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The Best Yoga Mats Buying Guide 2022: NBR vs TPE vs Rubber vs PU vs PVC.

May 10, 2022

Choosing a yoga mat is a very big challenge for beginners. Yoga mat is made of many different materials. There are some common yoga mats in market such as TPE/PVC/NBR/jute/cork/natural rubber/EVA/cotton/woolen yoga mat. And it is uneasy to know which kind of yoga mat is helpful to your practice.

A right material of yoga mat asked to be comfortable when using, and keep worming on the cold ground, a good traction is also needed. Then how to choose a suitable yoga mat for ourselves, what are the differences among the different material of yoga mats? 

As a yoga mat manufacturer, we will make a full analysis and comparison of the advantages and disadvantages of different yoga mat materials for you.

Note: The description of yoga mats name has many differences, gym mats,  fitness mats, exercise mats. For consistency, we will refer to them as yoga mats in the article.

Firstly, The material of yoga mat

Material of the yoga is one of the most important factors for choosing a yoga mat.

Different material of yoga will affect: the service life of yoga, environmental protection performance of yoga mat, the smell of the yoga, the retrievability of yoga mat, stickiness of the yoga mat, and also its complexity when cleaning.

1. NBR Yoga Mats 

NBR (nitrile butadiene rubber) is a synthetic rubber that is primarily used for the manufacturing of oil-resistant rubber products. It has a great property of wear resistance, but not working so well in the aspects of non-slip and elasticity. Because calcium oxide may be involved as a filler during processing, if the proportion of calcium oxide is not well controlled, then the final products may cause skin allergy or burning sensation. Furthermore, due to the foaming agent applied during manufacturing, NBR yoga mats tend to be odorous.

NBR Yoga Mats




Lower price

Chemical heavy industry

NBR yoga is thick and dense(suit for joint sensitive person

Poor balance

Easy to clean the sweat and dir

Poor elasticity

Easy to wash

Unsuitable for outdoor, poor light resistance
DurablePoor traction when get wet

Suit for cold floor

2. TPE Yoga Mats

TPE is usually made of plastic and rubber polymers and widely applied to sports equipment. The yoga mat made of this material has good ability of anti-skid, elasticity and durability, but the price is generally a little higher. Technically, TPE material is more suitable for yoga exercise.

TPE Yoga Mats


Fair priceChemical heavy industry
DurablePoor traction when get wet
Easy to wash
Easy to clean the sweat and dirt
Suit for indoor and outdoor

3. Rubber Yoga Mats

Rubber pads are good for resilience, durability and anti-skid performance, which will be significantly reduced if your hands and feet sweat. The natural texture provides strong friction and traction for your body. The rubber has an intrinsic smell that is hard to remove but it is totally safe and environmental.

Rubber Yoga Mats

Recoverable decompositionPeople who are allergic to latex can not use
Non-toxic/environmental friendlyHeavy
Strong durabilityLong to dry after cleaning
Strong tractionBad smell, which disappears with time goes

Low heat and sunlight resistance, unsuitable for outdoor

Lower traction when wet

4. PU Yoga Mats

PU material is an emerging organic polymer material that is mainly used for artificial leather, sofa, automobile steering wheel, etc. PU is known for its superior property of anti-slip, breathability and water-absorbing even if there is sweat and water during exercise. On the other hand, compared to TPE or other yoga mats, it is more expensive and hard to take care of. Therefore, beginners are really not recommended to pick this yoga mat.

PU Yoga Mats

PU is a synthetic material.Artificial doesn't necessarily mean unsafe or toxic. Still, unfortunately, there's often no way of knowing how the specific PU in your yoga mat was  manufactured.
It combines the plasticity of rubber with the strength of the plastic.
On the bright side, it is easily recyclable and highly durable even when exposed to sunlight and heat (unlike natural rubber).

5.PVC yoga mat

PVC is a plastic-based material that is highly durable, easy to clean and offers excellent floor grip. However, PVC mats are non-absorbent and can become slippery when you sweat heavily. PVC is latex-free, a benefit to those with latex allergies, however, it is not biodegradable or as environmentally friendly as other options.

PVC is the most commonly used plastic that provides strong grip control and cheap to get. However, PVC mat is not tear-resistant and has poor resilience. It tends to flake after long-term use and more importantly it is not biodegradable or as environmental as other options. Therefore, PVC yoga mat is gradually eliminated by the market and it seems not to be the option for yogis anymore.

Low priceHarmful to the environment
Easy to cleanContaining toxic substances
Good traction and stickinessLower traction when wet
Suit for indoor and outdoor practice

In addition to the above several common yoga mats, Wavar also produce jute yoga mat/cork yoga mat/cotton yoga mat and woollen yoga mat, the price of these material of yoga mats are higher than others

Secondly, Thickness and density of yoga mat

Different thicknesses of yoga mats have different usage, the thick one can help to improve your comfort level and can also protect your joints, because it can help to reduce joint contact with the ground. The thinner the mat is, the better to improve your balance. Wavar’s available yoga MATS range in thickness from 1/8 inch (3mm) to 1/2 inch (13mm). 

We need to choose the thickness according to specific situation of ourselves. Such as how long have you been learned yoga, what’s the aim of learning yoga? And so on. If you want to improve your health, we suggest you to choose the thicker one, it can help to buffer better. Because a thicker yoga mat can bring keen, elbow and spine more buffering, thick yoga mat can help you to achieve the aim of improving your health condition better. If you are a professional yogis, or you want to improve your balance ability faster, we suggest you to choose a thinner one, because a thinner yoga mat can help to improve your stability, this is very important in many yoga position.

How to choose the thickness of yoga mat is depend on your aim, each thickness has its own usage Therefore, it is very important to set a practice target before you choose a yoga mat. We are yoga mat manufacturer, we are professional.

Thirdly, Size of yoga mat

If you are fresh in learning yoga, you are suggested  to choose the standard yoga mat(length 68inches, width 24inches), this size is suitable for most people. If you are taller, you can choose the size of yoga mat in 71 inches, 72 inches, 74 inches and 84 inches, and the width is up to 30inches. Such a size can provide you enough space to stand and lie supine on the mat. You should mind that the greater the size is, the heavier it will be, and it is not so convenient to storage and carrying. The length and width you choosing is depend on your height and the needs to comfort level. If you what an extra length and width to improve the comfort level or to do some other exercise, you can choose some longer yoga mat, and to practice with Foam Roller and Yoga Brick.

Forth, traction and texture of of yoga mat

The more sticky or grip a yoga mat has, the better, this will make you to be safer and help to avoid skipping when practicing. And help you to change the yoga position easily, such as balance, resist gravity or some other movements. Therefore, most of yoga mats have the uneven textures, it will make your exercise become safe and comfortable.

Usually, PVC yoga mat has the best viscidity and traction. TPE or NBR have the similar viscidity, but they are slippy on the surface, thus their traction are not so good as PVC yoga mat.

PS: How to do with the new yoga mat slipping?

Treat the new yoga mat with a salt scrub to speed up the break-in period. Generally, new yoga mats will gradually reduce slippage with the number and time of use.

Fifth, Types and Design of yoga mat

Wavar can provide customized figure, color and pattern for yoga mat, it can highlight their brand or characters by its especial design, it may also make your yoga class become much more expecting.

Yoga Mat with Custom Logo, Double Color PVC Yoga Mat, Suede Fabric & Natural rubber Yoga Mat all support custom patterns and logos. We will help you create your own yoga mat.

Maintenance and cleaning for yoga mat

We can clean the yoga mat quickly every time we finished our yoga exercise. We only need to wipe the yoga mat with damp cloth, water or vinegar solution can also work. We do not need to clean the yoga mat to too frequent. To prevent the yoga mat away from niff or sweat stain is necessary. If your yoga mat is too dirty, you can clean them with detergent, as little as possible. And you much clean up the residual detergent with pure water, because any residual can make the mat become slippy.

Some especial material yoga mat even can be washed in the washing machine, but you need to read the wash care information first, do not wash them in washing machine for too long, it may accelerate or cause damage to the yoga mat.

The best yoga mats buying guide in 2022 helps you to find your fittest yoga mats. While you choose yoga mats, the main factor is your most concerned function and the exercise types to be performed. After make sure these contents, you can use the provided information to help you choose the yoga mats that are suitable for you!

Wavar own more than 10 years of experience in Chinese fitness industry, we have the insider knowledge to guide gym owners and commercial fitness equipment buyers with practical yoga mats buying suggestions.