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    Best Yoga Mats

    With all types of yoga gaining popularity, more people are looking for a yoga mat. Those who take regular classes want a good yoga mat that meets their needs. Construction materials, durability, features, and price are key considerations. Here we present five of the best yoga mats on the market.

    Products in Consideration

    • Jade Harmony
      Professional 74-Inch x 3/16-Inch Yoga Mat
    • Manduka Mat PRO
      Yoga and Pilates Mat
    • Sivan
      Health and Fitness 1/2-Inch Extra Thick
    • Zen
      Active Non-Slip Yoga Mat
    • Aurorae
      Premium Classic Yoga Mat
    Samantha
    EXPERT CONSULTANT

    Samantha Attard, nutrition PhD, is a consultant, coach, yoga instructor, and founder of Happy Healthy Human. Through her business, Samantha provides personalized health solutions to individuals and groups of all sizes. She also has a line of health snacks that to help individuals all over the country eat with intention. Her research has been featured in the British Medical Journal, Diabetologia, and Journal of Hypertension, among others.


    Samantha  |  Nutrition PhD and Consultant

    Considerations

    Construction

    Yoga mats are constructed from a variety of materials: cotton, rubber, latex, neoprene, and even sisal. Some materials provide more grip and stability than others. In this section, we discuss what yoga mats are made of, their thickness, and how these details affect the practitioner.

    Durability

    Yoga mats take a lot of punishment, so they must be durable. Users want a mat that doesn't break down, get sticky, or split. In this section, we address the durability of each mat on our shortlist.

    Features

    Some mats come with carrying cases, bags, straps, or other features that make them more or less desirable for a particular type of yoga. Different practitioners have different needs or wants. This section will address the features each mat provides.

    Price

    Price is always an important consideration. Which mats are the best buys, price-wise, for both the casual and serious practitioner? Our review analyzes each contender for price versus quality.

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    EXPERT TIP

    Decide the weight and mat thickness that makes the most sense for you. If you carry it around and do a lot of walking, a lighter mat may make more sense. If you have sensitive knees, a little more padding could feel great.


    Samantha  | Nutrition PhD and Consultant
    Considerations

    Construction

    Jade Harmony Professional 74-Inch x 3/16-Inch Yoga Mat (Midnight Blue)

    The Jade Harmony Professional 3/16-Inch Yoga Mat is made of open-cell, natural rubber. (These materials contain no PVC or other ozone-depleting substances.) The Jade Harmony mat offers excellent cushioning for joints and pressure points. Its slip-resistant surface is vital for maintaining difficult poses. Because it is made of rubber, it washes easily with soap and water or any spray-on yoga mat cleaner. However, those with a latex allergy should be aware that even natural rubber contains latex, and the material could trigger a reaction.

    Manduka PRO Yoga and Pilates Mat

    The Manduka PRO Mat is made of non-toxic PVC that does not off-gas or contain latex, making it suitable for those with latex allergies. The mat sports a fabric-like, slip-resistant finish, but notably, some users say it is still slippery – even after a break-in period. It comes in two lengths (71 and 85 inches) which should accommodate users of nearly any height. It can be cleaned with any mat cleaner and dried in the sun. This dense mat provides good cushioning for joints, but because it is so thick, some yoga students say it's a little heavy to carry to and from class.

    Sivan Health and Fitness 1/2-InchExtra Thick 71-Inch Long NBR Comfort Foam 

    The Sivan Health and Fitness mat is made from a synthetic, non-latex rubber called NBR foam. At a half-inch thick, it provides a nice cushion for the joints. However, some users report that the mat's thickness may be more appropriate for exercises other than yoga, since the thicker mat can affect balance. Some have also reported that the mat has a strong odor. At 71 inches long and 24 inches wide, the Sivan Health and Fitness NBR mat is ribbed on one side to maximize grip and prevent injuries. The surface is slip-resistant.

    Zen Active Non-Slip Yoga Mat ✮ Extra Thick 1/4" (7mm) ✮ Environmentally Fri

    The Zen Active mat is made from slip-resistant memory foam. At 1/4-inch thick, it does provide some cushioning, but the thickness does not deter stability for those who like to practice more difficult poses. The mat is 72 inches long. Since it does not contain rubber or latex, the Zen Active mat is suitable for use by those with latex allergies. One side of the mat has a non-slip surface for extra stability on slick floors. Some users have said the mat has a tendency to compress, but it springs back quickly.

    Aurorae Classic Thick 6mm Yoga Mat with Non Slip Rosin

    The Aurorae Premium Classic mat is made from Polymer Environmental Resin (PER), a non-toxic resin that is free of phthalates, latex, rubber, and silicone. It has enough cushion to make poses and workouts easier on the joints. It must be cleaned with a non-oil based soap or detergent, and it can be laid in the sun to dry. Its latex-free construction means it is suitable for those who have latex or rubber allergies. On the negative side, it is thinner than the Jade Harmony mat (our top contender), and some users have said it compresses too much when used on a hard surface.

    The Aurorae Premium Classic mat is made from Polymer Environmental Resin (PER), a non-toxic resin that is free of phthalates, latex, rubber, and silicone.
    EXPERT TIP

    Take good care of your mat by cleaning it regularly and drying it off after using.


    Samantha  | Nutrition PhD and Consultant
    Considerations

    Durability

    Jade Harmony Professional 74-Inch x 3/16-Inch Yoga Mat (Midnight Blue)

    The Jade Harmony mat is one of the most durable yoga mats on the market. It should be kept out of the sun to maintain its integrity, but users say the mat holds up during hot yoga classes in which the room is heated to about 92 degrees Fahrenheit. Heavy users who attend daily classes can enjoy the Jade Harmony mat without worry of the material degrading or breaking down. In fact, some owners have maintained the same mat for years with regular care.

    Manduka PRO Yoga and Pilates Mat

    The durable Manduka PRO is designed to last for years, and most users agree that they have gotten heavy use out of it. Most mats will break down faster if used exclusively for hot yoga or power yoga, but the Manduka PRO withstands these types of classes very well. In addition, the wear marks from hands and feet that you might see with the Aurorae mat are not an issue with the Manduka mat as long as the manufacturer's care instructions are followed. This is another mat that can be dried in the sun.

    Sivan Health and Fitness 1/2-InchExtra Thick 71-Inch Long NBR Comfort Foam 

    The Sivan Health and Fitness mat receives mixed reviews for durability. Some users say the mat tears easily and may fray at the edges with heavy use. As such, it is more suitable for those who practice a light yoga schedule. Hot yoga is not good for this mat, but traditional yoga is acceptable. Those who practice Pilates may find it to be a good solution. Overall, we feel this mat is probably best for beginners. Intermediate and advanced students would be better served by the Jade or Manduka mats.

    Zen Active Non-Slip Yoga Mat ✮ Extra Thick 1/4" (7mm) ✮ Environmentally Fri

    Like the Sivan Health and Fitness mat, the Zen Active Non-Slip Yoga Mat has received mixed reviews in the durability department. Some users have had no problems with it; others say it started breaking down after just a few uses and had "chunks" coming out of the surface. This is probably not a suitable mat for hot yoga, as a hotter environment tends to make mats break down more quickly. Fortunately, the company offers a money-back guarantee for the life of the mat. This is another contender that would be best for beginners or those who maintain a lighter yoga schedule.

    Aurorae Classic Thick 6mm Yoga Mat with Non Slip Rosin

    The Aurorae Premium mat works best for traditional forms of yoga. (Some users have said it does not hold up as well when used for power yoga or hot yoga classes.) However, the company offers a two-year guarantee, and owners have had favorable experiences with the company's customer service. Regular care will help prolong the Aurorae mat's life. Leaving it in the sun is not a problem; in fact, the care instructions recommend drying it in the sun after cleaning. Some owners say the mat tends to wear down in the places where their hands and feet go; others say they haven't experienced this problem.

    The Jade Harmony Professional Yoga Mat holds up during hot yoga classes in which the room is heated to about 92 degrees Fahrenheit.
    DID YOU KNOW?

    Some mats wear out faster in the heat and sun, so make sure you don’t leave your mat in a hot car.

    Considerations

    Features

    Jade Harmony Professional 74-Inch x 3/16-Inch Yoga Mat (Midnight Blue)

    The Jade Harmony's slip-resistant surface is one its biggest selling points. Since yoga poses are all about balance, maintaining stability is crucial. This can be more difficult when the practitioner is sweating, but the Jade Harmony does its job well. The mat's thickness is ideal for cushioning the joints and pressure points without compromising balance. It's available in eleven colors and two lengths: 68 and 72 inches. Even tall yogis report the 74-inch length is sufficient for nearly every type of yoga and all yoga poses.

    Manduka PRO Yoga and Pilates Mat

    The Manduka PRO mat comes in two lengths (71 and 85 inches) and seven colors. At six mm thick, it is one of the thicker mats on the market, and users say it's quite good for cushioning joints. (Some complain that the extra thickness creates instability in certain poses, however. Thickness is very much an individual preference.) People tend to like the 85-inch length because it gives them more personal space in a crowded classroom. Those with latex allergies can use it without worrying the material will trigger a reaction. Users also say the mat has very little odor, especially when kept clean.

    Sivan Health and Fitness 1/2-InchExtra Thick 71-Inch Long NBR Comfort Foam 

    The Sivan mat is available in four colors: black, red, blue, and teal. It comes with an integrated carrying strap, and in spite of its thickness, it's relatively lightweight. Those with latex allergies can use it, but since it does contain nitrile, those who are allergic to this substance should be aware of its inclusion. At 71 inches long, the Sivan mat provides ample room for most people. Owners say it's easy to keep clean but that it may squeak during use.

    Zen Active Non-Slip Yoga Mat ✮ Extra Thick 1/4" (7mm) ✮ Environmentally Fri

    Like the Sivan mat, the Zen Active Non-Slip Yoga Mat comes with its own carrying strap. It is not too heavy to carry, which is convenient for those who walk or bike to class. The mat is 72 inches long – a good fit for most practitioners – and grips the floor very well. Its thickness is such that the user can maintain stability in difficult poses. This mat is available in four colors: black, blue, green, and pink. Users say it is easy to clean and dry; a yoga mat wash or tea tree oil/water mix are the recommended cleaning solutions.

    Aurorae Classic Thick 6mm Yoga Mat with Non Slip Rosin

    Available in 12 colors, the Aurorae Premium Classic Yoga Mat comes with a number of nice features. At 72 inches long, it provides ample room for most practitioners. Clear, useful instructions on how to "break in" the mat are included, as well as a cleaning guide. A full moon is printed at the end of each mat. This icon provides a "focal point" that helps the yogi focus on his or her poses. A rosin bag is also included to help make the surface less slippery. Users agree that the rosin helps reduce slippage on the mat.

    The Jade Harmony mat's thickness is ideal for cushioning the joints and pressure points without compromising balance.

    A pretty design doesn’t mean it’s a better mat. Find a material and thickness that feels good for you, and worry about the design later.

    Samantha
    Nutrition PhD and Consultant
    Considerations

    Price

    Jade Harmony Professional 74-Inch x 3/16-Inch Yoga Mat (Midnight Blue)

    At first glance, the $79 Jade Harmony Professional mat may seem a little pricey. However, its quality construction and durability ensure that it will outlast many mats that cost half as much. Available in longer lengths than most mats (72 inches maximum), it's ideal for tall and short practitioners alike. The slip-resistant surface is superior to other mats, too, making it safer to use. The thickness (3/16 of an inch) is ideal for both comfort and stability. All of these features combine to create a mat that is completely worth its higher price.

    Manduka PRO Yoga and Pilates Mat

    There's no getting around the fact the Manduka PRO mat is pricey. It is probably most appropriate for students who take several classes per week. (We say this because we believe most beginners would want to pay less for a mat, especially if they are unsure whether they will continue the discipline.) The price is worth it for durability and size, but overall, this product is more suitable for advanced practitioners.

    Sivan Health and Fitness 1/2-InchExtra Thick 71-Inch Long NBR Comfort Foam 

    At $39, the Sivan mat is an affordable yoga mat. However, with its durability issues, it's probably best for beginners who take only one or two classes per week. The carrying strap is a useful addition. Sivan makes a thick mat, which is welcome for people who want extra cushioning for their joints, but it may not be the best buy for those who require stability when striking yoga poses.

    Zen Active Non-Slip Yoga Mat ✮ Extra Thick 1/4" (7mm) ✮ Environmentally Fri

    The Zen Active mat is among the lower-priced mats, but it does have a durability issue that potential buyers should consider. Users like the slip-resistant cushioning, but in spite of this and other admirable features, some have complained that the mat breaks down too quickly. The Aurorae Premium is an alternative on our list that is budget-friendly and also durable.

    Aurorae Classic Thick 6mm Yoga Mat with Non Slip Rosin

    At $54, the Aurorae Premium mat is not the cheapest yoga mat on the market. However, users have reported that cheap yoga mats tend to fall apart quickly. It's logical to conclude that a slightly more expensive mat would pay off in the long run. The Aurorae mat includes a number of desirable features that add to its value (moon icon, rosin bag, wide color selection). And, unlike the Jade Harmony mat, users do not complain that the mat has a strong odor. Therefore, users with sensitive noses (and latex allergies) can buy this mat with confidence. Considering the features and durability the Aurorae provides, it's well worth the price.

    The Aurorae Premium Classic Yoga mat includes a number of desirable features (moon icon, rosin bag, wide color selection, and more) that add to its incredible value.

    Best of the Best

    The Jade Harmony Professional 3/16-inch yoga mat is a great choice for any yoga practitioner, from the beginner to the seasoned expert. If you expect to take more than one or two classes a week, we believe you'll find that this mat meets your needs quite well.

    The mat is made from natural rubber – a renewable resource – and has a slip-resistant surface. It's durable enough to withstand the rigors of hot yoga and power yoga as well as traditional yoga practices. It's available in eleven colors and two lengths (68 and 72 inches), so practitioners of any height can use it comfortably. Some owners have reported a strong rubber smell that could potentially trigger a reaction in those sensitive to latex, so if you have allergies or are sensitive to strong odors, you may want to take this into consideration. However, because of its durable construction and host of other terrific features, the Jade Harmony Professional mat is our pick for Best of the Best.

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    The Jade Harmony Professional yoga mat is a great choice for any yoga practitioner, from the beginner to the seasoned expert.

    Best Bang for Your Buck

    At 72 inches, the Aurorae Premium Classic mat is long enough for most practitioners and thick enough to cushion joints in most poses. As an added bonus, it's available in 12 different colors to suit any personality.

    The mat is made from a non-toxic resin that's eco-friendly and doesn't trigger latex or rubber allergies. It's tough enough to withstand machine washing and easily dries in the sun. We like the fact that this mat comes with a complete set of instructions for use and maintenance.

    In addition, the manufacturer includes a bag of rosin to help cut down on slipperiness until the mat has been properly broken in. It may not be quite as durable as the Jade or Manduka mats, but for $54, it's a great choice for beginners who may not be sure whether they want to continue taking classes indefinitely.

    In short, this is a quality yoga mat that won't break the bank. Because of its thoughtful construction and great price, the Aurorae Premium Classic mat is our pick for Best Bang for Your Buck.

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    Durable and packed with helpful extras, the Aurorae Premium Classic is a quality yoga mat that won't break the bank.
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