Those who are taller will want to grab the Nike Mastery Long Yoga Mat, stat. This extra-long mat is five millimeters thick and is made from a natural stone rubber base to keep you cool and provide grip and support as you flow through your yoga practice.
Through the All In Motion Natural Cork TPE Yoga Mat, you can have the non-irritating grip of cork and the comfort of squishy thermoplastic elastomer (also known as TPE) in one comfy yoga mat. Like most mats, it clocks in at five millimeters in thickness, but it stands out through its lightweight feel, portability, and under-$50 price tag.
On the hunt for a thicker mat? Look no further than the Amazon Basics Extra Thick Exercise Yoga Mat. This thicker option is half an inch thick to provide much-needed comfort and relief where you need it most and it has a textured top layer for traction. Not to mention, it already comes with its own carry-on strap so you can easily tote it to your yoga studio.
If you want a slightly thinner mat, the Athleta Flow Freely Yoga Mat is a stellar option. It’s four and a half millimeters in thickness and swaps materials like polyvinyl chloride (also known as PVC) for a plant-based Yulex rubber. Keep in mind that that means this mat is not suitable for hot yoga practices.
Alo Yoga’s Warrior Mat features a matte rubber top that minimizes moisture retention, prevents slippage, and won’t allow odors to form. It also comes in pretty colors, like the muted mauve shade pictured above, jungle green, white with metallic detailing, and classic black.
Manduka’s Prolite Yoga Mat comes in an array of fun colors like bright blue (pictured above), millennial pink, forest green, purple, and more. Allure deputy digital editor Kara McGrath loves it because it’s extra cushiony, comes in two sizes (standard and tall), and because it’s made of high-quality PVC material that won’t peel, flake, or fade no matter how much you use it. It also features a special dot pattern, which helps to prevent sliding during sweat-drenched workout sessions.
Allure contributor Kat Suico swears by Repose Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat, as it features a nonslip surface made of natural rubber padding that gets her through even the hottest of workouts. Additionally, its cork exterior makes it extremely durable — not to mention better for the environment because it doesn’t contain plastic.
Some of our editors with back or knee problems say they appreciate Gaiam’s Thick Yoga Mat as it provides added support and an ultra-cushiony feel. What’s more, its fabric features what’s known as “closed-cell construction,” a technology that works to wick away germs, odor, and bacteria. (We would still recommend always wiping your mat down after using it, but this is a nice feature nonetheless.) Its cushiony material also provides the grip you need to keep your hands and yoga blocks from sliding around.