By Alanna Nuñez
Updated: July 31, 2014
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Lululemon's work at patenting its famed yoga mat has paid off: After having a panel of three yoga instrutors test 13 yoga mats, The Wirecutter has named Lululemon's The Mat the best of the best.

What sets The Mat apart from other yoga mats? It was the least slippery model Wirecutter's panel of judges tested. In fact, Wirecutter reports that "the wetter it got, the grippier it [got]." Sounds too good to be true, but it actually works. The secret is the polyurethane covering Lululemon coats its mats in, which results in a double-sided mat that offers traction that is "superior to any other mat available right now."

Still not convinced? Here, expert opinions and other highly-ranked mats you should try.

1. Gaiam's Sol Dry-Grip Mat: This mat was The Wirecutter's second place mat. The site wrote: "Our runner-up is plenty grippy and has a PVC backing, which is less environmentally friendly than natural rubber (used in some of the competition) but shouldn't trigger any allergies, either."

2. Jade Mats' The Harmony Professions: "It's soft enough to cushion, but not so soft it upsets your balance. It's also super light for a real-deal yoga mat, so you don't hurt your shoulders carrying it around town," says Heidi Kristoffer, creator of CrossFlowX Yoga in New York City

3. Yoga Accessories Extra Thick Deluxe Mat: This $13 mat clocks in way lower than some of the $70 options-but also made Wirecutter's list of top mats. They wrote that "if you're only a fair-weather yogi, you're just trying it out, or you're on a tight budget, our budget pick is great."

4. PROlite Mat by Manduka: Dina Ivas, a yoga instructor at Equinox in New York City, says that "like a great pair of running shoes, a great yoga mat can enhance your experience. As an urban yogi who travels all around NYC teaching and practicing, I've tried almost every mat out there, and this is my favorite to date for its light cushioning, traction, and portability. Quality like this is worth the investment!"

Tell us: What's your go-to yoga mat? Share in the comments below or tweet us @Shape_Magazine!

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Anonymous
April 2, 2018
I (and most of my student) swear by Form yoga mats (theform.co.uk). They are super grippy, especially when wet and most importantly to me are eco-friendly and have no nasty chemicals like a lot of the mats in this list.
Anonymous
February 18, 2018
Yoga Hustle. I’ve ordered dozens for my studios. Never had better feedback. Great quality, grippy, and super customer service.
Anonymous
December 27, 2017
All my friends have been using The Mat by Yoga Hustle since it came out - We all go to hot yoga flow classes here in LA...they bring it to class with The Hustler Sling - everyone but me...I wished and wished for it for Christmas and I got it! You have to try it! Amazon mats are ok, but they come apart after a few months depending how serious your practice is. I tried the Liforme and it came apart after 12 months. Jade, Manduka and LULU are fine and provide some support but absolutely no stickiness. You gotta try this Yoga Hustle. I've already practiced for 3 hours over the last two days and I only got it yesterday! Is amazing! xx
Anonymous
And yet all these mats (The Mat by Lululemon, The Mat by Yoga Hustle and the Liforme mat) do have the same materials, the same specs and the same size. They even all come with the same rounded edges. I am pretty sure they are all made in the same factory in China and are just rebranded, even though Liforme added their unique laser marks on them. None of these companies have their own mat producing factory, they all have them made and branded.
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March 24, 2017
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