So you’ve been to a few yoga classes. Or, you haven’t been yet but have already decided you want to make it a habit. Congratulations! This the start of a great journey and a healthier, less-stressed you. There are so many benefits to practicing yoga, pretty soon you’ll probably be wondering why you didn’t start sooner. For more on the benefits of yoga, check out this post.
Compared with gym memberships, running shoes, and weights, a yoga mat is one of the most affordable things you can buy to kickstart your healthy routine.
We’ve done all of the work, so you can find the right yoga mat for you – and get it delivered.
1. The Cheapest Price
AmazonBasics is an amazing line of affordable products to suit your every need. The AmazonBasics yoga and exercise mat is no different. At a super affordable price, it comes in your choice of 6 colors (green, blue, black, purple, red and pink).
The AmazonBasics mat is made of a reasonably lightweight, durable foam and includes a handy carry strap. The strap makes it easy to carry with you if you intend to go to a yoga class after work or another activity, but at 3.17lbs, this mat is one of the heaviest on this list. The foam is 1/4 inch thick, which is pretty standard, making it ideal for those with no joint complaints (those that do might benefit from a thicker mat).
This mat gets reasonably favorable reviews, especially with regards to its non-slip surface. After all, you want plenty of grip and traction so it doesn’t feel like you’re slipping out of downward facing dog! However, unlike the other mats listed here, it is not made of Eco-Friendly materials. While other mats are made of newer, rigorously tested materials designed to contain fewer toxins and emit less odor, the AmazonBasics mat is not.
It’s definitely a good place to start if you’re new to yoga and want to try a few more sessions before you commit. However, you might want to invest just a little more if you’re looking for a mat that suits your lifestyle better – whether you need extra cushioning for your joints, help with alignment, or a more portable option.
2. The Crowd Pleaser
The Healthyoga eco-friendly non-slip mat has well over 1,000 positive reviews. Available in 6 different colorways, this mat is made from SGS certified material that does not contain latex, PVC, or harmful chemicals. It is odorless, textured to ensure a firm grip, and hypoallergenic.
Just shy of 1/4 inch thick (6mm), this mat is for beginners and more advanced yogis alike. Though still relatively thin and lightweight, it offers extra support and cushioning for elbow and knee joints. One of its best features is the “Body Alignment System” – a series of lines help you to guide and adjust your hands and feet to the right position, which keeps your body correctly aligned and prevents injuries. This is especially helpful for those who are new to yoga poses, or those who want to work on perfecting their technique.
Like the previous mat, the Healthyoga mat also comes with a carrying strap (this time, it’s colormatched depending on which two-tone color you choose). It’s a little lighter at 2.6lbs, but it’s also wider and longer than most yoga mats. This makes it the perfect size for taller yogis or those who prefer a little extra space in class.
Positive reviews count. So many people love this mat because although it is still a great price, it feels very high quality and is much more hardwearing than basic, foam mats. It is also perfect for those who want to work on their alignment and technique, as well as more adventurous yogis who want to sweat it out in “hot yoga” classes.
3. The Helpful Mat
The NewMe Fitness Instructional Yoga Mat has one of the most fun characteristics of any yoga mat for sale. Across its surface, it depicts 70 yoga poses (asanas) with their names in English and in Sanskrit.
This mat is only available in black, with diagrams in white. However, don’t be fooled by the apparent lack of choice – this mat still has many of the great features you would expect. It’s non-slip surface is slightly tacky, meaning that your hands and feet remain stable in poses like downward facing dog. At 24” x 68”, this is a relatively large mat as is therefore ideal for taller yogis, male and female. However, at just 5mm thick, it might not suit those who want a little extra support for their joints.
Although it isn’t made from natural ingredients like the Healthyoga mat, it still claims to be “Earth-friendly.” These mats are made from a special type of PVC that is free of many chemicals found in other mats, and also has no phthalates – meaning the light plasticy smell when you first take the mat out of the box quickly dissipates.
Unlike the other mats we’ve looked at, the NewMe Fitness mat doesn’t include a carry strap. You would probably have to think about purchasing an additional universal carry strap if you want to carry your mat around with you, as although it weighs the same as the previous mat (2.6lbs), mats can be unwieldy. Otherwise, it’s a great option for leaving at the yoga studio or using at home. The helpful yoga graphics could help you work on your practice at home, when used in combination with online sessions.
NewMe Fitness want you to love this mat, so they offer a 100% money back guarantee if you aren’t completely satisfied.
4. The Extra Thick Mat
The REEHUT High Density mat is one of the thickest yoga mats out there. At around 1/2 inch thick, it is more than twice as thick as the other mats we’ve looked at so far. This mat is actually lighter than many others, weighing in at just 1.87lbs. Being a thicker mat it is inevitably slightly bulkier to carry, but it does include a carry strap.
Made from high density NBR foam, the REEHUT mat is available in 7 colors (blue, black, green, grey, pink, purple and red). The material is listed as “eco-friendly” and “tasteless” – meaning, it shouldn’t have a strong plasticy odor that lingers after you take it out of the box. Unlike many mats, both sides of the REEHUT mat are textured. This ultimately prolongs the life of the mat, as you can alternate the amount of wear on each side of the mat (unlike the Healthyoga or NewMe Fitness mats).
Both sides of the mat are non-stick, providing excellent slip-resistance when you’re distributing your weight through your feet or hands. Where this mat really shines is its cushioning. Those with joint issues will benefit from the extra thickness, which provides comfortable cushioning for the spine, hips, elbows, knees, and wrists on hard floors. As most yoga studios have wooden or tiled floors, the REEHUT mat is the one for you if you have had any joint weakness or injury.
The REEHUT mat includes a 1-year warranty, despite its low price. This mat is a great option for those with healed injuries they want to protect, or those who worry that their knees will get bruised from regular yoga practice.
5. The Portable One
The Trideer yoga mat is one of the thinnest and most lightweight mats on the market. Made of high density NBR foam, it is just 4mm thick – so it takes up just 2/3 of the space of other mats.
The Trideer mat is a great option for those who combine yoga with other activities (like riding a bike or walking) as well as those who want to take their mat with them while they travel. A minimalist carry strap is included, helping you to keep the mat rolled tightly and enabling you to carry it across your back. It is available in six colors and designs (black, midnight blue, mint green, turquoise, purple, and tribal geometric) and in two different lengths – 71″ and 78″. The shorter option is ideal for those who want to take their yoga practice on the road, the longer for those who are taller or want extra space to practice.
The high quality, high density NBR foam is eco-friendly and free of Phthalates DEHP, DBP, BBP, DINP, DIDP, and DNOP. Although thinner, Trideer promise that this mat still offers great protection for your knees and other joints. Its honeycomb texture also provides better stability and grip during balancing poses.
Like the REEHUT mat, the Trideer portable mat is double sided. This helps the mat grip to the floor, as well as your hands and feet, to make you feel safe and secure during your yoga practice. The Trideer mat also has a unique closed-cell surface which has been designed to prevent sweat, dirt and bacteria from absorbing into the mat’s surface and core. This makes it easy to clean and maintain.
Trideer offers a 30-day no hassle returns policy on this mat, as well as lifetime customer service. At a great price, this mat is a great option for busy yogis who want to combine their practice with a busy lifestyle.
Whichever mat you choose, you’ll be well on your way to a healthier, happier body. Namaste!