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13 Best Yoga Towels of 2020

Looking for the best yoga towels? Great, OriGym has compiled the 13 best towels for yoga mats that money can buy all in one place, so you don't need to trawl the internet trying to find the right towel for you. Unlike many "best of lists" our list is completely unbiased and we get no financial "kickbacks" on any products you buy or have any affiliations with any of the brands listed.

With that disclaimer out of the way, lets get started!

What is a Yoga Towel used for?

Yoga towels actually are multi-purpose! Not just do yogis utilise them instead of their yoga mat, but mainly to place on top of the yoga mat to prevent slipping and sliding during your class, this is particularly prevalent with hot yoga as temperatures rise, yoga mats can easily displace and potentially cause injury. 

Unlike using a normal towel, hot yoga towel mats are specially designed to increase in grip as you sweat due to their highly absorbent properties, making them more stable even during even the sweatiest of classes. In fact, many Bikram yoga instructors spray their mats with water prior to running a class as it actually speeds up the gripping process and prevents them having to wait for the room to heat up.

Additionally, owning a yoga mat towel not just is comfier, but it places a hygienic barrier between you and the mat that you may have borrowed from the yoga studio or potentially have used during an outdoor class. It may also be harnessed when performing yoga on uneven surfaces like in the park or on the beach where its more flexible to the surface than a conventional yoga mat.  There is also nothing stopping you when not using it as yoga mat cover to wipe sweat off your face and body during less strenuous and humid yoga classes.

If you’re missing a yoga mat from your artillery, make sure to check out our guide on "best yoga mats" to go with your new yoga towel. 

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1. Yoga Design Lab Hot Yoga Towel Mat

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From Yoga Design Lab, this is a premium hot yoga towel mat with striking, vibrant colour patterns, designed in Bali, which will stand out in any yoga class. Practical as well as beautiful, these bikram yoga towels are super absorbent, non-slip for improved balance mid-pose, and quick drying, an ideal choice for hot or Bikram style yoga. 

These yoga grip towels are printed using water-based, eco-friendly inks, and are non-fade promising no ink leakage on sweaty palms, no risk of ruining your leggings or running dye in the washing machine. Yoga Design Lab have created one of the best yoga towels due to the high-quality whipstitching, suede-feel microfibres, which make it both durable and long lasting, so although this not a cheap hot yoga towel, you will certainty get your money’s worth. With nine gemstone-shaded prints available on Amazon UK a few choices include 'Mexicana', 'Geo', and my personal favourite, 'Tribeca Sand'!

Yoga Design Lab towels are lightweight at 340g, and measure 183cm x 61cm (72" x 24" inches). Towels are scent-free, machine washable without bleach and perfect for every practice from hatha yoga through hot yoga and Pilates. To get the most from this “skidless” yoga towel, ensure to lightly spray water on your towel before use, to let some moisture sink in and obtain that extra grippy feel right from the start of the class.

Also, when purchasing from Yoga Design Lab the brand gives 0.78 pence of each purchase to support youth yoga programmes in need, so you can know not only are you getting a one of the best yoga towels on the market, but also supporting a great cause for children. We can all take a leaf out of Yoga Design Lab's book!

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Price: £39.00

2. Manduka Yogitoes Yoga Towel

 

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Next on our list of best yoga towels (UK) is brought to us by the brand Manduka, whom are one of the biggest brands in the world when it comes to yoga accessories!

The Manduka Yoga towel is a kit staple beloved by yogis. Featuring patented skid-less technology using 100-per cent silicone nubs this is a towel will hold you steady through your vinyasa flow. 

Versatile and eco-friendly all dyes are free of lead and heavy-metals and use 4 plus recycled plastic bottles when manufacturing Manduka's no slip yoga towel, preventing those bottles from polluting the oceans or entering landfills. 

The bottles are woven into 50% poly yarn which requires 66% less energy to produce than alternative microfiber yoga towels. We love companies like Manduka, that put the environment before profits!

This eco-friendly yoga towel measures 172cm (68" inches) in length, and can be purchased in 22 varieties from Manduka's official website with some choices including 'Tie Dye Fuschia', 'Costal Scape', 'Tropics Black', and 'Underwater Blur', amongst many others. You won’t go wrong with this as an option for your next yoga class, Manduka are a trusted and reputable brand and their towels are always ultra-absorbent and quick drying. 

Perfect for both yoga and Pilates, the Manduka Yogitoes yoga towel is a classic choice which will perform wherever you're practising; beach, gym class or whilst on the move!

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Price: £43.30

3. Gaiam Grippy Yoga Mat Towels

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With a promise to dry in half the time of ordinary towels, the Gaiam Grippy Yoga Towel is one of the best offered by a leading brand in yoga gear and apparel. This microfiber yoga towel has an extra absorbent top layer with non-slip PVC grippe backing, which makes it stick to the floor like glue!

Available on Amazon UK in 'Blue/Fuschia', 'Grey' with neon yellow backing, 'Ocean Sky', 'Pink Storm', and 'Sparkling Grape', the Gaiam Grippy is a dry-wet towel which will get 'grippier' the damper it, and more sweaty your palms, get. Microfibers are hypo-allergenic, and the towel is made of 78% Polyester and 22% Nylon. The Gaiam grippy has been sized to fit directly on top of a standard mat at 172cm x 60cm (68" x 24"). 

This yoga towel for hot yoga has been made with intense flows in mind, offering support for harder to perform poses where your attention is needed on your practice not on repositioning your towel over your mat. The Gaiam is one of the most advocated for by experienced yogis, yoga instructors and in Bikram yoga towel reviews.

Delivering on its claims, the Gaiam Grippy yoga mat towel feels like an extension of your mat, with no bunching between fingers whilst trying to execute advanced poses or during flow. The Gaiam Grippy is a performing, high-end choice suitable for any yoga practice and is definitely one of the best yoga towels that is skidless you will find, something that is echoed by the positive customer reviews below.

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Price: £41.99

4. Calmia Super Grip Yoga Towel

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Next on our Bikram towel review, comes a yoga towel with "super grip" according to the makers from Calmia.

The Calmia Super Grip Eternal Lotus towel, to give it its full name, uses PVC silicone dots to line its underside that stick to you mat, making it one of the best yoga towels that’s non-slip on this list. It has a coloured bead design on its under surface in the pattern of flowers which is both aesthetically pleasing and perhaps more importantly adds extra grip for when performing yoga twists, balancing poses and advanced movements. The microfibre towel is composed of 70% polyester and 30% nylon and measures 186cm x 64cm (73" x 25") so it's an inch or so longer than most standard yoga towels and designed to cover longer length mat types.

It has ultra-absorbent microfibres and due to its design can double as a mat if you need a lightweight alternative to a standard, heavier yoga mat. It is machine washable and due to its lightweight, very compact and portable, so you can pack it for a yoga class after work or if you’re lucky enough on your lunch break.

Altogether the Calmia makes for a beautifully designed yoga towel with grip that is equal to nay on this list, its super soft and would make a great addition to your yoga kit.

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Price: £39.00

5. Manduka eQua Yoga Towel

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Manduka are back with one of their more recent additions to their product line and the cost is a little less than the previous one mentioned on this list!

This cheap yoga mat towel comes in 15 variations including 'Green Tie Dye', 'Midnight', 'Giraffes', and 'Bengal Light Blue' all of which are created through hand dyeing and is made with their patented eQua® microfibre fabric, which sourced from sustainably harvested tree rubber that gives it that extra grippy feel.

The split microfiber towel mat is extra moisture absorbent and cushioned for a gentler impact on the skin of fingers and toes than other towels. It is designed for medium to heavy perspiration and is wet-gripping, meaning this hot yoga towel mat becomes it's most slip-resistant when damp. The Manduka eQua® yoga towel is a plush, durable and lightweight, which claims it can outperform any cotton alternative. The tightly woven fibres are suede-soft and is both super comfy for when you’re just sitting and super grippy when your attempting those more challenging poses. Overall a great choice, especially considering its a cheap yoga towel mat by contrast to some of the pricing points of others on this list!

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Price: £22.72

6. Yogabum Classic Collection 

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Non-slip, yogabum towels have grown a big reputation within the yoga community of producing some of the best yoga towels (UK) and accessories.  Their classic colour collection comes with 20 choices, including 'Emerald Green', 'Chili Pepper', and 'Strawberry Pink', these towels are lightweight, super soft and ultra-absorbent.

What really makes this yoga mat cover towel range special, is The Yogabum Classic Collection features towels made from recycled plastic bottles, thus are extremely environmentally friendly and admirable. If only all companies took a leaf out of their book!

What makes this yoga towel non-slip, is that one side of the towel is coated in silicone grip dots, so when you flow, both your towel and mat remain stationary and fixed to the floor, just what you want in a hot and steamy class!

The Classic Yogabum towels measures in at 183cm x 62cm (72" x 24" inches) making it the right size and shape to cover all poses and easily wrap around your yoga mat. Additionally, not just are they made from recycled plastic, but even the dyes harnessed are all organic and are heavy metal-free. This Yogabum towels really lead the way when it comes to being environmentally friendly and quality. Kudos to them!

This eco-friendly yoga towel if of course machine washable and take it from us, extra soft and comfy on your skin due to its 80% polyester makeup. With 4.2 out of 5 on Amazon reviews, this grip dot yoga towel justly makes our list!

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Price: £26.99

7. Lotuscrafts Hot Yoga Towel Mat

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Lotus Crafts is an Austrian based company that produces quality, beautiful and ecological first yoga products. They have stamps of approval and accreditation from the Global Organic Textile Standard and are diligent at every step to ensure not just their yoga grip towels, but all their products are 100% organically sourced and made!

Like many of the best yoga towels on this list, it has a wet-grip surface and non-slip silicon coating as opposed to dimples, which enhances its grip to your mat. It comes in four contrasting colours, which you can see above, but one of its main benefits is that it weighs in at just 400g, making it super light for packing into a gym bag, to the beach or for continuing your practice whilst travelling. 

The Lotuscraft has a super absorbent, antibacterial surface and is a great choice for dynamic yoga flows such as vinyasa, and unlike other mats which use grip beads, the Loutscrafts has a full silicone underside so your towel latches easily to your mat.  It measures in at 183cm x 61cm (72" x 24" inches) and its microfibres are composed of 80% polyester and 20% polyamide, which is what makes it 100% organic! You won't find any manmade or nylon material within any Lotuscraft products and when you consider the cost of the yoga towel is under £20, it really is a bargain!

The grip dot yoga towel is quick-drying and is a towel for anyone looking for a budget-friendly option to practice on directly or cover their mat.

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Price: £19.95

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8. UCOOLY Yoga Towel

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For yogis who want a Bikram yoga towel mat, which looks great and performs well, the Ucooly yoga towel comes in 7 vibrantly coloured patterned designs including a blue-purple omber 'Mandala Purple', 'Elephant Blue', and 'Mandala Yellow'. We love the clever and unique aesthetics within their designs, and it will certainly make you stand out and be the envy of other classmates.

This slip less yoga towel has a textured surface to prevent your hands and feet sliding when conducting poses, it is absorbent and has 4 anchor-fit corners to fasten your towel to your yoga mat, eliminating any concern of your towel bunching or sliding away. This hot yoga towel with grips is antibacterial, eco-friendly and its extra-large size measures at 183cm x 63cm (72" x 24" inches) making it both longer and wider than a standard towel, allowing it to hook onto virtually all mat sizes.

Arguably the most portable hot yoga mat towel as it includes an elastic loop which helps you to secure it once folded, which is extremely convenient when travelling or commuting as you can attach it to your bag. When purchased through Amazon, the towel comes with a free spray bottle to lightly dampen your towel before practice for maximum slip resistance. The yoga sticky towel is a vital class companion, which you can use for vinyasa, ashtanga through to Bikram and Pilates as well as just general use. 

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Price: £19.99

9. Gaiam Stay Put Yoga Towel

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Another entry now on our best Bikram yoga towels from Gaiam and for good reason too! The Gaiam "Stay Put" towel does exactly that, it stays put, and if you’re on a tight budget this cheap hot yoga towel (UK) could be right down your street.

The Gaiam Stay Put yoga towel has four pockets to fit over the corners of a standard mat to prevent your towel sliding when performing twists, balancing poses or vinyasa flows. The towel comes in 'Purple' and 'Lake', a muted sapphire colour, and has 4.5 stars out of almost 200 ratings on Amazon. 

Like all Gaiam yoga towels, you can expect premium quality microfibres which are hypoallergenic, which is particularly useful if you suffer from or prone to allergies. The towel measures a standard 172cm x 60cm (68" x 24" inches) microfibres are composed of 88% polyester and 12% polyamide, and the Gaiam Stay Put is very light at just 309 grams.

its perhaps not the best yoga towel on this list, but in terms of value for money, its certainly up there! If your new to yoga or just trying to get into this would be an ideal choice that doesn't hurt the purse strings too heavily to get you started.

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Price: £16.76

10. IUGA Yoga Towel Extra Thick Hot Yoga Towel

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The IUGA towel is one of the best yoga mat towels around, especially considering the relatively low price. This is iterated by it having 77% 5-star reviews on Amazon, which is the highest percentage of 5-star reviews on this list.

This hot yoga towel (UK) comes in six colour varieties including grey, green, purple, teal, pink and blue, and the IUGA Yoga Towel is Amazon's number one recommended choice for a reason. Its super thick by comparison to others and has a 'textured weave' microfiber design for softness and grip. 

This cheap yoga towel also comes as part of a bundle with a complimentary hand towel and water spray, so you can spray you towel when you enter a class and have a second towel available to clear the sweat from your eyes.

This large yoga towel measures in at 183cm x 65cm (72" x 25" inches) so no problem with covering your mat and with its super dry material it will dry overnight all-ready for your next yoga class! 

This grippy yoga mat is extra absorbent and designed with corner pockets to secure your towel to your mat and prevent any bunching beneath your fingers so you can fully focus on the pose at hand and not worry about falling. 

IGUA are a small company, but one that truly cares about not just offering one of the best products, but great service. This is echoed by their lifetime guarantee and round the clock support, so if you encounter any issues, drop their support email a message and they will strive to help you.

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Price: £14.95

11. Ewedoos Yoga Towel

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The next yoga towel is brought to you by Ewedoos, and their products have gained much nontertiary within the media with both "Don't waste your money" and Daily Yoga Grind" giving them glowing reviews for their yoga towel and mat's quality and performance.

Available in 5 tie-dye colour options including 'Peacock', 'Pacific Blue', and 'Purple and Teal', the Ewedoos Yoga towel has hook corners for mat attachment, is sweat absorbent to help you keep your balance during your practice and has a super soft feel.

With anchor corners, the Ewedoos Yoga Towel prevents towel bunching mid-practice eliminating the need to pause and reposition your kit beneath you. The Ewedoos hot pod yoga towel is made from 100% premium microfibers with a promise to absorb 5X the amount of standard cotton with half the drying time. With wet grip, the more your sweat, the better the Ewedoos performs making it a great choice for power and Bikram yoga.

The towel is thick enough to be used independently from your mat, so it is a good alternative for when travelling, although it does weight more than many mats on this list due to its thick nature. Unlike many others though, it comes with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, that's how confident they are in the products quality and durability!

The Eweedos yoga towel measures 182cm x 66cm (72" x 26" inches) and will give you enough material to tuck around you mat, as well as it being very aesthetically pleasing on the eye with a lovely patterned design, cushioning and absorbency which makes this is a great budget yoga towel which delivers everything it promises. 

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Price: £12.95

12. Heathyoga Non-Slip Yoga Towel

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With almost 1,500 ratings on Amazon, this Bikram yoga towel is a very popular choice!

The Heathyoga Anit-Slip Yoga towel is a great if you are on a budget and comes in 6 colour choices including grey, green, blue and purple and comes with a free bag to transport it to and from your classes and a small spray bottle. 

What makes the Heathyoga yoga towel (UK) really stand out is it has dual-grip with a microfiber and silicone coating and a "grip-grid" texture to ensure your towel stays still against your mat allowing you optimum stability in your poses. The Heathyoga grip towel also has corner pockets which allow you to hook the towel onto the corners of your mat, which is critical for your safety when exercising difficult poses. 

Super absorbent, this is a standout yoga mat towel for practitioners and will absorb moisture and sweat like a giant sponge due to its moisture wicking microfibre complex.  Measuring 183cm x 60cm (72" x 24" inches) it covers a standard yoga mat and for whatever design you choose, the included drawstring bag matches the design and is large enough for your keys, phone, memberships cards and other essentials!

Heathyoga has been designing yoga mats for over ten years and although not one of the "flashier brands", their yoga towels for mats are great value for money and come highly recommended by other yogis.

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Price: £11.95

13.  Lululemon 'The Towel'

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We have saved one of the best yoga towels until last, labelled "the towel" by Lululemon! Lululemon is a major sports brands that covers accessories from everything from golf and swimming through to you guessed it.... yoga and Pilates! One thing you can ensure with any Lululemon product is quality and their yoga towel is exactly that! 

It comes in grey or black and has a super soft surface, clean-cut edges to prevent fraying and its durability. It features a slip-resistant underside to hold perfectly to your mat. Great for all forms of yoga, 

Great for hot yoga classes, Lululemon's 'The Towel', is super absorbent and measures 180cm x 66cm (71" x 26") so is perfect for a standard studio loaned yoga mat to place a hygienic barrier between you and your classmate before you. 

A high-performing yoga mat cover towel from a cult brand, Lululemon's 'The Towel' is a great choice at a mid-market price for a streamlined, no thrills but sturdy yoga towel with grips, which will see you through any type of class whilst standing the test of time.

Price: £35.00

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Written by Luke Hughes

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Luke is the CEO and Co-Founder of OriGym. Holding a first-class degree in Sport and Exercise and an MSc in Sport and Nutrition, he is also qualified as a Level 4 Personal Trainer with various specialist credentials covering the entire spectrum of health, fitness and business. Luke has contributed to a variety of major industry publications, including Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Metro, Cosmopolitan, The Mirror, The Sun, The Standard and more.

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