need to invest in a better quality material.
ETA: have you looked and priced cork or bamboo, they are not that much more than laminate usually, but look and feel nicer.