We all have our methods of coping with stressful times: confiding in our closest friends and family members, going on a five-mile run, wine. For lots of folks, yoga might also rank high on the list of first-line defenses. As we continue to spend more time at home, taking time to do some yoga is a two-birds-one-stone solution to getting some exercise while also working wonders for calming our mile-a-minute minds.
Not all of us may be able to shell out for a full home gym setup — but, odds are, a yoga mat to go with those free-to-cheap online videos is a worthy investment that we can justify. And, as anyone who's mindlessly scrolled Amazon's yoga mats selection, the internet has a seemingly endless selection of options. At first glance, you may think that they're all more or less exactly the same. However, there are a few that stand out from the stack — and we've combed top sites to bring you the most popular ones with satisfied yogi-reviewers to prove it.
Welcome to Hype Machine, our hit-list of the top reviewed products across the web — according to a crowd of die-hard shoppers. Call this your 4-star & up only club, with entry granted by our devoted-to-the-goods shop editors.
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Alo Yoga Warrior Mat
Best For: Hot Yoga
This mat's dry-wicking surface draws moisture away, a huge plus for anyone into the hot yoga scene. Its natural rubber backing offers the perfect amount of cushioning, too.
The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars and 960 reviews on Alo Yoga
Yogis Say: "This mat fulfilled my expectations. Slip-resistant, enough cushion, picks up sweat and easy to clean. I use this for my HIIT workouts and it works great! By far worth the investment." — Alo Yoga Reviewer
Alo Yoga Warrior Mat, $100.00, available at Alo Yoga.
Gaiam Classic Solid Color Yoga Mat 5MM
Best For: Basic Yoga
Gaiam's classic mat is ideal for yogis not looking for anything fancy but still wanting solid support — the 5-mm thickness provides just enough cushioning for standard practice while the "sticky" textured surface will keep sweatier moves from sliding your body of place.
The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars and 66 reviews on Gaiam
Yogis Say: "Being quarantined at home, I started P90x last week. I am so glad I came across this page! So many colors to choose from! I want them all! I cleaned it before use as instructed and the stickiness of the matt helps with the side planks and green banana. The mat came faster than expected, like in 2 days! I like the width and length of it. I wish this product came with the straps. Otherwise no complaints. Thank you. I'm a happy camper!" — Gaiam Reviewer
Gaiam Classic Solid Color Yoga Mats (5mm), $29.98, available at Gaiam.
AmazonBasics 1/2-Inch Thick Yoga Mat 6 Piece Set
Best For: Beginner Yoga
This yoga starter pack from Amazon's in-house brand comes with blocks, a yoga belt, a hand towel, a yoga towel, and one very cushy mat — all for under $50.
The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars and 573 reviews on Amazon
Yogis Say: "This set is well worth its money. Alone all of these products are at least $15 each so to get all together in a bundle is a great deal. I always wanted a strap and blocks but felt like I could never justify buying all of these items if I'm only occasionally going to do yoga. These have taken my skills to the next level for sure. The mat is thick and luxurious not as much grip as I thought it would have but lovely still." — Kel-Z, Amazon Reviewer
AmazonBasics 1/2-Inch Thick Yoga Mat 6 Piece Set, $44.49, available at Amazon.