The 11 best yoga mats of 2024: Tried, tested and reviewed

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1. Best budget
2. Best premium
3. Best alternative
4. How to choose
5. Q&A

The best yoga mats are essential to help you make the most out of your yoga classes, and if there's anything we wish we had known as yoga beginners, it's that your mat matters.

With that in mind, we tried and tested the most popular brands out there to help you decide which yoga mat is best for you. 

For example, if you enjoy hot yoga, the super grippy Yogi Bare Paws tops our list for hot yoga lovers with its sweat-wicking properties. And for Yin yoga lovers, we love the extra thick and plush ProsourceFit yoga mat if your joints need a little TLC.

However you choose to practice, you'll need a yoga mat designed with you in mind. Those who love to practice inversions or balances will need a thinner mat that improves grounding and connection, whereas yoga beginners might prefer mats with alignment cues embedded into the design. 

The best yoga mats vary in design, style, cost and materials, so we recommend doing your homework before parting with your cash. Luckily, we've cut down that homework time by writing up this handy guide for you to follow. 

Whichever yoga mat you invest in, level up your practice using this yoga block accessory, and read on for your round-up. 

Best budget yoga mat

Best premium yoga mat

Best alternative design yoga mat

How to choose the best yoga mat for you

When shopping for the best yoga mats, there are several factors to consider, before buying: 

Size and thickness: Most standard yoga mats are about ¼ inch thick, but you may want a thicker mat (4-6mm) if you require more cushioning for your wrists and knees. If you're a taller yogi and don’t want to go “off mat” while you practice, look for a longer yoga mat. Thinner mats help people ground during inversions or balances, so they are worth considering if you plan to practice a more advanced and dynamic style. Yin better suits thicker mats.

Grip: Will the texture and surface provide grip and traction during your class or workout? The last thing you want is an injury because the mat slipped mid-practice. Look for mats that are designed to be grippy without the need for a yoga towel if this is important. Cork and rubber tend to resist sweat well, but a grip towel could also be worth purchasing and easily washes in the machine between sessions.  

Sustainability: If making sustainable choices is important to you, you should look into the materials of the mat and how and where it’s made. We've included sustainable options for you to consider, and many company websites will detail how and where the mats are made to help you make more informed choices.

Odor: As for odor and visual appeal, those vary by the mat’s manufacturer. Some of the best yoga mats have an initial unpleasant smell, which can dissipate after cleaning. Check if your mat is sweat-wicking, which means it shouldn't absorb a lot of sweat, and this may reduce smells over time. 

Cost: The best yoga mats come in a wide range of prices, from affordable, sub-$20 options to higher-end, brand-name selections. When it comes to cost, you may want to think about how often and how heavily you’ll use the mat. If you’re a dedicated yogi or you want to use a mat for HIIT workouts, you may want to splurge for a tougher mat that can hold up under the conditions. Otherwise, an Amazon Basics or similar variety could be worth considering.

How to choose a yoga mat for hot yoga

If you prefer hot yoga (or you tend to get sweaty during workouts), the grip will be your single most important factor when choosing the best yoga mat for hot yoga. A thinner mat will also help you ground down better during balances and inversions because there’s less distance. After all, you can connect better with the floor.

Natural rubber and cork tend to fare better in heat but can be harder to clean, and any brand that uses moisture-wicking materials will prevent slipping and bacteria build-up. You can often find this information on the brand’s website. We love cork yoga mats for this reason, but they can be harder to clean and stain more easily.  

It’s best to consider the type of classes you prefer. Fast-paced classes will require quick transitions, so you’ll need to balance a grippy texture with the ability to move with ease, whereas Yin yoga lovers might prefer plush cushioning and thicker designs. Personally, we're big fans of the Lululemon Take Form and Yogi Bare Paws for grip, stability and beautiful design. 

How to clean a yoga mat

Disinfect before and after your sessions using a yoga mat spray or a mix of water and white vinegar. You could also add essential oils, but ensure you check the manufacturer guidelines first, as many companies will include instructions for your mat. 

Every few weeks, give your yoga mat a deeper clean using water and a scrubber. Most yoga mats won't fare well in a washing machine, so we always recommend handwashing unless the brand specifies otherwise. 

Here's how to clean your yoga mat properly for more detail. 

Jane McGuire
Fitness editor

Jane McGuire is Tom's Guide's Fitness editor, which means she looks after everything fitness related - from running gear to yoga mats. An avid runner, Jane has tested and reviewed fitness products for the past five years, so knows what to look for when finding a good running watch or a pair of shorts with pockets big enough for your smartphone. When she's not pounding the pavements, you'll find Jane striding round the Surrey Hills, taking far too many photos of her puppy.