Lululemon The Reversible Mat

Last updated date: June 7, 2021

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We looked at the top Yoga Mats and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Yoga Mat you should buy.

Update as September 14, 2021:
Checkout The Best Yoga Mat for a detailed review of all the top yoga mats.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 173 expert reviews, the Lululemon The Reversible Mat placed 11th when we looked at the top 22 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

We designed this mat with a little extra cushion for your hips and knees during floor poses.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

11 expert reviews

What experts liked

Lululemon The Reversible Mat 5mm aced our test for its impressive versatility. The mat has two sides—a “sticky” side and “grippy” side. Sticky means it actually sticks; grippy refers to traction, created by a texture.
- New York Times Wirecutter
I can firmly plant my hands and feet on the mat without slipping while switching poses or trying to hold a plank. It’s easy to wipe down after a workout, too
- Reviewed
September 17, 2018 | Full review
It's impressively sticky, both when dry and wet, easy to wipe clean, and comfortable and stable to practice on.
- Outdoor Gear Lab
An added antimicrobial; which helps reduce bacterial and fungal growth reducing health hazards and smells.
- Gym Gear Info
This mat is reversible. On one side, you’ve got a smooth, matte polyurethane layer that feels sticky, and on the other side, a natural rubber that’s more textured to provide traction.
- BuzzFeed
The Lululemon reversible mat is nice in that it can accommodate two types of yoga. One side is smooth and slick, and increases its grip as you get sweaty. The other side has excellent grip without moisture, but tends to get a little slippery as you sweat
- The Chopra Center
Great wet and dry traction, stable and comfortable
- Treeline Review
This green side is also grippy but is made from a polyurethane coating that gives the firmness I was looking for. Doing single-leg deadlifts or other balancing moves is no problem on this surface.
- Make Your Body Work
It’s super durable. With a lulu mat you don’t have to worry about rips, holes, or little bits of yoga mat peeling off.
- Yoga Swole
June 10, 2017 | Full review
This mat has a very smooth texture and the grip/anti-slip is fabulous. The mat is a little ‘plasticky' so it does feel a little a little like lying on lino :)
- Ekhart Yoga
The Mat is made form natural rubber and provides excellent cushion for your joints. It has a polyurethane coating that absorbs in a way that reminds me of duck skin (sucks the moisture right up).
- Mind Body Green

What experts didn't like

The Lululemon mats aren’t light to carry around, an issue if you’re walking or biking to class. The regular size weighs just under 5¼ pounds, and the Big mat is over 7 pounds. A strap (which Lululemon sells separately for $18) makes it less of a juggling act to get to and from class.
- New York Times Wirecutter
The biggest downside is the steep price point.
- Reviewed
September 17, 2018 | Full review
Unfortunately, it is also heavy and bulky and has a strong odor that is not quick to dissipate.
- Outdoor Gear Lab
While the Lululemon mat is cleanable some people have complained that it still smells bad or has a chemical smell that leaves them with a headache. This can be very unpleasant and distract while trying to relax and do your yoga poses.
- Gym Gear Info
One downside is that some of the lighter colorways may tend to look a little beat-up after a few uses. The polyurethane layer is supposed to wick away and absorb moisture, which is good in practice, but not ideal for upkeep.
- BuzzFeed
There are two points of consideration with this mat: the first being the strong rubber smell, and the second is that this mat contains latex. If you are in any way sensitive to latex, this may not be the mat for you.
- The Chopra Center
Heavy, strong odor, easily scratched
- Treeline Review
The biggest downside of The Mat is how quickly it gets dirty. The coloured side has no bumps or ridges so any dirt or dust collects right on top. For some reason it is also hard to get clean. Even scrubbing it doesn’t seem to remove many of the dirt marks that accumulate after a few uses.
- Make Your Body Work
It can get scratched up rather easily, but I think the marks add charm and show what a strong bad ass yogi you are.
- Yoga Swole
June 10, 2017 | Full review
Eco-friendliness - Not ranking high in this area. The chemical smell from this mat is not encouraging. Their eco policies are unclear so would love to be enlightened?
- Ekhart Yoga
The initial smell of the mat will shock you! It has a very pungent rubbery smell that may take several weeks to fade completely. Lululemon recommends washing it with baking soda and water to speed up the process.
- Mind Body Green

Our Expert Consultant

Stephanie Mansour   
Certified Personal Trainer, Health and Wellness Expert

Stephanie Mansour, host of “Step It Up with Steph” on public broadcasting, has been coaching women for over a decade on how to lose weight and make it last. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications with an emphasis on women’s studies and psychology from the University of Michigan. She holds certifications in life coaching, personal training, yoga and Pilates.

An Overview On Yoga Mats

Although yoga became a fad several years ago, many who participate in yoga do not know the entire history of it. The practice began thousands of years ago to give individuals a well-rounded approach to health, including mental, spiritual, emotional and physical health.

Founded in India and encompassing many different types, hatha yoga is what is most commonly practiced today. This is a fraction of the entire yoga philosophy but has taught so much to many individuals nonetheless. From stress-relief and fitness to healing and mental clarity, yoga has become an integral part of many people’s lives. Part of the attraction to yoga for many people is the ability to do it anywhere, anytime. It does not require excessive gym equipment or bodybuilding weights or a home gym room. All you need is a good yoga mat that stores neatly in your closet or in a duffel bag for traveling, and you are all set.

So much more than just a tool, the yoga mat is a representation of the space that one sets aside for their stress-free yoga time. The yoga mat can be traced back to Angela Farmer in the late 1960s. She really wanted to practice yoga, but a medical condition didn’t allow for the average traction that most people have with their hands and feet. She discovered that a piece of cushion from underneath a carpet was working really well for her, and when her students saw hers, they wanted one of their own. Her father turned to a German carpet company to create and sell yoga mats. He started this home business in Vancouver Island in his home. Although it was started as an adaptation for Angela’s medical condition, it became a symbol of yoga around the globe.

Yoga mats can be used for more than just yoga, too.

Stephanie Mansour, a certified personal trainer and the founder of fitness brand Step It Up With Steph, says this is the No. 1 investment she recommends to clients who want to get in a good workout at home.

“Not only is a yoga mat great for stretching, lying down on the ground, and padding your knees and feet, but it’s also a great signal that you’re setting up your workout and getting in the zone,” she says. “Rolling out a yoga mat tells your brain that it’s go-time, and it can be easily tucked away next to the couch or in a bedroom where it’s not distracting but still within eyesight so that you don’t forget to do your workout.”

When looking into buying a yoga mat, there are several things to keep in mind. When you strike that combination of perfect features, you’ll enjoy yoga much more.

First, you’ll want a perfectly thick mat. The right thickness for you will give you the right amount of comfort and stability. If your mat is too thick, you won’t be able to balance well, and if it is too thin, you’ll hurt your body on the floor. Standard mats are 1/8-inch thick, but for a cushier mat, go for the quarter-inch thickness. If you are a frequent traveler, the 1/16-inch mats will be the lightest and most compact for you. For the maximum thickness, a half-inch thick mat will give you excellent support during yoga routines.

Make sure you consider how you’ll be using your mat.

“If you want to do HIIT [high-intensity interval training] workouts barefoot on your yoga mat, [one] with more grip and traction that’s more resistant to sweat would be a wise spend,” Mansour says.

Second, always check the material list on the tag. The average yoga mat is PVC or vinyl. Since yoga is entirely about connecting with nature, newer model yoga mats are made of organic cotton, jute or even recycled rubber. Make sure to avoid the natural rubber mats if you have any issues with latex.

Third, texture is also very important. You will need traction for many of the poses and positions in yoga. Usually, you’ll find grooves of some sort in the mat to help with the grip during positioning. The more modern, natural mats made of jute or cotton have a natural grip to them whereas the PVC options have added texture such as bumps.

Next, the sticky factor. The yoga mats you grab at the gym aren’t sticky from overuse in a public place — the stickiness is intentional in yoga mats. It is what keeps the mat in place throughout the routine. In addition, it helps to keep your body in alignment with the yoga mat when you change positions. The stickiest mats are the ones made from PVC.

Eco-friendly is always a matter of conscience when buying a new product, and yoga mats are no exception. This is where you can find the organic yoga mats made from jute, organic cotton or natural cotton. These materials will not harm the environment before, during or after production or once disposed of.

Lastly, your budget is always something to keep in mind. Most of the time, the thinner the mat, the less expensive. If you choose an eco-friendly option, those might be on the pricier end of the budget. Be mindful of the reviews when consumers speak of durability because that will be a factor that is worth the money.

Once you’ve discovered the comfort level, stickiness and environmentally safe option for you, then have some fun with color and patterns. There are endless options for yoga mat styles, so don’t be shy and get one that matches your personality.

The Yoga Mat Buying Guide

  • Beware of toxins in your mat. Some yoga mats will give off a toxic smell, and while most are harmless, be sure to check with the company to see what they used in production. PVC yoga mats can give off potentially harmful toxins, so be careful when you purchase your yoga mat.
  • Grip is so important. It can be extremely dangerous to use a yoga mat that doesn’t have the right texture for maximum grip.
  • Padding is something to really think about in combination with the floor you are using for your routine. If you are on wood floors (suggested), then you’ll want a well-padded yoga mat.
  • Think twice before pinching pennies. That cheaper yoga mat will wear out more quickly than you think and may cause twice as much damage to the environment versus the mat that has marked durability from its consumers.