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12 Best Yoga Mats of 2022

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The right yoga mat can make all the difference in your yoga practice. You need one that's supportive enough to hold your positions and cushioning enough to keep your joints feeling good. On top of that, it has to be easily totable (with or without a yoga bag) if you’re taking it to and from class. Unlike other types of workouts that require tons of equipment to get started, all you need is a comfy pair of yoga pants and a mat to start your yoga journey — and that's why choosing the right yoga mat is key.

The fiber scientists and wellness experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute have tested dozens of yoga mats and exercise mats for every practice, whether you prefer Bikram hot yoga, Vinyasa flow or even pilates and barre. We evaluated technical aspects like thickness and how easy they are to clean and carry in the labs, then sent them home with yogis to put to the test and see which ones prevent slippage and keep you most supported. We also had fitness instructors, including Nicole Uribarri, the National Program Director at Bande, weigh in with their feedback. You can read more about how we tested and what to look for when you shop at the end of this article, but first, here are the best yoga mats for every skill level:

Our top picks:

Best Overall Yoga Mat
Original Yoga Mat LIFORME Read More
Best Value Yoga Mat
Premium Reversible Yoga Mat Gaiam Read More
Best Yoga Mat for Hot Yoga
The Combo Yoga Mat Yoga Design Lab Read More
Best Yoga Mat for Beginners
Harmony Yoga Mat Jade Yoga Read More
Best Yoga Mat for Experts
PRO Yoga Mat Manduka Read More

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Best Overall Yoga Mat
Original Yoga Mat
Liforme
LIFORME
Now 20% off

  • Excellent in Lab performance
  • Loved by beginners and experts alike
  • Alignment markers to guide through positions

  • Pricey

Perfect for both beginners and more advanced yogis, this mat got high scores across the board and has alignment markers that help guide you through positions. Our testers gave it perfect ratings for both the grip on hands and feet and the traction on the floor. It's also supportive while still offering some cushioning. The downside is that it's pricey and heavy to carry around, though it does come with its own yoga bag.

Material: Rubber with a polyurethane surface
Weight: 6.4 lbs
• Thickness:
4 mm
• Dimensions:
27" x 73"

Best Value Yoga Mat
Premium Reversible Yoga Mat
Gaiam
Gaiam

  • Lightweight for easy toting
  • Cushioning PVC
  • More than 10,000 5-star Amazon reviews

  • Less traction than other picks

This is your best bet if you don’t want to shell out for a pricey mat. It doesn’t have as much grip or traction against the floor as those made with rubber, but it’s much lighter and has more cushioning — a perk if you’re just starting out or need protection for bad knees. It's also latex-free for those with allergies, though some noticed the PVC smelled at first (the brand suggests airing it out before you first use it). And since your mat is an accessory — just like cute workout leggings! — it comes in lots of prints with reversible designs so you get two looks for the price of one.

• Material: PVC
• Weight:
3.2 lbs
• Thickness:
5 mm
• Dimensions:
24" x 68"

Best Yoga Mat for Hot Yoga
The Combo Yoga Mat
Yoga Design Lab
Yoga Design Lab

  • Grip gets stronger as you sweat
  • Combines a yoga towel with a yoga mat
  • Machine washable

  • Takes long time to dry after laundering

Hot yoga enthusiasts often use a special towel for grip as they sweat, but this unique mat has a yoga towel attached. Our panel loved the soft microfiber surface (made from recycled water bottles!), and the rubber mat underneath stayed put on the floor when they used it. Just keep in mind: To get the best grip, you’ll need to wet it yourself if you won’t be sweating a lot. This mat is machine washable, and it laundered well in our evaluations, though it did take a while to fully dry. It was also nicely compact when rolled up, and it comes with a carrying strap.

Material: Rubber with a microfiber surface
Weight: 4.8 lbs
Thickness: 3.5 mm thick
Dimensions: 24" x 70" surface

Best Yoga Mat for Beginners
Harmony Yoga Mat
Jade Yoga
Jade Yoga

  • Did not move on the floor, according to testers
  • Ample cushioning for beginners
  • Brand plants a tree for every mat sold

  • Showed some pills and flakes after extensive use

You can find this mat in yoga studios and all over the Internet, with thousands of five-star ratings from reviewers who swear by it. It's a no-frills rubber mat with a textured surface that our testers loved because it gripped well and didn’t move on the floor. They also said it felt sturdy, though some said the rubber gave off a “car tire” smell at first. It rolls up nicely, and isn’t bulky. The brand also has a give-back program where they plant a tree for every mat sold. One thing to note is that you'll likely have to replace it over time: Users have told us that this mat starts to pill and flake after a while.

Material: Rubber
Weight: 4.8 lbs
Thickness: 4 mm
Dimensions: 24" x 68"

Best Yoga Mat for Experts
PRO Yoga Mat
Manduka
Manduka

  • Firmer surface for stability
  • Latex free
  • Favorite of pro yogis and found in many yoga studios

  • Heavy

This is the mat that Uribarri uses at home and calls her “favorite mat ever.” And she’s not alone — it’s a popular choice for strong yogis who want a firmer surface for stability instead of a foamy mat that feels cushier. Not surprisingly, testers rated it lower for cushioning than other mats, but they all said it had good traction and didn’t move on the floor. It’s also latex-free, which is hard to find in high-end mats, which are usually made of rubber. Our main complaint is that it’s heavy compared to others, and it wasn’t easy for testers to carry.

Material: PVC/Polyester blend
Weight: 7.2 lbs
Thickness: 5.6 mm
Dimensions: 26" x 71"

Best Extra Thick Yoga Mat
Extra Thick Exercise Yoga Mat with Carrying Strap
Amazon Basics
Amazon Basics
Now 11% off

  • Over twice as thick as most other picks
  • Lightest mat in our test
  • Less than $20

  • Bulky to carry around

If you plan to use a yoga mat for more than just yoga, this one’s extra thick and has the best cushioning for activities where you’ll be on your back, like stretching or Pilates. It was also the lightest mat in our test. On the downside, it was bulky, and testers said it wasn’t easy to carry around, despite coming with a strap. Still, they also noted it had pretty good support and traction. Oh, and did we mention it’s under 20 bucks?

• Material: Foam
• Weight:
2.2 lbs
• Thickness:
13 mm
Dimensions: 24" x 73"

Best Long Yoga Mat
The Reversible (Big) Mat
Lululemon
Lululemon

  • Top-tested workout brand
  • Reversible
  • Extra-long length is ideal for taller users

  • Some reviewers note an odor

Lululemon continues to impress GH fiber scientists with its high quality workout clothes and gear. The brand's popular Reversible Mat is available in an extra-long length, ideal for taller yogis (nobody wants their head on the floor during savasana!). This updated style from Lululemon now features a polyurethane upper that helps wick away sweat for a strong grip. Note that some testers noted an odor with Lululemon yoga mats.

• Material: Polyurethane and rubber
• Weight:
7.05 lbs
• Thickness: 5 mm
Dimensions: 28" x 84"

Best Design Yoga Mat
The Plush Mat
Jollie
Be Jollie

  • Stylish patterns like floral and cheetah
  • Soft microfiber surface
  • Kid sizes available

  • Carrying strap sold separately

A favorite of Good Housekeeping Nutrition Lab Deputy Director (and NASM-certified personal trainer) Stefani Sassos, this yoga mat not only has excellent performance, but the brand also donates a mat to pediatric cancer patients for every mat purchased. Sassos loves the soft microfiber surface that's available in tons of cute patterns (like florals and cheetahs) with a "great grip." We also love that this pick is available in kid sizes so the whole family can workout together.

• Material: Microfiber suede and rubber
• Weight:
6 lbs
• Thickness:
5 mm
Dimensions: 72" x 24"

Best Yoga Mat for Bad Knees
The Mat
Stakt
Stakt

  • Foldable for extra cushioning
  • Lightweight
  • Great for joint support

  • Less grip than other mats

If you prefer more cushioning for your wrists or knees, opt for this clever yoga mat. You can easily fold the top or bottom of the mat to create a thicker cushion, giving you excellent support. Stakt has gone viral on social media for its genius foldable yoga mat that has two sides: one that offers more grip and another that's smoother. Testers loved the squishy foam material with one saying "my wrists always hurt during plank series, but with the extra cushioning, I was able to hold my poses without any joint pain." The surface does not have as much grip as other mats with more cushioning, so it's less suited for a high-sweat yoga practice.

• Material: EVA foam
• Weight:
~3 lbs
• Thickness:
12 mm
Dimensions: 69" x 23.6"

Best Yoga Mat for Vinyasa
Warrior Mat
Alo
Alo Yoga

  • 10 trendy colors available
  • Faux leather upper for a chic look and excellent grip
  • Thousands of rave online reviews

  • Hasn't been formally tested by GH pros yet

The Alo Yoga Warrior Mat has a loyal following for being an excellent mat for Vinyasa yoga flow. The polyurethane upper offers traction and stability with rubber cushioning underneath. Available in 10 stylish shades, reviewers rave that it's "gorgeous and also sweat wicking." GH pros cannot wait to put this best-selling mat to the test in the Lab soon!

• Material: Polyurethane and rubber
• Weight:
~8 lbs
• Thickness:
5 mm
Dimensions: 74.4" x 26.4"

Best Yoga Mat for Training
MBX Mat
Les Mills
Les Mills

  • Anti-slip coating
  • Grooves act as a guide for proper form
  • Reversible

  • Some testers prefer mats with more cushioning

If you plan on doing other forms of training in addition to your yoga practice, the MBX Mat from Les Mills is perfect. Made from durable, high-density PVC, this pick is reversible with the red side designed for yoga, offering great stability. Though the other side is designed for high-impact training, it has an anti-slip coating for strong grip that holds up even during sweaty exercise. While some yogis prefer mats with more cushioning, testers especially liked the designs on the grey side, with one saying "they were in the perfect spot for me to get into postures using the grooves as a guide."

• Material: PVC
• Weight:
4.85 lbs
• Thickness:
5 mm
Dimensions: 70.86" x 24.01"

Best Travel Yoga Mat
eKO Superlite Travel Yoga Mat
Manduka
Manduka

  • Rippled rubber surface
  • Full size mat, unlike many travel yoga mats
  • Durable, according to users

  • Less cushioning

Maintain your practice even on vacation with a travel yoga mat from Manduka, a top-tested brand. Because it's thinner than a traditional yoga mat, you can easily fold this pick so it fits perfectly in your suitcase, taking up barely any space. The rippled surface is made from rubber to offer superior grip and stability. One tester said she's had this mat for multiple years, and it's still in "great condition." It's best to stick to a regular yoga mat for everyday practice, but this pick is great for on-the-go yoga.

• Material: Rubber
• Weight: 2 lbs (incorrectly listed as 1 gram on Amazon)
• Thickness: 1.55 mm
Dimensions: 71" x 24"

    How we test yoga mats
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    The experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles and Wellness Labs evaluate yoga mats by measuring the mats' thickness, weight, volume when rolled up and ease of cleaning in the Labs. We then have real testers use the mats in over 150 yoga sessions to provide feedback on things like grip, traction against the floor, cushioning, support, ease of carrying, ease of rolling and unrolling, appearance and odor.

    We also called fitness expert Nicole Uribarri, the National Program Director at Bande, to weigh in with her expert opinion. GH pros evaluated 686 data points in our latest test to help make these picks.

    What to consider when shopping for the best yoga mat
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    Yoga mats vary, and there's no one-size-fits-all solution, so consider these tips before you pick out your best mat:

    ✔️ Choose the right firmness. Firm mats are usually made with rubber and are heavy, but they provide more stability for experienced yogis to hold advanced poses. Softer mats are often made from PVC and are lighter, less expensive and have more cushioning for beginners. They’re also better if you need joint support or will be using the mat for other workouts where you’ll be on your knees or back.

    ✔️ Pay attention to the specs. Consider what you’ll be using it for: Some mats are designed to work best when wet for hot yoga, while others need to stay dry. There are also travel-size options if you don’t want to lug around a heavy, bulky mat. Uribarri says you can even place your own travel mat over the studio’s mat to get extra support.

    ✔️ Check the thickness. Most of our top performing yoga mats were 4 to 5 mm thick (less than 1/4 inch). If you're looking for more stability, you want to avoid one that's too thick because you may end up feeling wobbly as you try to hold poses. Travel mats are typically under 2 mm, and general exercise mats with more cushioning can be more than 10 mm thick.

    ✔️ Try it out. Test the mat by doing downward dog to check the grip. This is what Uribarri did in our Lab, and what many of our yogi testers did to check if it was slippery. Keep in mind: Mats need to be broken in and get better with use.

    ✔️ Note any allergies. Many mats are made with rubber, which can be dangerous for anyone with a latex allergy. Avoid any mats with rubber if you or anyone you live with is sensitive to latex.

    ✔️ Watch out for green claims. We worked with an environmental consultant and found that most eco-claims made by the brands couldn’t be supported, like "100 recycled materials," "biodegradable" and even "recyclable," because you can’t treat these mats like plastic recycling at curbside pickup or even bring them to U.S. recycling centers. So while we fully stand behind the performance of these mats, any green claims shouldn’t be the reason you purchase one.

    Why trust Good Housekeeping?
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    Lexie Sachs is the executive director of the Textiles, Paper & Apparel Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in fiber science from Cornell University and more than 15 years of experience in the textiles industry, including merchandising and product development for home products and fashion. Lexie joined Good Housekeeping in 2013 and has extensively tested all fiber-based products using specialized lab equipment and with hundreds of consumer testers, including this yoga mat test.

    Emma Seymour is a senior textiles product analyst who has overseen in-Lab and consumer tests for luggage, tampons, pillows, sheets, period underwear and more. With a degree in fiber science and apparel design from Cornell University, she has extensive research experience, particularly focused on athletic wear.

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