What Is The Best Yoga Mat?

What Is The Best Yoga Mat?

In my personal yoga journey, I have gone through multiple yoga mats. I am now on the quest for ‘What is the best yoga mat’? For me, I am in the market for a new mat and am willing to spend a little more money for something quality that will last me some time.

The biggest con that I have found from yoga mats is slipping. It drives me crazy when I am halfway through my practice and my arms or feet are sliding away from each other. I find it very distracting and annoying.

With that, I will be as thorough as can be for each mat but I will be very focused on the slip factor. Other than slipping, we are going to look for comfort, durability and styles.

Hopefully, I can answer for you & me – What is the best yoga mat?


1. Performance Dry Grip – Gaiam.com

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Price: $68.98

Thickness: 6mm

Features: A rubber free construction mat which is great for anyone with a latex allergy! Thick enough to fully support all of your poses too! Also, – comes with a lifetime warranty. I love that. This is also Gaiam’s best-selling mat.

Slip Factor: The name says it all. It is perfect for a hot yoga practice, or for those who sweat. The mat is made to wick the moisture.

Peoples Raves: Everyone is really excited about how grippy this mat is. One person evens claims that it is more grippy the hotter the class gets! (Do I even need to go on?)

Peoples Rants: The mat splits! No!!!! I was getting so excited about this mat and all of it’s grippiness but it’s not good to read about splitting mats. What I mean by that is the top layer has separated and it appears that it has been caused by use in a warm class.

*I will note that anyone who had submitted a complaint about bubbling or separation have been contacted by Gaiam warranty & they have offered to send a new mat – lifetime warranty guys, it’s the bee’s knees.

2. The Original Eco Mat – Barefootyoga.com

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Price: $90.00

Thickness: 4mm

Features: Composition of all natural rubber & jute fibre which makes this mat very Earth-friendly – no chemical additives are used.

Slip Factor: From my understanding, this has an average grip level (not like the one from Gaiam).

People Raves: The mat doesn’t have a weird stick as other ones do. I have experienced what this lady is talking about & it is not nice.. or natural. People have had the mat for three years and are just noticing wear and tear now. They recommended using a towel in hot practice to preserve the mat.

Peoples Rants: The rubber flakes off over time. Also, because of its make up the mat is a bit heavier. This doesn’t affect your practice in any way but it will affect you depending on how you get to class.

3. Namastay Mat – Lululemon.com

WHat is the best yoga matPrice: $88.00

Thickness: 4mm

Features: Made with extra grip and made from newly developed Luvea Rubber. Luvea rubber is natural and sustainably sourced – plus it is FSC certified. Made with an antimicrobial additive that prevents mould and mildew on your mat.

Slip Factor: Made with extra grip on one side. They do recommend using a towel for a hot practice, however, which makes me think that it is not as grippy as you would think it to be.

People Raves: They say that it is nice that you can use both sides – one is not as grippy as the other. A lot of comments on quality and how long these mats last.

Peoples Rants: People are saying this mat is not grippy at all. Even with the slightest bit of sweat, they are moving all around. A few comments are also made how the mat sticks to them without a towel.

4. Yoga Design Lab, The 2-in-1 Mat & Towel – Amazon.com

What is the best yoga matPrice: $68.00

Thickness: 3.5 mm

Features: Made from a natural tree rubber. This mat is machine washable and the prints will not fade – a huge plus for me. The mat is basically made with a yoga towel ‘glued’ on top. Which gives you the regular cushion from a normal mat and non-slippage from using a towel. Comes with a carrying strap.

Slip Factor: We all know that you get a great grip from a yoga towel. Thus, it would be easy to assume you get the same from this mat.

People Raves: A great thing about this mat is that your towel is already attached to your mat so the towel won’t bunch. It is also really soft and there are a bunch of cool designs to choose from.

Peoples Rants: Made from polyester so you see your handprints & footprints until the mat is wiped down. Also, they say that this mat is designed only for hot yoga and not so much for a regular practice.

*Yoga Design Lab donates a $1.00 back from each mat purchased to youth programs.

5. Mandala Yoga Mat – Amazon.com

What is the best yoga mat

Price: $84.00

Thickness: 6 mm

Features: Six-foot diameter yoga mat made latex free.

Slip Factor: Nothing has been mentioned good or bad in this category.

People Raves: More room for yoga! People love having the extra room to move around. A lot of the happy reviews come from people who do yoga at home and find it tough to stay on their mat while watching a yoga video.

Peoples Rants: Not many colour options. You can’t take this to an actual yoga class because it is big and awkward to carry.

Conclusion

The first mat from Gaiam has stolen my heart. It literally has everything I need on a yoga mat. I would love to see more vibrant colours or different pattern choices but that’s only an aesthetic preference. I will keep you guys posted on when I get this mat and my first few practices.


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So, in the quest – What is the best yoga mat? We have looked at some very well-known brands out there, talked about other peoples reviews and I have added in my opinion as well – shocker.

I ask you – What is the best yoga mat? What one has caught your eye, or interested you? Please, drop a comment below and let me know which one is your favourite.

In my search for a new mat, other peoples opinions matter too.

Also, – check out YogaDownload.com for the latest and greatest & YOGA WITH ADRIENE! I love her videos & you can find them all on YouTube or her site!

Cheers,

Kahlua

kgordin@thealldayyoga.com

 

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12 Responses

  1. Holly says:

    Wow, that round yoga mat looks fabulous! My current mat is a $12 cheapie from Target. I’m sure I will need to upgrade at some point. I did not even realize they made round ones, but I know which one I will be getting next time! It might actually have some room for my 4 year old to try doing yoga next to me–he loves that.

    • admin says:

      Hi Holly,

      What a great idea to have your son join you on your mat. I think that they even make yoga videos that incorporate your little ones as well!

      I think we all go down the path of buying a cheapie to start. It makes sense in the fact that we don’t know if we’ll like yoga and we can’t tell how much we are going to use our mat. With that mindset it makes sense to not splurge right away. Once you realize how (awesome) the practice is you want more of it and that’s when you really do need a quality mat.

      Thank you for your thoughts.
      Kahlua

  2. carol says:

    Hi,
    My daughter fell in love with yoga from her very first practice. I know she likes eco-friendly products, so the Original Eco Mat will be ideal for her. Your review post comes in handy because this will help her to make a good purchase. I will share this post with her.

    • admin says:

      Hi Carol,

      That’s great news! I am happy I could have helped you and your daughter out in the decision process.

      I love yoga too, so me and your daughter have that in common!

      Cheers,
      Kahlua

  3. Matiss says:

    Few days ago my wife and I each got ourselves the very first mat. We’re just starting out.
    They were just some mats of our local supermarket that seemed to be fine for us nubbies, who are just starting out.

    And boy were we wrong. It’s as you said, they just slide everywhere. It’s so ridiculous and annoying. Why do they even bother to make such mats. I don’t get it. They weren’t even that cheap. Cheaper than the ones you have here, but still I’d rather go for quality.

    As for your list – we both sincerely like the Mandala Yoga Mat, but we’ll still do some discussing. The number one just seems to be better value.

    Anyways, thank you for all the insights, we truly appreciate it!
    Cheers and have a Great One!
    Matiss

    • admin says:

      Hey Matiss,

      Honestly, I believe that we have all made the cheap mat purchase at one point but it’s the learning process that comes with it. I found it especially challenging being new to the practice & not really knowing what was going on – then looking around and wondering how everyone else was not slipping and I was all over the place.

      I am happy that I have been able to help you out and open your eyes to a few different styles of yoga mats. The Mandala is so cool. It gives you so much room to play and explore in your practice without being restricted to a regular mat.

      Thanks for the comment!
      Kahlua

  4. I have just started yoga at home and need a good yoga mat. I may ask for one for christmas actually! Your site is very helpful for me finding one value for money. Thanks so much!

    • admin says:

      Hi Danielle,

      That is good to hear. If I were you and just doing yoga at home – go for the mandala. It’s got so much room for movement and experimenting each pose. You won’t feel restricted.

      Happy to hear you have started yoga at home!

      Cheers,
      Kahlua

  5. Christen says:

    That performance mat by Gaiam does sound amazing! My main issue with my mat is that I slip all over the place with the tiniest bit of sweat. I will certainly check this one out!

    • admin says:

      Hi Christen,

      I totally agree – it’s so frustrating! Ya, I will be getting the one from Gaiam in the next couples weeks. I am really excited about it too!

      Thanks for the comment,
      Kahlua

  6. Hi there, wow, I didn’t realise there was so much to think about when buying a yoga mat. I am really drawn to those ethically sourced ones as they are made of all natural products. The mat I currently use is a pretty cheap one and smells of weird rubber when you get too close to it, so I’m in the market for a new one and will keep all this information in mind.

    I pretty much get through a new yoga mat every year so I love the fact that you can buy one with a lifetimes guarantee. It’s seriously worth considering forking out the extra money for that kind of claim. Thanks for opening my eyes to the world of yoga mats 🙂

    • admin says:

      Hi Stefanie,

      Thank you for the comment!

      It is crazy all that goes on in a yoga mat. As I said prior – the slip factor is the absolute number one that I need from a new mat.

      The smell is not good either – I’m sure the use of some essential oils might help though! Most of the time when you get a new mat it does have a bit of a smell but if you air it out for a couple days the smell should go away.

      Cheers!
      Kahlua

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