Carrying a yoga mat to class is usually, in a word, awkward. Not when you have one of these yoga bags, which will help the zen vibes roll from the moment you leave the house. The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab and Wellness Lab, which have tested yoga mats in the past, also teamed up to find the best bags. We then surveyed our panel of testers to find their favorite recommendations. These picks will keep your mat secure, and your trip to class easy breezy.
Lululemon Get Rolling Yoga Mat Bag
Lululemon’s tote was the most popular pick according to our panel of testers. With its practical design and fun patterns, it is easy to see why. The zipper runs the entire length of the bag, so it’s simple to get your mat back in the bag after a sweaty class. When using the Lululemon mat, many noted that the bag was quite roomy. And with extra pockets for keys and credit cards and a pop-out pocket for your water bottle, this bag truly has it all.
Fremous Yoga Mat Bag
This yoga mat bag not only has the lowest price in our roundup but is also Amazon’s Choice. With 21 colors and patterns to choose from, it’s easy to find something in your style. It zips over the mat in full, so it’ll stand up to bad weather. One tester even called this bag “perfect” because it is “super durable and has a great pattern on it.” Note that this bag will not hold a mat over 25 inches wide or 10mm thick; it’s a great pick for a smaller, thinner mat. And with a 100% guarantee refund policy, there is no harm in trying it out.
Gaiam Yoga Mat Tote Bag
Most yoga mat bags are a sling that goes across your bod, but this pick works as a traditional tote bag. Sized to fit your entire mat inside, this bag will keep your mat protected while having room for your water bottle, towel, and other yoga accessories. Reviewers note that mats more than 25 inches wide may be a tighter squeeze. If you have a bigger mat, check out this roomier tote.
Yoga Hustle The Hustler Sling Canvas
Yoga Hustle’s yoga mat was our Top Lab Pick, and our Textile Experts and editors swear by their products. Yoga Hustle’s Hustler Sling Canvas has the luxury details of brass hardware and durable canvas while being a simple design. As it is a sling, it is the fastest option to unroll and pack up after class. Note that the physical mat is not covered if you are commuting or facing harsh weather.
Best Bag With Mat
Liforme Yoga Mat and Bag
The Liforme Yoga Mat was one of the best in our test for its helpful alignment markers and super grippy surface. And the A+ mat comes with its own bag. Because the mat and bag are designed together, you can ensure a perfect fit. The light padding on the strap prevents it from digging into your shoulders; any soreness should be because of a challenging yoga class. Note that some testers found this mat to be on the heavier side.
Best Gym Bag Hybrid
MB KRAUSS Gym Bag with Yoga Mat Holder
This bag works for yoga and any other workout. It has a spacious main compartment for your gear and an internal pocket for your water bottle. With exterior straps, your yoga mat attaches easily to the front of the bag. Plus, there’s an iPad sleeve and a zippered compartment in the front to keep your post-hot yoga clothes separate. Genius!
Kindfolk Yoga Mat Duffel Bag
This carry-all duffel is designed to fit your mat plus blocks, a strap, and a yoga towel for the experienced yogi. Suiting mats under 26 inches wide, this duffel is great for thicker mats as it has a spacious interior. With 4.8/5 stars and 477 positive reviews, this bag is an Amazon favorite. Plus, Kindfolk donates $1 for each bag purchased to A21, a nonprofit dedicated to ending slavery worldwide.
Yoga Sak Original
Slings or one-shoulder bags can be uncomfortable for some, especially if you are biking to class. This backpack style evenly distributes the weight across both shoulders for increased comfort. Your mat snaps in the center and the sides clasp around the mat so the top of the mat sticks out. There are zippered pockets for essential items but reviewers note that they are on the smaller side so it’s not a replacement for a full gym bag.