Yoga is a great form of exercise that suits the whole family, both young and old. A peaceful yoga session on a comfortable yoga mat is a great opportunity to top up your body and mind with fresh energy.
We tested some of the most popular yoga mats and our test aims to help you find the mat that best suits your needs.
The test was carried out by someone who regularly does yoga and who tested a number of selected yoga mats over a period of three months. The tester tried out different types of yoga classes to thoroughly investigate how the mats react to sweat, wear and, above all, how comfortable it is to do yoga on.
Each yoga mat has also been tested for other types of exercise, to determine if it is also suitable as a workout mat, or if it is best suited for yoga.
To determine which yoga mat is best in test, we assessed the following characteristics:
Price: How good is the yoga mat in relation to the price tag? Here we make an overall assessment of how the mat performs in the test in relation to what it costs.
Thickness: We assess how the thickness of the mat affects balance and comfort. A thicker and softer yoga mat is often nice to sit on but can also make your balance worse.
Grip: How does the yoga mat react to sweat? To be able to do yoga safely, the mat needs to give you a good grip. Many yoga mats have difficulty delivering a good grip during the sweatier sessions.
Material: Here we assess how hard-wearing the material is and, perhaps most important of all, how it affects people and the environment. Many cheaper yoga mats are made of PVC, which is a plastic material that releases many toxic chemicals during the manufacturing process. PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride and it’s one of the most dangerous substances for human health and the environment.
We have taken into account the overall assessment of these properties in relation to the price tag of the yoga mat. This test process has enabled us to give every mat a fair score.
Beautifully designed yoga mat for those who want the highest quality
Length: 180 cm Width: 61 cm Thickness: 4.7 mm Weight: 1.8 kg Material: PVC (polyvinyl chloride)
The PROlite yoga mat from Manduka is a premium mat of the highest quality. The manufacturer gives a lifetime guarantee and it has been praised by yogis all over the world. The design is stylish but discreet, which means it fits nicely into both the living room and the gym.
The yoga mat is 100% latex-free and made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride), which is the most common plastic material for this type of product. PVC is essentially an environmentally hazardous material, but according to the manufacturer, production is carried out in such a way that no toxic chemicals are released to affect either people or the environment. The carpet has what are known as closed cells that prevent the toxins from seeping out and affecting the user. The closed cells also facilitate cleaning of the carpet, as sweat and bacteria lie on the surface so it’s easy to wipe with a damp cloth.
The PROlite yoga mat is a bit hard to lie on and if you are looking for a soft workout mat there are better alternatives. For yoga training, however, comfort levels are excellent and are maintained even during longer yoga sessions. In positions that demand balance, it delivers world-class stability. It is just the right thickness to provide the support you need as the difficulty levels increase.
At the outset we felt the grip wasn’t great, especially during sweatier yoga sessions. This was particularly evident in certain positions. After a week of frequent use, it started to improve and within a month the grip was really good. We recommend an extra portion of patience if you feel that your grip is initially disappointing.
The PROlite yoga mat from Manduka is the yoga mat for anyone prioritising highest quality and who isn’t put off by the price tag. You get a very good mat with excellent stability that you’ll enjoy using for many years.
A soft yoga mat that even works for sweaty yoga sessions
Length: 183 cm Width: 68 cm Thickness: 5 mm Weight: 3.1 kg Material: Natural rubber and PU (polyurethane)
The Grip&Cushion III from Casall is a stylish, slightly larger, very high quality yoga mat. It provides extremely good grip in both dry and damp conditions, making it excellent even for the most sweaty yoga sessions.
With a thickness of 5 mm, it is slightly thicker than the standard dimension of 4 mm. A thick and soft mat is usually nice to lie on, but can also be a factor that makes it more difficult for the user to maintain balance. We feel that, despite its thickness, it delivers a high degree of stability even in more challenging positions, which is a big plus.
The Grip&Cushion has high density, making it the heaviest yoga mat in the test by some way. If you’re looking for a mat you can easily carry with you, this isn’t the best choice It’s bulky to carry around and unfortunately no carrying harness or storage bag are included in the price tag. The weight helps it to be extremely stable when it’s lying on the floor.
This yoga mat is made of a mixture of natural rubber and polyurethane (PU). The latter has a particular property that allows the mat to absorb moisture and help you maintain a good grip even under the most sweaty of yoga sessions. The disadvantage of an open cell structure is that bacteria form more easily and the mat becomes more difficult to clean. PU is bad for both people and the environment. During manufacture, isocyanates are formed which are suspected of being carcinogenic, and the material cannot be recycled. From the outset, the mat had a rather strong rubbery smell but fortunately this disappeared after a few days of use.
The mat is aesthetically pleasing and attractive in black. However, it’s relatively sensitive to marks from shoes and other things that can cause white marks. So we recommend you do yoga without shoes.
The Grip&Cushion III from Casall is an excellent mat for those with high demands. It was best in test for grip and also the most comfortable to lie on. If you’re looking for a premium yoga mat for home use, this is an excellent choice provided the price tag doesn’t scare you off.
Lightweight yoga mat for those who want to be environmentally friendly
Length: 185 cm Width: 63 cm Thickness: 4 mm Weight: 0.54 kg Material: 75% TPE (thermoplastic rubber) – 25% bamboo fibres and rice husk
Casall’s bamboo exercise mat is an extremely light and trendy yoga mat. This is undoubtedly the best choice for the environment in our test, as 25% of the material is made of bamboo and rice shell, which is a completely organic material. During manufacture of this more environmentally friendly yoga mat, the energy comes from 50% recyclable energy sources, which gives some hope for the future and feels good when you bow your head and say namaste.
This yoga mat not only works for yoga but also works well as a general exercise mat. It provides good shock absorption and the density makes it nice to lie on. The grip is OK for more relaxed sessions where you don’t get sweaty, but when your body gets damp, the mat becomes a bit slippery.
After your workout is complete, it’s easy to clean with cold water and a cloth. Be careful not to let it dry or use it in the sun, as it can’t withstand high temperatures or direct sunlight.
If you like doing yoga on the move, this is a great option as the mat only weighs 540 grams. It’s very easy to roll up, but unfortunately it doesn’t include a carrying strap or yoga bag. But you can easily buy the right carrying equipment for your taste online.
Casall’s bamboo exercise mat is a good choice for those who care about the environment and want to have a mat that’s easy to carry with them. If you do other forms of exercise than yoga it also works very well as a training mat, provided you don't get too sweaty.
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