Cheap BJJ, MMA, & Wrestling Mats

There are a lot of top quality BJJ, Wrestling mats however many of them have expensive price tags. So finding a good and affordable one can be a difficult task. With that, I researched all forums and as you may know, I also have been in many buying processes for  BJJ gyms and I also gathered information from other online sources. Shortly, I did my homework and came up with 3 good quality and cheap BJJ, judo, and wrestling mats.

Let’s start with the overview of the most quality one…


1. Norsk Truly Reversible 3/4″

a review of good quality and cheap judo, BJJ, and wrestling mats Company: Norsk

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Thickness: 0.75″

Training Quality (absorbing shock, not sliding):  9.4 / 10.0

Durability: 9.1 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.6 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Good shock absorbing foam
  • Moisture resistant
  • Reversible
  • Light and portable
  • Stays stable
  • Can be connected with other mats
  • Many color selections
  • Very easy to clean

These foam mats are thin however foam has definitely decent quality and the material basically withstands the repetitive impacts for a long time. The thickness is 0.75″ and it is dense. This quality makes it suitable for BJJ, judo, and wrestling so while you are doing suplex, you don’t have to worry about your grappling dummy or sparring partner a lot ; )

Another plus is that you can connect it with other tiles quite easily and make a larger training area.

As a side note, you can do battle rope training or any other plyometrics on it. Since it can absorb the sound very well.

Both surfaces of these mats can be usable and if one side starts looking bad you can just reverse it and continue using it. Also, you can clean these mats with water and soap without hurting the materials.

As a final note, I have witnessed that 2 wrestling local gyms use this one. If you prefer a larger training area, I highly recommend you to get this one since tile mats can get expensive and Norsk has a really good quality-price ratio as well.


2. Everlast 2′ x 6′ Folding Mat

afforadble bjj mats alternativeCompany: Everlast

Thickness: 1-5/8″

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

Durability: 9.3 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.0 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Soft shell
  • Foam supports your body
  • Foldable and easy to carry
  • One of the most popular mats
  • Very easy to clean

Everlast’s cover material is soft and easy to clean. With that, it gets good ratings for not slipping. However, keep in mind that you should not use this mat on wooden floors.

Foam basically distributes shock throughout the mat and thanks to that you will have fewer bruises. Especially if you will do sparring, this quality can come in handy.

It is foldable and has handles so after you finish your session, you can fold it and carry easily.

As a final note, according to my research, Everlast Folding Mat is one of the most popular mats on the market.


3. ProSource Bi-Fold Folding Thick Exercise Mat

Company: ProSource

Thickness: 1-1/2″

Training Quality (absorbing shock, not sliding):  8.7 / 10.0

Durability: 9.0 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.3 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Good and firm support
  • Foldable and easy to carry
  • Water resistant
  • You can train at anywhere
  • Very good price tag!
  • Limited lifetime warranty!

The foam of this one is a bit stiffer than usual and it is the characteristic quality of EPE. Actually, it is one of the most preferred materials for BJJ mats. Since while you are rolling, the foam does not move much and it makes sure that you have a good ground work session.

Thanks to this quality of foam, it has fewer defects than normal and this improves the durability. Basically, you can expect foam to outlast the cover material.

ProSource is foldable and has handles so you can carry it easily. With that, the cover material is suitable for many places. You can train at anywhere including outside. Because it is not affected by the sun so if you also think of doing your sessions outside, this one can be a great option.

This one also has a lifetime limited warranty! If you are interested, click here for more information.


Recommendations: Alright, I know that you try saving some money and I have been there. With that, while you buy mats, there are many variables. For example, these may have some thickness and foam quantity differences. You basically can’t have that.

Also if you buy from a company, which does not have a myriad of feedbacks, you may end up having many problems. For example, I got mats and the foam quantity was different for almost every single mat! We basically could not train and the company did not even respond to us! Well, I had to go to a local sports center in Samut Prakan, Thailand on a rainy day and got mats. Truly it was not a pleasant memory. Shortly, while you buy any mats, read the overviews and (real) customer testimonials!

Also, your mats should be water and puncture resistant. Even if you get affordable mats, these mats should have these qualities. I know that these look like minor details, however, these qualities can improve the durability over a year! Also even if your mats have all the safety qualities, always wear necessary gears (grappling socks, wrestling shoes…) while doing your training.


Final Thoughts

These are honestly “safe” choices. Two of these have many reviews all over the internet and I have personal experiences with the other one. With that, Norsk gets amazing reviews and it even made the many best lists! It has very good shock absorbing qualities and is made with decent quality materials and a lot of commercial wrestling, BJJ gyms also use them. If these are appealing to you, get your own Norsk on Amazon and start training right away! You can also connect it with other tiles.

I really hope that you enjoyed reading and if you need any further information about any of these cheap judo, BJJ, and wrestling mats leave a comment below or just shoot me an e-mail and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

If you also have any questions about a specific mat model, let me know and after I research it, I will get back to you.


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5 thoughts on “Cheap BJJ, MMA, & Wrestling Mats”

  1. Furkan,
    I have a lot of experience with the interlocking mats. They work great for exercise or kids play areas. I have used them outside under the playground equipment to protect the kiddies from getting hurt. For the price and the ability to change the layout in minutes, this set is what I would recommend unless you need more padding.

  2. Wrestling mats may seem like a little detail but they’re pretty important when it comes to providing you a great workout experience.

    Norsk mats seem fine, but the Everlast soft mats also seem AWESOME. I would like to take a rolling session on them. Thank you for the great post and insights. I have learned about new existing today 🙂

    1. Man, you are right and it is way more than a detail. It can help you provide balance while moving or throwing your opponent. It basically needs to do the job and unfortunately, many affordable wrestling mats just don’t cut it.

      I like Norsk mats and so do many wrestling gyms all over the world and Everlast provides has good cost efficiency but I think its size is quite small so you may need to get a couple of Everlast mats.

  3. Gotta agree mats are very important for safe grappling. They can get pretty pricey if you do not know what to look for as well. Especially if you are shopping online. I am a fan of the Norsk myself. Great cushion and easy to clean as well. They also last forever. Great review on the Norsk I agree with your overall review of those mats. Have never used the other types so will have to take your word on it. Thank you for the reviews!

    1. It is overlooked for the safety but it has vital importance for preventing cuts, bruises, and more. I am really not a fan of cleaning mats but it is necessary. So Norsk gets some more good reviews then. Alright, I will increase the ratings of Norsk then. Cliff I really appreciate your comments man. It is really good to hear a professional like you.

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