Whether you’re a beginner who is looking to try yoga for the first time at home or a seasoned and well-practised yogi, investing in one of the best cheap yoga mat will be the most valuable purchase you make. But before you get on the search for the non-slip yoga mats worth shouting about, we thought we’d answer all of your yoga mat questions.
Your yoga mat should be padded to prevent injury, help build muscle strength and reduce the pressure you’re putting on your joints. Especially if you’re a beginner. Yoga mats range from super thin to super-padded quarter-inch yoga mats that weight a little more. If you’re unsure on your preference, something between 3 and 5mm in thickness is pretty standard and a good starting point.
Besides the thickness? A good yoga mat should have sufficient grip so that you don’t have to grip to the ground for dear life in downward dog. The yoga mats in our edit are the most secure of the bunch, but if time and use wears the grip down, you can use chalk to make them last longer. This reversible Lululemon yoga mat is one of the best yoga mats for grip. It has also been made with a little extra cushion to help your knees and hips and make floor poses easier.
Top 10 best cheap yoga mat in 2020
Whether you’re new to yoga or returning to practise after some time off, good props can make all the difference. We’ve also added some yoga blocks and straps that make moving into more difficult poses a little easier.
1.Yogi Bare PAWS – EXTREME GRIP Yoga Exercise Mat
Why we love it: Not only does this yoga mat have aligners for you to check your posture, but it is also among the grippiest yoga mats we’ve tried. It has an extreme grip coating to the underneath, making it perfect for anything from Yin yoga to hot yoga and HIIT.
2.Manduka Mat Yoga Travel Superlite Pilates Exercise mat
If you’re looking for a mat to (literally) slip into your bag and carry to and from practise, the Eko Superlite is a good choice. At just 1.5mm thick it can easily be folded away with your sweaty gym kit, while still offering superior grip in the sweatiest of yoga classes. The surface design prevents sweat from seeping into the mat, plus the mat is made from sustainably harvested tree rubber, so you can relax into child’s pose knowing you’re doing your bit for the planet too. The only downside here is that this mat, being so thin, won’t be suitable for all workouts.
3.Proworks Yoga Mat, Eco Friendly NBR, Non-Slip Exercise Mat
This thick, durable yoga mat is comes in a range of colours and is an affordable buy if you’re looking for a mat for home workouts. 1cm of cushioning offers plenty of support for your joints and back, and the durable foam composition means it’s suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
4.Warrior Plus 6mm Yoga Mat
The Warrior Plus mat is the big sister of the original Warrior mat – one of the most popular yoga mats around. It’s a little longer than a standard mat and offers 6mm of padding for extra cushioning, which is good for sore knees or therapeutic practice. This, combined with its reasonable price, means it’s a great mat for beginners and more experienced yogis on a budget.
Yoga-Mad claims that the Warrior Plus is machine washable up to 40˚C, and while this sounds like a really handy feature at first, the fact that it can’t be put through a spin cycle means you’ll probably find yourself wiping it clean instead. It’s a little on the bulky side and not the easiest to carry around, but it’s surprisingly lightweight, portable enough to take to the gym and easy to roll up when you’re done – all at an affordable price.
5.Yoga Mat,EVA Non-Slip Fitness Pad with Carrying Strap,Exercise Yoga Mat Workout Mat
The EVA non slip yoga mattress is great for beginners who are looking for something cheap and cheerful but don’t want to spend too much. Available in eight colours, it’s also waterproof and easy to clean. Just like with the previous model, it is quite thin, so it might be best to use it indoors.
6.Manduka PRO Yoga Mat – Premium 6mm Thick Mat
On the higher end of the price points, but you can see why. A household name in the yoga brand sphere, Manduka, have been making premium yoga mats since 1997 that, they say, boast ‘superior performance and an elevated practice’. Buy for supportive cushioning, top-end joint support and protection and serious comfort, plus a product lifetime guarantee.
7.Kabalo – 173cm long x 61cm wide – EXTRA THICK 6mm – Non-Slip Yoga Mat
Extra budget, but does this job, this yoga mat from Kabalo is a great all rounder. It provides support for all your yoga needs, while reducing impact on joints during movement. At 6mm thick, the ridged design ensures it won’t slip and you can get the best grip to achieve your yoga goals. It’s even multi use- it doubles up as a camping sleeping mat, a picnic mat – and any other mat you might need for sitting and resting.
8.Manduka PROlite Yoga and Pilates Mat
The Manduka PROlite is favoured by The Telegraph’s Boudicca Fox-Leonard, a part-time yoga instructor. Here’s what she has to say:
“For the yogi looking to find a mat that will be able to follow them on their practice journey without flaking, Manduka mats are hard to beat on quality and simplicity. They also have the ethical credentials: they’re non-toxic and 100pc latex free, with an emissions-free manufacturing process.
“While Manduka’s range is overwhelming, opt for the Manduka PROlite. You’ll get a mat light enough to carry (it weighs 1.8kg) without compromising on cushioning. It might prove slippy for those first few practices, but then you and your mat will be stuck to each other for life.”
Manduka promises its mats are made for life, and they come with lifetime guarantees. The most durable option you can find.
9.Manduka eko Yoga and Pilates Mat
This brand has a pro mat that is in the same ballpark – quality- and cost-wise – as Liforme, so it’s nice to see a more affordable option designed for beginners. The textured surface means there’s plenty of grip and at 5mm thick it’ll go easy on your knees too. Its eco credentials are all in order and it’s light enough to transport easily. Speaking of transport, Manduka is international in outlook, serving the UK through a European website and offering free delivery within the EU. You’ll probably be better off using Manduka’s UK storefront on Amazon.
10.PIDO Light Weight Yoga Fitness Exercise Mat, Non Slip with Carrier Strap
How to choose the best cheap yoga mat for you
Whether you’re buying your first yoga mat or adding another to an extensive collection, these are the factors you’ll want to consider before you make the decision. There isn’t an ideal option for any of these categories because it’s all down to personal preference and what you need out of a mat. You’ll probably find that one of these factors is more important to you than the others, however, and this can make a great starting point for narrowing down your options from the many yoga mats out there.
What thickness should I go for?
Yoga mats vary in thickness, from sheet-like styles that almost feel like you’re practising directly on the ground to thick mats that offer a higher level of cushioning. Generally speaking, a thinner yoga mat will be easier to pack up, store and carry around when you’re on the go and is often used by experienced yogis with a strong, flowing practice. If you’re still fairly new to yoga or need a little extra support – for example, for therapeutic practice – a thicker mat will make your experience much more comfortable.
When you think of yoga mats, you probably think of the PVC ones found in most gyms and 80s music videos. While these are still the most common and there are plenty of great PVC mats on the market, they’re certainly not your only option. Greener products are becoming increasingly popular – and increasingly easy to find at affordable prices – so eco-conscious yogis will probably prefer a mat made from rubber, jute or organic cotton. If you’re new to yoga or just want to stick with the most popular type of mat, you’ll still be making a great choice. PVC mats offer a lot of give and are usually the spongiest and comfiest of them all.
Does texture matter?
Once you’ve decided on a material, you’ll want to think about texture. Yoga mats of all compositions can range from silky smooth to textured surfaces. Just like choosing material and thickness, the texture is largely down to personal preference, with softer mats offering a more comfortable experience at the expense of extra grip. A bumpier texture can be especially useful for yogis who practice Bikram or other types of hot yoga, as it will give you more grip to stop you slipping and sliding as you sweat. Jute has a naturally rougher texture than other yoga mat materials, but many PVC mats have a bumpy surface to help with balance.
Are there different sizes available?
A standard yoga mat measures 60 x 173 cm. While the width will always remain the same, the length can sometimes vary, and it’s not unusual to come across mats that measure 182cm and 188cm. In rare cases, there are some yoga mats that are as long as 213cm. It all depends on your height. The best way to find the right length for you is by trying to do a downward-facing dog pose on a standard yoga mat. As long as your hands and feet are securely on the mat, the length is sufficient.
When shopping, think about your budget, portability, the thickness you require, materials you specifically want – or don’t want, the style of yoga you’ll be using it for, and of course, the visual style. You’re not going to use something you don’t like the look of are you!