Downstairs oak laminate planks with bevel edge from B&Q and white planks were by Quick Step and I bought them from a flooring company on line. Have also laid black slate effect tiles in the bathroom and these were from B&Q. You need a jigsaw and laminate blades, a folding work bench type thing to clamp the laminate to when you are cutting and a decent saw to cut the architraves on your doors. You can have a look at my floors here www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-38577881.html/nomsite?premiumA=true
We laid laminate in our lounge recently, first time we'd ever attempted to lay a floor. It wasn't too difficult, it seemed slow to start but we sped up a lot once we got into the swing of it. Most awkward part was toddler wrangling at the same time!
Highly recommend a Laminate Cutter as it's much quicker, easier and less dusty to cut the boards to length this way. Though you'll still need a jigsaw for some sections.
We got our laminate from Ikea, mostly because it was the cheapest Antique Pine effect I could find to match with our unfortunately Antique Pine lounge-! Curse the previous residents and their love for the stuff...
Seems to be reasonable quality, but personally I prefer the tile effect we got from Wickes that's was put in when we did our kitchen. Has more of a texture so isn't as slippy!
You'll want a wooden mallet, a flooring kit and underlay as well. The type of underlay will vary depending on the floor you're laying it on - for example concrete needs to have a waterproof layer.
And unless you are built like Geoff Capes get your other half to lift the packs of laminate into the house near to the room you are working on. I was so determined to finish the loft rooms that I lifted all of the packs from the garage and went up and down two flights of stairs to get them up there and now have an umbilical hernia! You do get a great sense of achievement when it's finished.
I second not carrying the packs of laminate yourself! I acquired them from Ikea, loaded the car and then brought them into the house myself and regretted it. Though my arms are looking much more toned, beneath the DIY bruises...