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#1 Gaiam Yoga Mat Premium Print Reversible Extra Thick Mat
If you’re new to yoga, you don’t want to drop $100 on a mat before you’ve even figured out your personal preferences. That’s why Gaiam’s mat makes for a great entry point. It’s the standard mat size, 24 inches wide and 68 inches long. It’s five millimeters thick, giving you two millimeters more cushioning than a regular mat.
And it’s made from non-toxic PVC foam, which provides a non-slip surface (in most classes, at least; the sweatier you get, the more likely you’ll be to lose traction on this mat). in this price range it’s a solid deal — especially since it’s reversible, essentially giving you two styles to rock for the price of one.
#2 Manduka PROlite
For years, teachers and students worldwide have enjoyed the benefits of Manduka mats. The PROLite is a pleasurably dense, yoga mat moderate in size but superior in comfort and padding.
This is a closed cell mat made with PVC using a non-toxic, emissions-free manufacturing process. It is latex free.
In general, the width, thickness, and weight of the PROLite from Manduka feel near the middle of the group of mats listed. The length of the Long option is only matched by the Manduka eKO and surpassed by the Manduka PRO.
The PROLite was built similarly to the Manduka PRO, but both lengths of the PROLite are two inches more narrow and 1.1 mm thinner than the PRO. These differences have the lite model weighing in at 3.5 – 4 pounds less than the PRO – definitely something to consider if you carry your mat around with you often.
Some mats get lots of reviews including how bad the mat smells – the PROLite was not one of them. This is not to say it is odorless, it just suggests that if it does have an odor, it may be light and it likely doesn’t last long.
#3 BalanceFrom GoYoga Mat
For beginners and casual yogis, it’s OK to opt for a budget mat — as long as it doesn’t sacrifice function for savings. BalanceFrom’s GoYoga mat has a lot in common with the Gaiam: it’s the same size, it’s just a millimeter thicker, and it’s also made from lightweight, high-density foam with double-sided non-slip surfaces.
It may not have the cache or durability (this type of foam tends to flake over time) of some of the pricier options, but you could replace it six times over and still ring up under the total cost of a name brand.
#4 Aurorae Classic thick
This is Aurorae’s flagship eco-friendly thick yoga mat that includes a focal point moon design to help you maintain focus during your practice.
This is a open cell mat made with a new biodegradable, hypoallergenic resin (eco-safe patented PER) that doesn’t emit chemicals or gases which means your mat does not emit any toxic chemicals or gases and is free of rubber, silicone, and latex.S
The Aurorae Classic Thick comes in one size: 72″ x 24″ and is 6.35 mm thick. This size is comparable to many other mats reviewed here but the thickness of this mat is a one of the largest on this list. Surprisingly, the shipping weight is only 3.2 pounds which makes it one of the lighter mats here.
#5 Lottus Life Natural Jute Fiber
If you’ve got knee, wrist or ankle issues, you might prefer a mat that puts a little more cushioning between you and whatever surface you practice on — especially if you’re on something like concrete, which has approximately zero give.
This mat’s memory foam-like padding, made from environmentally friendly materials woven with natural jute fibers, comes in at 8mm thick, enough to supply a solid cushion but not so thick that you find yourself sinking right into it. Those jute fibers, which are antifungal and antimicrobial, provide some grip for your skin. They may feel scratchy at first, but they soften with use.
#6 Jade Harmony
Jade Yoga makes a variety of mats and this is their most popular. Since it is an open cell mat, it absorbs sweat and can be more slip resistant than other mats (especially new, closed cell mats). Jade Yoga takes pride in providing products that are sustainably produced and eco-friendly.
This is an open cell mat made with natural rubber from rubber trees, which is a renewable resource. It does not contain PVC, EVA, or other synthetic rubbers. Also, it’s made in the United States of America.
#7 Mantra Cork Yoga Mat
For all the rubber mats you’ve used or looked at, have you ever considered cork? The material serves just as much of a purpose in the studio as it does in a wine bottle (…even if that purpose is a little different).
Cork is naturally antimicrobial, preventing bacteria, mold and mildew from growing on your yoga mat, and it even tends to repel dirt, hair and dust. It also gives great grip — the more moisture the natural surface absorbs, the stickier it gets. Mantra’s 5mm mix of cork and rubber is extra dense, which will boost your stability and put a little more joint protection between you and the floor.
#8 Gaiam Yoga Mat
Gaiam created this mat to be extra thick, but it falls in near the middle of this list as far as that measurement is concerned. It’s also one of the smallest mats on the market. Luckily it is lightweight, although unlike the Manduka mats that means it’s less dense and may not provide the same level of comfort. These mats are intended to have a non-slip surface.M
This is an open cell mat made with a new biodegradable, hypoallergenic resin (eco-safe patented PER) that doesn’t emit chemicals or gases which means your mat does not emit any toxic chemicals or gases and is free of rubber, silicone, and latex.
The Aurorae Classic Thick comes in one size: 72″ x 24″ and is 6.35 mm thick. This size is comparable to many other mats reviewed here but the density of this mat is a one of the largest on this list. Surprisingly, the shipping weight is only 3.2 pounds which makes it one of the lighter mats here.
#9 Yoga Design Lab Combo Mat
Yoga Design Lab built this mat to be the ultimate yogi companion. They wanted to reduce slipping to minimize injuries and eliminate the use of a towel during class. It’s also machine washable.
This is an open cell mat made with eco-friendly, biodegradable, 100% natural tree rubber and water-based inks. It has a microfiber top and a tree rubber base. It’s free from silicone, toxic glue, and phthalates.
The Combo Mat measures 70″ x 24″ is 3.5 mm thick making it the thinnest mat on my list. However, it weighs 4.1 pounds so is denser than some of the other mats that are slightly thicker.
#10 YogaAccessories Thick Mat
his is one of the better selling wholesale mats I found. It may be an option to consider for people that want many mats for minimal cost.
This is an open cell mat comprised of PVC. It is free of latex and heavy metals.
The Deluxe Yoga Mat is 74″ x 24″ and 6.35 mm thick. It ties with the Aurorae Classic as the thickest mat on my list but is only 3.8 pounds, so not incredibly dense.