Yoga Mat Comparison Tables
We researched reviews on best yoga mats from Gym Gear Info, Outdoor Gear Lab, Outside Magazine, The Strategist (New York Magazine), Thoroughly Reviewed, Wirecutter, Women’s Health Magazine, and Yoga Journal. We also scanned dozens of reviews from real customers at REI, Amazon, and Backcountry. The tables below summarize our research.
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Pros / cons / reviews / ratings
Pros, cons, reviews, and ratings are summarized below.
|YOGA MAT||AWARD||PROS||CONS||WHO ELSE LIKES IT?||AMAZON RATINGS|
|Best Overall||Absorbs a lot of moisture and helps maintain traction in sweaty situations. Extremely grippy||It can be hard to pivot your feet or slide your hands when flowing from one pose to another.||Wire Cutter, Women's Health Mag, Outdoor Gear Lab, Gymgearinfo.com, Thorougly Reviewed||4.4 on Amazon, 1000+ reviews|
|Most Versatile||Great wet and dry traction, stable and comfortable||Heavy, strong odor, easily scratched||Outdoor Gear Lab, Wirecutter, Yoga Journal, Outside Magazine||no reviews|
|Best Luxury||Lots of padding, will last a lifetime, lifetime guarantee.||Heavy, bulky, slippery when dry and wet||Outdoor Gear Lab, Thoroughly Reviewed, Yoga Journal, Outside Magazine||4.3 on Amazon, over 100 reviews|
|Budget Pick||Excellent grip, long lasting, good for standing poses due to thinness||Very thin (2mm) for floor work, more padding might be needed.||Nina. No reviews available, but I have used this mat for 20 years||no reivews|
|Best for Hot Yoga||Great traction when wet, easy to care for when doing hot yoga per Outdoor Gear Lab. Not personally tested.||Not as much cushion as a regular 5mm mat, somewhat slippery when dry||Outdoor Gear Lab, thoroughly Reviewed||4.6 on Amazon, over 1000 reviews|
materials / dimensions
Yoga material and length, width, and thickness are shown below.
|YOGA MAT||AWARD||MATERIAL||LENGTH (inches)||WIDTH (inches)||THICKNESS (mm)|
|Best Overall||100% Rubber, No PVC||various||various||4.75|
|Most Versatile||polyurethane, rubber, and latex||71||26||5|
|Best Luxury||Polyester, PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)||71||26||6|
|Budget Pick||Made From: High grade PVC (AZO, DOP, phthalate and latex free)||69||24||2|
|Best for Hot Yoga||It has a microfiber towel top surface that is bonded to a PER (Polymer Environmental Resin) bottom.||72||24||5|
yoga mats we Excluded
Some of the yoga mats we tested didn’t make the cut.