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Best Folding Exercise Mats 

Updated April 2022

In this article we review the best folding exercise mats, that we believe to great value in the current UK marketplace. These types of mats are really useful for a whole range of fitness and exercise routines. The fact that they can also easily fold up, makes them portable, easy to carry and easy to store away. It also means that they don't take up a lot of space when they are stored.

MiraFit Folding Exercise Mat

If you are anything like me, I like to own my own equipment, rather than share it. That is just my own personal preference, and I know many people feel the same way. I like my own fitness clothes, my own basic gear and I also like good quality products, that will last me for a long time.

Who Would Buy a Folding Exercise Mat?

Predominantly, these are used in the world of Yoga. They are however not exclusive to that one type of fitness. Many people will use these at home instead of laying on the floor. That is more true these days, down to the popularity of the harder wooden floors. People also buy these to take to the gym, or to take with them to various types of fitness classes.

People choose folding mats for the reasons that I have already mentioned above. You basically want to pull your mat out, get your workout done and then fold it up and store it out of the way.

Exercise Mats for Gymnasts

People also buy these types of mats for their daughters and sons who are doing gymnastics.

Some people will use these for practising gymnastics or tumbles outside. They are not really designed for that purpose. However, as long as the weather is good, there is no reason that I can think of, why they could not be used for that purpose. At the end of the day, it allows kids to to cartwheels and tumbles and ensure a soft landing.

Many people also buy these for doing warm up or cool down stretching exercises, before going for a jog or run.

Many people also buy these to use when they go camping, hiking or heading off to an outdoor concert.

How Much Do Folding Exercise Mats Cost?

The price for these mats will vary depending on the quality and the brand. Typically though, and to give you an idea, they range anything between £10-25. Some of the very high end ones can get up to £60-80. For most people though, you should expect to pay around £20-25 for a good quality exercise mat.

Top 5 Folding Exercise Mats in the UK

Based on buyer ratings, and also on value for money, we have selected what we believe to be the top 5 folding exercise mats, currently available in the UK.

Our Top Picks

#1

4.7/5

Gallant Gymnastics Exercise Mats

This folding mat gets excellent online buyer ratings and is a very popular choice with UK buyers. It is available in blue, purple, and pink..


It measures 180 x 60 x 15 cm and the outer material is made from a non-slip, wipe clean, water and sweat resistant, toxin free PU leather.  The foam is a 50mm thick high density rebounding foam, that holds its form much longer when compared to traditional EPS foam gym mats.


It folds in three which makes it easy for storage in cupboards or in the boot of your car. The mat also has carry handles.

94% buyer satisfaction based on 1,000+ online buyer reviews

#2

4.7/5

XN8 Tri-Fold Exercise Yoga Mat

This folding mat gets excellent online buyer ratings and is a very popular choice with UK buyers. This Yoga mat from Xn8 Sports is available in a range of colours that include black, blue, purple, pink and red.


It is worth noting that this mat is 6 cm (2") thick compared to most others which are typically 5 cm thick. The buyers of this mat appear to believe, that this extra 1 cm of foam makes a huge different to its comfort. It comes with nylon carrying handles. Quite a few buyers used this as a temporary guest mattress.

The mat measures 6 feet by 2 feet when unfolded. In essence it is three 2 feet by 2 feet squares joined together, and will fold up to a 2 feet by 2 feet square. Most people seem to buy this one to allow their children to practise their gymnastics outside, as it has a thicker padding.

94% buyer satisfaction based on 600+ online buyer reviews

#3

4.6/5

Proiron Gymnastics Mats

This is a PU leather cover mat which is 4 cm thick. This one is slightly different as it folds in four for easy carrying. It also has a carrying strap.


The company have designed this mat mainly for gymnastics, tumbling, crunches, stretching, yoga, martial arts and floor exercises. You can also connect these mats together, if for example you wanted to practise tumbling runs.

The mat comes in two sizes which are 183cm×61cm×4.1cm OR 244cm×91cm×4.1cm

92% buyer satisfaction based on 300+ online buyer reviews

#4

4.6/5

CCLIFE Tri Folding 6ft 5 cm(2in) thickness Gymnastics Mats

 This folding mat measures 70.87*23.6in with 2in (180cm* 60cm with 5cm thickness). It has Velcro on the back side of mat, so you can fold and storage the gymnastic mat into closets, car boots, or in storage units at the gym.

It is a good choice for all sports activities in school, at home, gym etc. such as tumbling, yoga, pilates, dance etc.

It also has carry straps that makes it easier to take the gymnastics mat with you.
PREMIUM GYMNASTICS MAT: The surface is made from PU leather, which is non-slip, waterproof, sweatproof and wipe clean.

It is available in a wide range of 12 colours.

92% buyer satisfaction based on 700+ online buyer reviews

#5

4.6/5

Ikea PLUFSIG - Folding Gym Mat

This may measures 78 x 185 cm with a 3.2 com depth and available in a green colour only. It is very comfortable to lie on and is well made. It weighs 1.65 Kg


It is extremely lightweight, folds always easily and neatly and doubles up as a little seat for kids to sit on. The cover is made from 100% polyester, 100% PEVA and is filled with Polyethylene foam.



90% buyer satisfaction based on 150+ online buyer reviews

Video - How to Choose a Folding Mat?

Folding Exercise Mat Buying Guide

We always like to include a buyer's guide for anyone considering buying one of these mats. Although we have identified and reviewed the top 5 folding exercise mats above, we think this guide will prove useful, for those who have not quite made up their mind as yet.

Non-Slip Mats

For us, nothing matters quite so much as making sure you do not get injured when exercising. If you are going to use a mat, make sure it is non-slip. Most people will use some form of training shoes when exercising. These of course have a very good grip, well most of them do. However many people will use these bare footed, such as younger gymnasts.

Nonetheless, you want to be sure that you also have a mat, that allows you to workout, without the risk of slippage. So although the trainers look after the surface of the mat, it is the risk of the whole mat sliding that you want to avoid.

Manufacturers of these mats will clearly state on their product, if they have this non-slip feature. It essentially means that the part of the mat, that touches the floor will not slide, move or slip. You can also buy non slip under covers for these types of mats.

Lightweight Mats

There is a very important balance to be had. For sure we want something light to carry around. However we also want it to be heavy enough to last, and also heavy enough so as it does not slip. It can be hard to find one like that. You can refer to our recommendations above, if in any doubt.

Foam Thickness

It very much depends what you are going to use the folding mat for, as to which thickness of foam you should opt for. Too thick and it makes the feet difficult to move. Too thin and it does not offer a huge amount of protection. The thickness of the foam can vary from 3 cm to 6 cm, with the most popular being 4 cm.

Moisture Clearing

Depending on the intensity of your workout, there can be quite a lot of sweat. Often that will pool and drip on to the mat below. That can over time lead to two problems. The mat can get quite sticky from sweat and also mildew can build up on the mat. Wiping with a damp cloth after each use will go a long way to preventing that.

We would also recommend washing once a month with soap and water. Try not to store your mat in a dark and damp space.

Folding and Carrying Handles

No-one wants to be lugging around 6 feet long mats. All of the good ones will fold up, either into 3 or into 4. Any decent exercise mat of this kind should also come with a strong carrying handle. Normally that reduces the size down to about 2 feet by 2 feet, and that makes it easy to carry and store away.

Summary

We hope that you have found the information useful to help you decide which is the best folding mat for your needs.

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