The Best Cheap Yoga Mats of 2018 Reviewed
So you’re ready to start doing yoga but you’re not completely sold AND you’re on a budget. You don’t want to spend a bunch of money on something that’s going to end up in a dark corner of your closet like that elastic band set you found on Amazon. Well you’re in luck my friend! We’ve compiled a review of the best cheap yoga mats that anyone can afford.
Before Buying an Inexpensive Yoga Mat
Before buying a yoga mat, and especially a lower cost one, there’s a few things to consider. Since price doesn’t always correlate with quality, you can find some really great mats for little money (and some bad one's for a lot). That being said, there’s no one size fits all yoga mat. The one you love might not be the one your best friend likes and vice versa. So here’s a few things to consider when evaluating your options:
First and foremost, the overarching purpose of a yoga mat is to provide traction. This is especially important if you plan on doing hot yoga because you’ll be sweaty and slippery. The traction of your mat will be dependent on the material, the thickness, the stickiness and the texture of the yoga mat (rough, raised bumps, etc.).
The other factor is how your mat sticks to the floor below. If you’re doing yoga on a hardwood floor, you’ll want a stickier mat whereas carpet won’t need as much. The last thing you want is to wind up flat on your face in the middle of a crowded class.
Mats range from about 3mm up to a full 1 inch thick. The thicker mats will provide more cushioning for your joints during floor poses which can be great if you have knee, back or hip issues. Be careful though because if you haven’t mastered your balance, the thick mats can throw you off. A thinner mat is usually made from a dense material that still provides a nice cushion and doesn’t affect your balance as much.
One more thing to consider about thickness is that the dense mats can weigh more. Keep that in mind because you may not feel like heaving it over your shoulder.
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The material of your mat has a big impact on softness vs. density, texture, grip and how you feel when you’re on it. Yoga mats come in several different materials these days, natural rubber, PVC, cotton, jute, hemp, bamboo and a few other synthetic blends.
Natural rubber is a personal favorite because it's natural and durable. But they are heavier and can take a little longer to dry out - you can’t throw it in the dryer like a cotton mat. And if you have a latex allergy you’ll want to keep away from rubber mats since they’ll cause irritation.
PVC is the most common material for inexpensive yoga mats because it's the cheapest to produce. If you’re an eco-friendly person then you may want to consider going for a natural option like rubber, jute or hemp since PVC is not recyclable. There’s also a never ending debate about the chemicals used in PVC. They do contain known carcinogens so you’ll have to decide whether or not you’re okay with using one.
Cotton, jute and hemp are the more natural mats that can have either a soft resin undercoating or be sans coating on the bottom. The one's without the resin undercoat are convenient to pop in the washer after class but don’t offer the same level of cushioning. These are sometimes referred to as “yoga rugs”.
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What Type of Yoga Will You be Doing?
Will you be doing hot or dry yoga? If you’re doing hot yoga you’ll want a mat that’s sweat absorbent. Alternatively, you could get a yoga towel to go over your mat… but you’re on a budget so let's stick to the mat for right now. If you’re doing basic yoga then a sweat absorbent mat probably isn’t necessary. Now lets get down to business...
Best Cheap Yoga Mats Reviewed
Our Pick for the Most Affordable Yoga Mat
As always we're forced to pick among the great options we've reviewed. So the mat we feel provides the greatest mix of quality, value and functionality for the money is:
It currently comes in several vibrant colors, its extra wide, latex free and eco-friendly TPE material, has a raised surface for extra grip and guide lines for hand and foot placement. Overall this is the one we recommend the highest out of all the cheap yoga mats for sale.
Well there you have it! Go and get yourself a mat, join your friends and let us know about your experience!
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