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3 Really Good Quality and Cheap MMA Mats

If you think of getting MMA mats, the price can go up in no time. Believe me, I know because I was in the process of choosing quality MMA mats for my gym which I am currently a trainer in it. I simply could not believe the price of higher-end mats. With that, there are certainly quality and cheap MMA mats on the market which do the job just fine and give you way more than your money’s worth. You can find these below and all of the mats are used by many MMA forum members, verified purchases and I also have a really good experience with one of these as well.

Note: When I calculate the value, of course, I took Sqft as a base. So even if you see cheaper mats, it may not have better prices than the mats below.

Without further ado let’s start with the most quality one…

 

1. IncStores – Tatami Foam Tiles Product Overview


Company: IncStores

Training Quality (absorbing shock, not sliding):  9.3 / 10.0

Durability: 8.8 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.3 / 10.0

Thickness: 1″

Best Place to Buy: Amazon

Exclusive Features

  • Cell EVA foam (absorbs shock pretty well)
  • Made of non-toxic materials
  • Durable
  • Resistant to water
  • 1-year warranty
  • Very suitable for MMA
  • The most quality MMA mats which have good price
  • I have good sparring experiences

Alright, IncStores Mat is not exactly really cheap but it has a fairly good price tag. With that, I have really amazing experiences with it in Samut Prakan, Thailand. So surely this one deserves to be at the top spot on this list.

My Experiences: I had trained on it almost 6 months and I did not have a clue about what was the mat’s brand. With that, I had really good experiences. When I went to Europe, I asked the brand of mats to my old trainer in Thailand. First of all, I felt like there is no soreness on my joints after the sessions so I can easily say that the EVA foam does the job for absorbing the impact. I also did many groundwork, grappling sessions on it and I seriously don’t remember that I have any irritation. So my experiences were all good with it and this is why IncStores Tatami is actually at the top of this list and as a side note, this is the only mat on this list which I have experiences with.

Alright, I did not see that anyone pour water on it however it is waterproof and made of non-toxic materials so if you get IncStores, you also won’t harm the environment 😉

The cool thing is that it has detachable edge pieces. So what does this mean? You can actually make any tile a corner. As far as I know (my experiences and research) there is no other company which can offer this.

Alright, so far it looks excellent, right? Well, there is a catch. IncStores have two mats which have identical design and foam. However, cover materials of these are different. As you may have already guessed IncStores Tatami’s material quality is a bit lower than the other. With that, you can expect to train on it at least 3 years.

Considering the quality and durability, I am %100 that it gives more than your money’s worth. If you are interested check out the IncStores Tatami on Amazon.

Also, tiles have different colors for each surface. So if you want to change the color, you can just reverse it 😉 You have many color selections including blue, red and gray.

As a final note, you get a 1-year warranty with IncStores Tatami.

2. Everlast 2’x6′ Folding Mat


overview of quality and affordable matsCompany: Everlast

Training Quality (absorbing shock, not sliding):  9.0 / 10.0

Durability: 8.6 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.5 / 10.0

Length: 72 inches

Width: 24 inches 

Thickness: 1-5/8” (1.625″)

Exclusive Features

  • Good shock absorbing qualities
  • It folds and it is light
  • Very easy to clean with wipes
  • Has handles for carrying
  • Has the best quality ratio

First of all, I want to say that this folding mat is one of the top products of Everlast. Because unlike many other affordable Everlast equipment, this one also has good quality. It absorbs the shock really well and you can train (sparring, groundwork…) on it at least 2 years.

I actually gathered this information from verified purchase reviews and MMA forums which I really trust.

It is light and has handles. Also, it is foldable. Shortly you can carry it around.

With that, it is incredibly easy to clean and you don’t have to worry about the sides of the mat which can be pretty difficult to clean. You can get some antibacterial wipes and just clean it. The outer shell is suitable for you to clean it within a minute!

I saw Everlast Folding Mat in many MMA gyms and it has a really good price. You have blue and black color selections.

If you are interested, check out the price of Everlast on Amazon.

 

3. ProSource Tri-Fold Folding


Company: ProSource

Training Quality (absorbing shock, not sliding):  9.0 / 10.0

Durability: 8.3 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.7 / 10.0

Length: 72 inches

Width: 24 inches

Thickness: 1″

Exclusive Features

  • Quality foam
  • Folding type mat (easy to set up)
  • Has handles for carrying
  • You can clean it with wipes
  • Cheapest MMA mat which has good quality

This mat has quality foam and it is preferred a lot. Well, it has a really cheap price and really good quality. Because of these reasons, a myriad of legit MMA gyms gives good feedback for ProSource.

You can train on it outside and it is really easy to carry with handles and has lightweight. Also, the outer shell is made of suitable materials for wipes. So you can easily clean it.

I can easily say that it is the cheapest MMA mats which have a decent quality.

You have got three color options including blue, black, and gray. If you are interested, check out ProSource on Amazon.

 

Final Thoughts


Alright, these cheap MMA mats have good quality. With that, I have amazing experiences with IncStores Tatami. It has a good outer shell which does not irritate you and I did not feel anything on my joints so I highly suggest you get IncStores Tatami with one year warranty on Amazon. It also sells a lot and gets good feedback! I hope that you enjoyed reading and if you have any further questions or comments, let me know in the comment section.

 

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Reader Comments

  1. I had trained BJJ in the past a bit and it took all of my focus just trying to keep up with learning that so I never even noticed the mat brand. But wow, I had no idea the amount of information a gym owner or athlete has to consider when deciding which kind of mat to install and train on! I’m curious, do any of the folding mats ever present problems with an uneven surface from gaps between the panels as they age and wear, or not usually? I’d imagine the interlocking Tatami foam tiles might be better in that regard since they’ll lay flat. Great review, thanks!

    1. I will actually have writings about BJJ soon and I hope I see you there man. Well if you get large folding mats, this won’t be an issue but as you said it can be a problem with many other mats which have small surfaces.

  2. That’s good to know. You seem to have a great deal of quality merchandise. It helps for those looking to buy these items. I had been thinking of the mats at one point, but it turned out that it wouldn’t work in the space I have because of the very small and limited space to maneuver. But I will surely listen out, if I hear anyone looking to shop for this, I will definitely refer them to you.

    1. These also have smaller sizes at the product pages you can check them out and if these are not suitable for you, just send me an e-mail and I will be more than happy to help you out.

  3. Hi again Furkan,
    Thanks for the thorough review. I have a question/need that I hope you can help me with. My wife and I both have trouble sitting on the floor and we were looking for a portable mat to use. I noticed that the Everlast 2’x6′ Folding Mat was the thickest, but that doesn’t always translate to most comfortable. Any suggestions? Thanks

    1. Hi man, after you are done, you can sit on Everlast. The shell is quite soft (it is the softest one on this list) and it will be comfortable for sure ; )

  4. Wow these look like some good mats for anyone to use if they plan on doing a lot of exercise.

    Being as someone who’s worked on cement in warehouses, protecting your feet and the floor in general from heavy items is very important.

    Out of all these mats you showed, do you have one that you like over the others?

    1. If I were to pick one I would pick the first one which is Tatami Foam Tiles. It is quite affordable and there is just slight durability period between this one and higher-end models. You can also see it when you look at the mats of local MMA gyms since many of them use that one.

  5. I think you have a great layout here. It is very concise and gets right down to it. The review you provide on mats is excellent. You cover all the details and keep my attention from product to product.
    Also, you have a good selection of options in addition to the mats you have reviewed.
    Do you have any mats that would you suggest I steer clear of?

    Best of luck,
    Brett

    1. Hey Brett, I can say that some mat brands are better than others. Generally, you may want to stay away from MMA brands since even though these know how to produce fight gears, it is not related to surface. Other than that definitely check out mat reviews when you are looking for affordable ones.

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