Best BJJ, Judo, Wrestling Mats – The Ultimate Guide 2018

Alright, there are many mat companies and mats out there. I know a myriad of them since I got mats for my current bjj gym. After that, I figured that I should definitely have an article on my site about it.

I also researched many BJJ, wrestling Judo forums, sources and contacted with many commercial gym owners and according to these, I came up with the best BJJ, Judo and wrestling mats on the market! And below I am sure that you can find a mat for your need (foldable, detachable, easy set-up etc.).

Important Note: All these mats have amazing feedback on bjj, wrestling… forums and from people who actually bought these mats! 

 

1. Z-Athletic 4 ft x 8 ft x 2in Folding Mats


a review of the best BJJ, Judo and wrestling mats Company: Z-Athletic

Thickness: 2″

Warranty: One Year

Check It Out: on Amazon

Training Quality (absorbing shock, not sliding):  9.8 / 10.0

Durability: 9.7 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.8 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Polyurethane foam (absorbs shock pretty well)
  • Very durable
  • Connect with other mats
  • Folding mats
  • Easy to clean!
  • Mildew resistant
  • 1-year warranty!

Firstly, Z-Athletic is one of the most reputable mat companies and the polyurethane foam absorbs the shock well and it sinks very little. It basically absorbs the shock ultra-fast. Also when it does these, polyurethane foam does not lose its quality. It has vinyl cover and I checked out many forums and many trusted members have been using this mat for over three years without a puncture!

It is foldable and the dimensions are 4 ft. x 8 ft. x 2in and this quality makes this light mat portable.

Another huge plus of this mat is that it has 4 connections. Basically, it has a connection on every side. So if you want to expand your BJJ, Wrestling or Judo training area, you can just get another mat and just tie it. Considering that many other quality folding or portable mats don’t have this quality, it is a huge plus.

Alright, you can clean it with many cleaners however you can just use soap and fabric as the company suggests.

Considering all of these, it is definitely the most quality jiu-jitsu mats on the market.

Also, it has one year warranty and I know the fact that only a few reputable mat companies can give you 1-year warranty period. If these are appealing to you, have a look at Z-Athletic 4 ft x 8 ft x 2 in.

In my opinion, black model looks just amazing and it will be a great fit for everywhere.

 

2. IncStores Roll Out Wrestling and Tumbling Mats


good mats for wrestlingCompany: IncStores

Thickness: 1,25″ and 1,625″

Training Quality (absorbing shock, not sliding):  9.6 / 10.0

Durability: 9.3 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.0 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Very suitable for wrestling, BJJ, and Judo
  • Very durable
  • Resistant to water
  • One of the best jiu-jitsu mats on the market
  • Very easy to transport!
  • Many sizes and color selections

This one is thicker and basically, if you think of doing suplex, takedowns etc. more you feel the impact less during sparring and I am guessing that everyone would like that. This one also has vinyl as a cover material and you can clean it easily.

One thing to note that it uses a rolling system and thanks to that you can store it easily because it occupies very little space. Also, thanks to the construction it is light. If you think of moving your mats a lot, IncStores Roll Out is a pretty good alternative.

You have also many color selections including blue, red, gold and purple. Last time when I checked (this post’s publishing date) the company gives warranty however it has some conditions. If you are interested, you can see these conditions on the product page. Once you get the shipment, you are basically ready to go. After rolling it you are ready to roll and train on IncStores Roll Out!

Also, there is a cool and funny video which shows you IncStores Roll Out closer.

 

 

 

3. 10′ x 10′ Dollamur Flexi-Roll Wrestling Mat


Company: IncStores

Thickness: 1.25″

Training Quality (absorbing shock, not sliding):  10.0 / 10.0

Durability: 10.0 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.0 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Competition mat quality
  • Made of antimicrobial materials
  • Very sturdy
  • I have awesome experiences with it!
  • Very suitable for wrestling, BJJ, Judo

Cons

  • It will cost you initially more

Dollamur makes competition mats for wrestling and this one is made of the same quality materials. Dollamur Flexi-Roll is basically top-notch. So you may ask that why it is at the third place of this list. The reason is that it has a slightly higher price tag so I just did not want to put it in the top spot. With that, considering the durability (at least 4-5 years) it actually has a decent quality-price ratio. So it will cost you only initially more.

My Experiences: I actually forgot wearing grappling socks two times while training (doing suplex and ground work) with a grappling dummy and I never experienced any mat burn while I was doing ground work training on it. So it is fair to say that if you do BJJ training (ground work), your feet will be safe.

Basically, it is definitely one of, if not the best BJJ, Wrestling mats on the market and I actually have personal experiences with 10′ x 10′ Dollamur so I can easily suggest this mat to everyone! With that, keep in mind that it is one of the sturdiest mats on the market and it will cost you initially more.

It also has a circle and “start marks” and if you are interested in this mat, which I have very good experiences with, get your own 10′ x 10′ Dollamur Flexi-Roll on Amazon.

 

4. IncStores 1″ Interlocking Foam Tiles


good bjj and wrestling matsCompany: IncStores

Thickness: 1″

Warranty: One Year

Training Quality (absorbing shock, not sliding):  9.1 / 10.0

Durability: 9.4 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.5 / 10.0

Check It Out: on Amazon

Exclusive Features

  • Cell EVA foam (absorbs shock pretty well)
  • Made of non-toxic materials
  • Very durable
  • Resistant to water
  • Best puzzle mats for BJJ!
  • Detachable edges for better fit
  • Reversible colors
  • Ideal for wrestling, judo… and plyometrics!

IncStores uses another shock absorbing foam for this mat and cell EVA foam gets quite good feedback from many commercial BJJ gyms. I have witnessed that two local judo gyms have it and I also read that many gym owners also prefer it. It is made of non-toxic materials and it is environment-friendly. Thanks to the foam’s quality, IncStores – 1″ is also light.

Alright, these puzzle mats are also suitable for plyometric exercises like battle rope and plyometric box training. Since it can take a lot of punishment. For example, you can put plyometric boxes on them or slam the battle ropes on these mats. These basically absorb the shock incredibly well and protect the floor at the same time. This is another reason why this mat is preferred in many gyms.

Also, every mat has detachable pieces. So what does it mean to you? You can actually make every mat a corner or body. So it is incredibly versatile.

Another cool thing is that you can actually use both of the sides since it is reversible. So if you ever want to change the color of your mats just reverse your IncStores – 1″ Interlocking Foam and continue using it.

As a final note, it is one of the rare mats which come with one-year warranty.

 

5. We Sell Mats with Hook & Loop Fasteners


an overview of decent quality Judo matsCompany: We Sell Mats

Thickness: 1.5″ and 2″ selections

Training Quality (absorbing shock, not sliding):  8.8 / 10.0

Durability: 9.0 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.8 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Polyurethane foam (absorbs shock pretty well)
  • Mildew resistant
  • Suitable for jiu-jitsu, wrestling…
  • Can be connected with other mats
  • The most popular mats on the market!
  • The greatest quality-price ratio!

This mat also has the most popular and good foam which is polyurethane and good cover material. This mat is also incredibly popular and I was actually able to find a myriad of reviews (people who do Judo and BJJ training) and testimonials which are pretty satisfied the minimal sinking and shock absorbing quality of the mat.

Basically vinyl construction will not get any defect for a really long time and in my opinion, this one offers the greatest quality-price ratio! It has fasteners on every side and if you need more space, just get some more mats and you can connect them to this mat quite easily.

It is foldable and easy to carry.

With that, according to my extensive research (shopping data, online sources etc.), We Sell Mats is the most popular mats on the market! Definitely, versatility, good durability, and greatest quality-price ratio are huge factors for the popularity.

 

6. Greatmats Interlocking Mat


Company: Greatmats

Thickness: 1 inch

Training Quality (absorbing shock, not sliding):  8.5 / 10.0

Durability: 8.9 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 8.4 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • EVA foam (absorbs shock pretty well)
  • Mildew resistant
  • You can use both sides
  • Light and portable
  • I have awesome experiences with it
  • Can be connected with other mats

Alright unlike other mats on this list, Great Mats is not among the most popular mats on the market. However, I had trained on it in a gym in Samut Prakan, Thailand for almost 7 months. I mainly did my ground work (BJJ) sessions on it. Foam basically does not move and it is soft.

I also remember that these mats were used in different places of the gym and it was moved quite easily.

You can also use both of the sides of these mats and it is interlocking style mat so you can interlock other mats to it.

I can easily say that Greatmats have top-notch quality and I can easily recommend Greatmats to anyone!

 

7. Get Rung Mats


Company: Get Rung

Thickness: 1″

Training Quality (absorbing shock, not sliding):  8.6 / 10.0

Durability: 8.6 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 8.1 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Absorbs shock well
  • Good safety qualities and waterproof
  • Can be connected with other mats
  • Portable
  • Many commercial wrestling gyms prefer it

This one is 1″ and the qualities are suitable for BJJ, judo, wrestling… and 1″ thickness provides “a more natural feeling” with EVA foam.

Also, it does not include latex or lead so it is “safe”. One thing to note that, Get Rung is wildly popular among commercial wrestling gyms and according to my research, many of them get this one without any sponsorship! When commercial gyms do that, I immediately realize that it is indeed a good product. Obviously, being latex and lead-free help with that.

Get Rung Mats have blue, red, and black color selections.

 

8. Soozier 6′ x 4′ x 2″ Gymnastic Tumbling Mats


review of good BJJ and Judo MatsCompany: Soozier

Thickness: 2″

Training Quality (absorbing shock, not sliding):  8.4 / 10.0

Durability: 8.5 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.6 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Good quality foam
  • Mildew and water resistant and easy to clean
  • Has CPSIA certificate (safety standard)
  • Can be connected with other mats
  • Foldable and portable
  • Do the job just fine
  • A more affordable option

Soozier is another mat which has polyurethane foam and the shell is puncture resistant. According to many BJJ and judo online sources, you can use it for many years to come.

When you do takedowns, suplex etc. your sparring partner feels the impact (of the ground) less with 2″ foam. After the impact, this foam does not move much and it sinks minimally.

The environment-friendly mat also has versatility. Both sides of this mat have fasteners and you can connect it with other mats for larger training area.

Considering the prices of other good quality BJJ, judo, and wrestling mats, this one has an affordable price tag. If you are interested check out the latest price of Soozier on Amazon. You also have many awesome color selections including light blue and yellow.

Also, thanks to the lightweight and handles you can carry this foldable mat quite easily.

 

How to Choose Good Judo, BJJ, and Wrestling Mats?  

Materials

Foam: Polyurethane and cell EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) foam provide less sinking than other materials and absorb the shock quite fast without losing the durability! This is basically why these foams last a long time. Actually, the mats above either have polyurethane or cell EVA. If you want to practice suplex, takedowns etc. with a sparring partner I highly suggest you go with these materials. These foam types also do not move a lot and I also have experiences with both of these types and I have never been disappointed with these. With that, low-quality foams can even hurt the floor. According to my experiences, some synthetic foam types directly deliver the shock and can actually hurt the floor.

Mildew and Water Resistance: Whether you get mats for long usage or not, considering my experiences you should definitely check whether mats are made of mildew and water-resistant materials or not. This can drastically change the durability period and training performance.

Certificates: Alright mats are incredibly popular since many BJJ and wrestling gyms use them or people get them for their own places. So as any other popular sports equipment these may also have certificates. The most common certificate is CPSIA standard and if a mat has it, it means that it has all the safety requirements.

Versatility


Some mats have hook and loop closures and if you need more space to practice throws, suplex etc. you can get another mat and just connect it and you can have more space to train.

Some mats are also foldable and occupy very little space. So after finishing your BJJ training, you can fold it and you can store it in a small space. Some mats provide roll system which also provides easy storage and transportation.

Also if your mat has detachable pieces you can make any mat a corner so if you want to use your mats in different places, this quality can come in handy.

You can actually train on both sides of some mats and these tend to have different colors. Let’s say that you plan on using the mats in another place and don’t want your mats to look awkward, then you can just reverse these and use them anywhere. Since reversible mats tend to have at least one color (black, gray etc.) which fits in most places. As you can guess, many gyms especially commercial Judo and BJJ gyms prefer reversible ones. I also highly suggest gyms owners get reversible mats so you can make sure that it will be a good food fit for every room in your dojo!

Obviously, everyone has different needs so before you invest any money definitely check out what it can provide for you.

Recommendations: Firstly check out the material section of this writing and don’t get any other material types since as far as I know and experienced these just work fine. Secondly get your mats from a reputable company since I worked in many BJJ gyms and got many quite cheap BJJ mats which just suck and some even came defected! So just go with a trustworthy brand which has lots of reviews from trustworthy sources.

How to Clean Judo, BJJ, and Wrestling Mats? Actually, this was another choosing criterion since it makes your life a lot easier. Most of the mats above can be cleaned with soap and water. Just get a damp piece of fabric and sink it in soapy water then just rub it on your mat. You can clean these mats within minutes. Also, many mats can be cleaned with vacuum cleaners and you can check the product description for it.

Why Should You Buy Good Mats?

If you get quality mats, these protect your body. Keep in mind that your knees can have lots of bruises if you train on low-quality mats. Also, many low-quality puzzle mats can have some gap and this situation does not only lower your training performance but it also jeopardizes your health. For example, you can just trip and fall.

As you may have already known that many garbage mats on the market are not water or mildew resistant and these generally don’t last more than a year! Also, many wrestling mats are supposed to withstand the repetitive punishment of wrestling shoes however many mats just don’t and many mats actually don’t provide enough grip so your training quality may suffer a lot.

Considering that you wear good BJJ rash guards, while you are rolling on quality mats, your skin should be safe and you shouldn’t feel any extra discomfort. Even though I only have experiences with two of the mats above all of these get quite good feedback about it.

Last but certainly not least good mats protect floors.

How I Gathered This Best BJJ, Wrestling, Judo Mats List? First of all, I have a lot of experiences with many mat models. I also chose many mats for gyms. With that, I also did my research well and read a myriad of forum posts and verified purchase reviews. According to these, I gathered this list. Also, many of the mats above are preferred in commercial and local gyms. Some of the mats above are also used in many wrestling, BJJ, and Judo tournaments, and competitions.

 

Don’t Settle for Low-Quality Mats!

Now you know why you should definitely get good mats and all of the products above are top-rated wrestling, BJJ, and judo mats on the market. While you are reading this article many people actually do ground work on them! With that, Z-Athletic gets slightly better ratings than rest of the mats and it is one of the most reputable mat companies and you also get a 1-year warranty! Also if you consider the quality-price ratio you seriously get more than what you pay and these are the main reasons why it is at the top place of this list. If you are interested, I highly suggest you have a look at Z-Athletic on Amazon.

a review of the best BJJ, Judo and wrestling mats

Above I covered everything you need to know about judo, wrestling, and BJJ mats. Above, you can also find a buyer’s guide and my experiences as well. I hope that you enjoyed reading and if you have any further questions about any of these mats or anything at all, please just have a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!

 

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12 Responses to Best BJJ, Judo, Wrestling Mats – The Ultimate Guide 2018

  1. drake says:

    We used to use the Z Athletic type mats back ion the day for jiu-jitsu but I’m not sure if that was the exact brand…

    That is good they are easy to clean, I have a medium room that I wouldn’t mind setting up mats in.

    Do you know if they move around while in use?

    • Furkan says:

      Z-Athletic is preferred a lot in BJJ gyms and seriously I am not surprised and these stay in place whatever you do. This is actually another reason why many BJJ practitioners prefer rolling on these mats.

      • drake says:

        Ok good, no wonder my dojo used that brand. It would suck very much if they were slipping around…even an inch of slipping can effect the overall fight…

        • Furkan says:

          You are exactly right. It would change everything and when it comes to training performance in BJJ wrestling etc. this is basically everything.

  2. Owain says:

    Great addition for the site, and is definitely needed as people not only need gloves and punching bags but mats as well.

    I was pretty impressed with #3 as it had good ratings. Shame that the price let it down but still impressive nonetheless.

    With the roll out mats are they easy to link together? Or will they move apart when working out on them?

    • Furkan says:

      Thanks mate, yes you can easily link them together quite easily and if you get other mats from the same company (roll out mats), it can be compatible with them too.

  3. peter says:

    Happy to know the differences between these mats. I practice and enjoy Judo though scared at times how badly hurt it feels if I injure myself. It’s assuring to know about these mats that protect one from injury and to know they are CPSIA certified is more reassuring.

    • Furkan says:

      These mats are quite sturdy and these are used in many judo gyms. I also ALWAYS look for that certification whenever I need to buy mats. If you plan on doing takedowns on mats for a long time it is just necessary.

  4. Win Bill Huang says:

    I was wondering how the roll out tumbling mat actually works. I mean if a mat can be rolled up, it doesn’t sound like it can be too thick. Boy am I wrong, it is nice and thick and water proof too.

    It seems to be very easy to store and clean. I wasn’t playing on getting these to do any jujitsu. However, my cousin is teaching me how to do back flips. I was considered that I really kill myself without any cushion. This mat seems perfect for me. What do you think? Is it thick enough for what I am going for?

    • Furkan says:

      When I first saw it in the gym I thought the same ; ) It is quite thick.
      Actually, I just checked and you can clean it with this method. I smiled yeah tumbling mats can be great for exercise and gymnastics at home.
      This is one of the thickest mats so you are ready to do back flips on it ; )

  5. Julian says:

    This is a good article for anyone looking to purchase quality wrestling mats. I would like to see more cons accompanying the pros (in numbers 1-2) so I am 100% sure I am making the best wisest choice. This video explaining the details for the roll mats is very helpful. You should consider making your own video. Also, Do the wrestling tumble rollout mats include a one year warranty?

    • Furkan says:

      I understand you.
      Z-Athletic is made of better quality materials and basically, it lasts longer and due to surface material, it is easier to clean.
      IncStores Roll Out (second) wrstling mats are more suitable for your home. You can move it away easier and after you finish wrestling session, you can store it in a small space.

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