The 7 Best Yoga Towels to Buy in 2018

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Nothing against yoga mats, but they can get a little sweaty and slippy—especially when things heat up in a Bikram yoga class. To the rescue: Yoga towels, which are placed on top of mats. They provide traction and stability while absorbing sweat, meaning that you won’t start slipping downwards during a downward dog, plus they can also be used to wipe off any other offending sweat and can, of course, be used outside of your yoga class.

If you often find yourself having to stop mid-plank to wipe off your hands then you'll want to invest in a yoga towel. Here are our top yoga towel picks to help you perfect your form. 

Best Overall: Manduka Yogitoes Yoga Mat

The Manduka Yogitoes Yoga Mat basically has a cult following—that’s how good it is. It’s a favorite for all types of classes, from hot yoga to Vinyasa. The mat features patented skid-less technology that uses grippy, 100-percent silicone nubs to keep it solidly in place while you work out. And how cool is this—the absorbent material is made from eight or more plastic water bottles. The towel is available in 11 solid colors, including a bright fuchsia and calming “thunder” gray.

People say that using the Manduka Yogitoes Yoga Mat has been a game-changer for their practice and that it’s worth the cost. They agree that the silicon dots work exceptionally well to keep the mat in place and that the absorbent material soaks up sweat yet still dries quickly.

Best Budget: AmazonBasics Yoga Towel

Not willing to shell out a huge amount on a towel? Then the Amazon Basics Yoga Towel is for you. It’s affordable, but that doesn’t mean it’s cheaply made. The absorbent material is a polyester and nylon blend that feels good against the skin. And this product doesn’t skimp on size either, measuring in at 72’’ x 24’’, which makes it great for most yoga mats. Even better, the towel is backed by an AmazonBasics one-year limited warranty.

Reviewers say that the AmazonBasics Yoga Towel is great for the price. People also agree that the towel is soft and provides a firm, non-slip surface for their yoga moves.

Best for Hot Yoga: Yoga Mate towel

A sweaty session of Bikram yoga is no match for the Yoga Mat towel. The microfiber towel is made from a soft, absorbent material that soaks up moisture, helping you to stay steady as you flow through moves. With measurements of 68’’ x 24’’, it’s the perfect size for most yoga mats. When class is over, simply toss the towel in with the rest of your laundry—no special washing requirements here. The towel is available in nine different colors, including some tie-dye patterns sure to brighten up your next yoga class.

People who use the Yoga Mate towel say that it absorbs sweat well and ensures that they don’t lose their grip mid-pose. People are also impressed by the affordability of the towel considering how well it stands up during class.

Best Non-Slip: CD CDream Yoga Mat

Stay on your feet—even when you’re drenched in sweat during a Bikram class—with the CD CDream Yoga Mat. It features PVC grip dots on the bottom of the mat that help keep the towel in place as you move about. Plus, the fabric is wicking, meaning that it dries faster than a cotton towel would. The product also comes with a mesh drawstring bag, perfect for toting the towel around.

Reviewers say that the towel is so absorbent that it doesn’t even feel damp when laying on it. They also say that while the grip is great, lightly spraying the towel with water makes it even more secure.

Best Quick-Drying: Reehut Hot Yoga Towel

No soggy mess here. The Reehut Hot Yoga Towel is made from a lightweight microfiber material that dries in a flash. This means that you can simply hang it up to dry after class, which cuts back on how much laundry you need to do. The towel is also slip-resistant, and it’s recommended that you spray the towel lightly with water to make it stick to your mat even more. As a bonus, the Reehut Hot Yoga Towel comes with a smaller hand towel.

One reviewer says that she hangs the Reehut Hot Yoga Towel over the edge of a chair after class and that it dries in no time. But don’t worry—if the towel does need a wash, you can simply toss it in the washing machine and tumble dry on low.

Best for Travel: Alfamo Cooling Towel

Staying fit on vacation just got easier with the Alfamo Cooling Towel. The multisports towel comes packaged in a small waterproof plastic case, making it easy to toss into your suitcase or weekend bag. Not only can you use it for yoga, but it also doubles as a cooling towel. Simply wet the towel, wring it out, and snap it. Place it on the skin for up to three hours of cooling (it claims to reduce body temperature up to 30 degrees).

Reviewers say that it’s perfect for hot yoga classes. And people who have tried to use it as a chilling towel can’t stop raving about how well it helps to keep them cool when exercising on warm, humid days. 

Best Non-Bunching: Iuga Yoga Towel

This design is actually genius. The Iuga Yoga Towel features corner pockets. Simply slide the corners of your mat into the pockets and voila—your towel will stay taut, firmly in place and won’t bunch. The machine-washable microfiber towel is lightweight but 30 percent thicker than the average yoga towel to provide the perfect combination of grip and softness. Available in five different colors (we love the pretty turquoise), this mat will become a yoga class must-have.

People who use the Iuga Yoga Towel say that the pockets are brilliant and help the towel stay perfectly in place. They also love the mini hand towel that comes packaged with the larger yoga towel and say that it’s great for wiping away sweat post-class.

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