Just as different yoga practices appeal to some yogis and not others, there’s no single yoga mat to suit all tastes. These day, yoga mat options are seemingly endless, whereas 20 years ago it was basically PVC or bust. There are mats of various textures, lengths, and colors, plus they’re made from a range of alternative materials, like eco-friendly cotton or sustainably-sourced natural rubber. And thankfully, there’s a mat to fit every budget.
Investing in your own mat is more hygienic than one borrowed from a studio—and it can enhance your practice. That’s according to San Francisco-based yoga instructor Sarah Ezrin, who says buying one is like investing in a home. “It’s where you’re going to have your yoga experience, and if you’re not comfortable it’s not going to be a good experience,” Ezrin says.
In terms of price and quality, you don’t need to spend a lot if you’re in the market for a new mat. Ezrin has owned her current mat for 10 years, and says that a dependable mat can cost as little as $20.
As for mat care, her number one tip is to use gentle cleaners. “A light spray with water and lavender essential oil after practice will do,” she says. “And depending on how sweaty your practice is, you should do a deep clean using a mix of lemon juice, water and salt every one to two months.”
So whether you prefer a vigorous vinyasa flow class or have a mellow hatha practice, here are our top picks for the best yoga mats to buy online, according to Ezrin and other experienced yogis.
Best Overall Yoga Mat
“This exceptional, durable and perfectly thick yoga mat wins top honors for me because it has been my companion in practice for 20 years,” says Gina Caputo, founder of the Colorado School of Yoga. “Good environmental stewardship is essential to me and this mat lets you buy just one mat, for life. It literally has a lifetime guarantee.”
Yoga Mat with the Best Grip
ALO Warrior Mat
“I am obsessed with my ALO Warrior Mat,” says Erica Gragg, a yoga instructor and founder of Escape to Shape. “It has seen me through many at home Zoom yoga class, both teaching and taking, and I truly am not sure how I am going to continue to practice yoga once back on the road without it. It’s that good. It’s heavy, but that’s because the grip is so good.”
Most Durable Yoga Mat
Manduka eKO Yoga Mat 5mm
This mat will stand the test of time, according to Tiffany Cruikshank, founder of Yoga Medicine Online. “[It] has just the perfect texture for faster-moving vinyasa practices to restorative or yin practices [and] medium thickness, so you have cushion for your knees and support for your wrists.” She also says that it’s great for several different styles of yoga, plus it’s eco-friendly.
Best Yoga Mat for Alignment Support
Liforme Original Yoga Mat
The lines on this yoga mat serve as alignment markers to help ensure good form. “With more people practicing online and at home, this mat can help when a teacher can’t see you,” says Caputo. “For anyone needing more guidance on where to place your feet, hands and where the midline is, the Liforme design can help your proprioception and balanced load in your posture practice.”
Best Yoga Mat for Travel
Manduka eKo Superlite Yoga Travel Mat
“It’s non-toxic and sustainable, plus light enough to travel with without compromising on grip and functionality,” says globe-trotting yogi, Gragg. “The eKO Superlite travel mat folds up like a pair of jeans in my suitcase,” she says. “It’s light but gives me the surface I need and can even be layered on top of a loaner mat for more padding.” Caputo also gives this mat a thumbs up.
Best Mat for Sweaty Yogis
Lululemon Arise Mat
“This mat is perfect for those who sweat a lot,” says Cruikshank. “It maintains its grip as you continue to sweat and its antimicrobial properties prevent mold and distracting odors.” Made from natural rubber, it’s also good for the environment. Plus, its medium thickness makes it ideal for yogis who need extra knee or wrist support.
Best Thick Yoga Mat
Jade Yoga Fusion Mat
If you have sensitive joints, poses that require you to be on your hands and knees, like cat-cow, can be uncomfortable. A thicker mat can make all the difference. A standard yoga mat is 1/8 inch thick. Jade Yoga’s Fusion Mat is 5/16 inches thick, plus comes in two different lengths. Despite the extra cushion, the mat doesn’t feel bulky, says Ezrin.
Best Mat For Hot Yoga
B YOGA Strong 6mm B Mat
There’s nothing worse than slipping and sliding on a sweaty mat during a hot vinyasa flow class. “This mat was recommended to me by an owner of a hot yoga studio and it does not disappoint,” says Ezrin. A rubber, open-cell material prevents sweat from pooling and the grooved surface prevents slippage, says Ezrin.” It’s also cushioned enough to be supportive for strong practices,” she adds.
Best Cheap Yoga Mat
BalanceFrom GoYoga Mat
At a $20 price point, one may be skeptical, but this mat has 12,000 positive reviews on Amazon backing it up. “It actually offers a lot,” says Ezrin. “It’s made from eco-friendly materials, boasts a non-slip surface and it comes with a carrying strap.”
Best Yoga Mat for Beginners
Gaiam Yoga for Beginners Kit
Gaiam yoga was one of the pioneers in yoga products, says Ezrin. “Their classic yoga mat line offers a number of options at a reasonable price rate and they even have a special pack for beginners, which includes a block and strap,” she says. “The mats are light to carry and easy to store.”
Best Yoga Mat for Tall People
Manduka PRO Yoga Mat
A standard yoga mat is typically 68 inches long, which leaves tall yogis spilling over onto the floor in savasana. This Manduka PRO comes in an extra-long version spanning 85 inches so even tall yogis can stretch out in their down dog. “They are incredibly durable mats, with a lifetime guarantee,” adds Ezrin.
Best Eco Yoga Mat
Rumi Earth Yoga Mat
“This entire company is built on making natural yoga products from sustainable materials,” says Ezrin. The Rumi Earth yoga mat is made from woven cotton. “It’s a nice option for those who prefer practicing on chemical-free fabric, versus traditional yoga mats, which are often made from PVC,” says Ezrin.