If we had to pick our favourite place in the world, the answer for many of us would be our beds. After all, it’s where we spend most of our time recharging, bingeing on Netflix shows, or just being the ultimate potato.
We’re supposed to spend at least 8 hours sleeping each night – sometimes more if we’re lucky, but often less. While that’s many hours spent in dreamland, many of us don’t spend enough time or energy selecting a good bed. So for your next bed purchase, check out this guide on how to pick a mattress in Singapore, to find the perfect one that’ll suit your needs:
Those who’ve never bought a mattress likely have them split into 2 categories in their heads: a) foam b) everything else. But there are several more to choose from including mattresses filled with air and even water! Here are the types of mattress in Singapore you can get:
If there’s one type you’ve probably heard of, it’s memory foam. Soft, plush and made with polyurethane that conforms to your body shape, this mattress is the closest thing you’ll get to that childhood dream of sleeping on a cloud.
Fun fact: it was first developed to support NASA astronauts during lift off so you can be sure that this will provide you with the support you need for your back and pressure points.
However, as the material cocoons around you, it also traps heat. Consider customising the bed with a cooling gel on top of the memory foam mattress, an option available at larger retailers like King Koil.
Good for: Soothing “sinking” sensation when you lie down
Lifespan: Up to 10 years
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There are lots of things that can keep us awake at night, including an existential crisis and monsters under our beds. But some things can be fixed with a latex mattress – such as the problem of being awakened at ungodly hours by a bedfellow who tosses and turns.
Good news for light sleepers, latex mattresses have zero motion transfer, so you’ll feel little to no movement on your side of the bed no matter how restless the other person is. It also traps less heat so you’ll be less likely to wake up drenched in sweat.
To top it all off, it’s also an eco-friendly option for those who prefer something a little more au naturel, as it’s typically made of organic materials like rubber tree sap.
However, since it is slightly firmer than memory foam, latex mattresses don’t provide as much support for pressure point relief and weight distribution.
Good for: Those who sweat easily or are easily awakened by movements
Lifespan: 20-25 years
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The OG type of mattress, innerspring is the type your parents likely used back in the day – you may remember jumping on it like a trampoline.
Made of coil-shaped metal springs, these beds are typically very bouncy, basically a dream-turned-reality for active kiddos. The downside? Motion transfer is often very high so you’ll feel any wave of movement rippling through the bed.
Support is typically decent, but firmness varies across brands and models. If you’re just looking for something fuss-free to crash on, this will be a wallet-friendly option that can easily be purchased from most furniture stores.
Good for: Those on a budget
Lifespan: 7-10 years
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Essentially an innerspring mattress 2.0, the pocket coil innerspring mattress is an improved version of the former that provides better support for your weight, as there’s better and more consistent firmness throughout the entire bed.
Also known as “pocketed spring mattresses” or “pocketed innerspring”, its defining trait is its coiled springs that are grouped in clusters called “pockets”, so each part of the bed holds its own in terms of firmness and support.
Good for: Those who need more back support like older folks suffering from backaches
Lifespan: 7-10 years
Memory foam-innerspring Simmons mattress
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Many spring mattresses sold these days are also hybrid, meaning they come with a layer of another material to add more cushioning and make the bed feel snugger for a good night’s rest. Common combinations include memory foam-innerspring, and latex-innerspring, to give you the best of both worlds.
Good for: Those who want to customise their beds to the perfect firmness
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Instead of the typical foam or innerspring what you’ll get with a waterbed mattress is about 300L-900L of water. You’ll actually be sleeping on water – that’s not something everyone can say they’ve tried!
Inside of a water bed
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Waterbeds are said to conform to your body shape, provide that dreamy sensation of floating on water, and help with health problems like arthritis, backaches and insomnia.
But like having a pool or bathtub, maintenance for one won’t be easy. You’ll have to call for regular maintenance to avoid having any leaks. Choices are also limited as there is only one retailer – Fantasy Waterbeds – that specialises in this bed type in Singapore.
Good for: A novelty experience
Lifespan: 10-15 years
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Unlike the other types of mattresses in this list, air mattresses are more for temporary sleeping arrangements – like when you’ve got guests over and don’t want to just offer the ol’ couch. Great for those living in tight-spaced BTOs, these are a handy option to have tucked away in the storeroom, ready to be inflated whenever it’s needed.
Good for: Use as a temporary guest bed
Lifespan: 6-8 years
Bed frame and mattresses in Singapore follow the European size chart below:
If you’re ordering a bed frame or mattress from overseas, like the U.S., make sure to check the dimensions as they tend to follow a different size chart from one we typically use here.
Pro-tip: When planning the design of your bedroom, remember to match the mattress size to the dimensions of the bed – it’s a common blind spot for most new homeowners!
Some of us would love to come home and fall right into the embrace of the softest bed possible. Others prefer something a little firmer to bring in a little more support. To pick the perfect mattress for your need, look out for the firmness scale that most mattresses go by, rated from 1 to 10, with 6.5 being the middle ground that would work for most people.
One way to pick is by matching it to the support needed for different sleeping positions:
Other things to look out for include your weight – consider getting something firmer for more support if you’re on the heavier side. Personal preference plays a part as well, and if you’re getting a new mattress for granny, remember that older folks tend to require a firmer bed for better support!
On to the actual purchase. Below are the best places to get a mattress in Singapore from pocket-friendly ones, to those that’ll make you feel like a king or queen:
It’s important to have a mattress that provides good back support for the many hours we spend sleeping. Origin Sleep specialises in hybrid mattresses containing multiple, different layers that cradle the back for long hours of sleep.
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With the Origin Hybrid Pro Mattress from Origin Sleep, you’ll sleep soundly knowing your spine is well-protected thanks to its 7-Zone ErgoCoil Support Springs. These relieve pressure off the spine and muscles, for those who often toss and turn trying to get that ideal spot for a deeper sleep.
The mattress also includes a cooling gel memory foam, natural wool and polar silk tencel layers that regulate body temperature. If you tend to wake up hot and sticky in the middle of the night, these will help keep you cool during your slumber.
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Before you make a commitment, drop by the Origin Sleep showroom for a quick test run. You can even take it home for 120 days to push your snoozing limits on the mattress. There’s a 100% money back guarantee if you’re not a fan.
Origin Sleep also provides free same-day delivery and returns, and a 15-year warranty on all their mattresses.
Price: From $399 for Hybrid, and $999 for Hybrid Pro for Single
A couple of minutes testing out a bed at the store might not be the best indicator for picking a bed that’ll last you the next 10 years or so. If you’re particularly picky with your beds and prefer a test run, Haylee is a purely-online retailer that offers a 100-day sleep trial for the mattress of your choice.
Their mattresses are made of Cool Gel Memory Foam and Aeroflo Foam – which, if you find unsuitable, can be returned to Haylee. If you’re wondering what happens to mattresses people returned, they’ll be inspected and donated to local charities.
Read our full review of Haylee’s mattresses.
Price: From $499 for a Single mattress
Other similar online mattress brands to check out are:
Another option for those who always seem to wake up in a puddle of sweat is Winter Sleep. Made from 100% natural latex and gel memory foam, this new kid on the block boasts the coldest mattresses in the world. If you perspire easily and like to sleep cool, these mattresses are for you.
Image credit: Winter Sleep
On top of an open-cell cooling technology that promotes air circulation, Winter Sleep mattresses also have an added layer of cooling gel to effectively wick away heat while you sleep. Plus, their six layers which were designed by orthopaedics will provide support and prevent you from back pains.
When you purchase a mattress, you’ll get free delivery and 120 days to decide whether you’d like to keep it. Even when the trial period ends, you still have up to 15 years to repair, replace or get a refund, given there’s no major damage on your mattress.
Price: From $1,799
The Van Vorst Corerhythm 351
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You don’t have to break the bank just to have a good night’s rest on a comfortable bed. The mattresses from Van Vorst have been designed with over 130 years of experience to ensure that even when you’re snoring, you’re snoozing good.
The mattresses are packed with a pocketed coil spring system that’s meant to relieve your pressure points by contouring to your body and the way you sleep. Their toppers also range from 1” to 3” for added comfort, and these are made from high-quality eco latex and high-density memory foam to mould to your body better.
Every purchase of a luxury premium Van Vorst mattress comes with a 10-year warranty so you can sleep soundly knowing you’re covered in the event of any mattress nightmares. You can also customise the size of the mattress to suit your bed frame if it doesn’t fit the typical measurements.
If you’re unsure which mattress from Van Vorst is best suited for your sleep, you can visit the Luxury Mattress Gallery to consult with their experts. You’ll also get to see the cross section of mattress at their showroom to find out what lies underneath your soft sheets.
Price: From $1,280 for a single mattress
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When you’re tossing and turning in bed, sometimes a flip of the pillow to get to the cold side is the key to getting comfier for better sleep. Now, the same can be applied with the luxury hybrid mattress from Snow Slumber.
There’s no need to flip over an entire mattress, but you will get that same cool feeling throughout the night with the Snow Mattress. It has 6 layers, 4 of which have been designed to effectively tick up to 7 degrees off the thermometer while you snooze.
This includes the Snow Latex Layer that allows air to flow through, and a quilted silk cover that regulates your body temperature by absorbing and dissipating heat away from you. Cooler temperatures are said to be better for those who have trouble sleeping, and Snow Slumber customers have reported falling asleep within minutes while using this mattress.
The mattress is also equipped with zero motion transfer technology, which supports the back and sides while you move about at night. It’s designed to last up to 20 years without sinking in, so you won’t have to change your mattress as often.
If you aren’t sure if this is the mattress for you, Snow Slumber has a 120-night trial for sleepers to really get a feel of the mattress before fully committing.
Price: From $599 for Single
A well-known brand in Singapore over the past few decades, Sea Horse offers a variety of basic mattresses that fits our everyday needs.
Their mattresses are priced from an affordable $100 for a single mattress, but their Diamond, Everlasting and Crystal Foam series are worth checking out too. These may be slightly pricier ($300-$600) but they come with better quality.
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They’ve also got a Healthy mattress series which seniors might prefer for back support, as well as foldable designs that can be tucked away when not in use, priced from $44.50 for the Single Size Foldable Foam Mattress.
Price: From ~$100 for Sea Horse mattreses on Lazada for a Single mattress
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International brand King Koil has plenty of mattress types to choose from, but the type they’re best known for is their 5-zone pocket coil spring mattress. Unlike other mattresses with uniform springs across the bed, this design comes with specialised contour zones, with areas around the neck and spine made firmer to provide more support.
Price: From ~$400 for a Single mattress
IKEA’s home to our favourite meatballs, minimalist furniture and also, affordable mattresses priced from just double digits. Innerspring mattresses start from $79, while foam mattresses are priced from $99. Even if you splurge on a pocket coil innerspring mattress, that’ll set you back a maximum of $1,099.
One thing to note though: IKEA’s mattresses are slightly longer than the standard European size chart which is great for taller folks out there. But while the mattresses might fit into IKEA-purchased bed frames, they may not fit bed frames purchased elsewhere.
Price: From $79 for a Single mattress
If you prefer a soft bed but your SO can only sleep well on something firmer, European Bedding has all-natural latex customisable mattresses. This means you can adjust the softness on either side of the bed so no one has to compromise their individual comfort.
Plus, if you fancy an unconventionally-shaped bed, they also offer the option to tailor-make your bed into any shape or size to create your dream bedroom.
Read our full guide to the customisable options at European Bedding.
Price: From $3,488 for a Queen mattress
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If you’re the type who cannonballs onto the bed the moment you enter any hotel room, consider investing in a bed from Simmons. Known for their luxurious pocket coil innerspring mattresses, Simmons’ slumber pads can be found in high-end hotels like Conrad Centennial Singapore, W Singapore, and in Resorts World Sentosa.
Popular models include the Beautyrest series that comes with cooling pads and reduced motion transfer, and the BackCare series that has got your back – literally – with improved spinal support.
Price: From $1,060 for a Single mattress
Note: As of July 2022, Sigmund Home is currently inactive. Do refer to the Sigmund Home Facebook page for future updates.
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Waking up all sweaty and sticky isn’t how you want to start your day. So, for those who sweat easily in humid Singapore, you might want to invest in a mattress that keeps things cool. Sigmund Home’s Hybrid Mattress will do that – it has 3 layers of breathable memory foam inside, heat dissipation technology and is covered with Tencel fabric which feels cooler than cotton.
Aches will also be a thing of the past. Following the shape of your body, this mattress gives extra cushioning around protruding joints. It also comes with pressure relieving technology that’ll prevent you from waking up with a sore back or neck. Those folks who are easily awoken by restless sleeping partners can also be reassured since the Hybrid also absorbs movement.
Besides, if you’re unsure about spending big bucks on a mattress, don’t worry – it comes with a 120-night sleep trial and 15 years warranty for you to fall back on in case you ever change your mind.
Price: From $399
Aside from tracking the number of years left for your mattress type, one way to know it’s time to change is if you’ve been getting constant body aches not related to external factors like long hours at work or a recent home workout attempt.
Also, do regular checks to see if your mattress has lost its springiness and elasticity – if you’ve got indented “craters” where your bum or upper back tend to go, that’s another indicator that it’s time to go mattress shopping.
Pro-tip: To make your mattress last longer, flip or rotate it 3 times a year to avoid compressing only specific parts of the mattress.
A bed might seem like the simplest thing to buy, until you actually have to purchase one for yourself. Now, you’ve got all the tips you need to select the best mattress to use for the next decade or so!
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Cover image adapted from: Simmons
This article contains partial partnership content. However, all opinions are ours.
Original article published on 18th August 2020. Last updated by Renae Cheng on 4th August 2022.
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