Our Grading

One of the most important decisions when choosing a new floor is selecting the right wood grading that reflects the look and feel you want in your space. From clean and modern to rustic and natural, wood grading makes a significant difference to the overall finished appearance of your flooring. Hardwood Planet has curated a vast offering of individualistic styles to allow you to find the exact look that can transform your design vision into a reality. Use this grading guide below to help you understand what to expect in each grade and help you make your enviornment uniquely yours.

Select & Better

Highly selected boards delivering a relatively uniform look with minor colour and shade variations while still giving the rich look of natural wood. A few tiny closed sound knots and pin knots are expected but the overall look is knotless with a clean consistent look.

Select (Select Exclusive)

Moderate colour variation and shading with a rich natural wood look. A mixture of heart and sapwood with moderate amount of natural wood characteristics such as light mineral marks, small sound filled knots, pin knots and small splits.


Pronounced colour and shade variation from a mixture of heart and sapwood allowing unlimited amounts of natural wood characteristics for the most natural wood look. Mineral streaks, character marks, abnormal colour, splits, tool marks and worm holes are allowed. Knots of any size are allow as well as cracks but are filled to make them sound.


Any pictures of the wood on our website are for illustrative purposes only. Photos may have variations to the natural look of the material. Since wood is a living material, its colors and textures may vary. A variation may be observed between the sample and your floor.

Before making a purchase, find out about the possible variations depending on the type of wood and finishing.