The best yoga mats for finding your flow at home or in the gym

Whether you want to stretch or meditate, these best yoga mats will help you find your inner zen

A selection of the best yoga mats, reviewed and tested by us, to buy from Sweaty Betty and Lululemon
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Investing in one of the best yoga mats from the likes of Sweaty Betty, Lululemon, or Yogamatters is almost essential if you're looking to get into the practice as it enables you to feel relaxed, comfortable, and supported throughout your session.

But while there are plenty of yoga mats on the market to choose from at these brands and more, some will be more suitable for your needs than others. For example, those who are a little taller will have different requirements to those of average height. Fans of intense yoga and Pilates poses will likely favor cushioning and stability above all else, while beginners won't need something quite as complex. 

Whatever type of yoga mat you're looking for though - from the best thick yoga mats to beginners' mats - we've got you covered with our tried and tested guide. 

How we tested the best yoga mats 

We put each mat to the test during a range of activities. These included everything from power yoga and Vinyasa, to meditation and home workouts. Our testers paid close attention to aspects such as material, support, design, and size.

  • Material - this is down to personal choice, with each option having particular benefits. Natural rubber is antimicrobial and cork is eco-friendly, while PVC is affordable and easy to clean. You should also consider if you want an open-cell mat that absorbs sweat (ideal for hot yoga) or a closed-cell mat that doesn't soak up moisture and is easy to clean. 
  • Grip - a mat with a great grip on both sides is a must-have to avoid any nasty slips as you flow. Options with a non-slip coating or those that are made from materials like rubber are best.
  • Support - if you want extra support for joints, choose one of the best thick yoga mats with extra cushioning for ultimate comfort. 
  • Design - is a brightly colored mat important to you? Or do you enjoy an alfresco flow and need a yoga mat that comes with a helpful carrying strap? There are so many designs on the market, and the right one will help bring out your inner zen.
  • Size - if you plan to use your yoga mat for HIIT workouts too, it's worth opting for a slightly larger size than the standard yoga mat. "Your yoga mat should be a little longer than you are, by around 7 inches. It's also something to bear in mind if you're tall.

The best yoga mats, as reviewed by our experts

Lululemon The Reversible Mat 3mm in black rolled up


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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
Colors: 21

Reasons to buy

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Antimicrobial
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Wider than standard yoga mats
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Durable 
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Non-slip 

Reasons to avoid

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Slight aroma at first
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Contains latex

Not only are they responsible for some of the very best gym leggings with pockets on the market, but the folks at Lululemon are also a dab hand when it comes to yoga mats. 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 or workout shoes. 

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

See our full The Lululemon The Reversible Mat 3mm review (opens in new tab) 

Yogi Bare Paws Natural Rubber Extreme Grip in dark grey


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2. Yogi Bare Paws Natural Rubber Extreme Grip

Best hot yoga mat

Specifications

RRP: $104.95/£74.95
Dimensions: 180mm x 66mm
Thickness: 4mm
Material: Natural rubber and PU
Weight: 2.5kg
Colors: 5

Reasons to buy

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Sustainable and vegan
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Non-slip, even when wet
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Slightly thicker at 4mm 

Reasons to avoid

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Tricky to roll up and store
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Heavier than other options 

When most yoga mats get 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. 

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. This mat has been designed with the environment in mind. It’s biodegradable, made with fully sustainable materials, vegan-friendly 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 this mat is staying put. It's almost triple the price of some of the other options on this list, but for keen yogis who want a slightly thicker mat that doesn't budge, this is worth the investment. 

See our full Yogi Bare Paws Natural Rubber Extreme Grip review (opens in new tab) 

Escape Fitness Yoga Mat in black with white dots rolled out flat


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3. Escape Fitness Yoga Mat

Most affordable yoga mat

Specifications

RRP: $31.24/£20.60
Dimensions: 173cm x 61cm
Thickness: 4mm
Material: Compact foam
Weight: 1.06kg
Colors: 1

Reasons to buy

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Great value
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Lightweight
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Positioning guide for hands and feet 

Reasons to avoid

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Narrow 
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Slippery on carpet

If you're new to the mindful practice or want to buy a mat on a budget, try the Escape Fitness Yoga Mat. It scores highly when it comes to looks, and makes this buy seem much more expensive than it really is. The 4mm thick foam mat is comfortable and supportive. We love the large white spots down the center, which makes it easy to line up hands and feet and nail yoga poses.  

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 (opens in new tab)

black Sweaty Betty Super Grip Yoga Mat rolled up

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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
Colors: 4

Reasons to buy

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Stable and supportive 
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Comfortable latex 
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Made from biodegradable natural latex
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Easy to clean

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly heavy
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Not suitable for those with a a latex allergy

Any fitness fan out there will list Sweaty Betty as one of their go-to brands for gym kit. So, it's no surprise the brand also knows a thing or two about accessories. 

The Super Grip Yoga Mat was easily the best non-slip mat we tested. Made from natural latex that doesn't hold funky unwanted smells or contain any harmful substances, this yoga mat really lives up to its name with ultimate gripping powers. It's cleverly designed so that it sticks to the ground, no matter how strenuous the workout. It also has a sticky grip on the other side so hands and feet stay in place when stretching too.

At 4mm thick it provides plenty of support and cushioning for joints. However, at 2kg it's best kept for at-home yoga sessions. As it's made from biodegradable natural latex, it's not suitable for those with latex allergies. 

Yogamatters Sticky Yoga Mat in blue rolled up


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5. Yogamatters Sticky Yoga Mat

Best latex-free yoga mat

Specifications

RRP: $39.49 (approx.)/£22
Dimensions: 183cm x 61cm
Thickness: 4.5mm
Material: High-grade PVC
Weight: 1.4kg
Colors: 14

Reasons to buy

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Latex-free
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Lightweight 
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Texture for ultimate grip 

Reasons to avoid

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Slippery when wet
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Slight aroma

The durable Yogamatters Sticky Yoga 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 14 different shades to choose from in this style, so you’ll certainly find one that suits you.

The mat doesn’t contain any toxic phthalates or DOP, which is considered to be a carcinogen. Most importantly as it's made from High-grade PVC, it's easy to clean and free from latex. The textured material helps with grip and supports you as you move. At 4.5mm thick, it protects knees and cushions joints. While it doesn't come with a yoga strap, you can pick one up from the brand to easily carry this to your next yoga or Pilates class. However, we suggest avoiding using this mat for hot yoga as we found it to be slippery when wet. 

See our full Yogamatters Sticky Yoga Mat review (opens in new tab)

Jade Fusion Yoga Mat

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6. Jade Fusion Yoga Mat

Most comfortable yoga mat

Specifications

RRP: $144.95
Material: Rubber
Dimensions: 188cm x 61cm
Weight: 3.5kg
Thickness: 8mm
Colors: 4

Reasons to buy

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Super comfy
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Extra long
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Very grippy

Reasons to avoid

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Heavy to transport

At 8mm thick, this yoga mat feels indulgently soft and squidgy - making the likes of child's pose and Shavasana even more of a restful treat. It's worth noting that because it's so bouncy, it can make certain moves slightly more of a challenge to balance in. But it's rather a small price to pay when your joints feel so well supported. 

Added to this is the fact that the eco-friendly material sourced from rubber trees - with no PVC, EVA, or other synthetic rubber - has been molded into a mat with a great grip. Additionally, it's a bit longer than regular mats, making it ideal for taller yogis. The heavy weight of this mat feels rather luxurious, however, this does mean it is more ideal for using at home rather than carrying about.

Gaiam Premium Mandala 6mm Yoga Mat in purple


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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
Colors: 40 designs

Reasons to buy

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Latex-free
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Anti-slip
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Mandala inspired design 

Reasons to avoid

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Slight aroma at first
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Not great when wet

Looking for something both squishy and stylish? Gaiam really delivers on comfort 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 those trying yoga for 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.

Once you get past the slight aroma on first use and let the mat air out, you're set to love this pick. We wouldn't recommend it for sweaty HIIT sessions or hot yoga, but for everyday stretching and restorative yoga, you can't go wrong. 

Yogamatters Revive Yoga Mat in red and navy

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8. Yogamatters Revive Yoga Mat

Best yoga mat for all workouts

Specifications

RRP: $62 (approx) /£45
Dimensions: 183cm x 61cm
Thickness: 5mm
Material: 100% TPE
Weight: 1.2kg
Colors: 2

Reasons to buy

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Lots of cushioning 
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Closed-cell makes it easy to clean
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Lightweight 
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Great for all workouts 

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly slippery at first in socks and shoes 

In the market for a mat to use for all of your workouts? Let us introduce you to the Yogamatters Revive Yoga Mat. Designed specifically to suit all activities, whether you're a seasoned yogi or trying Pilates for beginners, this mat will see you through any exercise. 

Made from 100% TPE with a closed-cell surface, it doesn't absorb sweat and is super easy to clean post-workout - you can use the brand's yoga cleaner, or simply wipe it down with warm soapy water. We found the mat a little slippery in socks and shoes at first, but once worn in we had no problems. The grip is excellent, thanks to the textured surface. And at 5mm thick it will keep joints well-cushioned as you move.

The Yogamatters mat is available in Cherry and Midnight. It's not the most affordable yoga mat in our round-up, but if you're investing in an exercise mat for all your workouts we couldn't recommend it more. 

Yogistar Children’s Yogamatte Yoga Mat in blue


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9. Yogistar Children’s Yogamatte Yoga Mat

Best yoga mat for kids

Specifications

RRP: $18.79 (approx.)/£13.32 (approx.)
Material: PVC
Dimensions: 152cm x 51cm
Weight: 900g
Thickness: 4mm
Colors: 4

Reasons to buy

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Non-slip
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Washing-machine friendly
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Thick and supportive 

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Often out of stock

Often available on Amazon, 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). 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.

Get your little one involved in your daily yoga or meditation routine, not only is it a great bonding experience but they're sure to reap the wellbeing benefits of the mindful practices, too. 

How to choose the best yoga mat

When it comes to choosing a yoga mat, you want one that feels right, looks stylish for classes, and importantly, does what it's supposed to do. "You want to ensure your yoga mat is not too thin, so you are not uncomfortable when doing exercises on your hands and knees. You also want to make sure that it is light enough to carry but heavy enough to stay in one place during your workout," says Kira Mahal, yoga specialist and founder of MotivatePT (opens in new tab)

"While there is a temptation to go for the cheapest yoga mat, it is important to ensure that your mat is benefiting, not hindering your workout so spending a bit more will be beneficial," she says. 

Looking at the specifics, Mahal says that your yoga mat should be a little longer than you are in size - by about 7 inches. "If the standard mat size is not long enough for you, you can find an extra-long mat that will support both your head and feet adequately, or you can add cushions and blankets to either end when in laying positions, to support the head and feet."

Material-wise, ethically sourced, packaged, and sustainable materials are the way forward. "That way you can feel extra good about your practice," she says. Under these conditions, you can still buy in a variety of different materials, such as foam, PVC/vinyl, rubber, jute, or cotton. 

"Also when deciding on the type of material, you should consider if it’s nonslip, wipe clean, easily portable, breathable and decide if eco-friendly is important to you."

Is there a difference between a yoga mat and a fitness mat?

The short answer is yes. "The differences between yoga mats and exercise mats are the thickness and firmness of the material," says Thimela Garcia, yoga instructor and founder of Chakra Mama Healing (opens in new tab). "Yoga mats need to provide support and some cushioning, but they should also allow you to feel stable and grounded when performing poses." 

Similarly, Caroline Lucas, yoga instructor and owner of Karma Studios (opens in new tab), adds, "A yoga mat generally has better grip. No one wants to be slipping around in downward facing dog."

In contrast, Garcia explains, "Exercise mats are mostly thicker than yoga mats because they need to be relatively firm to provide some level of padding for dropping barbells, kettlebells and weights." In addition to being designed for impact-heavy movement, including to withstand intense HIIT workouts and strength training with weights, "fitness mats tend to be designed so that the user doesn't feel the ground as closely." 

What is the best thickness for a yoga mat?

The same goes for the thickness of the yoga mat. "The thickness and quality of your mat makes a big difference too," specialist Kira Mahal says. "4mm are thinner and ideal for balance poses, while thicker 8mm mats are too thick to balance on but great for laying on. A 6mm mat provides enough support for the back when lying down, whilst also being able to do balance postures when standing, so that’s a good place to start."