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Last updated on Dec 11, 2019

The Best Yoga Mat

All the support, none of the slippage ​
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How We Found the Best Yoga Mat

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30 Experts Interviewed

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16 Yoga Mats Tested

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5 Top Picks

The Best Yoga Mats

Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or a beginner, your yoga mat should be comfortable and easy to maintain. We spent one month talking to over a dozen yoga instructors and sweating, stretching, and savasana-ing it out in our offices, homes, and yoga studios to find the very best.

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Our Picks For The Best Yoga Mat

    The Best Yoga Mat: Summed up

    Liforme Yoga Mat
    Alo Yoga Warrior Mat
    Hugger Mugger
    Jade Fusion Mat
    Liforme Travel Mat
    Superlative
    Best Overall
    Best for Hot Yoga
    Best Eco-Friendly Mat
    Best Thick Mat
    Best Travel Mat
    Carrying Case
    Dimensions
    73′ x 27′
    74′ x 26′
    70′ x 24′
    74′ x 24′
    71′ x 24′
    Thickness
    4mm
    4mm
    6mm
    8mm
    2mm
    Weight
    5.5 lbs
    6 lbs
    6.1 lbs
    8.5 lbs
    3.5 lbs
    Material
    Natural Rubber, Polyurethane
    Natural Rubber, Polyurethane
    Natural Rubber
    Natural Rubber
    Natural Rubber, Polyurethane

    Data current as of November 19, 2019

    Liforme Yoga Mat

    Best Overall
    Liforme

    Liforme Yoga Mat

    Pros

    Non-slip surface
    Easy clean-up
    Special alignment markings
    Length

    Cons

    Thinner than the competition
    Price

    Why we chose it

    Non-slip surface

    The Liforme Yoga Mat rolled out with a quietly satisfying plop and seemed firmly set in the ground, ready for action. We never had to worry about the mat sliding around on the floor or about sliding around on top of it ourselves. The Liforme mat has a natural, grippy rubber base and smooth, matte polyurethane top. It’s not so sticky it catches you while you’re trying to switch positions (like the Hugger Mugger Para Rubber did), but was grippy enough to keep us stable even during hot yoga sessions. One tester noted, “The sweatier I got, the stickier the mat was.”

    Easy clean-up

    The smooth, matte, closed-cell top layer of the Liforme means that cleanup is fairly easy: Wipe down your mat after practice to get rid of any sweat or debris. We did note that sweat and water left noticeable marks on the mat’s surface, but these fade by themselves when wiped down and left to dry.

    Special alignment markings

    We were initially pretty skeptical about the special alignment markings, thinking they might just be a gimmick — but our testers were taken with how helpful the markings were in practice. A centerline helps you maintain symmetry, while 45-degree lines and other parallel markings help you nail perfect alignment. (Lines are spaced at varied distances for taller and shorter people). Liforme explains how the markings should be used more thoroughly on its website, but we found this to be pretty intuitive for experienced testers, even if they didn’t read the instructions.

    Length

    We loved the Liforme’s size. It’s 73 by 27 inches — a good 5 inches longer than a standard yoga mat. Shorter yogis had plenty of room to stretch out, and taller ones (including one 6-foot-tall tester) didn’t have to worry about their hands or feet resting on the floor.

    Points to consider

    Thinner than the competition

    At 5.5 pounds and 4.2 millimeters thick, the Liforme is relatively light and thin for a partly-rubber mat. Our more experienced testers thought it was “the perfect thickness,” though one added, “I think if other people had more sensitive joints, it would be slightly painful.” If you need more cushion, we’d recommend the Hugger Mugger Para Rubber Mat or the Jade Fusion Mat.

    Price

    At $150, the Liforme Yoga Mat is certainly a splurge as far as yoga mats go. Especially compared to economical picks like the Hugger Mugger Para Rubber Yoga Mat ($95) and the Alo Yoga Warrior Mat ($100).

    Alo Yoga Warrior Mat

    Best for Best for Hot Yoga
    Alo Yoga

    Alo Yoga Warrior Mat

    Pros

    Non-slip surface
    Easy to clean
    Lays flat

    Cons

    Limited color selection
    No alignment marks

    Why we chose it

    Non-slip surface

    The Alo Yoga Warrior Mat is made with the same materials as the Liforme, so it’s grippy, comfortable, and just as easy to clean. Its grip holds firm, staying in place even during the sweatiest, most intense practices.

    Easy to clean

    The Alo mat walks the fine line of being easy to clean while still maintaining a sticky grip in the sweatiest conditions, making it perfect for people who primarily practice hot yoga. Our testers found its smooth polyurethane leather surface easy to wipe down after those intense classes with no residual smell or stickiness.

    Surface comparison Yoga Mat
    Smoother materials like the polyurethane leather top of the Alo Yoga Warrior Mat (left) are easy to wipe down for quick cleanup, while more porous materials like that of the Hugger Mugger Para Rubber Mat (center) and Yoloha Native Mat (right) are harder to clean as thoroughly.

    Lays flat

    You don’t have to worry about the Alo rolling up as you change positions. It’s constructed with a natural rubber bottom and an easy-to-wipe-down polyurethane top layer, which help it to roll up and lay flat beautifully.

    Points to consider

    Limited color selection

    The Alo is only available in solid black. And unfortunately, the matte black color shows everything if you don’t wipe it down often. User reviews indicate that footprints, dust, and smudges have a tendency to stand out against the matte black.

    No alignment marks

    It doesn’t include the same alignment markings that set the Liforme mat apart and made it feel so premium. If you’re new to yoga or enjoy some extra guidance when adjusting poses, the lack of alignment markings may be a drawback.

    Hugger Mugger Para Rubber Yoga Mat

    Best Best Eco Friendly Mat
    Hugger Mugger

    Hugger Mugger Para Rubber Yoga Mat

    Pros

    Eco-friendly materials
    Comfort
    Non-slip surface

    Cons

    Smaller size
    Weight
    Smells like rubber

    Why we chose it

    Eco-friendly materials

    We love that the Hugger Mugger is made from renewable materials. User reviews show that many customers love this, too, commending the mat for being sustainable and high-quality. If you’re in the market for a yoga mat that’s eco-friendly, then this is a good pick.

    Comfort

    The Hugger Mugger Para Rubber Mat is thicker than both the Alo and the Liforme. Testers praised the cushiony, dense material. If you have sensitive joints and need more cushion, we’d we’d recommend it over the other picks.

    Non-slip surface

    We liked how extremely grippy this mat was — so grippy, in fact, it’s on par with more expensive mats like the Liforme or Alo Yoga Warrior Mat. Even though it’s budge-proof, the Hugger Mugger Para Rubber Mat didn’t leave any weird sticky residue on our hands.

    Points to consider

    Smaller size

    It’s shorter and narrower than the Liforme and Alo Yoga Warrior Mat, at 70 by 24 inches. If you’re five-foot-nine or taller, this mat might be a tight fit during planking positions. However, it’s also available in an XL size which is 78 x 28 inches.

    Weight

    Because the Hugger Mugger Para Rubber Mat is constructed entirely out of natural rubber, it’s heavier (6.1 pounds, to be exact) and bulkier than other yoga mats. If you don’t have a strap or carrying case, traveling with this mat might be a bit difficult.

    Smells like rubber

    Many user reviews agree that this mat smells a little like tires. And mat maintenance may be a headache for hot yoga regulars: Its porous, open-celled surface requires a longer, more thorough clean than smooth-topped polyurethane. (This is the case for any solid natural rubber mat.)

    Jade Fusion Mat

    Best Best Thick Mat
    Jade

    Jade Fusion Mat

    Pros

    Extra support
    Multiple sizes available
    Non-slip surface

    Cons

    Bulky to carry
    Tougher to clean

    Why we chose it

    Extra support

    If support is your main concern, the Jade Fusion Mat should serve you well both at home and in the studio. The Jade struck a great balance between cushiony support and secure grippiness: One tester reported, “With dry hands and feet, there is absolutely zero slippage. With sweaty palms, it didn’t feel quite as ‘sticky’ but still secure enough that I never had to think about keeping myself from sliding.”

    Thickness comparison for Yoga Mat
    The thick, dense Jade Fusion Mat (right) is perfect for people who need more cushioning support, while the minimal Liforme Travel Mat (left) is better for very experienced yogis or frequent travelers.

    Multiple sizes available

    The Jade Fusion Mat comes in two sizes, so you’re guaranteed it’ll fit your height. At 68 by 24 inches, the standard size mat is perfect for yogis under five-foot-nine. The mat is also available at an extended size (74 by 24 inches) for an extra $10.

    Non-slip surface

    We were impressed at how the Jade managed to be both super comfortable and squishy, yet stable. While other thick mat contenders left testers feeling wobbly during pretty basic balance poses, the Jade remained secure and supportive.

    Points to consider

    Bulky to carry

    Because it’s so thick and dense, it rolls up into a somewhat bulky package. At 8.5 pounds, it’s nearly 2.5 pounds heavier than any of our other top picks. Its bulkiness may be something you want to consider if you plan on traveling with it.

    Tougher to clean

    The Jade is stickier than the average mat, making it more prone to attracting hair, dust, and dirt. Since it has a textured, grippy surface, wiping down the mat may take a little longer and residue can’t be as easily cleaned.

    Liforme Travel Mat

    Best Best Travel Mat
    Liforme

    Liforme Travel Mat

    Pros

    Portability
    Non-slip surface

    Cons

    Thin

    Why we chose it

    Portability

    A thinner, lighter version of our top pick, the Liforme Travel Mat is easy to commute with and even includes a carrying case to make practicing anywhere a breeze. If you’re a yogi that wants to do sun salutations while traveling the world, then this could be the mat for you.

    Carrying Case for Yoga Mat
    We preferred the Liforme’s padded carry strap over the Yoloha and Yoga Design Lab’s, which dug into our shoulders as we walked to work.

    Non-slip surface

    The Liforme Travel Mat is just as grippy and smooth as the standard Liforme Mat. Even when on the go, this mat lays flat and stays put. As an added bonus, this mat still has the alignment markings the standard version is best known for, which can help you stick poses with confidence.

    Points to consider

    Thin

    Keep in mind that if you want a supportive mat, our other picks would be better options: The Liforme Travel Mat’s thinness means it might not be comfortable enough for those with sensitive joints.

    Liforme comparison for Yoga Mat
    The Liforme Travel Mat (left) is half as thick as the original (right) but it performs just as well.
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    How We Chose the Best Yoga Mat

    Support

    A good yoga mat should walk the line between being squishy enough to take some of the pressure off your joints, and being dense enough to offer a stable foundation. Too-soft mats may be comfortable, but they’re difficult to hold a pose on and may compromise your technique — and a mat that is too firm may end up hurting your joints. Beginners, pregnant yogis, and people with sensitive joints should consider thicker mats, which offer more support. Yogis who commute or travel a lot may prefer thinner and lighter mats that are easier to roll up and carry.

    Grip

    The “grippiness” of a mat has two parts. One is how grippy the mat is against your hands and feet — are you slowly sliding out of place during warrior pose, or are you solidly planted? The other is the traction of the mat against the floor: Does your mat slip around on smooth floors, or is it firmly stuck in place throughout your session? Sweat can be a factor too, especially if you practice an intensive form like hot yoga, so you want to make sure your mat will maintain its grip through it all.

    Testing for Yoga Mat

    Maintenance

    We wanted to make sure our top picks would be easy to clean and durable (no mid-session mat shrapnel here!) We found that more porous, open-cell mat surfaces tended to be grippier, but were also harder to clean — they tend to absorb everything, like a giant sponge. Smooth, closed-cell surfaces tend to be easier to clean, but may be more slippery. The sweet spot is a mat that’s just grippy enough but doesn’t hold onto dirt and debris.

    Hype

    At the time this review was initially published, we wanted to see how the most popular options compare, so we sought out mats that people were most excited about — from old favorites like the Manduka PRO to newer releases like the Alo Yoga Warrior Mat. We sifted through numerous “best-of,” “bestselling,” and “top-rated” lists, reached out to over 30 yoga instructors for their opinions, and dug into requests and queries from our yoga-loving readers.

    How to Find the Right Yoga Mat for You

    Research materials

    A yoga mat’s material affects its stickiness, durability, comfort, texture, and whether or not it’s environmentally friendly. PVC is cheaper and more durable, but may be exposed to toxins during manufacturing and be less beneficial for the environment. Eco-friendly materials tend to be more expensive and degrade more quickly, but are both free of toxins and more sustainable.

    Consider size

    Instructor Amira Freidson told us that a standard-size yoga mat is 68 inches long — just long enough for someone who’s five-foot-eight. To make sure you’re not too cramped during practice, check to see if your whole body fits on the mat while lying down with your face towards the ceiling. While there are no benefits to using a mat too-small, extra-large mats may be good for working on your flexibility: Instructor Giovanna Abraham says, “For more experienced yogis who have been practicing for 2-5 years, a longer mat would definitely be helpful — for instance, in giving them greater space to extend deeper into their poses.”

    Consider portability

    The grippiest, most comfortable yoga mat in the world is still a pain if you’re constantly struggling to lug it to and from class. If you intend on commuting with your mat, you may want to consider one that is lighter or one that comes with a carrying case. Just remember that if it doesn’t, a carrying case will cost extra. Weight and thickness also come into play. Heavier and thicker mats will be a bit bulkier to travel with than sleeker, thinner ones.

    Choose a price range

    Price is an important factor when considering a yoga mat. If you’re a new yogi, it might make sense to choose a more affordable mat with fewer frills. But it’s also good to consider longevity vs. initial cost. All of our top picks are durable and can withstand heavy use for many classes to come, so putting down more money upfront might help you avoid having to replace a cheaper mat later.

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