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 MATAWARDPROSCONSWHO ELSE LIKES IT?AMAZON RATINGS
Best OverallAbsorbs a lot of moisture and helps maintain traction in sweaty situations. Extremely grippyIt 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 Reviewed4.4 on Amazon, 1000+ reviews
Most VersatileGreat wet and dry traction, stable and comfortableHeavy, strong odor, easily scratchedOutdoor Gear Lab, Wirecutter, Yoga Journal, Outside Magazineno reviews
Best LuxuryLots of padding, will last a lifetime, lifetime guarantee.Heavy, bulky, slippery when dry and wetOutdoor Gear Lab, Thoroughly Reviewed, Yoga Journal, Outside Magazine4.3 on Amazon, over 100 reviews
Budget PickExcellent grip, long lasting, good for standing poses due to thinnessVery thin (2mm) for floor work, more padding might be needed.Nina. No reviews available, but I have used this mat for 20 yearsno reivews
Best for Hot YogaGreat 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 dryOutdoor Gear Lab, thoroughly Reviewed4.6 on Amazon, over 1000 reviews
 

materials / dimensions

Yoga material and length, width, and thickness are shown below.

YOGA MATAWARDMATERIALLENGTH (inches)WIDTH (inches)THICKNESS (mm)
Best Overall100% Rubber, No PVCvariousvarious4.75
Most Versatilepolyurethane, rubber, and latex71265
Best LuxuryPolyester, PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)71266
Budget PickMade From: High grade PVC (AZO, DOP, phthalate and latex free)69242
Best for Hot YogaIt has a microfiber towel top surface that is bonded to a PER (Polymer Environmental Resin) bottom.72245
 

 

yoga mats we Excluded

Some of the yoga mats we tested didn’t make the cut.

YOGA MATREASON FOR EXCLUSION
Gaiam PremiumNot sticky or stable
Hugger Mugger TapasLow average rating on Amazon
Gaiam Athletic Yoga Series duraMAT Xtra-Large MatLow average rating on Amazon
Kurma Yoga MatD on Fakespot