Best Yoga Mats For Your Next Yogi Session
The enjoyment of your yoga practice isn’t dependent on your mat. It definitely isn’t a requirement for practicing yoga. But it does help determine how happy you are transitioning from one pose to another, how stable you feel during your practice, and how centered your mind is. Unfortunately, not all yoga mats are created equal. A variety of materials can be used to construct a yoga mat such as rubber, neoprene, latex, and cotton.
Yoga mats also come in different sizes and thickness. And the prices can really vary. The massive variety of yoga mats in the market makes buying the best yoga mat more of an ordeal than it should be. It’s an even bigger ordeal if you buy the wrong one. With that in mind, we decided to find the 10 best yoga mats to make your life easier.
How We Tested
To find the best mats, we first evaluated them in the lab and then had testers use them in more than 150 yoga sessions to provide feedback. Lastly, we called inNicole Uribarri, Mind Body Business Director and yoga teacher at exhale, to weigh in with her expert opinion. The mats were scored based on the following:
•Traction against the floor
•Volume when rolled up
•Ease of carrying
•Ease of rolling and unrolling
•Ease of cleaning
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1. Best Value: Gaiam Reversible Yoga Mat
This is your best bet if you don’t want to shell out for a pricey mat. It didn’t have as much grip or traction against the floor compared to our Top Lab Pick, but it’s much lighter and has more cushioning — a perk if you’re just starting out or need protection for your joints. It’s not made of rubber, so it’s latex-free for those with allergies, though some noticed the PVC smelled at first and the brand suggests airing it out before you first use it. And since your mat is an accessory, it comes in lots of prints with reversible designs so you get two looks for the price of one.
2. Best Alignment: Liforme Yoga Mat
If you practice yoga at home or are just looking to improve your form, this one has alignment markers that Uribarri says are perfect for both beginners and more advanced yogis. The material is very similar to Yoga Hustle’s mat and it received perfect scores from our testers for the grip on hands and feet as well as traction on the floor. It was also supportive and easy to both unroll and roll up. Testers said they loved the extra length, but did say it was heavy and not easy to carry around despite using the included bag.
3. Built-in Towel: Yoga Design Lab Combo Mat
Hot yoga enthusiasts often use a special towel for grip as they sweat, but this unique mat has one attached. Our panel loved the soft microfiber surface (made from recycled water bottles!), and the rubber mat underneath stayed put on the floor when they used it. Just keep in mind: To get the best grip, you’ll need to wet it yourself if you won’t be sweating a lot. This mat is machine washable and it laundered well in our evaluations, though it did take a while to fully dry. It was also nicely compact when rolled up and it comes with a carrying strap.
4. Studio Favorite: Jade Harmony Yoga Mat
You can find this one in yoga studios and all over the internet, with thousands of five-star reviews from users who swear by it. It’s a no-frills rubber mat with a textured surface that our testers loved because it gripped well and didn’t move on the floor. They also said it felt sturdy, though some said the rubber gave off a “car tire” smell at first. Plus, it rolls up nicely and isn’t bulky. The brand also has a give-back program where they plant a tree for every mat sold. Just note that like most products, you’ll have to replace it over time: Users have told us that this mat starts to pill and flake after a while.
5. Expert Favorite: Manduka PRO Yoga Mat
This is the mat that Uribarri uses at home and calls her “favorite mat ever.” And she’s not alone — it’s a popular choice for strong yogis who want a firmer surface for stability instead of a foamy mat that feels more cushy. Not surprisingly, testers rated it lower for cushioning then other mats, but they all said it had good traction and didn’t move on the floor. It’s also latex-free, which is hard to find in high-end mats that are usually made of rubber. Our main FYI is that it’s heavy compared to others and it wasn’t easy for testers to carry.
6. Self-Rolling: BackslashFit Smart Yoga Mat
This innovative mat comes with an Amazon Alexa command to talk you through your yoga routine and it rolls up on its own. There are snaps on the top and bottom that lock it into place (no curling edges!) and when you’re finished using it, just flip it over, click the snaps, and it quickly rolls up by itself. It also stays neatly rolled and stands on its own, making for easy storage. In our tests, it had decent cushioning, grip, and support, and testers loved the fun orange color.
7. Multi-Use: AmazonBasics Exercise Mat
If you plan to use a yoga mat for more than just yoga, this one’s extra thick and has the best cushioning for activities where you’ll be on your back like stretching or Pilates. It was also the lightest mat in our test. On the downside, it was bulky and testers said it wasn’t easy to carry around, despite coming with a strap. Still, they said it also had pretty good support and traction. Oh, and did we mention it’s under 20 bucks?