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:

BalanceFrom GoYoga 1/2" with Carrying Strap1/2" thick
$19.952.5 poundsBlack, purple, red, blue, green, pink, grayFoam.4.4
Yes4All Premium PVC Mat3/16" thick
$11.992.5 poundsBlack, blue, orange, purple, redPVC. 3.8
Yoloha Cork Mat1/4" thick
$119.006 poundsNatural corkNatural cork surface, backed with domestic rubber from recycled tires. 100% recyclable. 5.0
Yoga Design Lab combo mat1/8" thick
$68.004.1 poundsAegean, Bloom, Chevron Gray, Dreamscape, Ella, GeoBiodegradable natural tree rubber & microfiber4.4
Aurorae Classic Yoga Mat1/4" thick
$35.003.5 pounds11 optionsUnknown material. Free of phthalates, silicone, latex, and toxins. Bio-degradable. SGS approved. 4.5
Sivan NBR Yoga Mat1/2" thick
$19.991.8 poundsRed, blue, black, purple, green, pinkFoam.4.5
Yogasana Handmade Cotton Yoga Rug1/4" thick
$85.004 pounds7 colors100% Cotton4.6
Aurorae Printed Northern Lights Yoga / Fitness Mats1/4" thick
$39.953.0 pounds12 optionsPER. Free of phthalates, silicone and latex. Bio-degradable. SGS approved.4.5
Spoga High Density Yoga Mat with Carrying Straps5/8" thick
$19.992.1 poundsBlack, red, blue, pink, green, dark purpleFoam.4.4
Jade Harmony Professional 3/16-Inch Yoga Mat3/16" thick
$62.954.6 pounds11 optionsNatural rubber. No PVC or ozone-depleting substances.
Jade Fusion Professional 5/16-Inch Yoga Mat5/16" thick
$134.958.2 poundsMidnight Blue, Purple, Olive Green, TealNatural rubber4.7
ProSource Premium 1/2-Inch Extra Thick Yoga Mat With Carrying Straps1/2" thick
$18.992.5 pounds8 optionsFoam.4.3
ProSource Premium 1/4-Inch Yoga Mat With Carrying Straps1/4" thick
$16.993.0 pounds7 optionsFoam.4.2
Jade Harmony XW Extra Large Yoga Mat3/16" thick
$99.955.4 poundsMidnight BlueNatural rubber4.7
Jade Travel Yoga Mat1/8"
$53.953.4 pounds6 optionsNatural rubber4.4
prAna Indigena Natural Yoga Mat3/16"
$69.957.7 poundsPlum, Sapphire, Spinach100% Rubber3.7
prAna Revolution Natural Sticky Mat3/16"
$89.959.1 poundsBlack, Orange, Seaweed100% Rubber4.1
MRS Fitness Matt
1/4" thick
$39.95NABlack w/ Lavender, Dark Blue w/ Light Blue, Purple w/ PinkPVC. Free of phthalates and other toxins.
Incline Fit Mat with Carrying Strap1/2" thick
$19.992.4 pounds11 optionsFoam.4.3
Aurorae Synergy Yoga Mat / Towel1/4" thick

$49.953.3 pounds2 optionsMicrofiber towel with PER backing. Free of latex, silicone and phthalates. SGS approved.4.7
Hugger Mugger Sattva Jute Mat1/8" thick
$42.952.7 poundsNaturalNatural jute plant fiber with PER backing.3.6
Hugger Mugger Tapas Original Sticky Yoga Mat1/8" thick
$25.552.6 poundsPurple, emerald, olive, autumn, lapis bluePVC. Phthalate-free, antimicrobial. 3.8
YogaAccessories 1/4" Yoga Mat1/4" thick
$17.993.3 pounds23 optionsUnknown material. Phthalate free inks and dyes. Free of latex and heavy metals.
Yes4All 1/2-Inch Extra Thick Yoga Mat w/ Carry Strap.4 to 1/2" thick
68"x24"x .4"
$20.052.2 pounds
Black, blue, green, orange, purple, redFoam.
Manduka PRO Yoga and Pilates Mat1/4" thick
$93.04 7 pounds
12 optionsBlend of polyester and eco-certified PVC. 100% Latex Free.
Manduka PROlite Yoga Mat3/16" thick
$65.004.5 pounds11 optionsBlend of polyester and eco-certified PVC. 100% Latex Free. 4.3
Manduka eKO Lite 2.0 Natural Tree Rubber Yoga Mat1/8" thick
$52.003.5 pounds4 optionsNatural rubber. Biodegradable, non-Amazon harvested.4.1
Yoga Monster Mat by Bean Products1/4" thick
$24.953.5 pounds16 optionsPER. Free of toxic phthalates, dioxins and furans, phenal, or heavy metals. SGS approved.3.8
Gaiam Print Premium Yoga Mats (5mm)3/16" thick
$29.98 2.5 poundsCitron Sundial, Flower Burst, Ash Leaves, Sage Lily, Taos AlignmentPVC. Free of phthalates and other toxins.4.3
Gaiam Solid Premium Yoga Mats (5mm)3/16" thick
$29.992.5 poundsPurple, Brown, Honeydew, Citron Meadow, Granite Storm, Robin's Egg, Plum/JamPVC. Free of phthalates and other toxins.4.2
Gaiam Solid Yoga Mats (3mm)1/8" thick
$19.992.0 pounds6 optionsPVC. Free of phthalates and other toxins.4.0
Gaiam Sol Premium-Grip Yoga Mat (8mm)1/3" thick
$74.966.5 poundsGreenNatural rubber.4.5
Bixle 1/2" Inch Extra Thick Yoga Mat with Carrying Strap1/2" thick
$22.952.3 pounds4 optionsFoam.4.3
Tomuno Natural Rubber Eco Friendly Yoga Mat3/16" thick
$41.99 5.6 poundsCadet blue, greyNatural rubber.4.6
YogaHola Super Soft Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat w/ Carry Cord1/8" thick
$13.952.5 pounds5 optionsFoam.3.6
Da Vinci Yoga Mat with Carry Strap, 1/4" Inch1/4" thick
$18.992.8 pounds12 optionsPVC. Free of phthalates.4.0
Da Vinci 2-Tone Yoga Mat with Carry Strap1/4" thick
$16.993.0 pounds8 different 2-tone optionsPVC. Free of phthalates.4.0
HemingWeigh Extra Thick Foam Mat With Carrying Straps 1/2" thick
$26.992.3 poundsBlackFoam.4.5
Milliard 1/4" Yoga Mat1/4" thick
$17.21NA11 optionsUnknown material. 4.3
Zen Active Non-Slip Yoga Mat w/ Strap1/4" thick
$22.22NABlackUnknown material. 4.6
Valeo Yoga Mat Blue3/16" thick
$12.501.9 poundsBlueUnknown3.0
YogaDirect 1/4" Sticky Yoga Mat1/4" thick
$13.99NA12 optionsPVC4.2
Harbinger Treated Mat5/8" thick
$36.662.4 poundsBlue, green99% NBR Rubber Foam; 1% Elastic4.3
BalanceFrom GoYoga Mat with Carrying Strap1/4" thick
$24.952.5 pounds9 optionsUnknown. PVC free, phthalates free, latex free.4.1
Yoga Direct 6-Feet Square Yoga Mat1/4" thick
72" x 72"
$51.9912 poundsPurple, blue, olive greenLatex free4.5
Khataland YoFoMat Travel Mat - Foldable with Travel Bag1/6" thick
$40.43NA5 optionsPVC. Latex free, free of phthalates4.3

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 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, 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


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.


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. You can also make your own at home, check out this fun video:

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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21 thoughts on “The best yoga mat for you

  1. 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,


  2. I’m 58 years old. I have been doing yoga for a year. I recently went to the doctor’s for my knees. Apparently I have nothing behind my knee cap and he told me to keep up w/the yoga wearing knee support – but also a thicker mat. Is there one in particular that is better on knees?

    • Hi Molly,

      The thickest mats we know about are the following: The Harbinger is 5/8 inch thick, people seem to like it. If you want to check it out click here.
      The Spoga is also 5/8 inch thick and is is less expensive than the Harbinger. Click here for that one.

      There are a number of 1/2 inch mats out there which you can look at in the chart above.

      If you happen to come across any others, we’d love to learn about them!

      Best wishes and namaste,


    • Hi Enid, thanks for your great question. Fallen arches affect different people in different ways. One thing to consider is the amount of cushion. My thought would be that a mat with less cushion, such as a rubber mat, might give you more stability if stability is indeed an issue for you. If you find yourself slipping during yoga you’ll want a sticky mat. Definitely discuss your specific concern with an orthopedist or a physical therapist if you haven’t already. They might know what type of surface would be best for your specific condition. Also, I’m sure you know, but there are yoga exercises you can do for flat feet. Here’s a great article from Yoga Journal that might be useful for you. Thanks again for the question, Enid. I hope this was helpful!

  3. I really appreciate the cleaning instructions and the comprehensive list of mats. I have a latex allergy, have tried the rubber mat and it is a no go for me. Tried a cotton mat, but it needs to be damp to really grip my hands and feet. In hot yoga class it dries up pretty quickly in the 90 + degree room, and I have slipping problems. Spritzing it with water midway through class is putting a kink in my flow! Tempted to try the hemp infused mat. Anyone have experience with that kind?

    Also… Does it bother anyone else that when you roll up your mat, the side that was on the dirty floor, (where lots of bare feet have been walking across it) is then rolled up with the top side in contact with it? I have ben folding my mat in half, top side is only in contact with itself, and then rolling it up.


    • Hi Christy,

      Have you tried a yoga mat towel? Some have mini rubber nodules on the bottom to help it grip the mat (such as the Yogitoes brand), and others are made from microfiber which adheres nicely to a mat on its own (such as the Yoga Rat brand, see our review of it here).

      And yes, I also feel the same way as you in regards to rolling up a mat and having the bottom side touch the top side. A yoga mat towel can also help with that since you won’t actually be touching the mat while you practice. Another solution to that problem would be to keep a thin regular towel to roll up with your mat so the bottom side of the mat never touches the top side. Of course that means you’ll have to find the right size regular towel.

      Good luck Christy, and keep us posted on what solutions you find that work best for you!



  4. Hi everyone. Your post is amazing. This is like that I found everything in a single roof. Hey Maria will you please tell me Or advised me about Gym mats.

  5. Hello! Which yogamat would you recommend for hot yoga? I was reading on the tomuno website and basically they stress the fact that there is no point to invest in an expensive yogamat since sweat breaks it down quickly and if you have a yoga towel, then the mat really doesn’t matter. Thanks!

    • Hi Jenny- We love yoga towels, especially for hot yoga (or for people who sweat a lot either way). Towels are great since they’re hygienic and super low maintenance, just throw them in the wash. And we agree, if you’re using a towel, it’s less critical what mat you’re using, as long as it provides enough cushion for you. We have more info on towels and compare options at our yoga towel comparison guide. Hope that’s helpful!

    • Hi Emma- All NBR foam is from man made synthetic rubber. If you’re want to be sure your mat is non toxic and environmentally friendly, we recommend natural rubber, natural jute, or natural cork options.

  6. People wanting to buy yoga mats must consider many things including their own body composition.
    Giving scores is fine, but that should not influence the buyer too much. I hope that you bring out a more detailed chart telling what is good and what is bad in each mat.
    All the best!

    • You are absolutely right, each person should find the features in a mat that work best for them. When reading our chart, in addition to the ratings, it is important to look at the size of the mat, the thickness, the materials, the weight and the price, all of which are listed. Also we strongly recommend reading the reviews of any mat you’re interested in, which will give you an overall sense of what other individuals like and dislike about any particular mat. It is also important to choose a mat based on the type of yoga you practice. From time to time we do in-depth reviews of specific mats, so you can look for those on our site as well. Thanks!

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