The best yoga mat for you

Even when just getting started with yoga, most people want their own mat. You don’t need to spend a lot of money, and for hygienic reasons you probably want a mat of your own. A good mat is also essential for traction, cushion, comfort, and support. Our guide covers the key factors to think about while shopping, so you can find the best yoga mat for you at a price you like.

Click on any column header to sort the table, for example by cost, thickness, or material. Detailed explanations of prices, ratings, etc are located beneath the guide:

Mat
Size
Cost
Weight
Colors
Material
Score
ProSource Premium 1/2-Inch Extra Thick Yoga Mat With Carrying Straps1/2" thick
71"x24"
$16.602.5 pounds7 optionsFoam.4.2
ProSource Premium 1/4-Inch Yoga Mat With Carrying Straps1/4" thick
68"x24"
$16.993.0 pounds7 optionsFoam.4.2
Jade Harmony Professional 3/16-Inch Yoga Mat3/16" thick
68"x24"
74"x24"
$62.954.6 pounds10 optionsNatural rubber. No PVC or ozone-depleting substances.
4.5
MRS Fitness Matt
1/4" thick
72"x24"
$39.95NABlack w/ Lavender, Dark Blue w/ Light Blue, Purple w/ PinkPVC. Free of phthalates and other toxins.
4.4
Aurorae Classic Yoga Mat1/4" thick
72"x24"
$35.003.5 pounds12 optionsUnknown material. Free of phthalates, silicone, latex, and toxins. Bio-degradable. SGS approved. 4.4
Aurorae Northern Lights Yoga / Fitness Mats1/4" thick
72"x24"
$39.953.0 pounds6 optionsPER. Free of phthalates, silicone and latex. Bio-degradable. SGS approved.4.5
Aurorae Synergy Yoga Mat / Towel1/4" thick
72"x24"

$59.953.3 pounds5 optionsMicrofiber towel with PER backing. Free of latex, silicone and phthalates. SGS approved.4.7
Hugger Mugger Sattva Jute Mat1/8" thick
68"x24"
$42.952.7 poundsNaturalNatural jute plant fiber with PER backing.3.9
Hugger Mugger Tapas Original Sticky Yoga Mat1/8" thick
68"x24"
$29.952.6 poundsPurple, emerald, olive, lapis bluePVC. Phthalate-free, antimicrobial. 3.9
YogaAccessories 1/4" Yoga Mat1/4" thick
74"x24"
$21.453.3 pounds23 optionsUnknown material. Phthalate free inks and dyes. Free of latex and heavy metals.
4.1
Yes4All 1/2-Inch Extra Thick Yoga Mat w/ Carry Strap1/2" thick
68"x24"
$20.502.2 pounds
Black, blue, green or purpleFoam.
4.2
Manduka PRO Yoga and Pilates Mat1/4" thick
71"x26"
85"x26"
$99.99 7 pounds
6 optionsBlend of polyester and eco-certified PVC. 100% Latex Free.
4.4
Manduka PROlite Yoga Mat3/16" thick
71"x24"
$78.004.5 pounds11 optionsBlend of polyester and eco-certified PVC. 100% Latex Free. 4.2
Manduka eKO Lite 2.0 Natural Tree Rubber Yoga Mat1/8" thick
68"x24"
$48.003.5 pounds8 optionsNatural rubber. Biodegradable, non-Amazon harvested.4.3
Manduka eKO 5mm Natural Tree Rubber Yoga Mat3/16" thick
71"x26"
$88.007.0 pounds8 optionsNatural rubber. Biodegradable, non-Amazon harvested.3.9
Manduka eKO SuperLite Travel Yoga Mat 1/16" thick
68"x24"
$40.002.0 pounds9 optionsTop surface is natural rubber4.0
Yoga Monster Mat by Bean Products1/4" thick
72"x24"
$23.953.5 pounds17 optionsPER. Free of toxic phthalates, dioxins and furans, phenal, or heavy metals. SGS approved.3.9
Gaiam Print Premium Yoga Mats (5mm)3/16" thick
68"x24"
$25.30 2.5 poundsMarrakesh, Ash Leaves, Sage Lily, Taos AlignmentPVC. Free of phthalates and other toxins.4.5
Gaiam Print Yoga Mats (3mm)1/8" thick
68"x24"
$21.982.0 pounds23 optionsPVC. Free of phthalates and other toxins.4.2
Gaiam Solid Premium Yoga Mats (5mm)3/16" thick
68"x24"
$29.982.5 poundsPurple, Brown, Honeydew, Plum/JamPVC. Free of phthalates and other toxins.4.1
Gaiam Solid Yoga Mats (3mm)1/8" thick
68"x24"
$19.012.0 pounds6 optionsPVC. Free of phthalates and other toxins.3.9
Gaiam Sol Premium-Grip Yoga Mat (8mm)1/3" thick
68"x24"
$89.896.5 poundsGreenNatural rubber.4.6
Bixle 1/2" Inch Extra Thick Yoga Mat with Carrying Strap1/2" thick
72"x24"
$21.952.3 pounds8 optionsFoam.4.5
Tomuno Natural Rubber Eco Friendly Yoga Mat3/16" thick
68"x24"
$62.99 5.6 poundsCadet blue and plum puddingNatural rubber.4.8
YogaHola Super Soft Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat w/ Carry Cord1/8" thick
70"x24"
$17.492.5 pounds5 optionsFoam.3.8
Da Vinci Yoga Mat with Carry Strap, 1/4" Inch1/4" thick
72"x24"
$19.952.8 pounds10 optionsPVC. Free of phthalates.4.1
Da Vinci 2-Tone Yoga Mat with Carry Strap1/4" thick
72"x24"
$18.953.0 pounds7 different 2-tone optionsPVC. Free of phthalates.4.0
HemingWeigh Extra Thick Foam Mat With Carrying Straps 1/2" thick
70"x23.5"
$25.992.3 poundsBlackFoam.4.4
Milliard Natural Jute Yoga Mat1/8" thick
72"x24"
$31.993.3 poundsNaturalNatural jute plant fiber with non-slip backing.4.0
Milliard 1/4" Yoga Mat1/4" thick
72"x24"
$17.99NA14 optionsUnknown material. 4.2
Barracuda Hot Yoga Mat Infused With Jute Fiber3/16" thick
72"x24"
$58.997 poundsOcean Blue Infused With Natural Jute FibersPVC infused with Jute. Free from phthalates, latex, & silicone.4.1
Theragear Extra Thick Exercise Mat with built in straps1/2" thick
72"x24"
$37.17NABlueFoam, with built in straps.4.9
Zen Active Non-Slip Yoga Mat w/ Strap1/4" thick
72"x24"
$35.01NABlackUnknown material. 4.8
Valeo Yoga Mat Blueless than
1/4" thick
68"x24"
$15.361.9 poundsBlueUnknown3.9
Atlas Yoga Mat (6 mm)1/4" thick
72"x24"
$45.00 2.4 poundsFern Green, Ocean Blue, Lavender PurpleTPE3.5
YogaDirect 1/4" Sticky Yoga Mat1/4" thick
72"x24"
$24.95NA11 optionsPVC4.1
Harbinger Treated Mat5/8" thick
72"x24"
$38.332.4 poundsBlue, green99% NBR Rubber Foam; 1% Elastic4.4
BalanceFrom GoYoga Mat with Carrying Strap1/4" thick
72"x24"
$24.952.5 pounds9 optionsUnknown. PVC free, phthalates free, latex free.4.2
DragonFly Yoga Performance Pro Mat, Black1/4" thick
71"x26"
$85.006 poundsBlackFabric like surface for slip-resistanceNA
Yoga Direct 6-Feet Square Yoga Mat1/4" thick
72" x 72"
$57.4012 poundsPurple, blue, olive greenLatex free4.2

The 7 columns in the guide are:

  • Mat name & picture (click to view more details or to purchase).
  • Mat size dimensions in inches
  • Mat price – These are current prices on Amazon.com in U.S. dollars. Outside the U.S., click the price in dollars to see the price in your local currency. In some cases price will change depending on mat color and/or style.
  • Mat weight in pounds.
  • Color and/or style options.
  • Mat material (more on mat materials below). SGS is a private, independent laboratory that tests many types of products and makes recommendations regarding consumer safety.
  • Rating – This is the average user rating on Amazon.com, where 5 is the best possible rating. It can be very helpful in deciding whether people were satisfied with their purchase.

Finding the best yoga mat for you

The main purpose of a yoga mat is to give cushion and traction. Thickness determines the amount of cushion. Traction allows you to balance while doing your poses. This is the “stickiness” of a mat. You may also want your mat to be non-toxic, environmentally friendly, and odor free. Other factors to consider are portability, durability, color and design, and of course price.

Thickness and cushion

Thickness is critical since you want enough cushion to make you comfortable, but not so much that it interferes with your balance. Standard thickness mats such as the YogaAccessories High Density Yoga Mat strike a balance at around 1/4”. Extra cushioning mats like the Prosource Premium Extra Thick Yoga Mat are a luxurious 1/2” thick. Thin, portable mats like the Gaiam Travel Yoga Mat are around 1/16”. If you’ll be taking your mat to classes, you may also want to consider a sling harness or a carrying tote.

Unless you are very tall, mat size is generally not an issue. Standard yoga mats are 24″ by 68″, which is the best yoga mat size for most people.

Material, stickiness and texture

Mat material determines stickiness, texture, sponginess (responsiveness to pressure), eco-friendliness, and durability. PVC (or vinyl) is the most commonly available mat material because of it’s affordability and durability. PER stands for Polymer Environmental Resin, which is another widely available material.

Stickiness is important since it’s what keeps you from slipping when doing poses. PVC mats are generally the most sticky and spongy. However textured surfaces can also affect how much traction a mat provides. Texture also determines how comfortable the mat feels to touch. Texture can either be by design, such as raised bumps, or it can be a feature of the material (such as jute mats, which are organically rough). Rubber, jute, and cotton mats are generally not as sticky as PVC, but can have surface texture that helps prevent slippage.

The best yoga mat for you

Eco-friendliness

Mats that are made from “foam”, or that don’t publicize what material they are made of, are most likely made from PVC. Generally mats that are not made from PVC prominently display what they’re made of as a selling point.

Not all PVC mats are created equally. Some are manufactured without phthalates and other toxins. However there are no PVC mats that are biodegradable.

Newer more eco-friendly options include recycled and natural rubber, organic or natural cotton, and jute. Rubber mats are the most popular eco-friendly option, but you should avoid rubber if you’re allergic to latex. Popular rubber mats include the Jade Harmony Rubber Mat, the Manduka eKO Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat, and the Harmony Natural Yoga Mat.

Cotton is the most absorbent mat material, which is important if you sweat a lot or are planning on doing hot yoga. Cotton mats can cost a bit more, such as the Hugger Mugger Cotton Yoga Mat, but are also available in a more affordable rug style. Jute mats such as the Hugger Mugger Sattva Jute Mat feature an organic surface texture which prevents slippage naturally.

Beware of mats with non-natural materials that make eco-friendly claims. Many companies use environmental issues as a marketing strategy, and claim products are eco-friendly when they really aren’t. If it’s not a material that grows in nature, it’s probably not very environmentally friendly.

Price

Last but not least, price matters. Cheap mats are easy to find at big box stores, but with yoga mats you tend to get what you pay for. Mats under $20 can wear out pretty quickly, and often have a chemical odor. Some of the best selling yoga mats are in the mid $20 range, if you don’t mind a PVC mat. Cost generally goes up with the quality of materials, construction, and eco-friendliness.

If you’re buying a mat online don’t forget to consider shipping costs. Many online retailers offer inexpensive or free shipping options on some of the best yoga mats out there. Also depending what state you live in, and what online store you’re buying from, shopping online can often save you sales tax.

Beginners kits

If you’re new to yoga, the best yoga mat for you may come in a beginners kit such as the Valeo Yoga Kit or the Sivan Essential Yoga 5 Piece Beginners Kit. Beginners kits are usually very competitively priced, and have extra items like blocks and straps which are fun to experiment with. The Gaiam Yoga for Beginners Kit even comes with a DVD with introductory workouts to get you started.

Cleaning and care

When you find your own best yoga mat it’s a good idea to wash it before you use it. This will remove any factory odors. Additionally, some new mats are slippery until you break them in, and washing will help with that.

Cleaning the mat after each use is important to help it last. It’s important to remove sweat and body oils, which can cause mats to deteriorate. Yoga mat cleaning sprays such as the Aurorae Organic Yoga Mat Wash can make clean up easy. Don’t forget to store your mat in a cool place. Heat or direct sun can cause even the best yoga mats to age prematurely.

Now it’s your turn

Now that you have seen the options and reviewed our top picks for the best yoga mat on the market, its up to you to pick which one meets your needs in your price range.

New mats come on the market frequently, so we’ll update our guide as needed. But if you feel like we missed a superior mat that needs to be included on the list, or if you have your own tips on finding the best yoga mat, please let us know in the comments below. Namaste!:)

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  1. Pingback: HathaYoga.com Releases Yoga Mat Shopping Guide | Useful information Yoga and fitness and health

  2. Hi there,

    This site is fantastic but I would love to see the weight of the mats if at all possible?! I’m planning a long trip and would like to choose based on a combination of weight and comfort.

    Many thanks,

    Marissa

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