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Our community talks mats

We’ve asked members from our global community of fitness professionals to tell us which mats they like best, and why. Our experts work in the fields of Pilates, yoga, rehab and all forms of athletic and fitness training with a diverse client base.

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Natural Rubber Mat
Natural Rubber Mat

A Natural Wonder! Grippy, cushy & earth-friendly

Natural Rubber & Jute Mat
Natural Rubber & Jute Mat

Double Happiness: grippy & stretchy at the same time!

Hot Yoga Mat
Hot Yoga Mat

Hot Yogis best friend: washable, super-thin & anti-bacterial

Hot Yoga Plus Mat
Hot Yoga Plus Mat

Finally! Hot Yogis rejoice: A mat and towel all in one

Deluxe mat with Grommets
Deluxe mat with Grommets

The ultimate pro mat: Wider, longer and easy-to-store

Graphic Mats
Graphic Mats

Pretty meets Perfect: price, performance and portability

Core Express Mat
Core Express Mat

The workhorse: No-nonsense, multi-purpose, a roll-n-go ...

Airex mat
Airex Coronella 200

The one and only Airex Mat

Eco-Friendly Mat
Eco-Friendly Mat

The ultimate in versatility without sacrificing the planet

Pilates Express Mat
Pilates Express Mat

There’s a reason this is our #1 selling mat the world over

Eco-Deluxe
Eco-Deluxe

Professional grade and eco-friendly

Deluxe Mat
Deluxe Mat

Could this be the world’s greatest mat?

What’s My Type?

There's a perfect mat for everyone

Best Sellers Our most popular mats

Consistent & reliable performers, these sturdy mats never disappoint.

Pilates Express Mat (Deep Violet)

Pilates Express Mat (Deep Violet)

Stock#: ST02129

There's a reason this is our best selling mat the world over! Super-cushy, lightweight and made of closed-cell foam construction...

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Eco-Friendly Mat (Onyx/Stone)

Eco-Friendly Mat (Onyx/Stone)

Stock#: ST02052

This eco-friendly, recyclable and decomposable 6 mm (0.25 ”) thick mat is perfect for protecting your spine...

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Pilates & Yoga Mat, Inspiration (green apple)

Pilates & Yoga Mat (Green apple)

Stock#: ST02085

Perfect for Pilates, Yoga and other Matwork exercises, this 6 mm (0.25”) mat offers great cushion and support.

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Natural Rubber Mat

Natural Rubber Mat

A Natural Wonder! Grippy, cushy & earth-friendly

Hot Yoga Mat

Hot Yoga Mat

Hot Yogis best friend: washable, super-thin & anti-bacterial

Graphic Mats

Graphic Mats

Pretty meets Perfect: price, performance and portability

Planet Friendly Comfort and conscience

You don’t need to sacrifice the planet for outstanding performance with these eco-friendly choices!

Natural Rubber and Jute Mat

Natural Rubber & Jute Mat (black)

Stock#: ST02164

This biodegradable, recyclable and non-toxic mat is made from natural resin from rubber trees and sustainable jute.

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Hot Yoga Mat (purple)

Hot Yoga Mat (purple)

Stock#: ST02089

Perfect for routines in humid or wet conditions such as Bikram Yoga, this mat is made from special microfibers for an anti-slip grip.

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Eco-Friendly Mat (midnight/twilight)

Eco-Friendly Mat (midnight/twilight)

Stock#: ST02084

This mat is perfect for protecting your spine on hard surfaces while you enjoy your Pilates, Yoga or matwork routine.

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Pilates Strength and endurance

Designed & tested with our
STOTT PILATES® experts for perfect support and durability.

Deluxe Pilates Mat (midnight blue)

Deluxe Pilates Mat (midnight blue)

Stock#: ST02176

The Deluxe Pilates Mat keeps your workout comfortable as you tone and energize your mind, body and soul.

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Eco-Deluxe Pilates Mat (blue/black)

Eco-Deluxe Pilates Mat (blue/black)

Stock#: ST02079

This exclusive 10 mm extra-thick commercial quality mat is made from Eco-friendly, 100% recyclable TPE foam!

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Pilates Express Mat (sage green)

Pilates Express Mat (sage green)

Stock#: ST02031

There's a reason this is our best selling mat the world over! Super-cushy, lightweight and made of closed-cell foam construction...

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Yoga Balance and flexibility

Bendy, stretchy and sweaty —
we’ve got the perfect yoga mats for
any type of yoga.

Pilates & Yoga Mat Lotus Harmony (purple)

Pilates & Yoga Mat (6mm) (Lotus Harmony, purple)

Stock#: ST02183

This 6 mm (0.25”) mat is perfect for both Pilates and yoga! Its eco-friendly PVC composition is free of phthalates...

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Hot Yoga Plus Mat

Hot Yoga Plus Mat

Stock#: ST02091

This mat offers superior 6 mm (0.25”) thick cushioning and sweat-absorbency in humid and wet conditions, making it a perfect companion...

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Pilates & Yoga Mat (6mm) (Downward Dog, green)

Pilates & Yoga Mat (6mm) (Downward Dog, green)

Stock#: ST02180

This 6 mm (0.25”) mat is perfect for both Pilates and yoga! It’s eco-friendly PVC composition is free of phthalates...

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Professional Pro mat. Pro you

With exceptional performance, durability and good looks, these pro mats can be found in our studios around the world.    

Deluxe Pilates Mat (graphite)

Eco-Deluxe Pilates Mat (graphite)

Stock#: ST02173

The Deluxe Pilates Mat keeps your workout comfortable as you tone and energize your mind, body and soul.

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Deluxe Pilates Mat (midnight blue)

Deluxe Pilates Mat (midnight blue)

Stock#: ST02176

The Deluxe Pilates Mat keeps your workout comfortable as you tone and energize your mind, body and soul.

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Airex Coronella 200

Merrithew/Airex Coronella 200 Mat (terra brown)

Stock#: ST02192

The Merrithew/Airex Coronella 200 is one of the highest-quality, longest and thickest mats in our line.

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Mat specs at-a-glance

Mat Style Ideal For Thickness Length Width Weight
Airex Coronella 200 Professional or home Pilates & Yoga studios 0.6”/15 mm 78.75”/200 cm 23”/58 cm 5.25 lb/2.38 kg
CORE™ Express™ Mat Our signature mat for all Pilates exercises 0.4”/10 mm 72”/183 cm 24”/61 cm 1.80 lb/0.81 kg
Deluxe Mat Professional or home Pilates & Yoga studios 0.6”/15 mm) 72”/183 cm 0.24”/61 cm 3.50 lb /1.58 kg
Deluxe Mat with Grommets Professional Pilates studios 0.6”/15 mm 78”/198 cm 26”/66 cm 4 lb/1.81 kg
Eco-Deluxe Mat™ Professional or home Pilates & Yoga studios 0.4”/10 mm) 68”/173 cm 24”/61 cm 2.75 lb/1.24 kg
Eco-Friendly Mat™ All floor exercises including Pilates and Yoga 0.25”/6 mm 68”/173 cm 24”/61 cm 3 lb/1.36 kg
Hot Yoga Mat Bikram and Hot Yoga 0.1”/2.5 mm 68”/173 cm 24”/61 cm 1 lb/0.4kg
Hot Yoga Plus™ Mat Bikram and Hot Yoga 0.25”/(6 mm 68”/173 cm 24”/61 cm 2 lb/0.90 kg
Natural Rubber Mat Professional Pilates and Bikram/Hot Yoga studios 0.20”/5.08 mm 72”/183 cm 24”/61 cm 6 lb/2.72 kg
Natural Rubber & Jute Mat Professional Pilates and Bikram/Hot Yoga studios 0.20”/5.08 mm 72”/183 cm 24”/61 cm 5 lb/2.26 kg
Pilates & Yoga Mat All floor exercises including Pilates and Yoga 0.20”/5.08 mm 72”/183 cm 24”/61 cm 2 lb/0.90 kg
Pilates Express™ Mat Our signature mat for all Pilates exercises 0.4”/10 mm 72”/183 cm 24”/61 cm 1.80 lb/0.81 kg

Good To Know

tips for choosing your perfect mat

Mat thickness

Thick or Thin

The thickness of the mat is a big deal. It really talks to the kind of exercise you plan to be doing. For example, general fitness mats are about ¼” (6mm) thick, making them great for push-ups, sit-ups and stretches. Yoga mats are usually around ⅛” thick (3mm), with the heavier ones being up to ¼” (6mm) thick. Yogis will want to feel a strong connection to the ground during balance poses, so the thinner the mat, the greater that connection will be. Pilates mats need to be the best combination of thick for cushioning, while still firm enough to provide support. More general athletic exercise will need a mat similar to Pilates with thickness and cushion that provides support for wrists, knees, elbows, spines and ankles during reps and stretching. Yoga mats are generally not thick enough for mat-based athletic exercises.

Material eco-friendly or not

The material mats are made out of varies a fair bit, and is somewhat dictated by the exercise that you are doing. The good news is that there’s always an option that will make both you and the planet feel good. Yoga requires a greater “stickiness” to help with poses and many yoga mats are made from PVC, a long-lasting material. While many types of PVC have the potential to cause harm, there are variations of PVC that are biodegradable plasticizers, meaning that they won’t cause harm to the environment, nor to the human body. Natural rubber is biodegradable, recyclable and non-toxic. Free from PVC and chemicals, natural rubber still provides a lot of give when changing positions while still providing excellent “stickiness”. However, those with latex sensitivities may want to seek an alternative material to avoid allergic reactions. Jute is an incredible eco-friendly and renewable resource that is sweat absorbent and has a pretty decent stickiness making it an excellent choice for Ashtanga, Bikram or other disciplines that cause a lot of sweating. Downsides to Jute are that it can create some resistance when changing positions and has an uncomfortable texture to some. TPE (Thermoplastic elastomers), an eco-friendly choice, being decomposable, reusable, and 100% recyclable. This type of synthetic rubber has a closed-cell construction that can break down in landfills and does not absorb moisture. TPE mats provide supportive cushion with good stickiness, but is probably a better option for Pilates and general fitness rather than yoga. TPE cannot be left out in bright sunlight for extended periods of time.

Mat material
Mat material
Mat material
Mat grip

Grip, traction
& stickiness

Stickiness is key for yoga. A lot of asanas will require balance using the palms of the hands or tips of fingers. A mat without excellent stickiness can cause bad form, and even worse, injury due to slipping. The bottom of the mat should lock the user in place, while the top provides a skid-free surface so sweaty hands stay in place. For Pilates, stickiness is not a factor, but traction is. A lot of Pilates mats will be smooth on one side to aid with sliding movements, while the bottom is ribbed or strongly textured to stop the mat from sliding across the floor. General athletic exercises require good grip to accommodate rapid sets and reps without fear of the mat moving across the floor.

Portability

Depending on where you work out, what type of exercise you do, and if you travel a lot, portability needs to be considered. Pilates studios generally provide high-quality professional mats to use, but it's unlikely yoga and group fitness classes will. So if you need to grab and go with your mat, the weight, thickness and length of it will matter a great deal. Some mats, like natural rubber, can be quite heavy and impractical unless you are driving or have a locker. Commuters on bikes and public transit will prefer a lighter weight mat that's easily rolled in a mat strap and slung over their shoulder. In these cases, thickness, cushion, and eco-friendliness, should be balanced with weight. PVC can be quite lightweight, and TPE, depending on its' thickness, is another option. It's also important to note, more professional mats are often denser and heavier which limits their portability. For thicker mats, a canvas mat bag or duffle style bag is best to protect your mat from the elements when toting it around along with extra gym gear and accessories. Professional mats are generally intended to stay in one location, lie flat or hang on a wall. If you do travel often, you will want to look at the mat's thickness and whether you can fold it into a suitcase.
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Yoga vs Pilates

Yoga, Pilates
or general fitness

For those starting in yoga or Pilates, what mat you should use can be confusing as these two disciplines frequently get lumped together, while ironically, their mat needs can be quite different. Rooted in Buddhism with dozens of variants, yoga’s philosophy is a spiritual release by easing the mind into a calm neutral state of peace while the body flows into a state of self-balance. Pilates, focuses on breathe and control through concentration and movement to build a strong core and  create tone while improving balance and strength.

What matters most to yoga is: stickiness, a thinner mat, sweat absorption, portability, and most likely eco-friendliness as many yoga practitioners believe in the tenet of ahimsa, which means “to do no harm”.  If you are just starting out opting for a more general yoga mat is a good idea, and if you want to try the more sweatier versions of yoga, buying a yoga towel is a great option. It can be placed on top of the mat to absorb sweat if your mat isn’t built for that. The towel is easy to roll up with your mat, and can be tossed in the washing machine after any workout.

Yogs vs PIlates
Yoga vs Pilates

Pilates mats are intended to provide cushioning for the joints, hips and spine, and need to thicker, but still firm due to the focus on core strength and lengthening of the spine. A smooth surface on the top with traction on the bottom is ideal, but as long as the mat is at least ¼” thick, with decent traction, you should be good.

If you do both Pilates and yoga, a good compromise is a ¼” (6mm) mat with texture and traction on both sides.

For those who are pursuing general fitness—or more robust athletic conditioning—leaning towards the thicker, but firm mat is the better way to go. You will want to make sure your body is supported well during intense exercises like planks, push-ups or bicycle sit-ups. Consider also the closed-cell mats as they do not absorb sweat so you can easily wipe and clean your mat after a vigorous workout.