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Peel and stick tiles give your floor, backsplash, or wall an updated look without the hassle or expense of a major renovation.
We researched dozens of options from top brands, evaluating ease of installation and removal, maintenance, and appearance. Our favorite tiles for floors are the Achim Nexus Oak Plank-Look Vinyl Adhesive Tiles, which have the look of hardwood, are water-resistant, and are easy to install.
Here are the best peel and stick tiles.
Best for Floors: Achim Nexus Oak Plank-Look Vinyl Adhesive Tile
Get the look of a hardwood floor for significantly less with these peel and stick vinyl adhesive tiles. The tiles have a high gloss finish, are water-resistant, and will blend seamlessly in any room in your home from your bedroom to your bathroom to your kitchen to your entryway. Lie the tiles vertically (to match the lines of the “planks”) to create the look of wood floors or place them in different directions for a patterned tile look. Reviewers say these are easy to cut and place down.
Best for Backsplash: Muretto Durango Beige Peel and Stick Decorative Mosaic Wall Tile Backsplash
Made with materials and a proprietary glue that can withstand the heat of the kitchen and that can be wiped down for easy cleaning, these multi-colored tan, beige, and white peel and stick tiles make for an elegant backsplash. While they can handle steam so you can use them in the bathroom, they’re not recommended for use directly in the shower. Reviewers say they are simple to install (even for those who don’t know the difference between concrete and grout) and are an affordable facelift for a kitchen or bath.
Best Subway Tiles: Tic Tac Tiles Peel & Stick Subway Tile
These peel and stick subway styles will give you that farmhouse chic look you crave without any time-consuming headache of placing individual tiles or mixing up concrete. These "tiles" are actually PVC panels that match up seamlessly, with a 3-D pattern that gives the look of individual tiles. The panels are made of anti-bacterial and anti-mold PVC that doesn’t emit dioxins and are water, heat, and humidity-resistant so these can be used in your kitchen or bath. Note that the “tiles” measure 2.69 x 1.5 inches, which some reviewers say are smaller than what they expected.
Best for Walls: DIP Design Copper Wall Tiles
These self-adhesive vinyl wall tiles look like real copper and add a touch of modern sophistication to any wall. They’re made of aluminum composite and a proprietary Lightweight Vinyl Technology. What does that mean for you? You can cut them to fit with nothing more than a utility knife and, at the same time, they’re extra durable; in fact, these come with a 20-year warranty. They can be spot cleaned or wiped down and are splash, moisture, steam, chip, and heat resistant up to 190 degrees.
Best Stone: MSI MSI Golden Honey Veneer Wall Tile
Create a show-stopping backsplash or accent wall or accentuate your fireplace or patio with this natural white, gold, and honey quartz self-adhesive tile. The tiles are frost-proof and the heavy-duty adhesive will stick indoors or out. Be warned that these tiles are made of actual stone which means a) you’ll need a tile saw to cut them and b) they’re heavy, and some reviewers say they needed an extra dose of Gorilla Glue to get them to stick for the long haul. But once they’re installed, you can sit back and let the compliments roll in.
Best Glass: Instant Mosaic Glass Versailles Peel and Stick Tile
It’s hard to go wrong with the classic look of clear glass tiles. The mix of different sized square and rectangle “tiles” add variety to the otherwise colorless look. The 1-foot square sheets adhere to any clean, flat surface from drywall to a painted wall. Made of glass, these are resistant to heat and humidity so you can stick them to your shower walls for a quick bathroom upgrade or behind the stove to makeover an otherwise bland kitchen or to the exterior of your fireplace for a new look in your family room.
Best for Trim: Instant Mosaic Upscale Designs by Ema Glass Peel and Stick Tile
When you want to add decorative trim to your walls or a pattern to your floor, temporary backsplash, or fireplace, these smaller 3 x 6-inch tiles make it a cinch. Just be sure that the other tiles are the same height or you won’t get a flat surface—that’s especially important when designing a tile floor. These glass tiles can be used indoors or out and can be cut with basic glass cutters, which are relatively inexpensive. You’ll find these tiles in a range of colors, patterns, and materials. While grouting isn’t necessary, some say it enhances the look.
What to Look for in Peel-and-Stick Tiles
Peel-and-stick tiles can be made from various materials, including vinyl, glass, ceramic, and quartz just to name a few. What you choose comes down to the room it’s being used in, the level of durability that’s needed, and the overall look of the space you’re hoping to achieve. The weight of the material might influence where it can successfully be applied, as well its level of resistance to heat, water, and wear.
Tiles being applied to walls in a bathroom or kitchen will have different requirements than those being used for something like an entryway accent wall. Look for materials that can handle changes in temperature and water or steam exposure for tiles being installed in areas more prone to heavy use. In other rooms with atmospheres that don’t fluctuate as much, consider tiles that are easy to clean and match the rest of the decor.
Peel-and-stick tiles aren’t solely reserved for backsplashes in kitchens. Full walls can be covered in them and there are even peel and stick floor tiles available. Review where this particular method of tile installation would be most helpful in your home and then research. If the ideal of retiling a backsplash is daunting or putting in new floors is too expensive, see what peel and stick options are out there.
Lastly, there are many choices on the market when it comes to colors and styles. No matter which room is being outfitted with peel and stick tiles, it won’t be hard to find an option that fits in with the rest of the palette and theme. Metallic finishes, pearlescent sheens, and matte appearances are all out there. The shapes vary widely, too, whether you want classic subway rectangles, penny tiles, or hexagons.
How long do peel-and-stick tiles last?
With proper installation and good care and maintenance, peel-and-stick tiles can last for over 10 years. In rooms where they’re exposed to more intense temperatures and moisture levels, replacements are needed much more frequently (usually every couple of years). This is another important detail to check when shopping around to ensure a long-lasting lifespan.
Can peel-and-stick tile get wet?
Temporarily, yes. Peel-and-stick tiles can withstand spills and occasional moisture exposure, but they should be cleaned quickly. Some options are more durable than others and can handle being in bathrooms or routine mopping while others may be more susceptible to damage. For the most accurate description of what a specific peel-and-stick tile can handle, check with the brand you are purchasing from.
Is peel-and-stick tile worth it?
This comes down to personal preferences and priorities. In terms of comfort, visual appearance, and ease of installation, peel-and-stick tiles can be a great choice for many homes. For maximum durability and a more permanent, long-term solution for walls and floors, other tile types may be more suitable.
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This article was written by Anne Fritz, a freelance writer with over 20 years of experience covering home topics. Previously an editor, her work has appeared in several leading publications. Additional reporting was done by Melissa Epifano, a news writer for The Spruce who covers trends, decor, and design topics with a deep appreciation for all things interiors and exteriors.