These durable, no-slip mats will successfully hold your grip in hot yoga class (no matter how much you’re sweating).

By Chelsey Hamilton
Updated January 18, 2019
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Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or a total beginner, you’re likely aware that taking a hot yoga or Bikram yoga class will result in tons and tons of sweating. The high temperature and humidity levels in hot yoga studios mean there’s really no way to avoid becoming soaked in your own sweat—and that’s why it’s vital to find a reliable mat that’s specifically made for this type of yoga.

When searching for the best yoga mat for hot yoga, the most important aspect is choosing a mat with a strong grip that’s sticky enough to withstand sweat puddles. Since you’ll inevitably be pouring sweat by the end of the session (or, if you’re like me, three minutes in), choosing a durable mat made with non-slip rubber or microfiber will allow you to achieve every pose throughout class without worrying about slipping. And if you prefer extra cushioning on your joints, you can also opt for a thicker mat with even more stability.

To help you find the best hot yoga mats available, we’ve compiled a list of five no-slip mats that are sticky enough to withstand even the steamiest of classes. All of these options come highly-reviewed by satisfied yogis, so you can trust that they’ll do their job. What’s more, they’re made with materials that won’t trap odors—because no one wants to bring funky scents home with them after class—and can easily be cleaned without the risk of ruining the gripping texture. Take your pick below, so you’ll never have to deal with distractions (like slipping out of warrior pose due to a wet mat) once you’re in zen mode.

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This mat was designed specifically for hot, active yoga—and it shows. It has a built-in towel for extra grip that gets stronger as you sweat. One Amazon reviewer raves, “This mat has great grip on the floor and doesn’t slip at all. On the mat I can really get deep into my poses.”

To buy: $70, amazon.com.

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One reviewer said this all-natural rubber mat has “unmatched grip” that’s so strong, she doesn’t even need to use a towel during hot yoga. “Hands down this mat has the most grip of any mat I've used,” she continued. “I've spent hundreds on other popular name brands and this one far surpasses the others, especially once you begin sweating. I rarely, if ever, have to use a towel on my mat during hot yoga.”

To buy: $80, amazon.com.

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This alignment mat comes with extra supportive cushioning for your knees. And if you’re a bit taller, this is a great option for you—it also runs a little bit wider and longer than conventional yoga mats. “I bought this mat for my girlfriend who does hot yoga five days a week,” said one reviewer. “She was slipping on her old mat and found it difficult to get in certain poses as a result. I read the reviews and was hoping the Liforme mat was going to be the solution she needed. After just one yoga practice she came home and couldn't be happier.”

To buy: $150, amazon.com.

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Zura offers an eco-friendly two-in-one towel and mat bundle that hot yoga practitioners love. One happy shopper said, “I love love love my mat! It is perfect for hot yoga, no slips or slides. I can easily clean it in the washer or in the shower. The color and material is beautiful, and I love to look at it while I am practicing. I would 100 percent recommend this mat to any yogi.”

To buy: $108, amazon.com.

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This bacteria-resistant mat from Manduka won’t trap odors—but it will help you stay secure on the mat. “It does not smell, is very comfortable, slip resistant, extremely durable quality, and very easy to maintain,” said one reviewer. “It feels and looks (after one month use) like it will last forever.”

To buy: $82, dickssportinggoods.com.