Yoga Mat Buyers Guide

Choosing a Yoga Mat Can Be a Tricky Task, So We Have Done All The Work For You

When picking a suitable Yoga mat for your needs, there can be so much choice out there. Use our buying guide below to help assist you in your purchase.

Ten years ago, there was only one basic type of yoga mat — made of PVC and noted for its stickiness — and your only choice was whether to buy pink or purple. Now, there’s a yoga mat to suit every priority and preference.

Beyond a colour and pattern that suits your style, your yoga mat needs to keep you stable in your poses; it needs to be storable and portable, yet comfy and cushy. You may also want your mat to be environmentally friendly. These aspects of your mat's personality are all affected by how the mat is made: how thick it is, what it's made of, and its surface texture.

Use our guide to help you find a yoga mat that you can be blissfully happy with — one that suits your practice, priorities, lifestyle, values, and budget. No matter what the stores tell you, that’s the best yoga mat for you!

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Why it’s important: The thickness of your yoga mat has a lot to do with how comfortable it is — too thin, and your knee may get banged up during crescent lunge. The tradeoff is that thick yoga mats (some as thick as 1/4 inch) can make it harder for you to feel a strong connection to the floor, making you more wobbly in Tree Pose, for example.

Options: A standard yoga mat is about 1/8 inch thick, while the thickest are about 1/4 inch. There are also wafer-thin yoga mats, often billed as “travel yoga mats,” that are a mere 1/16 inch thick. They fold easily and don’t weigh much, making them a cinch to fit in a suitcase.

Basic buying guide: Consider how much room you have to stow your yoga mat, how important portability is, and where your sweet spot is on comfort versus being able to feel a direct connection to the floor. If you're short on storage space, have a long schlep to the studio, and like the feel of just a little padding, opt for a standard-depth mat, in the 1/8 inch range. If you don’t mind carrying and storing a little more heft for the sake of more cushioning, consider a premium yoga mat that's about 1/4 inch thick. And if you absolutely must be able to pack your yoga mat in a suitcase or carry-on, get yourself a foldable travel yoga mat in the 1/16 inch range.

Everyday Long Lasting Yoga Mats
Yoga Studio Sticky Yoga Mat 6mm

Yoga Studio Sticky 6mm Yoga Mat

Price: £23.95
Material: PVC
Thickness: 6mm
Best Attributes: Long Lasting, Great for Beginners, Extra Cushioning

The Yoga Studio 6mm sticky yoga mats are made To European Standards and they are made from the latest environmental polymer resins.

They are 6-P Free, Free of Phthalate, AZO, DOP, Phenol, Heavy Metals. ie No Nasties at all! Simply, these are simply the best PVC mats you can buy in Europe - which surpass European quality standards.

Why It's Great!

This Yoga Studio sticky yoga mat is a fantastic choice for first time yogis and people who want a long lasting mat. The mat has 6mm cushioning which is fantastic for supporting you knees and joints.
This best selling sticky mat is most widely used yoga mat around the world and can be found in most studios.
It comes in a large range of different colours and designed prints.

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  • Soft, shock absorbent and comfortable
  • Provides a stable, non-slip surface
  • Machine washable and tear proof
  • Size: 183cm x 61cm x 6mm
  • Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified
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Yoga Studio Oeko-Tex Sticky 4.5mm Yoga Mat

Price: £28.00
Material: PVC
Thickness: 4.5mm
Best Attributes: Long Lasting, Great for Beginners

The Yoga Studio Oeko Tex Original Sticky Yoga Mats Made in Germany, Meaning Higher Quality, Denser Material. Our Oeko Tex Original Sticky Yoga Mats Have Class 1, Baby Standard, Which Is The Highest Standard Available.

Great For Your Home Practice Or Studio. Perfect For Beginners & Advanced Yogis Alike, From Babies - Upwards.

The mats are provide exceptional comfort and reliability for your yoga and exercises.

Why It's Great!

Like the Yoga Studio 6mm Sticky Mat, this Oeko-Tex mat offers superb grip and is made from a high density PVC material. The top texture is designed to give you great grip, whilst the bottom is smooth which is ideal for flat floors to eliminate bunching.
Its Oeko-Tex properties are the highest standard european quality on the market, making this the perfect choice for pregnant women, babies and people with latex allergies.
The Oeko-Tex Yoga mat is availble in a range of colours and sizes to suit everyone.

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  • Non-Slip, Excellent Cushioning Surface.
  • Made from High Dense vinyl foam.
  • Durable & Long Lasting.
  • Skin-Friendly Even for Small Children & Babies.
  • Free of AZO, DOP, Phthalates, Latex, Bisphenol-A (BPA), Lead & Toxins.
  • Size: 60 x 200 x 0.45cm
  • Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified
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ECO Friendly Yoga Mats
Yoga Studio Cork 4mm Yoga Mat

Yoga Studio Cork 4mm Yoga Mat

Price: £45.00
Material: Cork
Thickness: 4mm
Best Attributes: Eco-Friendly, Rubber backing for great grip

Yoga Studio cork yoga mats provide an amazing non-slip, anti-bacterial, natural and sustainable surface for your yoga practice with fantastic grip that increases as you sweat.

Yoga Studio Cork Yoga Mats are made from a blend of natural cork and recycled cork to create the top surface of our cork mat and a natural rubber backing attached with a layer of non-toxic adhesive and fabric scrim to create the bottom surface.

Why It's Great!

The cork side of the yoga Studio cork mat is all natural and sustainably sourced. The rubber side is an open-cell natural rubber bottom providing excellent grip.
Both sides of the mat can be used for your practice. The antimicrobial properties of cork help to repel mould and mildew away, which means it’s basically self-cleaning and doesn’t smell. Cork naturally kills bacteria, germs and odours.

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  • No toxins, metals, chemicals or nasties!
  • No break in period required – Providing excellent grip from the first use.
  • Superior cushioning for your joints.
  • Lays flat and will not bunch or roll during practice.
  • Sustainable, Ethical, Ecological and Antimicrobial.
  • Size: 183 x 61 x 4mm
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Eco Yoga Phoenix Yoga Mat - 6mm

Price: £48.00
Material: Natural Rubber Jute
Thickness: 6mm
Best Attributes: Natural Eco Friendly Material, Unparalleled Grip

Excellent for any style of yoga practice. A pure rubber non-embossed underside to grip the floor and fabric/rubber mix on top.

The process of application allows for the full characterful nature of this jute material to be expressed; encased in ecoYoga's unique 100% natural rubber blend.

Why It's Great!

The hessian fabric gives a durable, tactile and pleasantly natural surface to work on whilst providing that GRIP so sought after.

The 6mm thickness gives extra support and cushioning whilst still maintaining a firmness for good practice. The hessian/jute fabric is specially selected for the ecoYoga mat. The hessian/jute fabric is specially selected for the ecoYoga mat.

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  • Sustainable/ plant-based materials
  • 100% natural rubber (contains latex)
  • Suitable for Vegans
  • Biodegradable
  • Excellent Grip / Non-slip
  • Size: 183cm x 63.5cm
  • Made from Natural Rubber in the UK
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Extra Grippy Yoga Mats
Yoga Studio The Grip Yoga Mat 4mm

Yoga Studio The Grip Yoga Mat 4mm

Price: £48.00
Material: PU (Polyurethane)
Thickness: 4mm
Best Attributes: Very Grippy, Extra Cushioning

Brand New and Revolutionary Top Surface Coat offers unparalleled Grip. Yoga Studio's PU Yoga Mat has an innovative moisture-absorbing design made to increase the grip with increased moisture.

The mat features double sided technology. The top side of the mat, the “sticky” side, is made of an Eco-polyurethane (PU) material which absorbs moisture (hence the grip). The bottom side is made from clean Natural Responsibly sourced rubber which provides more cushion and unparalleled grip on the floor.

Why It's Great!

If your looking for the grippiest mat on the market then you have found it. This mat is ideal for anyone who practises hot yoga or has sweaty palms. 

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  • Durable polyurethane is easy to wipe clean.
  • Non-slip mat ideal for hot yoga.
  • Rubber Base.
  • Lightweight and durable.
  • Supports your joints.
  • Size: 183cm x 68cm x 4mm
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Yoga Studio The Grip Alignment Yoga Mat 4mm

Price: £55.00
Material: PU (Polyurethane)
Thickness: 4mm
Best Attributes: Very Grippy, Extra Cushioning

Align Yourself and your practice with The Alignment Grip Mat! Brand New and Revolutionary Top Surface Coat offers unparalleled Grip.

Yoga Studio's PU Yoga Mat has an innovative moisture-absorbing design made to increase the grip with increased moisture. The mat features double sided technology. The top side of the mat, the “sticky” side, is made of an Eco-polyurethane (PU) material which absorbs moisture (hence the grip).

The bottom side is made from clean Natural Responsibly sourced rubber which provides more cushion and unparalleled grip on the floor.

Why It's Great!

Like the original Yoga Studio Grip yoga mat, this mat has the same top and bottom surface providing fantastic levels of grip. This mat is ideal for anyone with sweaty palms or practises hot yoga. The alignment mat also features a line up the centre of the mat, this is particularly good for beginners or yogis looking to improve in their poses.

More Details 

  • Durable polyurethane is easy to wipe clean.
  • Non-slip mat ideal for hot yoga.
  • Wicks away moisture to secure your grip.
  • Supports your joints.
  • PVC. Latex Free* 6P Free: Free of DEHP, DBP, BBP, DINP, DIDP, and DNOP phthalates.
  • Size: 183cm x 68cm x 4mm
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Yoga Studio The Grip Alignment Yoga Mat 4mm
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