top ten yoga mats

Top Ten Yoga Mats Reviewed

So you’ve decided that it is time for a new yoga mat. You know that a yoga mat is not just a yoga mat! The quality of the mat can make a real difference to your yoga experience, so it’s a buying decision that needs some careful thought. We’ve already outlined what we think are the things to consider when thinking about your new mat. Now let’s apply those characteristics to some top mats available and see what comes out tops. This is our review of the top ten yoga mats.

1. Liforme Yoga Mat

Manufacturer: Liforme

Made from: Eco-friendly, biodegradable rubber 

  • Surface 95% 95%
  • Weight 75% 75%
  • Thickness 80% 80%
  • Size 90% 90%
  • Value 80% 80%
  • Storage 90% 90%
  • Appearance 85% 85%
  • Overall 85% 85%

The Liforme mat is a stunning mat. Described by many as truly non-slip it is perhaps the ultimate yoga mat … and deservedly our number one in our review of top ten yoga mats! It is made from eco-friendly biodegradable rubber.

It does, however, come with a heavy price tag. This is a yogi’s ideal Christmas or Birthday gift! They will love you for buying this mat for them. It’s not amongst the lightest, but after paying the heavy price tag you expect to have something under your arm!

The mat has a really useful set of lines on it which Liforme call the “AlignForMe” alignment system – and it’s really useful. Indeed we’re surprised not many other yoga mat manufacturers are producing similar mats. This is one of three mats in our top ten which have these lines.

The mat is made from eco-friendly and biodegradable material/rubber. It is available in grey, pink, blue and green. A generous length at 185cm, although thickness at 4mm is not the thickest in our top ten. It comes with an impressive bag – although you need to find somewhere to put it if you’re in a room/hall with other yogis.

Size is 68cm x 185cm with a thickness of 4mm. Weight is about 2.5kg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Yogibare Professional Studio Yoga Mat

Manufacturer: Yogibare

Made from: Natural eco-friendly rubber

  • Surface 85% 85%
  • Weight 85% 85%
  • Thickness 80% 80%
  • Size 85% 85%
  • Value 80% 80%
  • Storage 80% 80%
  • Appearance 95% 95%
  • Overall 84% 84%

This is the Yogibare PAWS Professional Yoga Mat. At just over 4mm it is mid-range in terms of thickness. The design stands out with this mat and it is a design which is available in three distinctive colours – black, grey and red. Yogibare claim the top material is ultra-grip and the best material to use. Made with eco-friendly materials this is certainly a mat to consider if you’re looking for a mid-range priced mat. We found it to be an excellent all round mat making it our number 2!

Size is 66cm x 180cm with a thickness of 4.2mm. Weight is about 1.5kg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Heathyoga

Manufacturer: Heathyoga

Made from: No latex, no PVC, non-toxic or any harmful chemicals. Made of SGS certified TPE material.

  • Surface 80% 80%
  • Weight 85% 85%
  • Thickness 90% 90%
  • Size 85% 85%
  • Value 95% 95%
  • Storage 75% 75%
  • Appearance 80% 80%
  • Overall 84% 84%

This mat goes heavy on the eco-friendly angle. TPE is said to be the latest technological improvement to the traditional yoga mats. No latex, no PVC, non-toxic or any harmful chemicals. This Heathyoga mat is made of SGS certified TPE material which is non-slip, odour-less and with good cushioning. Indeed at 6mm thick it is one of the thickest in our top ten.

This mat, like the Liforme, has an alignment line. If that is an important factor for you and you don’t want to pay the Liforme price, this might be a good cheaper alternative for you.

Comes with a velcro strap and in six different colours. Size is 65cm x 183cm with a thickness of 6mm. Weight is about 1.2kg. This is a mat that offers very good value for money and as such it is our well deserved number 3 in our review of top ten yoga mats!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.  Jade Harmony Yoga Mat

Manufacturer: JadeYoga

Made from: Natural rubber

  • Surface 80% 80%
  • Weight 85% 85%
  • Thickness 85% 85%
  • Size 95% 95%
  • Value 80% 80%
  • Storage 75% 75%
  • Appearance 75% 75%
  • Overall 82% 82%

The Jade Harmony yoga mat is made by JadeYoga in the US. It comes in a number of colours and 2 different lengths. It contains no PVC and can be hand washed with soap and water. The option of the two lengths is a feature none of the other mats in our top ten have.

JadeYoga plants a tree for every mat sold – and claim over 940,000 trees have been planted so far. So they sell a lot of mats!

Size is 71cm x 172cm or 188cm with a thickness of 5mm. Weight is about 1.4kg. It is a mid-range priced mat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Manuka Life Linen Yoga Mat

Manufacturer: Manuka Life

Made from: Linen upper and latex free pvc underside

  • Surface 80% 80%
  • Weight 85% 85%
  • Thickness 85% 85%
  • Size 80% 80%
  • Value 85% 85%
  • Storage 80% 80%
  • Appearance 80% 80%
  • Overall 82% 82%

The Manuka Life Linen Yoga Mat is a linen based mat unlike the others in our top ten which tend to be either wholly rubber or PVC. The underside is a latex free pvc and the upper is linen. That in itself makes it stand apart from many and may indeed be the factor that makes a buyer choose this mat rather than anything else. It has very good grip, both underside and upper, even if you are prone to sweaty palms when doing your yoga.

Manuka Life are a maker of many yoga based products so they know their audience and it shows in the quality of this product. The appearance is also a little different from the rest with an understated mottled green look. A simply tie means storage and carrying is easy and as the tie is an integral part of the mat there is just one piece to pick up at the end of your session. No forgotten or lost tie or bag to worry about.

Size is 61cm x 183cm and it is 5mm thick. A mid-range priced mat that we found to be a good buy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. PeaceLoveYoga Mat

Manufacturer: YogaBellies

Made from: Natural rubber

  • Surface 85% 85%
  • Weight 75% 75%
  • Thickness 85% 85%
  • Size 75% 75%
  • Value 75% 75%
  • Storage 80% 80%
  • Appearance 85% 85%
  • Overall 80% 80%

YogaBellies appeared on Dragon’s Den and offer good quality yoga mats. The PeaceLoveYoga mat comes in various designs.

It’s a good sized yoga mat and reasonably thick. These eco-safe mats are made of biodegradable, recyclable natural tree rubber and water based inks.  For every yoga mat sold YogaBellies give a little to Women’s Aid, helping women in need, across the globe. They also give a one year guarantee – if you decide you don’t like this mat at any time within the first year they will give you your money back. That’s a nice marketing touch and reassuring for a relatively high priced mat.

Size is 61cm x 178cm with a thickness of 4.5mm. Weight is about 2.4kg. A mat priced towards the top end of those in our list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Gaiam Printed Mat

Manufacturer: Gaiam

Made from: Free from latex

  • Surface 80% 80%
  • Weight 85% 85%
  • Thickness 70% 70%
  • Size 70% 70%
  • Value 85% 85%
  • Storage 75% 75%
  • Appearance 90% 90%
  • Overall 79% 79%

The Gaiam printed yoga mat is a very stylish popular mat that stands out from the crowd. It has reasonable non-slip sticky properties, although not amongst the best in our top ten. At 3mm it is also thinner than most of the others and that, for some, can make for an uncomfortable session.

Gaiam actually make a very wide range of mats and are well worth checking out for their sheer selection.

Size is 61cm x 172.5cm with a thickness of 3mm. Weight is about 1.4kg. A low priced mat that offers some of the best value for money in our top ten yoga mats list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. The Combo Yoga Mat

Manufacturer: Yoga Design Lab

Made from: Natural tree rubber

  • Surface 80% 80%
  • Weight 85% 85%
  • Thickness 70% 70%
  • Size 75% 75%
  • Value 80% 80%
  • Storage 75% 75%
  • Appearance 85% 85%
  • Overall 79% 79%

The Combo Yoga Mat by Yoga Design Lab comes with a towel. It is described as an eco-friendly mat made from: natural tree rubber, and microfibre made from recycled bottles and water based prints. They are machine washable and the claim is the mat won’t fade. There are a variety of different strong and attractive designs.

Has a basic carry strap. Size is 61cm x 178cm with a thickness of 3.5mm. So it is on the thinner side compared with others in our list. Weight is about 1.5kg. A mid-range priced mat, but with the added towel it bumps up the value a bit more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Genki Luxury Yoga Mat

Manufacturer: Genki

Made from: Eco-friendly natural rubber

  • Surface 80% 80%
  • Weight 85% 85%
  • Thickness 70% 70%
  • Size 70% 70%
  • Value 80% 80%
  • Storage 75% 75%
  • Appearance 80% 80%
  • Overall 77% 77%

The Genki Luxury Yoga Mat also comes with a towel. These non-slip mats are relatively thin at 3mm, but come in 4 great looking designs. They are made from 100% natural tree rubber, and are biodegradable, recyclable, and free from latex, silicone, toxic glues, phthalates and PVC.

This mat can be machine washed without fading. It is, as you would expect, non-slip. The upper-side is microfibre suede. It comes with a carry strap.

Size is 61cm x 173cm with a thickness of 3mm. Weight is about 1.5kg. Mid-range cost.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Nike Just Do It Yoga Mat 2.0

Manufacturer: Nike

Made from: Foam

  • Surface 75% 75%
  • Weight 90% 90%
  • Thickness 80% 80%
  • Size 70% 70%
  • Value 75% 75%
  • Storage 75% 75%
  • Appearance 75% 75%
  • Overall 77% 77%

A recognisable brand in Nike, this mat will get you noticed. The mat is reversible and hand washable. It has no latex or pvc and is made from a durable soft foam. The foam is textured providing good grip and non-slip properties.

The adjustable carry string does the job, but isn’t perhaps as elegant as some of the other mat storage and carrying solutions.

Seems to come in pink or blue options. Size is 61cm x 173cm. Weight is about 450g. An averaged priced mat in our top ten. At number 10 this rounds off our top ten yoga mats.

 

 

 

 

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