10 Best Yoga Mats | January 2017

We spent 26 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. If "mountain," "tree" and "bridge" mean more to you than just scenery, then you may want to try out one of these yoga mats for your next session. We've included models suitable for casual yogis as well as more durable ones that can handle the most intense hot yoga session. Click here to see our #1 pick on Amazon.
10 Best Yoga Mats | January 2017

Overall Rank: 7
Best Mid-Range
Overall Rank: 1
Best High-End
Overall Rank: 2
Best Inexpensive
The Aurorae Classic is commonly recommended by yoga teachers because it is the ideal balance of price and performance, and yoga teachers are all about balance. It's extremely durable and can handle daily use on grass, concrete and flagstones without tearing.
Be the envy of your next class with the highly flexible Zen Active. It is thick enough to help prevent injury if you fall and allows you to hold poses comfortably, but still feels light when you carry it. However, the ends of the mat tend to crumble after a lot of use.
The Youphoria Yoga Lightweight is made with memory foam material that is very comfortable and can handle heavier yogis without showing signs of wear. It comes with a carrying strap that can double as a foot strap to aid in stretching, too.
The Aurorae Synergy combines traditional mat materials with a microfiber towel surface, designed to give you a better grip the more you sweat, while still providing a good amount of cushioning. It also stays smooth like a towel and won't be left with hand or foot imprints.
  • can be machine washed
  • ideal for hot bikram yoga
  • eliminates the need to pack a towel
Brand Aurorae
Model pending
Weight 3.8 pounds
The Clever Yoga BetterGrip is well-cushioned and comprised of 100% recyclable materials, making it body and planet-friendly. It's also UV-resistant, so the colors won't fade if you often like to do your yoga outside in the park or at the beach.
  • backed by a lifetime guarantee
  • latex and phthalate-free
  • so soft it feels like velvet
Brand Clever Yoga
Model pending
Weight pending
The Gaiam Sol is built to seal out nasty bacteria and odors, so it's great for the devoted yogi who practices several times a day, but doesn't have time to clean her mat so often. It also has a stay-dry coat that wicks away moisture to provide you with a good grip.
  • lasts through years of practice
  • won't destabilize you during poses
  • firm enough for headstands
Brand Gaiam
Model 05-61028
Weight 4.1 pounds
The BalanceFrom GoYoga is one of the most comfortable mats to lie down on, so it's good for yogis with sensitive backs. It's also under $20 which, considering it can be used as a general exercise mat, too, makes it a great value.
  • doesn't absorb sweat
  • perfect option for elderly yogis
  • comes with a mat strap
Brand BalanceFrom
Model pending
Weight pending
The completely biodegradable Jade Harmony is comprised of an open-cell, all-natural rubber that provides superior shock absorption and makes it good for more intense yoga practices. It's also slip-resistant, even when covered in sweat.
  • available in nine colors
  • can be washed with soap and water
  • rolls and unrolls easily
Brand Jade Yoga
Model Harmony Professional
Weight 5.1 pounds
The YogaAccessories Deluxe is quite thick, at a generous 1/4", and is made from durable latex that feels soft against the skin. It's also extra long, so it's good for taller yogis, and won't budge when used on hardwood floors or carpets.
  • has no chemical smell
  • textured on both sides
  • great for any level of yoga
Brand Yoga Accessories
Model pending
Weight 3.8 pounds
The Liforme Yoga is made of a unique, grippy foam that is sure to keep you firmly in place no matter how you stretch, bend, and twist. Printed onto the mat is the cutting-edge AlignForMe system that works like a navigational tool for your body.
  • helps you self-correct positions
  • contains no toxic glues
  • provides a good amount of cushioning
Brand Liforme
Model pending
Weight 8 pounds
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Last updated: 01/17/2017 | Authorship Information