Sweaty Betty Super Grip Yoga Mat review: a great mat for trickier poses
The Sweaty Betty Super Grip Yoga Mat is a great value eco-friendly mat, which lives up to its name.
The Sweaty Betty Super Grip Yoga Mat is a multipurpose mat at a decent price that eco-friendly yogis will love. Made from natural latex, it’s called Super Grip for good reason, and is a durable and comfortable yoga mat for all types of practice.
Not suitable for latex allergies
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The Sweaty Betty Super Grip Yoga Mat is a strong contender as one of the best yoga mats around.
It’s eco-friendly, affordable, and lives up to its name with a super grip that makes transitioning through yoga poses a lot easier. At 0.15 inches/ 4mm, it’s thick enough to provide some serious support and cushioning, and while it’s quite heavy at 4.4 lbs (2 kg), it’s still lightweight enough to carry to class or an outdoor workout.
In this Sweaty Betty Super Grip Yoga Mat review, we’re here to tell you all about the design, performance, care requirements, and user verdicts so you can make an informed decision about whether it’s the right yoga mat for you.
Sweaty Betty Super Grip Yoga Mat: price & features
The Sweaty Betty Super Grip Yoga Mat costs $88/ £65. One of the big draws of the mat is it is biodegradable and eco-friendly. Made from sustainable natural latex (so avoid it if you have allergies), it’s stylish, well designed, and has an excellent grip for all types of yoga practice, as well as more vigorous workouts like HIIT and circuits.
It’s thin and lightweight enough to be portable and comes in Sweaty Betty’s calming signature colors. The downside of the awesome grip is that the Sweaty Betty Super Grip Yoga Mat attracts dirt and dust easily. This is a common issue with rubber mats, so if this is a problem for you, we recommend looking for a cork mat as they tend not to mark so easily.
Sweaty Betty Super Grip Yoga Mat: design
The Sweaty Betty Super Grip Yoga Mat comes in four block colors: cornflower blue, mountain green, marina green, and slate, each with the Sweaty Betty logo in the middle.
As its name implies, the impressive grip is one of the highlights of the yoga mat. It makes it so much easier to hold balance poses, and to transition between moves. The Sweaty Betty Super Grip Yoga Mat also makes for a good multi-purpose mat for HIIT fans, as we found it had great grip when doing high-energy exercises like burpees and mountain climbers. It performs well in hot yoga and also provides a firm yet cushioned surface for slower yoga practices like yin and meditation.
The downside of the super stickiness is that fluff and dirt tend to stick to the mat, and it also picks up marks easily.
The Super Grip Yoga Mat is made from natural latex, so when you first unpack it you’ll notice a very strong rubber odor, but don’t be put off as this fades within a few days. You can speed up the process by laying it out flat. If you have a latex allergy, be warned that this mat is not for you.
Sweaty Betty Super Grip Yoga Mat: performance
When you unroll the Sweaty Better Super Grip Yoga Mat, it stays flat with no corners poking up. It’s a good weight – 4.4lbs / 2kg – and is 4mm thick so has a springy cushioned surface to support joints and bones. It’s quite heavy, but not too much that you can’t carry it to yoga class or to the park for some al fresco practice.
We found it a little thin for headstands and the Crow pose, so if you are a fan of these then you might want to add a towel for extra support.
The biggest selling point of this mat is the grip, and it really does live up to its name. The Sweaty Betty Super Grip Yoga Mat has excellent stability, even with sweaty hands.
Sweaty Betty Super Grip Yoga Mat: care
The Sweaty Betty Super Grip Yoga Mat is made from sustainable natural latex, which makes it very durable and good for hot yoga and HIIT but also more mellow workouts. It has a non-slip surface that is excellent for support and stability, and really helped us when we were moving into balance poses like the tree and downward dog. It’s also good for core exercises.
Be prepared for a rubber smell when you open your mat because of the latex, but this doesn’t last long. You can get rid of a lot of the odor before using the mat by laying it out flat in a spare room for a day or two. If you are allergic to latex though or dislike the smell of rubber, this mat will obviously not be good for you.
As explained earlier, the downside of the super grip is it makes the mat sticky and prone to attracting dust and dirt. You can counteract this by wiping the Sweaty Betty Super Grip Yoga Mat down after use with a smooth cloth and warm water.
To maintain your mat, clean regularly with a non-abrasive damp cloth and mild soap. Do not use harsh chemicals or alcohol to clean it, as this will damage it. Don’t sun dry it either, as rubber is biodegradable and will be ruined. For more on that, read our article on how to clean your workout gear at home.
Sweaty Betty Super Grip Yoga Mat: user reviews
Reviewers on the Sweaty Betty website praised the Super Grip Yoga Mat for having "just the right amount of stickiness" - they also loved the color. Another user said the mat was of excellent quality, while one said it was "very grippy and spongy – great for my sensitive knees".
One review, however, suggested it could be a bit thicker to "make it less hard". Another reviewer on the Sweaty Betty website said the mat picked up dust and fluff so it doesn’t look so pristine after first use.
Sweaty Betty Super Grip Yoga Mat: verdict
Is the Sweaty Betty Super Grip Yoga Mat worth the money? If you want a multi-purpose mat that you can use in the yoga studio and at home, as well as for other exercises like HIIT, circuits or core moves, this is a decent mat at an affordable price.
It’s durable enough for daily use, looks great, and has an excellent grip to keep you stable and in position during yoga practice. At 4mm thick, it has a good amount of padding, and it’s relatively portable. The latex gives the mat a soft surface, but its natural stickiness means it can be a bit of a dirt and dust magnet.
YogaMatters Eco Rise Yoga Mat
The YogaMatters Eco Rise Yoga Mat ($60/ £45) is a thin and lightweight mat made from sustainable resources. It has a superior grip and is suitable for all styles of yoga. Plus, it's slightly more affordable than the Sweaty Betty Super Grip Mat, so ideal if you're looking to spend a little less.
For a similar price to the Sweaty Betty Super Grip Yoga Mat, try the Lululemon 5mm The Reversible Mat ($88/ £68). This mat has cult status for a reason – it’s grippy, stylish, and durable.
Maddy Biddulph is a freelance journalist specializing in fitness, health and wellbeing content. With 25 years in consumer media, she has worked as a writer and editor for some of the bestselling newspapers, magazines and websites in the US and UK.
She is also a qualified L3 personal trainer and weight loss advisor, and helps women over 40 navigate menopause by improving their physical and mental strength. At Maddy Biddulph Personal Training, she runs one-to-one and small group training for menopausal women who want to get fit to ease symptoms and feel like themselves again.
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