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Gymnastics Mats FAQ

Best Gymnastics Mats in 2020

Becoming a better gymnast is all about practice, practice, practice. That means investing in quality gymnastics mats for home and in the studio. For dedicated gymnasts, the next step is determining what the best gymnastics mats are for your needs and skill level.

If you want to work on your walkovers and handsprings, you’ll have different needs from someone trying to master even trickier moves and complex floor routines. And if you’re planning a home practice space, that could be completely different from someone kitting out a whole studio. 

Finding that perfect mat in a sea of options can be a challenge, so what’s a gymnast to do? Why not let me be your spotter? I made this list of the top gymnastics mats for 2020 to help you discover the best of the best.  

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How to Choose the Best Gymnastics Mats

cheerleaders with a 6' x 42' roll out gymnastics mat

There are a number of factors to consider as you start your journey to buy the best mat for you.


Thickness is one of the most important considerations for gymnastics mats. In general, thicker mats offer higher shock-absorption, and that’s a big deal when you’re getting into those advanced moves.


How much room do you need to practice? While a smaller mat is more likely to fit wherever you want it to go, it can’t cover the space needed for advanced gymnastics. Consider how much ground you cover during practice, and keep those needs in mind when you think about mat dimensions.


It’s no secret that gymnastics mats can be a bit pricey, so the last thing you want is to wear out a mat really quickly and have to purchase another one within a year. That’s why you should make sure you choose a mat that is durable and built to handle your activity.

Easy Maintenance

These gymnastics mats offer the ease and convenience we all seek in our lives. All of our mats (except the Cheer Mats – but they just require a little vacuuming now and then) have a smooth, nonporous surface that’s incredibly easy to clean. Just wipe them down with a damp cloth or a traditional sanitizing product.


No matter what your budget looks like, there’s a gymnastic mat out there that’s right for you. You can purchase quality products without breaking $150, and even the most high-end mats start at less than $800. A lot of factors go into the price, including the thickness, durability, and size. 


Here are some things to consider:

  • Is this a permanent installation, or do you share the space?
  • Will you need to store the mats often?
  • Do you want the option to change the size of the practice area using multiple mats?

Honestly, no gymnastics mats are particularly difficult to install. Most of the time, you just roll them out or unfold them, and then you’re done. Still, it’s good to keep portability, storage, and versatility in mind.

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Beginner gymnasts with a wedge mat in a gymnastics studio

2020’s Top Gymnastics Mats

Now that you know what to look for in a gymnastic mat, it’s time to use your knowledge. It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for:

The best gymnastics mats for 2020.

We’ve got a great selection, with a bit of something for everyone, complete with rave reviews from customers. Check them out!


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4’x8’x2″ Folding Mats

Rainbow folding panel mat for gymnastics

Folding mats offer a portable foam matting solution. These mats are covered with a durable vinyl casing and have a Velcro tab system on all four sides so that multiple mats can be connected together to cover large areas. You know what that means? As many cartwheels as you want!

Our 4’x8’x2″ folding panel mats are an excellent choice for gymnastics as well as martial arts. The cross-link polyethylene foam material absorbs impact to protect your joints and keep you safe.

These mats come in a range of fun colors. If bright color isn’t your thing, you also have a choice of black.

What People Are Saying

“Everyone who has come in contact with my mats, comments on their quality and how good they feel under their feet. My girls constantly use them to practice their tumbling skills, including handsprings, round-offs, and aerials. The mats offer firm support for aerial silk skills that don’t require a crash mat.” – Sandy from Frederick, MD


“This really met our needs. All 3 of my kids have been using this mat–my daughter for her tumbling, my son for his martial arts, and my toddler just for jumping around and setting up ″tea parties″. It’s extra thick and a little springy and while it’s a pretty good size to be useful, it folds up easily and fits in a closet, so it’s practical to keep in the house without having a dedicated gym area.” – Jennifer from Southeast Florida

How 4’x8’x2″ Folding Mats Measure Up

Cost: 1/5 💲

1 – least expensive to 5 – most expensive

You can’t beat this value! Without even getting close to breaking the bank, you can treat yourself to a durable and versatile folding mat.

Portability: 3/5 ⭐⭐⭐

1 – most difficult to 5 – least difficult

If you want to take this mat on the go, just fold it up and pack it into your car. It might be a little bit bulky, but it will get there!

Installation Difficulty: 1/5 ⭐

1 – least difficult to 5 – most difficult

When you want to use your folding mat, simply take it out of storage, unfold it, and lay it out wherever you want. It’s as simple as that!

Hygiene: 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

1 – low to 5 – high

The vinyl casing doesn’t absorb stains or bacteria, so you just have to wipe it down to keep it sanitary.

Pros of 4’x8’x2″ Folding Mats

  • Easy maintenance
  • Durability
  • Color options
  • Portable

Cons of 4’x8’x2″ Folding Mats

  • Smaller mat size
  • Not for advanced users


6′ x 42′ Cheer Mats

Roll out home cheer mat

These competition cheer mats feature a durable carpet top over a cross-link polyethylene foam. This advanced cheer mat is great for gymnastics and cheer in high schools, colleges, and much more. 

Simply roll it out and roll it up anywhere multiple events are held, such as gymnasiums. These roll out cheer mats are easy to clean and maintain.

When you’ve got a lot of space to cover with floor routines, these are the perfect solution. They measure 6’ x 42’ and come with two thickness options. The 1-3/8” mats can handle the impact of advanced routines, but for even more security, you can go with the 2” thick option.

What People Are Saying

“The floor is exactly what we wanted it had great traction. It’s wonderful for handstands! As a surprise side effect, it helps with the noise level!” – Crystal from Kent, WA


“They came really nicely packaged and smelling like brand new carpet, which I love. They are so easy to roll out and put away that my kids (5 and 8) can do it.” – Annie from Seattle, Washington

How 6′ x 42′ Cheer Mats Measure Up

Cost: 5/5 💲💲💲💲💲

1 – least expensive to 5 – most expensive

This is a premium product, developed for the highest levels of performance. For that reason, it comes with a premium price tag. But if you’re looking for the highest level of quality at the competition level, this is the way to go.

Portability: 3/5 ⭐⭐⭐

1 – most difficult to 5 – least difficult

When it’s time to take the show on the road, you can roll up this mat and stow it in your vehicle or trailer.

Installation Difficulty: 1/5 ⭐

1 – least difficult to 5 – most difficult

Though these mats are large, it’s easy to roll them out for an event or practice, and they roll up quickly when it’s time to store them away.

Hygiene: 3/5 ⭐⭐⭐

1 – low to 5 – high

The carpet top is more likely to absorb moisture and stains, and it’s a bit more complicated to clean, but it’s still not too hard to keep it hygienic.

Pros of 6′ x 42′ Cheer Mats

  • For advanced gymnastics
  • Perfect for competitions
  • Durable
  • Easy maintenance

Cons of 6′ x 42′ Cheer Mats

  • Cost
  • Occasional slight color variance between rolls


4’x8’x2″ Tumbling Mats

Beginner tumbling mat on a white background

Featuring less dense foam than our standard Folding Mats, our Tumbling Mats provide a low cost, kid-safe gymnastics mat. Great for kids of all ages, these gym mats are covered in vinyl for maximum durability. The Velcro on all four sides allows you to interlock multiple mats together for a larger place to practice and play.

In addition to being easy to clean, these tumbling mats are mold- and mildew-resistant. Wipe them down with a cloth and a mild cleaning solution, and rest easy knowing your child is playing and practicing on a hygienic surface. 

What People Are Saying

“My daughter was practicing gymnastics all throughout our house so I knew a mat was needed for her safety. After searching online, I found the quality product we were looking for through Rubber Flooring Inc. Now she can safely and easily do her tricks.” – Bryony K. from Manassas, VA


“Ordered this mat for my daughters who love to do gymnastics around the house when they are not training. They have used it everyday. It seems to be a quality product to this point and I look forward to ordering more.  I was a bit concerned when the package came when it was very light and worried it would be too soft. Not so. It’s firm enough to support both of my daughters at 80lbs give or take without compressing too much.” – Anonymous from Wisconsin

How 4’x8’x2″ Tumbling Mats Measure Up

Cost: 1/5 💲

1 – least expensive to 5 – most expensive

These tumbling mats are super affordable, making them great for gymnasts just starting out who don’t want to invest too much money at first. This foam mat is less dense than a standard panel mat, so it offers users a softer landing.

Portability: 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

1 – most difficult to 5 – least difficult

These lightweight mats are easy to fold up and take on the go.

Installation Difficulty: 1/5 ⭐

1 – least difficult to 5 – most difficult

There’s nothing to this installation. Unfold it and lay it out to start practicing. For a larger space, you can connect multiple mats with Velcro.

Hygiene: 5/5  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

1 – low to 5 – high

The vinyl casing makes it easy to keep the mat hygienic. Just wipe down the surface with a cloth and a mild cleaning solution.

Pros of 4’x8’x2″ Tumbling Mats

  • Affordable 
  • Perfect for kids
  • Easy to clean
  • Can combine mats with Velcro

Cons of 4’x8’x2″ Tumbling Mats

  • Not as dense
  • Not for advanced gymnasts


Home Cheer Mats

Purple home cheer gymnastics mat on a white background

These portable Home Cheer mats create a safe yet durable practice space virtually anywhere. The durable carpet top over foam offers optimal traction and impact absorption for advanced moves and floor routines. Thanks to this heavy duty construction, these high performance cheer mats are durable and versatile enough to be used as tumbling mats and gymnastics mats. 

Our roll out gymnastics mats are easy to install and use. Simply roll them out when you need them. The low maintenance requirements mean less hassle for you after practice. Available in several color options, these lightweight and easy to store roll out mats are the perfect floor for any cheer athlete.

What People Are Saying

“Works good for tumbling, walkovers, flips, and great for practicing cheer. My granddaughter wanted it for the slight bounce and is satisfied overall with the product.” – Anonymous from Fishkill, NY


“This mat is perfect for my daughter to practice her gymnastics. The best part is that it is so thick but can easily fold up and give us back our floor space in the playroom! She loved the purple color and has used it every day” – Suzanne R from Framingham, MA

How Home Cheer Mats Measure Up

Cost:  2/5 💲💲

1 – least expensive to 5 – most expensive

When you’re moving up to a higher skill level and it’s time to start getting serious, this is the mat you buy. It’s not cheap, but it’s not budget-busting, either. 

Portability: 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

1 – most difficult to 5 – least difficult

This mat is pretty easy to tote around. Roll it up and take it wherever you need a practice space. 

Installation Difficulty: 1/5 ⭐

1 – least difficult to 5 – most difficult

All you have to do is roll out these mats, and they’re ready to go. They’re also incredibly easy to transport, so you can bring them on the go.

Hygiene: 3/5 ⭐⭐⭐

1 – low to 5 – high

The carpet top won’t be quite as hygienic as vinyl since the fibers can absorb some moisture, but it’s nothing a vacuum and your favorite household cleaner can’t handle.

Pros of Home Cheer Mats

  • Can join mats with Velcro
  • Durable
  • Low-maintenance
  • Affordable

Cons of Home Cheer Mats

  • Will need multiple to cover large area
  • Occasional slight color variance between rolls


5’x10’x2″ Tumbling Mats

Black advanced tumbling mat

These folding Tumbling Mats are the perfect premium mats for gymnastics as well as martial arts. Velcro has been attached to all sides of the mat, so you can connect many folding mats together to create a larger surface. These versatile tumbling mats also work great as wall padding. 

The 18 oz. vinyl casing surrounds a 2” thick foam core, ensuring maximum performance and durability. Personalize the look with your choice color.

What People Are Saying

“Our 4 yrs of age daughter started doing gymnastics and the whole family has benefited from this purchase. It’s a well-constructed mat that easily folds up for storage. Our daughter enjoys it daily, especially with the extreme weather. She’s always rolling around, stretching or something while watching T.V. in a comfortable place.” – Anonymous from Stanislaus County, CA 


“Awesome mat! My three kids are on this daily doing gymnastics and it is a great mat!” – Anonymous from Orland Park, IL

How 5’x10’x2″ Tumbling Mats Measure Up

Cost: 3/5 💲💲💲

1 – least expensive to 5 – most expensive

These premium tumbling mats are made with top-quality products, and that’s reflected in the price. While they might cost a little more, they’ll last longer than cheaper options.

Portability: 3/5 ⭐⭐⭐

1 – most difficult to 5 – least difficult

If you want to take this tumbling mat with you, it’s easy to fold it up. It might be a bit bulky, but you can still load it into your car.

Installation Difficulty:  1/5 ⭐

1 – least difficult to 5 – most difficult

This is a portable and versatile mat system. You can easily unfold them, and attach multiple mats together with Velcro if needed.

Hygiene: 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

1 – low to 5 – high

Thanks to the vinyl casing, it’s easy to wipe down the mats using a cloth and your favorite household cleaning product. Hygiene won’t ever be a problem with regular upkeep.

Pros of 5’x10’x2″ Tumbling Mats

  • Durable
  • Floor and wall applications
  • Easy to clean
  • Can join mats with Velcro

Cons of 5’x10’x2″ Tumbling Mats

  • Price
  • Might not be as a firm as other mats



Whether you’re an intermediate tumbler, or an experienced pro, there’s something on this list to suit your situation. Actually, you don’t even have to be a gymnast to benefit from these quality mats! Cheerleaders, wrestlers, and dancers can also make good use of a gymnastics mat in the routine. 

So what are you waiting for? Shouldn’t you be practicing? It’s time to hit the mats.


About Chelsi Hewitt

Chelsi Hewitt

Chelsi Hewitt is a Phoenix-area writer with a specialty in flooring. She grew up obsessed with interior design and DIY projects, and that never went away. She joined Flooring Inc. to teach people about flooring and help them find exactly what they want for their home, garage, office, and more.

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