The best yoga mats 2019 - as chosen by Mumsnet users
06 September 2019
Whether you're an experienced yogi or you're a beginner who doesn't know her downwards dog from her cobra pose, a good mat is an essential part of developing your practice (slipping and sliding around is not conducive to achieving inner zen). Read on for the yoga mats Mumsnet users recommend
Things to consider before buying a yoga mat
Gone are the days of the one-size-fits-all, bog-standard yoga mat. Nowadays you can customise the length, texture and stickiness of your mat, which makes choosing the right one all the more tricky. So, from travel yoga mats to fancy I-didn’t-know-I-needed-that yoga mats, this is your guide to finding the right one for you.
It goes without saying that you’ll want a mat that sticks to the floor and stops you from sliding all over the place. A decent grip will help you maintain your balance in the trickiest of poses. PVC yoga mats are thought to have the best suction but, if you’re environmentally conscious, developments in eco materials and clever construction have made sourcing an alternative much easier.
The texture of your mat dictates your comfort level and can have an impact on traction as well. If you’re sensitive, try to avoid yoga mats with bumps and opt for something smoother. On the other hand, grooves and padding can help you transition into different positions without losing your grip.
Much like texture, the thickness of your yoga mat can make or break your overall experience. A standard yoga mat is about an 1/8 of an inch, whereas the thickest ones are around 1/4-inch. Thinner still are travel yoga mats at 1/12-inch, so don’t even go there if you have bad knees – you’ll need more cushioning. They are ultra-lightweight though so, if you're looking for a mat than can accompany on your commute, thinner is better.
The best yoga mats for less than £50
Yogamatters Non-Slip Yoga Mat, £20
This super non-slip yoga mat from Yogamatters has been designed with beginners in mind and is great value for money. With just the right amount of cushioning to stop you from feeling every bump in the floor underneath, it protects your limbs with enough surface grip to help your hands stay exactly where they need to be. Available in all of the colours of the rainbow, pick the shade that most invigorates you and get stretching.
“Yogamatters yoga mats come in lots of colours and have so far lasted me pretty well.”
“A second vote here for Yogamatters. They’re not expensive and they stick to the floor which is ideal.”Buy now
TK Maxx Pink Yoga Mat, £12.99
Thanks to its handy carry strap, you can simply fling this affordable yet practical mat over your shoulder, then off you go. Even if your Tadasana is a little wobbly, the attractive, on-trend pink shade of this mat will ensure you’re the envy of the class. Plus, the thick cushioning will keep your knees, back and bum ache-free.
“TK Maxx often have really good yoga mats in stock.”Buy now
Lululemon 1.5mm Reversible Travel Yoga Mat, £48
This thin, lightweight yoga mat is ideal if you travel a lot. The top layer absorbs moisture quickly so it maintains support no matter how much you sweat, while its base is made from natural rubber and includes an antimicrobial additive to help prevent mold and mildew. Plus, it comes in a stylish moonwalk blue that oozes sophistication. This mat is well worth the investment if your sun salutation is the best part of your day.
“I have a Lululemon one at home, which is brilliant because it does not slip – ever. It's brilliant and I would totally recommend it.”
“Lululemon yoga mats are magic! They honestly don't slip at all.”Buy now
Sweaty Betty Eco Yoga Mat, £40
If you have sensitive skin or allergies, Mumsnetters recommend this biodegradable, eco-friendly yoga mat from Sweaty Betty, which is free from rubber, PVC and latex. It has two levels of grip toensure you don't slip during Warrior One and features a different pattern on each side so you know which is which – the top side has a high grip factor and the bottom one has more of a medium hold.
“Get the forty quid one from Sweaty Betty. It's ace.”
Sweaty Betty also do an off-white yoga mat bag for £35, which is bound to come in handy when you’re on the move. If you know someone who’s really into their fitness then this would make a great gift.Buy now
Toplus Non Slip Yoga Mat, £21.99
This double layer, non-slip yoga mat by Toplus has been designed to deliver optimum grip and performance, regardless of whether its placed on wood, tiles or cement. It comes with a 12-month warranty, is easy to carry and features a nice amount of cushioning (it’s 0.6cm thick) so you can concentrate on your breathing and vinyasas.
“I got my yoga mat from Amazon and it’s great – there’s no slipping and it’s budget-friendly too.”Buy now
Yoga-Mad Natural Tree Rubber Mat, £46.83
This mat from Yoga-Mad is made from natural tree rubber. It’s free from heavy metals and AZO dyes so it is both ecologically sound as well as being safe for allergy-prone yoga lovers. Described as having the best grip of all Yoga-Mad mats (and with good shock absorption and abrasion resistance as well), it’s a solid mid-range option for anyone passionate about staying healthy. In order to keep the rubber in good condition, avoid drying it in direct sunlight.
“Natural tree rubber mat for me – I'm on my second. A bit smelly at first but best grip ever, springy, supportive. Will last years. Heavy though.”Buy now
The best yoga mats for over £50
Jade 68" Travel Yoga Mat, from £58.42
Taller yogis will be grateful for this 68-inch travel yoga mat by Jade. It’s made with natural rubber and is the lightest mat in Jade’s collection. At 1/8-inch thick, it’s thin enough to pack away and is best suited to people who don't need lots of cushioning for sore joints. It’s made with natural rubber, which is highly resilient, and it comes in black, blue, green and purple. Even better, for every mat sold Jade will plant a tree.
“I have a Jade travel yoga mat and I love it so much. It’s really grippy and is much more cushioned than a lot of other travel mats – I don't even have to double fold it under my knees!”
“I have this Jade one and I highly recommend it. It’s grippy but not so grippy that it prevents me from moving around smoothly.”Buy now
Manduka Pro Thick Yoga Mat, from £90
For anyone looking to invest a bit more in their practice, Mumsnetters recommend trying this Manduka yoga mat. It’s described as being ultra-dense with unmatched support and is backed by the Manduka promise that it won’t flake, fade or peel – it's a yoga mat for life. Featuring a closed-cell surface, which prevents sweat from seeping into the mat, it's made from 100% non-toxic, latex-free material to ensure your safety and comfort.
“We have Manduka yoga mats in the studio and they are really nice. They are thick, soft to the touch and firm, all at the same time.”Buy now
Liforme Yoga Mat, £104.95
Ok, so this Liforme mat is a littler pricey and it's probably not one for the casual yogi. It's designed for hardcore fitness fanatics who want nothing but the best. Thanks to its innovative ‘GripForMe’ technology and ground-breaking patented alignment system, you’ll be hard pushed to find a yoga mat with better specs. It even comes with its own yoga mat bag so you can keep it clean and protected.
“My Liforme yoga mat is lovely. It’s thick, weighty and doesn’t shift or let you slip even though it’s a good few years old now. Despite all the use it’s still brilliant.”Buy now
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