You said you would start working out regularly in 2021. But with so many gyms and studios shuttered due to COVID-19 restrictions, it can be hard to get motivated. Enter: Pilates mats. (And no, you can't just use the yoga mat that you have lying around from last year.) Pilates mats differ from yoga mats because they're thicker—usually by about half an inch—and are more dense. Because Pilates utilizes a lot more floor work than yoga, its mats are designed to provide more support as you move through the workout. Yoga, on the other hand, requires a thinner mat to provide better balance during standing poses. So, yes, you need a Pilates-specific mat—and to help you out, we've listed our favorites.
This mat is a cult favorite for a reason. It's made from closed-cell foam (a fancy way of saying that it won't dry out and crack after years of use) and offers professional-level quality at a relatively affordable price.
This mat is larger than most, making it the most versatile option on this list. Although it's intended for Pilates, it can be used for basically any floor workout.
With a durable nonslip surface, eyelets for easy hanging storage, this mat is ideal for both indoor and outdoor workouts. It's also super easy to clean and lightweight enough to carry when rolled up.
This pretty patterned mat is also latex free and non-toxic. Its textured pattern makes it good for beginners who might slip while trying new positions.
This option has over 900 5-star reviews. It comes in three colors and is both lightweight and thick, giving both beginners and Pilates pros the best of both worlds.
Most Pilates mats are half an inch thick. This one is double that. Choose this mat for extra support during your workout.
This mat is a little thinner than most other Pilates mats, which means it's easier for travel and can work for both Pilates and yoga. Its thinness also means that it absorbs less sweat than other mats, so it's less prone to grow bacteria over time.
For the ultimate at-home gym experience, consider splurging on this mat from Airex. It's similar to the ones you find at your local studio, so it's worth investing in if you can't leave the house.
This mat checks all the boxes. It's well priced, is perfect for Pilates or yoga, and comes with a handy travel strap.
Want a new mat to match each of your gym looks? This mat from Retrospec comes in over 20 shades.
This mat is designed with memory foam to support your body as you move through your workout. One side of the mat is ribbed while the other is smooth, ensuring that it won't slide around as you get into trickier positions.
This mat is perfect for those who love an outdoor Pilates session. It's moisture-resistant texture will keep you from slipping and sliding as you go.
With over 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, this affordable mat should be your go-to. It even comes with a handy shoulder strap that makes commuting from the gym a breeze.
This mat folds instead of rolls for easy transport. Stick in your bag after a workout and you're good to go in no time.