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One of the many perks of yoga is that you don't need a lot of equipment to get started. All you really need is a yoga mat and some comfy clothes. But choosing the best yoga mat for you is more difficult than it may seem. If you want to avoid slip-sliding around during downward dog, or feeling the floor when you're in Savasana, you should think twice before buying just any mat. There are several factors to consider: What type of yoga will you be doing? How much cushion do you prefer? Do your palms tend to get sweaty when you work out?

“Many thin mats you can buy at a generic store are very, very slippery and slide all over a yoga room floor," says Lara Land, Ashtanga instructor, and owner of Land Yoga, in Harlem, New York. Not only is this dangerous, Land cautions, but the extra muscle tension you'll use to keep your mat in place makes your practice that much harder. You may also want to consider getting a specific kind of mat if you're planning on carting your yoga gear to and from work or trying a type of yoga with lots of jumping, like Ashtanga.

To help you find your ideal yoga mat, Prevention.com consulted eight top yoga instructors to identify the very best yoga mats you can buy right now. Between their teaching and their personal yoga practice, these instructors have tried out practically every yoga mat under the sun. Though choosing the best yoga mat may seem overwhelming, there's an option for you, whether you're looking for a versatile option, the ideal mat for hot yoga, or something low-cost yet highly functional.

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Lululemon The Reversible Mat

Best Overall

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If you plan on practicing many types of yoga, this is the mat for you. “This mat is reversible, so it can be used in a number of yoga settings,” says Lisa Samuels, RD, founder of The Happie House, a nutrition counseling and yoga studio. She recommends using the textured side for hot yoga (when grip really matters), and the smooth, more slippery side for restorative or gentle yoga.

The mat absorbs sweat and moisture so your grip won’t slip, and is made with an antimicrobial additive that prevents mold and mildew from forming, Samuels says. Plus, it has just enough cushion, is perfectly sticky, and not too heavy, adds Tracee Dolan, a yoga instructor at Connecticut’s Privé-Swiss Fitness.

⚠️ Sweaty hands and feet can leave stains on your new mat, Dolan cations. To keep your new purchase looking clean buy a yoga mat in a darker color.

Gaiam Premium Print Yoga Mat

Best Budget Buy

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When we asked instructors about budget-friendly yoga mats, one brand kept coming up again and again: Gaiam. “Gaiam is a great brand for both on-the-go and budget-friendly mats,” says Kelsey Swope, a certified yoga instructor.

If you’re new to yoga, practice only a few times each month, or just don’t want to spend a lot of cash, this is the ideal option. It’s lightweight, durable, and thick, and performs well in various yoga settings.

Tapas Ultra Mat

Best Cushioned Mat

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If you’re sensitive to hard surfaces or practice a form of yoga with lots of jumping, like Ashtanga, then a softer, thicker mat can help protect your joints. “The Hugger Mugger Ultra Tapas mat is a very good choice that provides more cushioning than the average mat,” says Barrie Risman, the co-director of World Spine Care Yoga Project. There’s even an extra-long, 74-inch version which is ideal for taller yogis.

Manduka eKO Lite

Best Lightweight Mat

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If you're at the yoga studio several days a week, try the Manduka eKO Lite Yoga Mat. It's not too pricey, super grippy, and available in a variety of colors and designs. Compared to the popular Manduka PRO (which is 7.5 pounds), the Lite is a svelte 4 pounds, making it relatively easy to transport. “My favorite mat for regular practice [is the] Manduka eKO Lite,” says Crystal Widmann, owner of Y2B Fit in Philadelphia.

Manduka eKO SuperLite Travel Yoga Mat

Best for Travel

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If you frequently travel, practicing yoga in hotel rooms and friends’ living rooms is likely your norm. Your best bet: the incredibly portable—yet still functional—Manduka eKO SuperLite. “It folds up like a towel (forget rolling) and can fit anywhere. I can throw it in my bag and forget that I even have it,” says certified yoga instructor Jess Kimbrough. And while the mat may be paper-thin and incredibly light, it’s still sticky enough for a good practice, adds Dolan, who brought this mat to Sweden for a yoga training.

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Manduka PRO

Best for Hot Yoga

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Downward dog should be a challenge because of the stretching required—not because your hands and feet can't stay put on the mat. That’s why our yoga instructors love the Manduka PRO mat, which gives you the grip you need even during a sweat-drenched hot yoga session.

“For a hot practice, Manduka is great because it's non-slip. My feet stay grounded, and I can focus on my practice rather than worrying that I will lose my balance or fall out of my pose,” says Sarah Speaks, the founder of Radical Rage Yoga. Expect to practice on a Manduka PRO for years and years (the mats come with a lifetime guarantee). “I consider it to be the Cadillac of yoga mats,” says Risman. “I’ve had the same one for over a decade, and it’s still in great shape!” she says. The mat is thick and firm—which is helpful if you have sensitive joints, are recovering from an injury, or practice advanced poses.

Liforme The Yoga Mat

Best High-End Splurge

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Dolan calls the Liforme Mat as “the best mat out there right now” and says she often recommends it because it’s extra-long and has markings for feet and hand placements. It’s also a good option if you’re concerned with the sustainability: All materials—down to the markings on the mat—are non-toxic and sustainably sourced. Plus. “it has the best grip of any mat I’ve ever used,” Dolan says.

Jade Harmony Mat

Best Grip

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In Vinyasa yoga, grip really matters because movements are synchronized with your breath, and you’ll often move quickly from one pose to the next. Land says her students love the Jade Harmony Mat, which offers an excellent grip and comes in 11 vibrant colors.

The Tala Reversible Mat is another great grippy option for Vinyasa, according to yoga teacher Michelle Linane. “It’s hands-down the stickiest mat I’ve ever used,” she says. “The mat is thick but not so thick that it's too cushy and becomes unstable,” Linane adds.

Gurus Roots Cork Yoga Mat

Best Sustainable Mat

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Not only is the Gurus Roots Cork Yoga Mat constructed from natural cork and rubber, but the company plants a tree with every mat purchased. “The Gurus Mat with natural rubber bottom is my favorite sustainable mat,” says Ashley Matejka, a certified yoga instructor and founder of Wellevance. The surface is antimicrobial and waterproof so that you won’t slip during practice, and your mat won’t develop a funky smell.