Best Yoga Mats

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 1, 2017
Are you fond of a healthy lifestyle? If so, you certainly know about yoga - an ancient Indian spiritual and physical practice that is now popular all over the world. And practicing yoga requires a special mat. That's why we have picked 5 best yoga mats for you! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Material
Size
Thickness
Structure
Convenience
Washing
Weight
 
PROS
It keeps the shape perfectly and the lifetime warranty proves the quality of the mat. It is made of eco-friendly materials.
CONS
It is a bit heavy that impacts its mobility.
OUR VERDICT
Manduka PRO is an excellent yoga mat for novices and advanced users. It is very convenient, even when you do really difficult exercises.
detailed parameters
Material
PVC
Size
Length: 71" (85") Width: 26"
Thickness
1/4"
Structure
Closed-cell surface
Convenience
High-density cushion for joint protection and versatility on any surface
Washing
Wipe cleaning
Weight
7 (9) lbs
PROS
The mat is made of natural and eco-friendly material. It provides an excellent slip-resistance. This yoga mat can serve you for as many as 2-3 years even if you use it intensively.
CONS
You shouldn't expose the mat to sunlight since it may get spoiled faster.
OUR VERDICT
Using this fantastic Jade yoga mat, you will achieve harmony and get the maximum pleasure from yoga exercises.
detailed parameters
Material
Rubber
Size
Length: 68" (74") Width: 24"
Thickness
3/16"
Structure
Open cell
Convenience
Exceptional resilience, Cushion, Compression set resistance
Washing
Hand washed (mild soap and warm water)
Weight
4.50 lbs
PROS
The price for this yoga mat is rather small. Also, it is very thick, so you won't hurt your joints. Yet, BalanceFrom is a really lightweight mat for yoga.
CONS
Some people say this yoga mat is a bit too soft, so it's difficult to stand on one leg.
OUR VERDICT
BalanceFrom yoga mat is perfect for novices in yoga. It is easy to take it with you, due to the small weight and a comfortable carrying strap.
detailed parameters
Material
Density foam
Size
Length: 71" Width: 24"
Thickness
1/2"
Structure
Double-sided non-slip surface
Convenience
Flexible, Handy carrying strap for storage and transportation
Washing
Hand wash (cold water)
Weight
1.8 lbs
PROS
Gaiam yoga mat is flexible and durable at the same time, and you can clean it easily. Free Yoga Workout Download comes in a shipping package as a bonus.
CONS
New mats emit an unpleasant smell at first, but it disappears after several days.
OUR VERDICT
This yoga mat can be used for any type of yoga and for asana of any complexity. Exercising on this mat, you will feel absolutely comfortable and relaxed.
detailed parameters
Material
PVC
Size
Length: 68" (78") Width: 24"
Thickness
1/5" (1/4")
Structure
Non-slip surface
Convenience
–°ushioning for joints
Washing
Washing machine
Weight
2.5 lbs
PROS
This highly comfortable yoga mat is made of extra thick memory foam. A non-slip surface that 'grips' the floor.
CONS
This yoga mat is slightly less durable than its counterparts.
OUR VERDICT
Zen Active yoga mat is a perfect pick for convenient training. Due to the memory foam, your joints will never get hurt, no matter what you are doing.
detailed parameters
Material
Memory foam
Size
Length: 72" Width: 24"
Thickness
1/4"
Structure
Double-sided non-slip surface
Convenience
Extra cushion, Flexible, Handy carrying strap for storage and transportation
Washing
Hand wash (cold water)
Weight
3.3 lbs

What is a Yoga Mat

A yoga mat is probably one of the most required accessories for practicing yoga. If a novice doesn't realize how important having a good yoga mat is, an experienced person tries to find a decent mat for training. A yoga mat allows you to make your exercises far more convenient and safer. Moreover, this mat outlines your private space and its borders. Picking the right yoga mat, you will be able to find true enjoyment in yoga exercises.

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What Features to Compare

Size and Thickness

Choosing the best yoga mat, you should, first of all, pay attention to its size and thickness. These two features are crucial. The mat size should be 4 inches longer than your height. Some yoga practices require even a longer mat. For example, if you practice asana yoga, you'd better buy a mat at least 86 inches long. At the same time, the thickness of the mat has a direct impact on how soft it is. It will be easier to lean an elbow or knee on a thicker yoga mat without discomfort. Also, a thick mat will not conduct the cold from the floor, which is important if you practice savasana and long-lasting meditation. The optimal thickness of a yoga mat is 1.5 - 2.6 inches.

Efficiency

To buy a yoga mat that will be convenient to use, pay attention to the structure and material it's been made of. Most yoga mats from popular brands are made of either natural materials, thermoplastic elastomer or synthetic. Let's take a closer look at each option:

  • Synthetic mats are made of PVC (elastic, durable synthetic polymer). Such mats are not very good for yoga because they are too slippery. Their lifespan is two years at best. However, you may try yoga mats made of dense PVC: they are rough, non-slip, and quite durable. A PVC mat will be suitable for a novice who is still not sure about his/her near-term yoga perspectives.
  • Thermoplastic elastomer mats are suitable for fitness and yoga practice. They are softer, lighter, and more flexible than PVC mats. Also, such yoga mats are pleasant to touch and they keep their shape very well. Such mats do not fade in the sun and they are resistant to cold temperatures. Also, due to their non-slip surface, softness, and capability of absorbing sweat, they are particularly great for yoga. As usual, such yoga mats can serve you as long as 4-5 years.
  • Natural yoga mats are made of natural rubber with inclusions of jute. The rubber is not so lightweight, but absolutely frizz-free. Moreover, rubber yoga mats don't slip or emit any unpleasant smell. They are thicker than synthetic mats, so you won't hurt your elbows or knees if you need to lean on the mat. Rubber does not conduct the cold from the floor, it is very sticky so you can easily do the "Adho Mukha Shvanasana" and other asanas that require leaning on your arms.

Maintenance and Usability

PVC yoga mats are durable enough to be washed in a washing machine. Other mats are better to clean with a wet wipe or tea tree oil. Please note: do not wash them with soap and water. Any detergent is absorbed into a yoga mat and it is really hard to rinse it later. During intensive training, the soap soaks into the carpet and mixes with body moisture, and then rolls on the mat like an ice cube. At the same time, if you are going to practice yoga not at home but somewhere else, take a look at such parameters as weight and mobility. You should be able to fold the yoga mat quickly and comfortably.

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Manduka PRO

Size and Thickness

This Yoga and Pilates Mat is offered in two sizes: 71 and 85 inches, so you can find the mat suitable for your height. Both types have the same thickness of ¼ inch, which allows you to practice yoga without suffering from pain in your joints. Manduka PRO Mat can be used for practicing yoga and pilates as well. At the same time, the mat comes in 9 varieties of colors, so you can pick your favorite one. Yoga is not just a fitness technique but a spiritual teaching and you will feel a lot more concentrated if you are doing it on a yoga mat of the color you like.

Review of Manduka PRO Yoga and Pilates Mat

Efficiency

Manduka PRO Mat is made of a thick layer of PVC that provides extremely good performance. This yoga mat is intended to serve for many years. As a proof of its reliability, it comes with a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer. The quality of the surface material gets better the more you use this mat. It's important to emphasize that the surface of Manduka PRO Mat is manufactured in compliance with the so-called 'Closed-cell' technology, which makes this yoga mat very hygienic - keeping it clean is really simple.

Manduka PRO Yoga and Pilates Mat in the use

Maintenance and Usability

In spite of its thickness, this yoga mat is rather flexible, so you can easily clean it after a training. It is recommended to wipe the mat with a wet cloth and lubricate it with the tea tree oil. Unfortunately, machine washing will cause a negative effect on its warranty. However, washing the yoga mat in the washing machine isn't necessary - you will be able to cope with it yourself. In all, this model is perfect both for a novice and an experienced user.

Detailed review of Manduka PRO Yoga and Pilates Mat

Manduka PRO
Manduka PRO
 

Jade Yoga Harmony

Size and Thickness

Harmony Professional yoga mat comes in two length options: 68 and 74 -inch lengths, due to that you will be able to choose the mat which is the most suitable for your height. The thickness of the yoga mat is 3/16-inch that prevents suffering from feeling some discomfort during exercises. It is interesting to note that the mat is available in different colors. The color range is rather wide: there are 10 colors, so anybody can pick the mat to his/her taste.

Review of Jade Yoga Harmony Yoga Mat

Efficiency

This yoga mat is made of natural rubber. It has a surface with exposed cells that protect you from slipping during your training. Thanks to the eco-friendly and natural material, the mat will not absorb smells and it can be used on all kinds of surface due to its minimal slipping and nice adhesion. The item is quite durable, however, it is better to keep it away from direct sunlight since it causes substantial damage.

Jade Yoga Harmony Yoga Mat in the use

Maintenance and Usability

You can easily wash the mat in warm water, adding a bit of soft soap after training. You should still remember about the open-cell structure, so you have to wash this yoga mat thoroughly. In order to make it dry, put the mat on a towel, then squeeze some residue of water by pressing it with your hands. After this procedure, hang it and leave it to dry up. The mat dries within a few days. It's also advised to wipe the mat with tea tree oil.

 

 


Jade Yoga Harmony
Jade Yoga Harmony
 

BalanceFrom GoYoga Exercise

Size and Thickness

BalanceFrom GoYoga is available in a single size (71 inches long), but still it is enough for most people. At the same time, the thickness of this yoga mat is 0.5 inch that makes it convenient for practicing yoga on any type of surface, whether it is a cold cement or warm wooden floor. This yoga mat can be used by beginners and experienced users. The mat comes in a variety of fantastic colors that let you make a choice according to your preferences.

Review of BalanceFrom GoYoga Exercise Yoga Mat with Carrying Strap

Efficiency

The yoga mat is made of density foam, which is very durable, so the mat will serve you for many years (in case of proper maintenance, of course). The use of this material makes this yoga mat sufficiently soft for your joints and allows it to anatomically follow the contours of your body. This will provide the maximum comfort during a training session. Also, density foam protects your joints and prevents any unpleasant injuries. This excellent yoga mat consists of 2 surfaces with a non-slip coating, which makes the mat tacky enough.

BalanceFrom GoYoga Exercise Yoga Mat with Carrying Strap in the use

Maintenance and Usability

You can easily transport BalanceFrom yoga mat due to a handy carrying strap included in a package. Thus, it is convenient to carry and store this yoga mat (in a rolled-up position). The yoga mat weighs approximately 1.8 lbs, that makes it easy to carry during trips or camping. The mat is quite soft, so some owners report feeling a bit of discomfort while balancing. After a training, wipe the yoga mat with a wet cloth or just wash it in running cold water. Always keep your yoga mat clean!

Detailed review of BalanceFrom GoYoga Exercise Yoga Mat with Carrying Strap

BalanceFrom GoYoga Exercise
BalanceFrom GoYoga Exercise
 

Gaiam Print Premium

Size and Thickness

Gaiam Print Mat is presented in two sizes: 68 and 78 inches long. You can also find it in two thickness options: 0.2, and 0.25 inches. Due to the variety of sizes of the mat, you have an opportunity to choose the best one exactly to your needs. This yoga mat is also available in a variety of great colors. So, you can pick your favorite color and emphasize your individuality! However, this yoga mat emits unpleasant smell at first, it will disappear in a few days.

Review of Gaiam Print Premium Yoga Mats

Efficiency

The mat is made of PVC, i.e. a synthetic material. Due to this fact, it is extremely wear-proof and unpretentious to the conditions of use. The mat has a rather sticky surface, which prevents you from slipping during your training. Besides, it is an ideal variant for a beginner who has not decided yet about the time limit for practicing yoga. Also, experienced people will find this model pretty convenient for doing some really difficult yoga and pilates exercises.

Gaiam Print Premium Yoga Mats in the use

Maintenance and Usability

The Gaiam Print Premium Yoga Mat is durable enough for machine washing due to a really durable material. Its upper side has an excellent cushioned surface that protects your joints. It is one of the lightest yoga mats, so it is easy to carry it. In addition, those who decide to buy this yoga mat will be able to download Yoga Workout for free from the manufacturer's website. Thanks to these detailed instructions, you will be able to practice yoga at home. No need to pay for expensive classes!

Gaiam Print Premium
Gaiam Print Premium
 

Zen Active Extra Thick

Size and Thickness

Zen Active Non-Slip Yoga Mat is available in a single length of 73 inches. At the same time, a thickness of this yoga mat is 1/4 inch that makes it convenient for exercising without overloading your joints. It's self-evident, Zen Active yoga mat can be used even on really tough surfaces. This yoga mat comes in a variety of vibrant colors; to be more specific, there are 4 of them, that allows you to make a choice according to your preferences.

Review of Zen Active Extra Thick Yoga Mat

Efficiency

This yoga mat is made of an extra-thick memory foam. It will perfectly follow the contours of your body, that will provide comfort during exercising on the mat. The structure of the mat has 2 surfaces. One of them is a non-slip surface while the other one has a special covering - Extra Cushion that will give you an unforgettable yoga experience. Such mat will allow you to try the most difficult asanas absolutely safely for your joints and bones.

Zen Active Extra Thick Yoga Mat in the use

Maintenance and Usability

Zen Active yoga mat comes with a couple of carrying straps. They provide secure storage (preventing spontaneous unrolling of the mat) and ease of transportation from home to a yoga studio or a fitness club. After an intensive workout, it is necessary to rinse the yoga mat with water. According to the instruction manual, you should carefully wash it in cold running water. It is better to wipe the mat with tea tree oil to disinfect its surface.

Zen Active Extra Thick
Zen Active Extra Thick
 

Sources:

1. Yoga mat, Wikipedia. October 13, 2016.

2. How to choose a yoga mat, wikiHow.

3. Yoga Gear: How to Choose, REI.

 

 

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