Best yoga mats for stretching, meditation, beginners and advanced workouts

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

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Investing in the best yoga mats can help you get the most out of any yoga routine. After all, yoga is great for your health, no matter what your age, fitness level or health goals. It increases flexibility, strengthens and improves muscle tone and can help reduce stress and anxiety. 

So whether it's meditation, simple stretching or a full-on yoga routine, it's important to be geared up for your workout—it's not only the best leggings and best sports bras you need in your yogi kit. To help you choose the best yoga mats for you, we tried and tested popular brands such as Lululemon, Yogamatters and Meglio. We put each mat to the test during a range of yoga routines, from power yoga to vinyasa yoga to meditation. When looking for the best yoga mats, it's important to pay particular attention to aspects such as fabric, comfort, grip, stability, design and size. As well as personal preference, you'll also want to think about what kind of mat you need. 

Our top pick was Lululemon The Reversible Mat 3mm. While it may be slightly more expensive than some of the other best yoga mats on the market, it's an investment for your yoga journey that will last you years to come. But, if you find the Lululemon yoga mat a little too thin, the Gaiam Premium Mandala 6mm Yoga Mat might be the one for you. As one of the best thick yoga mats out there, it's durable and offers great stability for whatever flow you do. It's also a must if you're trying yoga for back pain as it will give you extra support. 

The best yoga mats as reviewed by our experts

Lululemon The Reversible Mat 3mm in black rolled up, one of w&h's best yoga mats picks


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1. Lululemon The Reversible Mat 3mm

Best yoga mat overall

Specifications
RRP: $78/£58
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

Not only are they responsible for some of the very best workout leggings on the market, but the folks at Lululemon are also a dab hand when it comes to yoga mats. So whether you're looking for one of the best yoga mats for meditation or turning to yoga for weight loss, this Lululemon mat ticks all the boxes 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.

While it does contain latex, which isn’t great for those with allergies, it also has antimicrobial properties to help prevent mold and mildew. Another reason why it is the top of our best yoga mats, is that it’s slightly wider than some standard mats on the market, so you definitely feel like you have plenty of room to move. The only downside is that it does smell a bit strange 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 in dark grey, one of w&h's best yoga mats picks


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2. Yogi Bare Paws Natural Rubber Extreme Grip

Best hot yoga mat

Specifications
RRP: $104.95/£68
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 of the best yoga mats get soaking wet, they also get super slippery, but that’s not the case for this Yogi Bare mat, making it perfect for hot yoga or when you want to get your sweat on. But then, for almost triple the price of some of our other best 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 onto 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, making it truly worthy to be one of our best yoga mats.

See our full Yogi Bare Paws Natural Rubber Extreme Grip review 

Meglio Premium Yoga Mat 7mm in red rolled up, one of w&h's best yoga mats picks


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3. Meglio Premium Yoga Mat 7Mm

Best cheap yoga mat

Specifications
RRP: $28.19 (approx.)/£19.99
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 Meglio option great value for one of the best yoga mats, but it also comes with a carry strap, making it easy to take to and from classes. 

And that's not all. At almost 8mm, the thickness of this mat is ideal for anyone who needs comfort to be a top priority or wants a little extra padding to protect their joints. 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

black Sweaty Betty Super Grip Yoga Mat rolled up, one of w&h's best yoga mats picks

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4. Sweaty Betty Super Grip Yoga Mat

Best non-slip yoga mat

Specifications
RRP: $78/£65
Dimensions: 183cm x 61cm
Thickness: 4mm
Material: Natural Latex
Weight: 2kg
Colours: 3
Reasons to buy
+Super non-slip+Supportive and comfortable
Reasons to avoid
-Slightly heavy

Any fitness fan out there will list Sweaty Betty as one of their go-tos for gym kit, so it's no surprise that they also know what they're doing when it comes to accessories. And the brand offers one of the best yoga mats around in their Super Grip Yoga Mat. Made from natural latex that doesn't hold that funky unwanted smell or contain any harmful substances, the yoga mat really lives up to the name with its gripping powers. Not only does it feature a cleverly-designed surface that sticks to the ground, no matter how strenuous a workout you're doing, it also has a sticky grip on the other side so that hands and feet stay in place when stretching too. It's thick enough to provide support and some cushioning, but those with joint problems may need something a little thicker.

Yogamatters Sticky Yoga Mat in blue rolled up, one of w&h's best yoga mats picks


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5. Yogamatters Sticky Yoga Mat

Best latex-free yoga mat

Specifications
RRP: $39.49 (approx.)/£28
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 Yogamatters mat is one of the best yoga mats for everyday use—the choice of bright colors could be the boost you need, especially when 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. What's more, 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 colorful 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 in black with white dots rolled out flat, one of w&h's best yoga mats picks


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6. Escape Fitness Yoga Mat

Best yoga mat for beginners

Specifications
RRP: $29.05 (approx.)/£20.60
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

Yoga for beginners is a great hobby to take up in your spare time, and this mat is perfect if you're new to the mindful practice and to ensure you're equipped with one of the best yoga mats. 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 and you'd rather take up something like nordic walking instead.

The best thing about this black mat is that it has large white spots down the center. 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 in purple, one of w&h's best yoga mats picks


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7. Gaiam Premium Mandala 6mm Yoga Mat

Best thick yoga mat

Specifications
RRP: $29.99/£32.49
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 best 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 a 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. 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 in blue, one of w&h's best yoga mats picks


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8. Yogistar Children’s Yogamatte Yoga Mat

Best yoga mat for kids

Specifications
RRP: $18.79 (approx.)/£13.32 (approx.)/€15.50 (worldwide delivery available)
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 colors of either pink, mandarin (orange) or kiwi (green), this Yogistar mat is one of the best yoga mats for children. 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 one of our best yoga mats for little ones is the fact that you can wash it at 30ºC in a washing machine—it takes the hassle out of keeping it clean.