10 Best Yoga Mats of 2018 - Find the One That is Right For You

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THE BEST YOGA MAT FOR YOU

 

We know how important it is to you to buy the best yoga mat possible. Since founding DoYogaWithMe, I have been on a journey to find the perfect one. I have tested many of the well established yoga mat brands over the years while keeping up with new, unique designs and materials and the companies that make them.

 

If you do a search you will quickly realize that there is huge variety of yoga mats, from cheap plastic mats to expensive natural rubber mats, and everything in between. It can be confusing and overwhelming to know where to begin. Your mat needs to fulfill all of your own specific yoga needs while being affordable. This article is designed to simplify your choices by providing what I would consider to be the Top 10 Best Yoga Mats of 2018, both for home practice and travel.

 

For each yoga mat I provide a brief summary (weight, materials, where it was made), a description of my experience with it and I then rate 7 features from 1 to 10, using the following system:

 

1 = Very poor               

3 = Poor

5 = Average

7 = Good

9 = Excellent

10 = Exceptional

 

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YOGA MATS FOR HOME/STUDIO PRACTICE

1. The Liforme Yoga Mat

Thickness: 1/16” (4.2mm)

Weight: 5.5lbs

Material: Natural Rubber and Eco-polyurethane

Made in: China

Price: $$$$

 

I personally believe that the Liforme Yoga Mat is the best yoga mat currently available. It is eco-friendly and biodgradable and the mat is supportive, grippy in all conditions, very durable, comes with helpful alignment markers and has an impressive company mission and values.

 

The mat has a smooth, soft surface that feels good on the skin. It has the perfect amount of grip (it holds you but doesn’t cling to your skin) and stays grippy whether it’s wet or dry. It’s slightly thinner and lighter than its ‘Everyday Practice Mat’ competitors, but the combination of materials provide more than enough support for bony joints. It has very little odor and best of all, is non-toxic, PVC free and biodegradable in 1-5 years.

 

Liforme uses naturally sourced rubber and, using an innovative heat bonding process, have eliminated the need for toxic glues. They even send the mat to you with absolutely no plastic packaging.

 

Liforme’s founder and CEO authentically cares about their impact on the planet. LIforme has gone to great lengths to create a yoga mat that is truly sustainable by diving into the research and doing their own independent study. If you would like to learn more about Liforme, check out their Our Story page and their informative video, History of the Yoga Mat.

 

There are two features that may be deterrents for the average person. The first is the price. The Liforme Yoga Mat is one of the more expensive mats on the market. The second is that it is quite absorbent, which requires you to clean the surface frequently.

 

The Liforme Yoga Mat:

  1. Durability: 10
  2. Padding: 10
  3. Grip: 9
  4. Eco-friendly: 10
  5. Absorbance: 7
  6. Company Generosity: 10
  7. Weight: Heavy
  8. Odor: No noticeable odor

 

Click here for pricing information on The Liforme Yoga Mat on Amazon

 

2. B Mat Everyday

Thickness: 1/16” (4.0mm)

Weight: 4.1lbs

Material: Natural and man-made rubber

Made in: Spain

Price: $$$

 

I was introduced to the B Mat recently by Halfmoon Yoga Products and I have only been impressed. The B Mat is made of 100% rubber (both natural and synthetic), without using harsh chemicals, finishes or sealents. It feels durable, is suprisingly light and has incredible grip in both wet and dry conditions. I love the textured surface, the stiffer feel and the decent padding it provides under my knees and elbows (if you are looking for more padding, get the B Mat Strong, which is 2mm thicker). This is a solid yoga mat in all areas.

 

It does arrive with an odor - it's made with rubber, after all - but I honestly expected the smell to be much stronger. The sticky surface tends to attract more dirt than I'm used to so I need to dust or clean it quite frequently. And the mat is stiffer than I'm used to, requiring a little more energy to roll it and keep it rolled up.

 

The B Mat Everyday:

  1. Durability: N/A
  2. Padding: 8
  3. Grip: 10
  4. Eco-friendly: 9
  5. Absorbance: 9
  6. Company Generosity: 8
  7. Weight: Not Heavy
  8. Odor: Faint rubber odor

 

Click here for pricing information on The B Mat at Halfmoon Yoga Products

 

3. Manduka Eko Yoga Mat

 

manduka eko yoga matThickness: 3/16” (5mm)
Weight: 7 lbs.
Materials: Natural rubber, polyester, cotton
Made in: Taiwan
Price: $$$

The Manduka Eko yoga mat is made from non-Amazonian, all-natural tree rubber that is reinforced with polyester and cotton and manufactured without toxic glues or foaming agents. No toxic chemicals have gone into the manufacturing process to soften the rubber. These mats have two layers that are different densities, offering a combination of spongy and firm support, and have a closed-cell surface that repels moisture. The natural rubber has a good grip in dry conditions and feels nice and supportive under your body.

Given its thickness (3/16”), the Manduka Eko is surprisingly heavy (7 lbs). I still may not be supportive enough for some, particularly if you have bony joints, and the mat loses its grip when it becomes wet. Also, because eko mats are made from natural rubber, a rubber smell may linger for quite some time. 

 

The Manduka Eko Yoga Mat:

  1. Durability: 8
  2. Padding: 9
  3. Grip: 7
  4. Eco-friendly: 9
  5. Absorbance: 10
  6. Company Generosity: 7
  7. Weight: Very heavy
  8. Odor: Smells like rubber; the smell lingers for a couple months

 

Click here for pricing information on the Manduka Eko Mat on Amazon

 

4. Jade Fusion Yoga Mat

Jade Fusion Yoga MatThickness: 5/16” (8mm)
Weight: 8.5 lbs.
Materials: Natural rubber and man-made materials (proprietary)
Made in: USA
Price: $$$

If you are looking for support, weight, grip and non-toxic, this may be the best mat for you. The Jade Fusion Yoga Mat has a lot of fantastic qualities. Number one, it’s made mostly from natural rubber, with no PVC, making it eco-friendly and biodegradable - in fact, the first non-toxic mats in the industry! It’s thick and incredibly supportive for bones and joints. It has amazing grip in both wet and dry conditions and the company believes in being a responsible member of the industry and planet, with their ‘Plant a Tree for Every Mat Sold’ initiative, U.S.-base production, involvement in programs that share yoga with those who don’t have access and  other dedicated causes. To read more, visit their page What We Care About.


The fantastic grip is due to their open-cell design, which provides a textured feel and absorbs moisture, requiring a bit more attention to cleaning. It’s a perfect yoga mat for a home practice, but you may not want to lug it around because it’s heavy! These mats have a distinct rubber smell that takes some time to go away, they can lose their stickiness if left in the direct sun, natural rubber does not last as long as man-made materials and, they are quite expensive for the average person.
 

The Jade Fusion Yoga Mat:

  1. Durability: 8
  2. Padding: 10
  3. Grip: 10
  4. Eco-friendly: 9
  5. Absorbance: 7
  6. Company Generosity: 9
  7. Weight: Very heavy
  8. Odor: Smells like rubber; the smell lingers for a couple months

 

Click here for pricing information on the Jade Fusion mat on Amazon

 

5. Manduka Prolite Yoga Mat

Maduka Prolite yoga matThickness: 3/16” (4.7mm)
Weight: 4 lbs.
Made in: Germany

The thinner and lighter version of the Manduka Pro is the Prolite Mat. It features the same material, surface and density as the Manduka Pro, so bears the same advantages, is also made with eco-certified PVC and, in contrast to the Pro, it comes in a variety of colors.

Even though it’s quite a bit lighter and thinner than the Manduka Pro, some may still find it too heavy. It also provides less support for boney joints, and like the Manduka Pro, slippage can also be a problem since it repels sweat and so it tends to stay on top. 

Buy the Manduka Prolite if:

  • You like your mat to feel firm
  • You need reasonable support under your knees
  • You do yoga mostly under dry conditions
  • You care that it’s free from toxins (specifically phthalate free)
  • You want one that doesn’t absorb moisture
  • You want one that is extremely resilient, with a lifetime guarantee

Don’t buy the Manduka Prolite if:

  • You don’t want a fairly heavy mat
  • You want really good padding
  • You plan to use it in wet conditions
  • You want your mat to feel soft

Click here for pricing information on the Prolite Mat on Amazon

 

6. Jade Harmony Yoga Mat

Jade Harmony MatThickness: 3/16” (4.7mm)
Weight: 5 lbs.
Made in: USA

I love the feel of this mat, even with the thinner padding. It has fantastic grip and feels so nice under my feet and hands. Its lighter weight allows for travel and the mat doesn’t shift under my feet, like mats of similar thickness.

It’s possible that the Jade Harmony is not supportive enough for some, the rubber smell takes time to get used to and you need to be on top of cleaning it, since it absorbs sweat.

Buy the Jade Harmony if:

  • You want a mat that has good grip in both wet and dry conditions
  • You need decent support under your knees
  • You care that it contains some natural rubber
  • You care that it is made in the USA
  • You care that one tree is planted for each one sold

Don’t buy the Jade Harmony if:

  • You want a super light mat
  • You want one that repels sweat
  • You don’t want one that smells like rubber
  • You want your mat to feel soft

Click here for pricing information on the Jade Harmony mat on Amazon

7. Hugger Mugger Para Rubber Yoga Mat

Hugger Mugger yoga matThickness: 1/4” (6mm)
Weight: 6 lbs.
Made in: Unknown

The Hugger Mugger Para Rubber is 100% natural rubber adhered with a proprietary blend of other components. Its surface is soft with excellent grip, more cushion than mats of a similar weight and an eco-friendly feel that is a nice touch under your hands and feet.

Because it is made of 100% rubber, it also smells like 100% rubber. The smell can be quite strong and can persist for longer than you might like. It’s also quite heavy and absorbs sweat, so you need to be on top of cleaning it.

Buy the Hugger Mugger if:

  • You want a mat that has good grip in both wet and dry conditions
  • You need decent support under your knees
  • You care that it is made almost entirely with non-Amazonian natural rubber
  • You care that a percentage of all online sales goes to charity

Don’t buy the Hugger Mugger if:

  • You want a super light mat
  • You want one that repels sweat
  • You don’t want one that smells like rubber
  • You want your mat to feel firm

Click here for pricing information on the Hugger Mugger mat on Amazon

8. PrAna Revolution Mat

Prana Revolution yoga matThickness: 1/16” (4mm)
Weight: 6 lbs.
Made in: Unknown

The Prana Revolution is made from 100% natural, non-Amazon rubber, provides excellent grip and, being one of the bigger mats available, is great for taller folks or anyone who wants more space for their heads and heels in savasana. The Prana Revolutuion feels very nice under the body and provides surprising support given its thickness.

Again, like all other 100% rubber mats, this one is quite heavy and has a persistent rubber smell that takes time to fade. The open cell design also allows sweat to be absorbed, making it important to clean regularly. 

Buy the Prana Revolution if:

  • You want a mat that has good grip in both wet and dry conditions
  • You need decent support under your knees
  • You care that it is made almost entirely with non-Amazon natural rubber
  • You like a mat that is longer than the average mat

Don’t buy the Prana Revolution if:

  • You don’t want a heavy mat
  • You want one that repels sweat
  • You don’t want one that smells like rubber
  • You want your mat to feel firm

Click here for pricing information on the Prana Revolution mat on Amazon

9. Aurorae Classic Thick Yoga Mat

Aurorae thick yoga matThickness: 1/4” (6mm)
Weight: Unknown
Made in: Unknown

If you are looking for something less expensive and without the rubber smell, the Aurorae Classic might be your best choice. It is durable, provides good support and it is made from Polymer Environmental Resin, which is biodegradable and contains no phthalates, phenols or latex. 

The Aurorae Classic tends to stretch and slip more, particularly during a sweaty class. To combat the slip, Aurorae includes a free non-slip rosin bag, the chalky stuff that gymnasts use, which is effective but needs to be reapplied throughout a class.

Buy the Aurorae Classic if:

  • You want to spend less on a mat
  • You want a lighter mat
  • You need decent support under your knees
  • Want a soft, durable mat
  • You care that it is made with Polymer Environmental Resin
  • You care that it is biodegradable and contains no phthalates, phenols or latex
  • You would like to try the non-slip rosin 

Don’t buy the Aurorae Classic if:

  • You would prefer the natural feel of rubber
  • You plan to use it in wet conditions
  • You want a mat that never moves under your hands and feet
  • You want to use the rosin but will be annoyed if you need to re-apply it

Click here for pricing information on the Aurorae Classic Thick mat on Amazon

10. Aurorae Synergy Hot Yoga Mat

Aurorae hot yoga matThickness: 3/16” (5mm)
Weight: Unknown
Made in: Unknown

The Aurorae Synergy specializes in providing a non-slip surface during hot yoga. The mat’s top layer is a non-slip, ultra-absorbent microfiber towel that is bonded to a 5mm-thick PER (Polymer Environmental Resin) yoga mat. It is excellent at providing grip, but that grip is limited to when it is wet. However, you can use the PER side of the mat for dry classes and the microfiber towel side when it gets sweaty. If you're a fan of hot yoga, this mat seems to get stickier the wetter it is! It’s also lightweight, thick enough to provide reasonable support and good value for the money.

Like the Aurorea Classic, it’s difficult to recreate the feel that a rubber mat provides. It isn’t as supportive and sometimes the mat can move around under your hands and feet. If you use the microfiber side, it's very slippery and needs to be sprayed with water before doing yoga on it. It’s also a challenge keeping it clean, since it absorbs so much sweat.

Buy the Aurorae Synergy if:

  • You want to spend less on a mat
  • You want good grip in wet conditions
  • You want a lighter mat
  • You need decent support under your knees
  • Want a soft, durable mat
  • You care that it is made with Polymer Environmental Resin
  • You care that it is biodegradable and contains no phthalates, phenols or latex
  • You would like to try the non-slip rosin 

Don’t buy the Aurorae Synergy if:

  • You would prefer the natural feel of rubber
  • You feel you may not like a cloth between your hands and the mat
  • You want a mat that never moves under your hands and feet
  • You don’t like to clean it frequently

Click here for more information on the Aurorae Synergy mat on Amazon

Do You Travel and Bring Along Your Mat?

If you travel a lot for work or pleasure you don't want to lug around a bulky, heavy mat. Thankfully there are a lot of good options that are lightweight and easy to carry around. Click here to see a list of our favorite mats that are easy to bring along when you travel or are on the go.

Note: the links in this article are Amazon affiliate links. If you end up purchasing something, DoYogaWithMe receives a small percentage of the sale.

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Comments

Liform mat
Nyamyj 9 months ago

Any experience or input regarding this mat? Thank you, Amy

Re: Liform mat
David Procyshyn 9 months ago

Hello, Amy. I don't have any feedback for that mat, but we've been in touch with them and will be receiving a sample to try out soon. I can let you know once we have practiced on it for a bit.

Looking forward to your
Nyamyj 9 months ago

Looking forward to your feedback. Thanks again for all you do David!

Liforme mat
Nyamyj 7 months ago

Hi David, just checking in if you have tried out this mat yet and what your experience has been. Thank you.

Re: Liforme Yoga Mat
David Procyshyn 7 months ago

Hi Amy. I've had it for just over a month, using it almost every day, and I absolutely love it so far. It seems super durable, feels great under the skin, is very supportive for joints and has nice grip.

I am so glad you like it and
Nyamyj 7 months ago

I am so glad you like it and that I was able to give back in some way. I enjoy your site and all your teachers that I have experienced so far. I am enjoying the mat as well, but I managed to put a tear in it, dropped my ipad on it while setting up to practice at home this morning. I can still use it but If you ever buy some for your studio and mention me as the introducer with my email address, they will send me a mat on the house.

Hi David, thank you for your
Lhinn 11 months ago

Hi David, thank you for your meticulous breakdown of the pros and cons of each brand of yoga mat as a practitioner. Much appreciated. I have weak knees, joints so looking around for something with more support.

Frankly, hadn't given any thought on materials before until the cheap and nasty PVC mat that I got on a whim from Watsons began to shed bits after about three years of irregular use but not actually decompose.

… However, I was immediately skeptical of the opacity of a marketing phrase “non-Amazon rubber” which usually means Indonesian and Malaysian rubber. There is a significant problem of illegal logging, slash and burn clearing of primary rainforests, besides the 'usual' associated losses of flora and fauna, it results in a hazardous seasonal haze that covers much of lower Southeast Asia. A topic that deserves more turning over.

Re: non-Amazon rubber
David Procyshyn 7 months ago

Yes, I'm sure there are many issues around yoga mat manufacturing that need more attention. Thanks for pointing that out.

Yoga mat
karafrench_ 1 year ago

This article says the best of 2017, but when I look up the Tomuno yoga mat it says they are no longer available. The company shut down, just a heads up!

Tomuno is closed
anglwngss 1 year ago

this is from tomuno.com
"It is with deep sadness we report that Tomuno has closed. But we still think our mats were the best! For 2+ years we were the #1 rated yoga mat on Amazon. "

So sad
David Procyshyn 1 year ago

Wow, that's really too bad. They made an excellent yoga mat. Really sad to see them go.

What do you think about the
pajkictea 1 year ago

What do you think about the yoga design lab mats?
I also saw a list where they claim Manduka Eko Yoga Mat is their favourite hot yoga mat. So I'm seeing conflicting info :/ I'm personally looking for a thick (don't care about the weight), super grippy hot and regular yoga mat that's environmentally conscious and recyclable. A mouthful I know.

It may be a bit of a late
sk3tt1 1 year ago

It may be a bit of a late reply - I have a Manduka Eko and the Manduka towel. When I'm not that sweaty I find the mat itself is super grippy, but gets slippy when wet. But the towel is awesome, and gets stickier as I get sweatier! It's even been brilliant for the occasional hot yoga class - but mostly I just mean full on Fiji flow class sweaty :) Not the cheapest or lightest option, but really works for me. The towel can then also be easily washed, and, unlike some other towels I've tried, doesn't move or get twisted during practice.
Hope that helps,
Yvette

yogawheel
Melekeda 1 year ago

is there any particular yoga wheel or is it anything to be find in gymnastic clubs_? it looks enjoyable working with those