Personally, my favorite mat is the Manduka Pro Mat. I love this mat because of its cushion and durability. Yet, it is a rather heavy mat that is cumbersome to carry around. My next favorite would be the Liforme Mat for it’s innovative design and commitment to recyclable materials.
Reviews.com did the research to find out the best mat out there and today, I bring you a guest blog with their research and findings. I hope you enjoy!
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The Manduka PROlite beat out its category contenders for longevity by a landslide. It’s an extremely durable, high-performing mat that’s stamped with a lifetime guarantee.
- April 27, 2017 — This review has been updated to consider two popular new yoga mats, the Liforme and the Yoloha, which have both been added to my top picks.
As an instructor and student who rolls out the mat quite regularly, I know what features I prefer to support my practice. However, considering the many styles of yoga and workout routines that involve mats, I wanted to see what other yoga professionals thought, including those that have been at it practically since the time mats debuted (despite the practice of yoga dating back over 5,000 years, the yoga mat hasn’t been around all that long).
In the end, my top choices were pretty easy to grip. There is no perfect yoga mat, and no single mat fits everyone. If you’re looking for the best yoga mat that will support your asanas and be your new place to call OM for a lifetime, the Manduka PROlite is the way to go. It gets my top pick because its durability and versatility are unmatched. However, if you’re looking for an eco-friendly option, the Jade Harmony Professional Mat is made of 100 percent rubber, and offers great traction and support.
With over 50 hours of research on dozens of yoga mats, I focused on the properties and composition of the mat and how this applies to the various styles of yoga. I surveyed the masses, consulted with over 10 yoga professionals with years of experience on mats, and personally put many mats through hours of testing.
The process was sweaty, and reconfirmed that choosing a yoga mat is akin to choosing your wine — some get better with age, and it all comes down to personal taste. To help find the best yoga mat for you, I’ve also recommended top picks for specific formats, some of which include my top choices and others which do not.
The 10 Overall Best Yoga Mats
Jade Harmony Professional Mat($59.95 – $217.14)
Manduka Black Mat Pro($108.00 – $134.00)
Hugger Mugger Para Rubber($83.52)
PrAna Revolutionary Sticky Mat($62.96)
PrAna E.C.O($28.80 – $48.00)
Gaiam Print Premium($29.98)
Liforme Yoga Mat($140.00)
Yoloha Native Cork Yoga Mat($139.00)