A best yoga mat will help you focus on your practice without any external distractions. Whether you’re a beginner looking for the best yoga mat to start your yoga experience with or an experienced yogi looking for something new, there are plenty of high quality yoga mats available.
A good yoga mat can turn a yoga practice experience from a good one to a great one. A good yoga mat will fit your body shape. And will provide beginners with a visual cue for where to put their hands and feet, as well as keeping all yogis grounded for safe practice. If you plan on practicing a fast-paced, more dynamic yoga – such as Bikram or hot yoga- then a non-slip mat (up to 5mm in depth) will give good grip and stability for balance. But if you’re aiming for a gentler, restorative session, then a well-cushioned mat will support the spine, knees and hands in any pose.
Here are our top choices:
1. Manduka Pro
This yoga mat has been a staple in the yoga community. And it is definitely one of our favorite yoga mats overall. The Manduka Pro is made from a high-density PVC foam that’s eco-friendly, non-toxic, and zero-emissions manufactured.
It’s available in an oversized 85” x 26”. Which gives you a tremendous amount of space on the top and sides. It’s also 6 mm thick which provides excellent cushioning for your joints and, being that it’s dense, it really works well for this purpose.
Another huge perk to this yoga mat is that it comes with a lifetime warranty. If yours ever breaks down or has an issue, you send it back to Manduka where they’ll reuse the mat for packing material and send you a bright and shiny new yoga mat.
2. Jade Fusion yoga mat
It’s made from a dense natural rubber with an open-cell surface that’s known for its high grip ability. It’s offered in two lengths which are 68” and 74” and a single width of 24”. The width is the same as most other yoga mats. So if you don’t have issues with those, you’ll enjoy the Fusion.
It’s also almost 8 mm thick and it’s one of the thickest natural rubber yoga mats available. If you have sore joints or just don’t like the feeling of the floor underneath you, you can’t go wrong with this yoga mat.
A few more perks with this Fusion are that it’s sustainably made, body-friendly, and recyclable. However, if you’re someone who has a latex allergy, you’ll want to keep away from this one and any natural rubber yoga mat since they can aggravate latex allergies. If you don’t have a latex allergy, then you can join the ranks of most yoga instructors and become the proud owner of a brand new Jade Fusion yoga mat.
3. Liforme Yoga Mat
It is one of the best yoga mats for hot yoga. For those who really want a high-end yoga mat built for hot yoga, you can’t go wrong with this one.
It features the alignment marks. These help you remain centered throughout the class and help you properly align your feet and body in every pose.
The top layer is built from an absorbent polyurethane and the bottom is made of natural rubber. When you set this mat down, you don’t deal with the ends curling or your mat moving around. It simply stays put where you place it.
It’s also generously sized at 72.8” x 26.8” making it almost an inch wider and longer than larger yoga mats. At just 4.2 mm thick it’s built for those who prefer a little floor-feel but the polyurethane top and rubber bottom provide more cushioning than you would expect from a mat that’s just 4.2 mm thick. It weighs 5.5 lbs. so that should give you some idea of how solid it really is.
If you’re a discerning yogi who likes the finer things and enjoys hot yoga, you will absolutely love the Liforme yoga mat.
4. Heathyoga Yoga Mat
It’s oversized out of the box and measures 72” x 26”. It is giving you plenty of room on the top and sides of the mat.
Another feature to love is the alignment marks on the top. They help you remain centered on the mat throughout your session and keep proper form.
The Heathyoga’s made from a lightweight TPE foam that’s super firm and provides just the right springiness and cushioning. Speaking of cushioning, it’s also 6 mm thick which is great knee protection. At the time of this writing, you can pick it up in any of the six colors it comes in and, we must say, they’re both unique and stylish colors.
5. Manduka PROlite
It’s a little smaller (71” x 24”), a little thinner (4.7 mm) and that’s about the gist of the differences. With the PROlite, you get the same exceptional lifetime warranty. It’s made from the same eco and body-friendly material. It has a closed-cell easy to clean surface, and grips tighter than your grandma in the front seat of a rollercoaster.
It’s an excellent yoga mat that, at the time of this writing, is more affordable than the full pro version.
6. IUGA Pro Yoga Mat
The IUGA Pro is a relatively new contender but one that’s already proven it can hold its weight among the current leaders. It’s built as a combination yoga mat with a polyurethane top. It absorbs sweat and works very well for hot yoga.
When it comes to moving it around, it’s a breeze. The mat weighs just 2.5 lbs. meaning it’s easy to roll up and toss in a yoga mat bag. Or put a yoga strap around and throw it over your shoulder. It’s also made from eco-friendly products that don’t stink or smell like chemicals. The bottom of the mat is made from a sustainably harvested rubber that stays in place where you put it so you can get to work on striking yoga poses.
It’s offered in one size that’s 72” x 26”. Which means you won’t have to rub elbows with your sweaty yoga neighbors. Overall, it’s an excellent Amazon yoga mat.
7. Plyopic All-in-One Yoga Mat
The Plyopic is a great hot yoga mat that comes in multiple unique patterns including one that looks like a magic carpet. It’s completely eco-friendly, environmentally friendly, and body-friendly. All of the materials are SGS certified and the top layer is thermally bonded to the bottom so there are no harsh glues.
It measures 71 x 25.5 offering plenty of space on the top and sides for you to move around. It’s just 3.5 mm thick so you’ll feel the floor underneath you. The natural rubber bottom, even though it’s thin, is very dense so the cushioning is good for such a thin mat. The top surface is a microfiber layer that’s designed to absorb sweat and the grip increases as you do. Plyopic also offers a money-back guarantee so if you’re not happy you can always send it back.
It’s important to note that the mat performs best when it’s moist. So if you sweat a lot or do hot yoga then it’s perfect. But if you aren’t practicing hot yoga and don’t have sweaty hands/feet, then this wouldn’t be the best option.
8. Yoga Design Lab Infinity Mat
The Infinity mat comes with a sweat-absorbent polyurethane top and a natural rubber base that give it a solid feel and versatile functionality. At 5 mm thick, it’s just thick enough to be right for people who like some floor feel. But also thick enough to provide adequate cushioning for most people’s bony parts.
The top layer is, in fact, great at absorbing sweat and the grip improves as the mat gets damp and warm. Cleanliness is a big factor with a mat that’s designed to absorb sweat.
When it comes to your space on the mat, it measures 71” x 24” making it 3 inches longer than the standard yoga mat. Making it a good fit for slightly taller individuals. It’s also a relatively heavy yoga mat (6 lbs.) which is common for yoga mats made with/from rubber. It’s not a deal-breaker for us by any stretch. But something to be aware of if you’re walking or biking to class.
9. Anja Natural Jute Yoga Mat
The top layer is comprised of the natural jute fiber which is excellent for grip while the bottom layer is a dense PER foam that provides a spongy and firm padding. At 5 mm, it’s also just the right thickness to provide some floor feel with just enough padding for your bony joints.
They’re very natural and kind of give that “good for the earth” vibe while remaining cutting edge at the same time. At the time of this writing, it’s offered in one size which 72” x 24” is giving you 4 extra inches in length over the standard sized yoga mats.
This is an excellent mat if you need something for non-heated yoga and like the look. It’s moderately lightweight (4.4 lbs.) which makes it easy to transport to and from your classes but also heavy enough to not feel cheap. This isn’t an ideal mat for hot yoga since the material isn’t designed to absorb sweat. However, you could use it in hot yoga if you had a separate yoga towel to place on top of your mat.
Overall, the Anja is an extremely useful and versatile yoga mat that’s body-friendly, eco-friendly, and performs like a rock star.
10. Basically Perfect Cork Yoga Mat
One of the great things about natural cork is not just that it’s sustainably harvested and good for the environment, but also that it’s antimicrobial. Cork naturally kills the bacteria that most other yoga mats hold on to. This doesn’t mean you don’t need to clean it because it’ll lose the stickiness and look shabby, but it means that you’ll have a healthier experience in general.
The Basically perfect measures 74” x 24” and 5 mm thick. This length is great even for anyone that’s around 6’ tall. The width is the standard 24” which isn’t a problem but a little wider would be nice. The bottom layer of the yoga mat is made of natural tree rubber that’s thermally bonded to the cork so there are zero harsh glue or chemicals in this yoga. The naturally bonding process also creates a top layer that doesn’t chip or crack (something you often see in lesser quality cork yoga mats).
If you like the look and springy feel of natural cork and rubber and want a yoga mat for both hot and non-heated yoga, you can’t go wrong with the Basically Perfect.