If you are looking for the best yoga mat to own, here are some of the top rated yoga mats that are considered high-end, durable, environmentally-friendly and provide excellent grip and comfort.
Liforme Yoga Mat
I am thrilled to write about the Liforme yoga mat because of how well-received it has been. It’s an expensive yoga mat, but worth the high price tag.
This yoga mat is not only eco-friendly, and non-slip, but it also comes with an original unique alignment marker system making it really useful for right alignment. No more guessing where you should place your hands, feet, elbows, etc., on a posture – you can see if you need to adjust them and your teacher can see that too. These alignment markers are etched on the mat instead of being printed with harmful inks and a heat-bonding process was used instead of toxic glues.
On top of these, it has an outstanding grip, even during a 90-minute hot yoga class. So it keeps you in place even when the mat is wet from sweat. It has a strong natural rubber base, an added cushioned felt portion in between that, plus the top layer of the mat providing a deep cushioned and yet very solid and stable surface to protect for instance your knees, elbows, and hips from digging into the floor.
- Available in Grey, Pink, Blue, and Green
- Includes a carrying bag
- 185cm long x 68cm wide and 4mm thick
Amazon Price: $150
Prana evolution Natural Sticky Yoga Mat
The Prana Revolution Natural Sticky mat is a biodegradable natural rubber made yoga mat. It is made in a large size providing a generous amount of space for your asanas. It offers an excellent grip, stability, an anti-stretch construction and it’s non-toxic and durable.
I definitely have noticed that with my standard size yoga mat, I often see my hands or feet landing on the floor – off to the side of the mat. On my next mat purchase I will be looking to get one that is larger. I feel it does make a difference to have more width to the sides when you are transitioning from one pose to the next and you need more space to the sides.
- Weight: 8.38
- Dimensions: 78×30
- Available in Black
Amazon Price: $64
Gaiam Print Premium
The Gaiam Print Premium yoga mat comes in a variety of beautiful designs, it’s lightweight, durable and extra-thick providing added cushioning. It is soft and therefore it has a bit of a slippery coating so it is recommended to use it with a mat towel or you can use a scrub-brush to brush it with some water for about a minute or two (avoid the design part) and repeat once more after letting it dry for a minute.
- Made with PVC
- Free of the Phthalates DEHP, DBP, BBP, DINP, DIDP and DNOP
- Dimensions: 68-Inch x 24-Inch x 5mm
- Comes in several designs
Amazon Price: $70
Manduka PROLite Yoga Mat
People love this mat because it’s very supportive for floor work, comfortable, it has a good grip, sticks to the floor, it’s thick and weighs about 4 pounds. One thing to have in mind though, which you find with all mats, is that it can get slippery when your hands get really sweaty – so I highly recommend to use a mat towel or a hand towel. This yoga mat is also great for using at the beach or on hard or bumpy surfaces as you won’t feel the sand lumps or other bumps beneath you.
- Nontoxic, 100% latex free
- Standard: 71” X 24”; 4.7mm thick; 4 lbs
- Long: 79” X 24”; 4.7mm thick; 4.5 lbs
- Available in many colors including Midnight, Caramel, Purple and Thunder
Amazon Price: $63 – $111
Jade Harmony Professional Mat
This is also a very well-liked mat because it really grasps the floor allowing you to practice safely, with confidence and ease. But as with all other mats that I know of, it gets slippery when wet – so it is best to use a mat towel or have a small hand towel next to you. This yoga mat is soft, comfortable, it cleans up beautifully with soap and water and you can even add a bit of tree-tea oil. It will smell of rubber a bit at the beginning but the smell will disappear over time. It’s bio-degradable and environmentally-friendly.
- Made with open-cell, natural rubber
- 24″ wide
- Available in two lengths- 68” and 74”- and weighs about 5 pounds
- Several colors available including Midnight Blue, Olive Green, Tibetan Orange
Jade Yoga Price: $75 – $80
Kharma Khare Hybrid Bliss
Another environmentally-friendly yoga mat made of natural rubber latex and recycled car tires, providing comfort and grip. You can use the natural rubber latex side for less rigorous practice, and if your practice becomes more intense or when you need better grip just flip your mat over. Because it is a very thick mat, you can sit on your knees on this mat without having to use a towel to support them. This mat absorbs moisture and provides a large surface area on the recycled side that allows it to evaporate quickly – perfect for Hot Yoga. It provides a great non-slip surface but if you sweat a lot, it is best to use a mat towel on top of the mat or have a hand towel next to you. As with other mats made of rubber, it does have a slight scent to it which fades with use.
- Dimensions: 72″ L x 24″ W
- Weight: 8 lbs.
- Available colors: Blue / Black, Green / Black, Purple / Black
Amazon Price: $70
If you have any questions or comments please feel free to share those below with me. Happy practicing!