Best Yoga Mats – We’ve Tested Sweaty Betty, Lululemon and More

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The right yoga mat can turn a tedious stretching session into an hour of soothing practice, allowing you to focus on each pose and fully relax your mind and body.

Fed up with bruising your back on hardwood flooring or slipping across your carpeted lounge? We hear you, which is why we asked our resident expert yogi to test 18 market-leading models to find the best for both comfort and grip for all your fitness needs.

What is the best yoga mat?

Pick up one of our favorite yoga mats, find a small patch of flat ground and give a few flows a go.

    What should I look for when buying a yoga mat?

    Thickness: The best thickness for a yoga mat depends on the type of yoga you most enjoy practicing. For example, a cushioned mat (6mm or more) might feel blissfully comfortable for back work and meditation, but you’ll need something thinner and stickier for more dynamic yoga.

    Portability: If you plan to take your mat with you to a yoga studio, look for a model that is lightweight (less than 2kg, ideally), rolls up easily and has carry straps.

    Flu: If you’re into hot yoga and often have sweaty hands, look for a rubber or textured mat that will grip the floor and keep you stable while balancing.

    Sustainability: Many yogis are environmentally-aware and prefer mats made from natural materials, such as cork or jute. Happily, these look good and work well, meaning there’s no need to sacrifice style or quality for green credentials.

    How we test

    To find the best yoga mat, our trusted tester put 18 mats through their paces on both carpet and tiles. Our expert judged how stable and supportive each mat felt during everything from hot yoga to HIIT. Comfort, versatility, sustainability and portability were all taken into account, with only the crème de la crème earning a spot on our roundup.

    Goodbye stress, hello zen.

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Best yoga mat

Super Grip Yoga Mat

Fantastic for all forms of yoga, the grip offered by this luxe latex mat proved unmatchable. We could firmly plant our hands and feet on this mat without fear of slipping, even in the most precarious of poses.

It felt sturdy enough to stand up to the rigors of higher impact HIIT, yet its thin, lightweight design made it a breeze to transport. It got grubby quite quickly but easily wiped down and we loved the choice of three chic colors.

Key specifications
Dimensions (cm):
183 x 62 x 0.4
Weight:
2kg
Material:
Natural latex
Thickness:
4mm (medium)
Colors available:
Slate, navy green, nerine pink

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Best for balance

Paws Extreme Grip Yoga Mat

This Yogi Bare mat did everything we asked of it and more, offering a supreme non-slip surface that’s perfect for working on our crow pose. The 4mm medium thickness was comfortable enough to stop our spine from feeling harsh hardwood floors while still allowing us to feel grounded during flows, and the material is able to absorb moisture if things get a bit sweaty.

The edges didn’t curl after the mat was unfurled (a common problem with spongy rubber mats) and its Aztec design served the dual purpose of both looking good and guiding our body into alignment.

Key specifications
Dimensions (cm):
180 x 66 x 0.4
Weight:
2.5kg
Material:
Natural rubber and polyurethane
Thickness:
4 mM
Colors available:
Black, green, gray, ocean blue, red

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Best for style

Yoga Mat

This jazzy purple number may be aesthetically striking, but it stands out for more than its good looks. It’s the only product on our list to feature a non-slip vegan suede top, which offered supreme comfort no matter the pose.

This innovative material is made from recycled bottles and performs best when wet, so if you’re not planning on getting sweaty with some hot yoga, try spritzing it with water first.

Key specifications
Dimensions (cm):
183 x 66 x 0.45
Weight:
3.4kg
Material:
Natural tree rubber and vegan suede
Thickness:
4.5mm (medium)
Colors available:
Purple, turquoise, yellow, black, blue

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Best luxury mat

Take Form Yoga Mat 5mm

Specially designed for yoga, this mat is worth its A-list price tag. The sustainably sourced natural rubber has a 3D texture, allowing you to center yourself without having to look down – a useful feature for beginners learning new movement patterns.

The soft surface offered outstanding grip but it’s intended for barefooted use, so keep your weights and trainers at bay. It’s quite inflexible, meaning we struggled to roll it up tightly, but it’s definitely one to show off.

Key specifications
Dimensions (cm):
180 x 66 x 0.5
Weight: 2.24kg
Material:
Natural rubber
Thickness:
5mm (medium)
Colors available:
Black, spiced chai and silk rose, green fern, blue borealis, black and white

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Best for hot yoga

Alignment Yoga Mat

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£ 70.00

If you’re a seasoned yogi looking to upgrade your mat, consider this premium offering. It’s made from a moisture-wicking material (a natural, biodegradable tree rubber) that improved our grip when our hands got sweaty, making it perfect for hot yoga.

The line down the center gives it a stylish design while helping users keep their alignment during movement patterns. However, it isn’t the easiest to fold up, so save it for home stretching sessions.

Key specifications
Dimensions (cm): 183 x 68 x 0.5
Weight: 2.5kg
Material: Biodegradable 100% tree rubber, polyurethane
Thickness: 5mm (medium)
Colors available: Mint, midnight blue

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Best eco credentials

Aqua Evolve Mat

This mat goes one step further than its eco-friendly rivals by incorporating algae (yes, that green stuff from ponds) into its make-up. The gorgeous marble design is easy on the eye when unfurled across your living room floor and the combination of algae and EVA foam offers a comfortable surface for stretching.

Grip has been compromised for softness – our hands slipped slightly during more testing movements – but it’d make a great restorative choice.

Key specifications
Dimensions (cm):
190 x 60 x 0.5
Weight:
0.8kg
Material:
Foam and algae
Thickness:
5mm (medium)
Colors available:
Aqua

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Best for home workouts

10mm Thickness Yoga Exercise Mat

This cushioned mat claims to cater to both yogis and fitness fanatics and, somewhat surprisingly, it does. It withstood a weights workout without denting, offered fantastic grip when jumping, and kept us comfortable during Pilates practice.

It felt pleasingly spongy under foot and rolled up a treat, ready to toss over your shoulder with its adjustable straps. It’s overtly sporty style-wise, but if that’s your vibe, you’ll love it.

Key specifications
Dimensions (cm):
183 x 61 x 1
Weight:
1.25kg
Material:
NBR
Thickness:
10mm (thick)
Colors available:
Black and red

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Best for meditation

Jute Mat

This jute mat has a completely different texture to the standard soft, rubberized finish. Instead, it provides a natural, grainy feel under the fingertips, which we loved for activities like yoga nidra – a form of guided meditation.

Granted, it wasn’t as grippy as its smoother counterparts, but its attractive design and purse-friendly price tag make it a strong contender if you favor slower-paced forms of yoga.

Key specifications
Dimensions (cm):
180 x 61 x 0.6
Weight: Not specified
Material:
Jute
Thickness:
6mm (medium)
Colors available:
Blue and sand

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Best for grip

Reclaim Sticky Yoga Mat

Expect plenty of grip and enviable green credentials from this mat, but swerve it if you’re looking for spine support. Our hands stuck fast when planted in downward dog and we like that it’s partly made from surplus manufacturing materials.

It’s only 4mm thick, meaning it can be unforgiving on your back when lying down, but this also makes it a dream to carry and store. If you tend to focus on standing stretches, look no further.

Key specifications
Dimensions (cm): 190 x 60 x 0.4
Weight: 1.6kg
Material: 50% PPW and PVC
Thickness: 4mm (medium)
Colors available: Atlantic blue, pacific green

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Best for travel

Eco Yoga Mat

Finding the right yoga mat can be terribly tricky; do you pick one with enough cushioning for your spine or prioritize portability? Thankfully, this mat ticks both boxes in style.

Made of soft TPE fabric, it rolls up easily if you want to take it to the park for a spot of al fresco yoga, but still offers a comfortable 6mm of plush support once unfurled. It has different textures on each side to suit a range of workouts, but both felt equally grippy to us. Our only niggle was that the edges of the mat were prone to curling unless we smoothed them down.

Key specifications
Dimensions (cm):
183 x 61 x 0.6
Weight:
2kg
Material:
TPE fabric made from natural latex
Thickness: 6mm (medium)
Colors available:
Heath green

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