If you’ve been doing yoga for some time, you will realize that not all yoga mats are created equal.
Some are super grippy, some are thick and some may be too thin for your liking. There are just too many kinds of yoga mats available, and it’s just not practical to test all of them.
So, how do you even pick the right yoga mat?
Don’t worry, our goal is to help you choose the perfect yoga mat!
This is, in our opinion, the 9 best yoga mats out there that will fit your needs.
9 Best Yoga Mats (Our Top Pick)
- Best Budget Mat:
BalanceFrom GoYoga All-Purpose Yoga Mat with Carrying Strap
- Best Hot Yoga Mat:
The Aurorae Synergy Yoga Mat
- Best Heavy Duty Mat:
Manduka Pro Yoga Mat
- Best Mat for Tall People:
YogaAccessories Extra Wide and Extra Long Yoga Mat
- Best Design Mat:
Gaiam Premium Print Yoga Mat
- Best Travel Mat:
Manduka eKO Superlite Yoga Travel Mat
- Best Eco-Friendly Mat:
Jade Harmony Yoga Mat
- Best Mat for Hardwood Floors:
ProsourceFit Extra Thick Yoga and Pilates Mat
- Best Mat with Alignment Lines:
Liforme Yoga Mat With Alignment Lines
If you just started out on your fitness journey and still aren’t certain what you really like yet, this yoga mat would be a good choice. It’s an all-round mat that works literally for anything from basic yoga poses to at-home workout routines.
The 1/2-inch thick yoga mat might be slightly cushioned for advanced yogis. Though if you prefer added padding, this is just the thing for you!
It has seven different color options and comes with a carrying strap (super handy for those who often bring their yoga mat to the studio or gym).
If you’ve been to a hot yoga class, you know you’ll sweat a lot! This means you need a non-slip mat so you have a better grip.
The top layer of the Aurorae Synergy 2-in-1 Yoga Mat is a non-slip, superabsorbent microfiber towel and the bottom a 5mm PER (polymer environmental-friendly resin) yoga mat.
The primary feature is the wetter this mat, the better the grip. So, for people that sweat a lot, they don’t have to worry about slipping and injuring themselves.
For the non-heated yoga classes, you can just use the PER side of the mat.
While this mat is not fit for hot yoga classes, it does a great job for non-heated flow or home practices.
This 6mm thick mat is a very resilient mat and provides great knee support. One of the features is it prevents sweat from seeping into the mat which is suitable for people who want to avoid leftover odor on their mat. It’s also non-toxic, environmentally friendly and 100% latex-free.
The mat isn’t very beginner-friendly due to the slippery at first. You’ll need to take time to break in — could be more time than six sessions.
However, once it’s been broken in, the stickiness will come. This feels like a lot of work to ask for a beginner yogi, but I guess it’s called “pro” for a reason. It is clearly not for everyone, but if you’re prepared to put in the time and effort to break it in, the Manduka Pro is the last yoga mat you’ll ever buy.
All tall yogis know how annoyed it is when you practice ‘off the mat’. This yoga mat will solve that problem and it’s loved by taller yogis because it’s 7 feet long and 3 feet wide.
You can finally lay down in corpse pose without hanging off the mat on both sides!
Some may feel uncomfortable bringing this large mat to their yoga class, but you don’t have to feel embarrassed because your comfort should always come first.
Yoga mats usually come in solid colors, but sometimes you just want something a little more style and different from everybody else.
Gaiam’s Premium Print Yoga Mat offers a variety of designs and colors (over 24 designs) to choose from. It has an extra thick pat which provides good support and it’s non-slip to prevent you from falling. It does, however, smell a little when you first unpacked.
Reviewers are generally happy with the designs and some complimented on the thickness of the mat is just nice for their yoga practice or at-home workouts.
This thin yoga mat is 1/16-inch thick and it’s super light which makes it a great travel companion. This ultra-light mat can be folded up easily and tucked into your bag or purse. There are also many colors to choose from.
It’s made from non-Amazon natural tree rubber which makes it durable and won’t flake or fade. The surface of the mat is also surprisingly sticky and provides a good grip.
The potential downside would be that it smells like rubber, but it will go away in time.
Although this yoga mat is light in weight, it provides excellent traction and sufficient cushion. One of its primary features would be having a great grip. This is because it’s made with open cell natural rubber, so it absorbs moisture and keeps you from sliding when you sweat.
The mats are made with sustainable materials, mainly natural rubbers from rubber trees. Furthermore, Jade Yoga plants a tree for every mat sold. They are also made in the United States so the company has more control over the quality and production process.
However, since the mat is produced from natural rubber, it has a strong rubber smell which some may not like.
Practicing on hardwood floors may cause joint pains at your knees and elbows if your yoga mat doesn’t provide enough cushion.
This 1/2 inch thick, large mat is great for this kind of situation as its thick cushion allows you to focus on your flow and balance, instead of joint pains.
One of the reviewers says “It’s thick enough that doing yoga on hardwood floors isn’t a problem and it also helps insulate if the floor is cold.” Another mentioned, “we have wood floors that hurt her knees and arms during certain exercises. The mat has held up flawlessly and my wife loves it’.
This yoga mat has a nice thickness and incredibly grippy as well. They also use natural rubber and eco-friendly materials to manufacture this mat. The primary feature of this mat is the alignment markers that help yogis to align and position themselves properly for poses.
No more guessing as the lines are great for alignment cues, and it also helps to improve your spatial awareness. It’s perfect for beginners who have trouble finding proper alignment.
It does not have any strong smell like some other mats do. However, one major downside of this mat would be that it’s heavy, so it’s not the kind of mat you want to carry around for too long.
It’s Worth to Invest in Yourself
Investing in a better yoga mat is the first step of taking your yoga journey seriously.
Whether you’re in it to lose weight, improve flexibility or practicing meditation, the right yoga mat will offer comfort, provide stability and creates a space for you to retreat to.
Let us know what is your favorite yoga mat in the comment section below!
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