You are absolutely right, Timothy, that hardwood and water are not good bedfellows.

However, the smoothness, warmth, repairability and cleanability of hardwood flooring over many years of use still make it my top recommendation for my clients' kitchens.

You can always buy a moisture sensor and place it under the dishwasher and sink if you are concerned about sneaky leaks.

No kitchen flooring is perfect. They all have their drawbacks: Vinyl has embossing that catches grime and it's not repairable. Linoleum needs to be waxed and periodically stripped. Laminates are easily damaged and not repairable. Stones are cold, and hard on the back and legs.

Hardwood can be the best of them all with good care and periodical renewal of the finish in traffic areas...AND maintaining your plumbing