Best yoga mats for 2021 [updated]

As you’re probably already aware, yoga is booming at the moment. Increasingly, it feels like you can’t turn your head without spotting someone with a rolled-up yoga mat under their arm.

The best thing about yoga – aside from the suppleness, the zen, the fact that it can prolong your healthiness and happiness – is that the barrier to entry is incredibly low. In terms of equipment, all you need to do yoga is a mat. So we set about testing and reviewing the best options on the market in order to help you make your decision.

Considering factors like durability, material, texture, thickness, comfort, stickiness, and cost, we stretched and downward dogged our way to discovering which mat is the best around.

What to look for in a yoga mat:

With plenty of yoga mats on the market, when it comes to finding the best one for you, you’ll need to think about a few things. Firstly, what you need the mat for. If it’s going to live in your living room, you don’t need to worry about the weight of the mat, or how you’ll carry it on the underground, so invest in one that’s comfortable.

Secondly, how tall you are. If you are a taller yogi, you’ll want a longer mat that will let you easily move through an entire yoga sequence, or foam roll your IT band without feeling restricted.

Finally, another thing to consider when choosing a yoga mat is the thickness. If you struggle with knee or wrist pain when practising yoga, it’s worth investing in a thicker mat that will protect your joints a little more.

How much should you expect to pay for the best yoga mat ?

Yoga mats can really vary in price, with some costing as little as £10 and others selling for more than £100. It really depends on the style and features you want. You should be able to get a decent yoga mat for around £40-£60. Thicker, more durable mats will cost more, as will more environmentally friendly options such as natural rubber. Colourful and intricate designs are typically more expensive compared with solid-colour mats, as are mats that have grid lines.

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3 Things to Consider:

Thickness

A thin yoga mat is about 1/16-inch thick and ideal for practicing balance postures, giving you a strong connection to the floor. The downside to a thin mat is that it provides less cushioned support for you. A 1/4-inch yoga mat is considered thick and may be more ideal for back support during core work, inversions, and other postures that cause your bones to dig into the ground. If you would like a happy medium, go for the standard yoga mat labeled 3.3 mm or 1/8-inch thick.

Material

The material of a mat will determine the texture, stickiness, sponginess, and eco-friendliness. Most yoga mats are made of either vinyl or rubber. Vinyl mats last a long time and can endure many yoga classes. Rubber mats typically have jute and cotton in them making them more eco-friendly but less spongy.

Texture

The mat’s texture will control the amount of traction it has. If you sweat a lot in yoga class, a grippy mat will keep you from slipping around. If the bumpy texture bothers you, make sure the smooth mat has a moisture control mechanism.

What else do I need?

Whether you’re new to yoga or returning to practise after some time off, good props can make all the difference. We’ve also added some yoga blocks and straps that make moving into more difficult poses a little easier.

Before You Make A Decision

Your Yoga teachers typically have a favourite mat, but everyone one has their personal preference so don’t b brand savvy.

Bestseller No. 1
XGEAR Double-deck Yoga Mat with Carrying Strap,Classic Pro Yoga Mat TPE Eco Friendly Non Slip Fitness Exercise Mat,183cm*61cm*0.6cm,for Yoga, Pilates, Sit-Ups, Stretching, Gym, Home
  • 【Eco Friendly Material】Get a healthy yoga mat for yourself. TPE is...
  • 【Yoga Mat size】183cm Length x 61cm Width x 0.6cmThick,Weight:...
  • 【Non-slip& Double-deck】Non slip on wood floor, tile floor, cement...
  • 【Multipurpose Exercise Mat】our XGEAR Yoga Mat Can be used for...
  • 【Easy storage & OUR SERVICE】Easy to transport, roll up and store...
Bestseller No. 2
TOPLUS Yoga Mat, Classic Pro Yoga Mat TPE Eco Friendly Non Slip Fitness Exercise Mat with Carrying Strap-Workout Mat for Yoga, Pilates and Gymnastics 183 x 61 x 0.6CM
  • Eco Friendly Material –TPE is the latest technological improvement...
  • Non-slip Yoga Mat–Double layer structure design provides optimal...
  • Perfect Performance –0.6CM thick professional yoga mat with...
  • Light & Easy to Carry–Our yoga mat is light enough for you to bring...
  • For various uses, can be used for various sports, you could used in...
Bestseller No. 3
Maximo Exercise Mat - Multi-Purpose 183cm x 60cm Extra Thick Yoga Mats for Men, Women & Kids - Ideal for Pilates, Sit-Ups, Planks, Stretching, Push-ups & Exercise - Home Gym Accessories - Black
  • This multi-purpose gym mat is crafted from high density, extra thick,...
  • Our gym mats provide unparalleled support for all floor based...
  • Portable and lightweight, our fitness mats come with handy carry...
  • Crafted from superior, water-resistant foam, these non-slip workout...
  • Available in an array of colours, this workout mat is an ideal...
Bestseller No. 4
Jestilo Yoga Mat for Women and Men| Non-slip NBR exercise mat | Eco-friendly, Light-Weight Mat with Carry Strap for Yoga, Meditation, Pilates and Gymnastics| Size 183 * 61cm with 10MM Thickness
  • ⭐ Premium quality-Jestilo yoga mat is manufactured using Nitrile...
  • ⭐ Non-Slip Gym mat- Non-slip grip texture helps it adhere to the...
  • ⭐ Comfortable and injury safe- High density and 10 mm thickness of...
  • ⭐ Durable for Long term use- Well looked after fitness mats last...
  • ⭐ Lightweight, washable and portable- Easy to fold and transport as...
Bestseller No. 5
FitBeast Yoga Mat, 6mm Thick Non-Slip Exercise Yoga Mat, TPE Eco Friendly Fitness Mat with Carry Strap-Workout Mat for Yoga, Pilates and Gymnastics 183 x 61 x 0.6CM, Compact Lightweight for Travel
  • 【STABLE & NON-SLIP, ENJOY YOUR YOGA TIME】: Double side yoga mat...
  • 【ECO-FRIENDLY MATERIAL, CARE YOUR SKIN】: TPE material is used to...
  • 【DAMPING & HIGH RESILIENCE, PROTECT YOUR JOINTS】: Yoga mat with...
  • 【LIGHTWEIGHT & PORTABLE, ONE-STRAP STORAGE】: A high-quality yoga...
  • 【PROFESSIONAL TUTORIAL, PROFESSIONAL AFTER-SERVICE】: We will...
Bestseller No. 6
Yoga Mat – TPE Eco friendly Non Slip Yoga Mat for Exercise, Gym, Pilates, Fitness and Workout with Free Carry Strap 183cm x 61cm x 6mm (Lime + Grey)
  • ✔️ 1PRO YOGA MAT OVERVIEW: The 1PRO Yoga Mat has been fully...
  • ✔️ 1PRO YOGA MAT ENHANCEMENTS: Ecological, practical and...
  • ✔️1PRO– MORE THAN JUST A YOGA MAT: Our yoga mat has been...
  • ✔️WHY YOU NEED A 1PRO YOGA PILATES MAT: Carrying pilates/yoga mats...
  • ✔️FREE 1PRO YOGA EBOOK+MONEY BACK GUARANTEE: Beyond our Yoga...
Bestseller No. 7
Liforme Original Yoga Mat – Patented Alignment System, Warrior-like Grip, Non-slip, Eco-friendly and Biodegradable, sweat-resistant, 4.2mm thick mat for comfort - Grey
  • TRANSFORM YOUR PRACTICE – This Premium Yoga mat is designed to be...
  • ULTIMATE GRIP – This premium mat benefits from the ground-breaking...
  • REVOLUTIONARY ALIGNMENT SYSTEM – Our intelligently designed unique...
  • TRULY PLANET FRIENDLY – Liforme incorporates the most ‘body...
  • MADE BY YOGIS, FOR YOGIS – Liforme Yoga Mats are loved and adored by...
Bestseller No. 8
Marjar Yoga Mat Non Slip Exercise Mat with Alignment Marks TPE Eco Friendly Anti-Tear Yoga Mats for Women 1/4" Fitness Mat for Home Pilates Mats with Carrying Strap
  • ECO-FRIENDLY TPE MATERIAL - Our Marjar yoga mat is made from TPE...
  • DOUBLE NON-SLIP DESIGN - This workout mat has double-sided non-slip...
  • OPTIMUM THICKNESS YOGA MAT - Size: 72inch x 24inch x 1/4inch. Because...
  • FREE CARRY STRAP & STORAGE BAG - No need to go buy a yoga carrying...
  • CARE INSTRUCTION - Clean with damp cloth (cold water) or mild...
Bestseller No. 9
L LONGANCHANG Yoga Mat, TPE Eco Friendly Gym Mat Non Slip Classic Pro Fitness Mat, Exercise Mat for Home Pilates and Gymnastics Women Men, with Carry Strap Bag and Towel, 183 x 61 x 0.6CM, Pink
  • HIGH QUALITY MATERIAL - This yoga mat uses high-quality and...
  • ANTI-SLIP DESIGN - This yoga mat adopts a double-layer structure...
  • PERFECT PERFORMANCE - This yoga mat is suitable for both indoor and...
  • EASY TO CARRY - We have included straps, yoga bags and a towel in the...
Bestseller No. 10
Glymnis Yoga Mat TPE Eco Friendly Double Sided High Resilience Non Slip Fitness Exercise Mat with Carrying Strap for Woman Man Yoga Pilates Gym Home -183 x 61 x 0.6cm (Black&Grey)
  • Eco-Friendly Material - Glymnis yoga mat is made of eco-friendly and...
  • Non-Slip and Easy to Clean - Carved lines and patterns on the double...
  • Lightweigt and Easy to Carry - Our yoga mat just weigh 950g, and it...
  • Build For Your Comfort - Featured soft, thick and high resilience...
  • After-Sales Service - If you have any questions during use, please...

Should you buy a cheap yoga mat?

You can get a basic, thin, solid-colour PVC mat for less than £10. If you’re not sure how well you’ll take to yoga, you could always try a cheap mat to start with, but bear in mind it may be less durable.  And try not to substitute price for truly important features – if you’ve got dodgy knees, it could be well worth spending a bit more for extra padding.