Best yoga mats: Ideal for beginners, better balance, meditation and high-impact moves

Our round-up of the best yoga mats will help make your shop so much easier.

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Yoga is great for your health, no matter what your age. Our guide to the best yoga mats will help you get the most out of your low impact workout.

Whether it's meditation, simple stretching or a full on exercise routine that you do during your yoga session, it's important to be geared up for your workout. But it's not only the best leggings and  best sports bras you need in your yogi kit, having the right yoga mat is also just as important.

When testing the many yoga mats on offer, features we paid particular attention to in our testing and reviews included: fabric, comfort, grip, stability, design and size. We also specifically considered which would be the best option for kids and the best thicker offering.

Our top pick was Lululemon The Reversible Mat 3mm. While it may be slightly more expensive than some of the others on the market, you definitely get a good investment for your cash. Firstly, it’s ultra absorbent, which means you won’t slip around when you get sweaty. Plus, it scores well when it comes to stability. 

Feel it may be too thin for you? You can find out how the Lululemon fared when it went head to head with the thicker Meglio Premium Yoga Mat 7mm or scroll below for our round-up review.

The best yoga mats to buy in 2021

Lululemon The Reversible Mat 3mm


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1. Lululemon The Reversible Mat 3mm

Overall best yoga mat for most people

Specifications
Dimensions: 180cm x 66cm
Thickness: 3mm
Material: Polyurethane and rubber
Weight: 1.76g
Colours: 2
Reasons to buy
+Wide+Antimicrobial
Reasons to avoid
-Slight aroma at first-Contains latex

For a yoga mat to suit most people, it needs to tick quite a few boxes first. This one does – and then some! Despite being just 3mm thick, it’s incredibly squidgy, thanks to the natural rubber base, so joints feel both supported and protected. Tough and durable, with a simple unisex style, hands and feet won’t slip on this black mat at all, even when you’re wearing socks. 

And, while it does contain latex, which isn’t great for those with allergies, it also has antimicrobial properties to help prevent mould and mildew. It’s slightly wider than some standard mats on the market, so you definitely feel like you have plenty of room. The only downside is that it does smell a bit fusty when first unwrapped, although that does start to go once aired.

See our full The Lululemon The Reversible Mat 3mm review 

Yogi Bare Paws Natural Rubber Extreme Grip


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2. Yogi Bare Paws Natural Rubber Extreme Grip

Best premium yoga mat

Specifications
Dimensions: 180mm x 66mm
Thickness: 4mm
Material: Natural rubber and PU
Weight: 2.5kg
Colours: 5
Reasons to buy
+Sustainable and vegan+Non-slip, even when wet
Reasons to avoid
-Tricky to put away-Heavy

When most yoga mats get soaking wet, they also get super slippery, but that’s not the case for this one, making it perfect for Hot Yoga or when you want to get your sweat on. But then, for almost triple the price of other yoga mats, you’d expect it to go the extra distance. 

Available in red, dark green or grey, the stunning Aztec-style design is laser-etched on to the mat itself, which is ideal for helping to know where to put your hands and feet in certain poses. Plus, this mat has been designed with the environment in mind. It’s biodegradable, made with fully sustainable materials, vegan and even the packaging used is 100% recyclable. 

The best bit? It literally won’t move. You can jump around all you like, completely safe in the knowledge that this mat is staying put.

See our full Yogi Bare Paws Natural Rubber Extreme Grip review 

Meglio Premium Yoga Mat 7mm


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3. Meglio Premium Yoga Mat 7Mm

Best cheap yoga mat

Specifications
Dimensions: 183cm x 61cm
Thickness: 7mm
Material: TPE material
Weight: 800g
Colours: 1
Reasons to buy
+Ultra lightweight+Very thick
Reasons to avoid
-Slippery when wet-Limited colours

Made with non-toxic, eco-friendly yet durable material, not only is this great value for a yoga mat, but it also comes with a carry strap, making it easy to take to the gym. 

But that’s not all. Do you have issues with joints when it comes to stretching, especially when attempting to kneel on the floor? At almost 8mm, the thickness of this mat is ideal for anyone who needs comfort to be a top priority. This amount of padding is really good for beginners, too – it can be the boost you need to keep focused when you lie down, relax and meditate. Plus, the deep texture marks on the underside of the mat make it great for stability. 

The best bit? This yoga mat doesn’t have any artificial aroma, which is often the case for budget buys. 

See our full Meglio Premium Yoga Mat 7mm review

Yogamatters Sticky Yoga Mat


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4. Yogamatters Sticky Yoga Mat

Best latex-free yoga mat

Specifications
Dimensions: 183cm x 61cm
Thickness: 4.5mm
Material: High-grade PVC
Weight: 1.2kg
Colours: 13
Reasons to buy
+Latex-free+Machine washable
Reasons to avoid
-Slippery when wet-Slight aroma

This durable mat is ideal for everyday use – the choice of bright colours can give you a boost, especially when simply stretching in the morning. In fact, there are 12 different shades to choose from in this style, so you’ll certainly find one that suits you. And that’s not all. This mat doesn’t contain any toxic phthalates or DOP, which is considered to be a carcinogen, and, most importantly, it’s free from latex. 

The mat has raised bumps over the whole surface to help with grip, and both the texture and colourful design are definitely appealing, especially for such a bargain price. At 4.5mm thick, it’s ideal for standing poses, as you still have enough connection to the floor. Plus, we love the fact that if you get it dirty, it’s machine washable at 40ºC.

See our full Yogamatters Sticky Yoga Mat review

Escape Fitness Yoga Mat


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5. Escape Fitness Yoga Mat

Best yoga mat for beginners

Specifications
Dimensions: 173cm x 61cm
Thickness: 4mm
Material: Compact foam
Weight: 1.06kg
Colours: 1
Reasons to buy
+Great value+Lightweight
Reasons to avoid
-Narrow -Slippery on carpet

Want to start doing gentle stretching exercises? With a simple, but stylish design, the Escape Fitness Yoga Mat really scores highly when it comes to looks, and makes this buy seem much more expensive than it really is – which is great if you don’t want to spend a fortune only to decide yoga is not right for you. 

But the best thing about this black mat is that it has large white spots down the centre. The spots are so easy to see, even if you are upside down! It’s unisex and very eye-catching, and ideal to help line up hands and feet in the correct position. 

Not only does it have a good grip, especially on a wooden floor, but, at just 1.06kg, it’s a lightweight pick. Plus, it goes back into its rolled-up position well, making it easy to transport.

See our full Escape Fitness Yoga Mat review

Gaiam Premium Mandala 6mm Yoga Mat


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6. Gaiam Premium Mandala 6mm Yoga Mat

Best thick yoga mat

Specifications
Material: PVC
Dimensions: 172cm x 61cm
Weight: 1.34kg
Thickness: 6mm
Colours: 17
Reasons to buy
+Latex-free+Anti-slip
Reasons to avoid
-Slight aroma at first-Not great when wet

Looking for something both squishy and stylish? Gaiam really delivers on comfort when it comes to their yoga mats, and this thick yoga mat from their Premium range is no exception. Producing quality and durable buys is the reason they have been a leading yoga brand for quarter of a century, so it's a great choice for both beginners and more experienced yogis. 

While it’s nowhere near as expensive as some of the rubber varieties of yoga mats on the market, this one still offers stability and grip, thanks to the PVC material. 

Plus, there are no nasty phthalates, making it safe for the whole family to use. And, if this bold, purple design isn’t quite right for you, there are plenty of others in the range, including Citroen Sundial (grey and yellow), Marrakesh (blue) and Metallic Sunset (dark red).

Yogistar Children’s Yogamatte Yoga Mat


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7. Yogistar Children’s Yogamatte Yoga Mat

Best overall yoga mat for kids

Specifications
Material: PVC
Dimensions: 152cm x 51cm
Weight: 900g
Thickness: 4mm
Colours: 4
Reasons to buy
+Non-slip+Washing-machine friendly
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Often out of stock

Often available on Amazon in bold block colours of either pink, mandarin (orange) or kiwi (green), this yoga mat may look rather plain compared with many of the other best kids' yoga mats. However, it means children won’t get bored or “grow out” of the design in a hurry. And at 152cm x 51cm, they shouldn’t get too big for it too soon, either. 

It’s made with PVC, meaning the grip is exceptionally sturdy, especially on hard floors (where the insulation will also help to keep tiny feet warm), which can make all the difference when youngsters are learning. 

Plus, it’s non-toxic and free from phthalates and heavy metals, so won’t irritate the skin or cause allergies. But what makes this our top mat for children is the fact that you can wash it at 30ºC in a washing machine – it takes the hassle out of keeping it clean.