Sweaty Review: Best Hot Yoga Mats in 2018 Tested Just For You. Non-Slip, Easy To Clean

Sweaty Review: Best Hot Yoga Mats in 2018 Tested Just For You. Non-Slip, Easy To Clean

Yoginis who practice hot yoga know that the quality of their sessions depends a lot on the quality of their yoga mat. You need a slip-resistant yoga mat that can keep up with your sweat. We know that we have had some embarrassing moments when we were just starting out, not knowing that there is such a difference in mats for hot yoga.

We used a cheap yoga mat and thought we would be okay while using it. A few sessions later, however, we knew that we had to buy something different. Over the years, we have learned a lot about yoga mats for hot yoga and would like to share some of our findings with you.

At A Glance: Four Slip-Resistant Yoga Mats For Hot Yoga

We would like to introduce you to two different types of mats for hot yoga. One type is the yoga mat you are all familiar with, and we have chosen the Gaiam Sol Dry-Grip Yoga Mat and the Matymats Non Slip TPE Yoga Mat with Carry Bag and Strap for Hot Yoga for a more detailed review as we have had good experiences with both of them.

For yoga classes and holidays, we prefer Matymat’s yoga mat as it comes with a carry bag and strap. It makes it very easy to carry the mat around and makes it ideal for people who look for a travel yoga mat.

The Gaiam mat is a thick yoga mat with an appealing design. We love using it at home as we enjoy looking at the mat, and the thickness of the mat makes it very comfortable to use.

The other kind of yoga mat that is absorbing to people who practice hot yoga is the combination which combines a yoga mat with a yoga mat towel. In this category, Aurorae’s Synergy and Peace Yoga’s Hot Yoga Rubber Mat stand out.

Both of them are excellent, but when it comes to the design itself, we prefer Peace Yoga’s mat as they have absolutely beautiful designs.

Read on for more detailed reviews of each hot yoga mat.

2017's Reviews of The Best Yoga Mat





Editor's Ranking


Peace Yoga’s Hot Yoga Rubber Mat

72" x 24" x 3.5mm

Rubber, mirage design, grip surface


Gaiam Sol Dry-Grip Yoga Mat

68" x 24" x 5mm

Dry grip surface, absorbent top layer


Matymats Non Slip TPE Yoga Mat

72" x 24" x 0.236"

100% PVC free, double layers, adjustable carrying rope


Aurorae Synergy

72" x 24" x 5mm

Lush non-slip microfiber, US patent protected

1. Peace Yoga’s Hot Yoga Rubber Mat


Unfortunately, the yoga mat is not suitable as a travel yoga mat unless you travel by car all the time. It is a bit on the heavy side—but perfect for using at home.

The surface feels very smooth to the touch and gives you a good grip once it is a bit moist. The actual rubber mat is made from eco-friendly and recyclable materials which are a great plus for yoginis who care about the environment.

Like other combination yoga mats, the cleaning is a bit of a hassle. There are sprays you can use for in-between proper cleaning, but if you do hot yoga, you will want to give it a good clean regularly. If you have a front loader, you can wash it in there on the gentle cycle.


  • Made from natural tree rubber, eco-friendly and recyclable
  • Fantastic, inspiring designs that motivate you
  • No slipping during hot yoga
  • Very smooth


  • On the heavy side
  • Cleaning is a bit of an effort

2. Gaiam Sol Dry-Grip Yoga Mat

When you look for the best non-slip yoga mat, there is no way around looking at Gaiam’s product. This hot yoga mat keeps its promise of being almost slip-free. We found that the parts on which the design is printed are a bit slippery, especially after you sweat a lot, but apart from that little area, the mat works very well.

We like that this is a thick yoga mat, and it feels very comfortable but is not squishy. The surface absorbs your sweat and is easy to clean. You can smell a faint rubbery smell in the beginning, but this will disappear after the mat has been used and washed a few times.


  • Thick, comfortable mat
  • Very absorbent
  • No slipping even during strenuous yoga sessions with lots of sweat
  • Simple, appealing design


  • It scuffs easily
  • Parts of the mat, where the design is printed, are slippery

3. Matymats Non Slip TPE Yoga Mat

We do most of our yoga at home but also travel to a hot yoga class once a week. For that purpose, a travel yoga mat is an ideal choice as they come with a bag or a strap. In Matymat’s case, you get a bag AND a strap. The yoga mat is easy to carry, but that is only one of its advantages.

The hot yoga mat is made from materials that are newly developed and called thermal plastic elastomers. There is no PVC to be found, and you will not encounter any unpleasant rubbery smells like you get from most other yoga mats. Also, the material is very light, and it completely prevents you from slipping during yoga sessions. We found the design a bit boring as it only comes in plain colors without prints, but for the occasional use, it is hard to beat.


  • Lightweight but still thick enough
  • Environmentally friendly, and no toxic materials
  • No rubber smell
  • Good grip


  • Uninspiring design
  • Shipping takes a while as the mat comes from China

4. Aurorae Synergy


Aurorae produces a wide variety of products for yoga, and their yoga mat that combines a mat with a microfiber towel is ideal for people who do not want to carry a mat and a towel around. Unlike other combo hot yoga mats, this one is rather lightweight and suitable for taking to your yoga class.

We would advise that you spray the surface with a little water before you use it as the grip only become excellent once the surface is a bit wet. And the wetter it gets, thanks to your sweat, the better your grip will be.

The bonded, stitched border is great and different from similar products. It will make the mat last longer and prevent the two different materials from separating. You can clean the mat in your washing machine if you have a front loader, but it always needs to be washed on its own which can be a bit of a hassle.


  • Good grip when wet
  • Bonded, stitched border
  • Lightweight


  • Cleaning takes some effort
  • No special designs


Best Overall

2nd Choice

3rd choice

4th choice

Top-Rated Yoga Mats in 2017

Peace Yoga Microfiber Top Hot Yoga Mat
Gaiam Sol Studio
Matymats Non Slip TPE Yoga Mat
Aurorae Synergy 5 mm Thick Yoga Mat


Peace Yoga




Material Used



Thermal Plastic Elastomer

Integrated microfiber

Color Options

Mirage, Waterfall

5 options

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Advantages of Using Hot Yoga Mat

In contrast to traditional yoga, hot yoga or Bikram yoga may involve more sweat as it is performed in a heated room. With this in mind, it is very important to make sure that you use a hot yoga mat especially designed for this type of purpose. Aside from serving its main goal, the following are some advantages that you can expect by using a hot yoga mat:

  • Further support

Those who engage in hot yoga can expect that they will be sweating a lot. As such, it is not recommended even to share yoga mats with others. These days, there are a lot of yoga mats that are available on the market, and they are labeled as appropriate for Bikram yoga.

  • Non-slip surface

Hot yoga mats are designed to make sure that they will not slip the moment they become damp. There are brands available that are made of 100% cotton. Aside from being non-slip, they are also machine washable.

  • More Traction

Most hot yoga mats are designed in a way that provides better traction. This is particularly important because doing yoga in a heated environment can cause you to sweat a lot, and in turn, lose some traction on your mat as it becomes slippery.

  • Absorbent Top Layer

Hot yoga mats are also designed to come with an absorbent top layer. This is very important in this type of yoga practice.

How to Select the Best Hot Yoga Mat?

When choosing a hot yoga mat, it is a good thing that there are only a few factors that you need to take into consideration during the selection process. Here are some of them:

  • Non-slip capability

Granted, most hot yoga mats are already designed to come with a non-slip surface. However, not all hot yoga mats are the same. This usually has something to do with the type of materials that are used in the construction of the mat. As such, it is advisable to look into this even further.

  • Absorption capabilities

Again, with Bikram yoga, you can expect a lot of sweat. Added to that is the humidity and moisture that can be created due to performing the routine inside a heated environment. Make sure that you choose a mat that has a good absorption level, often determined by the type of material that is used in its construction.

  • Your personal preference

Performing yoga routines become more meaningful if you are comfortable and motivated to do so. This is where your personal preferences may come in. Some yoga practitioners choose mats that represent their personalities and preferences.

Hot yoga mats are currently available in different patterns, colors, and styles. You have the liberty to choose which one fits you best. The budget may also be considered in this regard. Regardless of your choice, a hot yoga mat that can make you feel comfortable is a good option.

What kind of hot yoga mat is the best choice for you?

Before you buy a hot yoga mat, you need to think about which one would be the best yoga mat for you.

If you travel a lot, you want a yoga mat that does not weigh much, and if it comes with a bag and strap, it would be even better. Otherwise, you would have to buy these separately or make something by yourself. If you do yoga at home, then the weight is not much of an issue, and you will be able to look at a wider variety of mats.

Some people practice at home as well as in a studio and have a different mat for each purpose.

The big question to ask yourself is whether you would like to buy a simple yoga mat or a mat that is a combination of a yoga mat and yoga towel. The latter is particularly interesting for people who practice Bikram or hot yoga as you will not have to worry too much about puddles of sweat forming on your mat.

Conclusion — and the best yoga mat for hot yoga is ...

We admit that we are easily influenced by the way a yoga mat looks. To us, a yoga mat needs to be inspiring and motivate us to practice. When it comes to function, all of the reviewed hot yoga mats are doing their job very well. They keep you from slipping, and each mat has its benefits.

Our winner is the Peace Yoga Hot Yoga Rubber Mat with Microfiber Top for Pilates and Exercise because the designs are stunning enough to serve as wall art. Also, there is never any rubbery smell; the surface feels soft, and our joints thank us for choosing a thick mat. We do not like the cleaning aspect too much, but that is a sacrifice we are willing to make in exchange for using a yoga mat that does not take our focus away from our yoga sessions.

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One Comment

  1. Hey,
    Great roundup post. Personally, I use the Gaiam one. I do hot yoga 2 or 3 times a week these days and it comes in really handy. The microfiber ones like the Peace Yoga are great as well ( I have a different microfiber one). I like the way you formatted the post as well. It makes it super easy to read.

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