That being said high quality engineered floors are a face layer (1/4"~) applied over plywood and many of them are unfinished.
Much different than the box-store special.
My wife and I actually agree on it's "fakeness" but we aren't going to spend upwards of $15k on real or engineered hardwood in a house that we likely aren't going to retire in. Laminate seemed like a good middle of the road choice between carpet and hardwood. Still looking, and thanks for all the opinions.