Most of us know that getting a night of restful sleep is important for a productive day ahead and that a good mattress can help to achieve that. But when it comes to buying a mattress in Singapore, most of us do not know our way around it. There are so many mattress brands and literally thousands of different mattresses you can buy. And with the wide range of prices ranging from under $100 to $20,000 and above, how does one know what is the right amount to spend on a mattress? Which mattress is the right one for you? In this issue, our mattress Singapore buying guide will show you how to buy a mattress that fits your sleeping habits and budget.
This article was first published on 14 January 2020 and updated on 3 February 2020.
2020 Mattress Buying Guide: How to Buy the Best Mattress in Singapore
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Best mattresses to buy in 2020 in Singapore
This is a summary of our recommended mattresses to buy. Details of each mattress are shared below in the guide.
Best bed in a box mattress in Singapore: Hipvan Levitate mattress
Best innerspring coil mattress in Singapore: Sleepy Night Bountiful Plush Top Orthopedic Spring Mattress
Best pocketed coil mattress in Singapore: King Koil Sleep Definition Heritage
Best memory foam mattress in Singapore: Tempur Original Deluxe 17
Best hybrid mattress in Singapore: Sealy Posturepedic Pacific
Best pillow top mattress in Singapore: Four Star Crown Pinnacle
For hot sleepers: Tempur Sensation 19 with CoolTouch
For varying firmness: MattX Hybrid Mattress (you can flip it for a different firmness)
Best firm mattress in Singapore: Sealy Posturepedic Enhance Firm
Best medium mattress in Singapore: Sealy Posturepedic Enhance Medium
Best soft mattress in Singapore: Sealy Posturepedic Enhance Plush
Make sure to apply for a credit card that will give you rebates so you have extra savings.
The Types of Mattresses in Singapore
Before you can decide what mattress to buy in Singapore, you must first know what are the different types of mattresses. Mattresses are made of different types of materials that will suit different sleeping styles.
The materials used will also affect the cost of the mattress. For example, latex is considered to be the best in terms of comfort and durability (able to last 10 years or more) and hence expensive. Mattresses made with latex will be pricey. I will be sharing the different types of mattresses and their pros and cons with you.
Bed in a Box Mattress Singapore
The bed in a box concept originated from the USA and refers to online mattress shopping. You will receive your bed literally wrapped up in a box. Most of them include free 100-day trials for you to test out your mattress in the comfort of your own home. They are usually hybrid mattresses. We have listed the most popular bed in a box online mattress stores here. For our master bedroom, we picked the Hipvan Levitate mattress that retails at $1,499 (spoiler alert: it is very comfortable).
For a queen or king-sized mattress, bed in a box mattresses average from $800 to $1,500 depending on the model type. While bed in a box mattresses cannot compare to the high-end models like Simmons BackCare® Luxury mattress (which retails from $8,000), it can be compared to the entry models from branded mattresses, and it is definitely better than those cheap, brandless mattresses.
Get this if you are very shy about testing your mattress in public, or if you are simply too busy to head down to any showrooms.
Standard Innerspring Mattress Singapore
This is the traditional type of mattress and also the most common type. Standard innerspring mattresses use metal springs in the mattress, giving it a bouncy feel, but also the squeaky noise. This type of mattress uses outdated technology hence you will not find specialty mattress stores or branded mattresses providing this option. I would not recommend it for long-term use as they do not last very long too.
- This is the cheapest option
- The low density of foam leads to it retaining little/no heat
- Easy to buy from anywhere, both online and offline
- The metal coils are connected, and you will feel any and every movement made by your other half. Not suitable for couples
- Lack of support
- Not suitable for people with arthritic problems
- It does not last long. Will sag and be uneven after a few years of use.
Get it if:
- You are buying a spare mattress for guests or stay overs.
Recommended spring mattress in Singapore:
This 9” mattress is made with the traditional Bonnell (hourglass) spring and has a firmness level 6/10. It is topped with high-density foam for a plush topping. For a non-plush top version, check out Sleep Night Boulevard Spring Mattress. If you are on a budget, you can get the cheaper Sleepy Night Indiana Spring Mattress. Sleepy Night mattresses come with a knitted fabric for comfort, and a 12-years warranty.
Pocketed Coil Innerspring Mattress Singapore
Consider this the improved version of standard innerspring. Most branded mattresses use this technology. It works on a similar spring system, but the difference is that these coils are grouped into “pockets”. The pockets minimises movement transfer and improve support. It provides a better sleep experience than the first choice.
- Relatively affordable
- Cheapest model for branded mattresses
- Comfortable night sleep
- Still has that springy, bouncy feel which some might not like
- The quality depends on the foam covering it as well
Get it if:
- You are looking for a comfortable mattress, but do not want to spend too much. Or if you like the springy effect.
Recommended pillow top mattress in Singapore:
King Koil has been a mattress and bedding expert since 1968. This medium-firm mattress has a 5 zone individual pocketed spring system. Instead of a uniform distribution of coils that you find in the usual mattresses, King Koil has developed 5 specialised contour zones with heavier guard coils and increased coil concentration in the vital center third of the mattress i.e. spine area. It provides extra support where your body needs it.
Why buy this mattress:
- The individually encased coils reduce motion transfer and result in minimal disturbance to your partner
- It has a latex pillow top that providing you superior support and quality sleep.
- The high resilience foam encasement gives you a firm seating edge and stability.
- Anti-mosquito treated
- It comes with a free bed frame! This queen-sized bed retails for $4,899 but you can get more than 50% off on Lazada Metro.
Memory Foam Mattress Singapore
If you are not a fan of springy beds, you probably will go for a memory foam mattress. Memory foam was first developed by NASA for astronauts. Well, it is good enough to support astronauts during lift-off, I’m certain it is good enough to support me to dreamland! In terms of comfort, memory foam is a frontrunner. It hugs and conforms to your body, and gives you that ‘sink in your bed’ feeling like Princess and the Pea probably felt.
- Offers superior comfort and conforms to body shape (great for side sleepers)
- Minimal motion transfer (similar to pocketed coil innerspring mattresses)
- Provides pressure point relief and evenly distributes your weight (good for joint health)
- Typically resistant to mould, mildew and dust mites
- Can last a long time (more than a decade)
- Very Expensive (branded mattresses have these models as their top-of-the-line SKU)
- Tends to retain heat (if you get hot while sleeping this might not be suitable for you. Consider a mattress that has a top layer of cooling material)
- Typically made with harsh chemicals so it might not be good for sensitive skin
Recommended memory foam mattress in Singapore: Tempur Original Deluxe 17
You might have heard of Tempur, a secret formula by Tempur said to be an improved version of memory foam. It claims to provide you 10 years of lasting quality. It absorbs and distributes pressure with minimal motion transfer. You can find out more about the Tempur material here. The Tempur Original provides sleepers with medium firmness and support, bringing you the balance of uncompromising support and body-conforming comfort. It comes with an additional soft-touch quilted layer on top.
Why buy this mattress:
- It offers you back support, pressure relief and comfort, all-in-one
- Equipped with a washable cover that you can easily remove to wash
- If you are a hot sleeper, check out Tempur The Sensation Prima 19 with CoolTouch. It comes with CoolTouch technology that keeps the surface of your mattress cool.
Latex Foam Mattress Singapore
Latex is similar to memory foam in terms of its body contouring effect but is less soft. If you prefer a firmer mattress, latex is a good option for you. It is eco-friendly and expensive. Few mattresses are made of 100% latex and it is often used as the top layer. One of the main reasons to get a latex mattress is for its zero motion transfer. If you are a light sleeper and your partner keeps you up with his/her movements, a latex mattress is a solution for you.
- Zero motion transfer
- It retains very little heat.
- Not as good as memory foam when it comes to pressure point relief and weight distribution
- Most expensive material
Get it if:
- You are a light sleeper and do not want any motion transfer at all.
- If you have asthma and skin allergies. Latex is naturally resistant to dust mites and hence does not use chemicals.
- You get hot and sweaty at night when sleeping. Latex will help to cool you down.
Hybrid Mattress Singapore
Hybrid mattresses have multiple layers and use a combination of the materials mentioned above for customised comfort. It gives you softness and stability. Common hybrids you will find are memory foam-innerspring and latex-innerspring. The memory foam or latex balances out the bounciness of the innerspring and adds an element of body contouring that the coils would otherwise not be able to provide.
- Provides good support for spine and back by combining both foam and spring
- Good motion isolation (good for couples)
- Expensive. Require more materials and workmanship than a single material mattress. You will find hybrids in mid to premium brands.
- It can be quite heavy and not easy to move around. If you have a storage bed, it will be quite heavy to lift up. It might be troublesome for spring cleaning as well.
Get it if:
- You want the best of both worlds and customised comfort
Recommended hybrid mattress in Singapore:
Sealy has grown to become one of the leading mattress brands from the USA since its beginnings in 1881. It was developed in conjunction with leading orthopedic surgeons and Dr. Robert G. Addison, a renowned authority on back pain. This Sealy mattress from the Posturepedic Enhance collection is designed to provide initial conforming support and firmer deep down support for your weight.
Why buy this mattress:
- It features the Sealy Comfortcore® Premium in the centre third of the mattress to provide extra conformance to your back and hip area.
- Sealy’s SRx®alternating spring technology senses your body weight and motion
- The UniCased XT support provides a stable sleep surface and helps reduce motion transfer
- Concentrated layers of latex and memory foam conform to your back arch and designed to disperse pressure points.
- SmarTex® fabric helps to regulate your sleeping temperature throughout the night.
- Recommended for sleepers with back pain and require more customised support
- Comes in 3 varying levels of firmness to suit your – firm, medium and plush and all with a 10-year guarantee
For a cheaper option, you can check out the Sealy PosturePremier Portland.
Pillow Top Mattress Singapore
If a mattress could hug you, it would be a pillowtop mattress. Pillow Top mattress has an extra foam pillow layer on top for superior comfort. Pillowtop mattresses are what you find in 5-star luxury hotels. They are extremely comfortable and offer a perfect sweet spot for the majority of sleepers. Once you sleep on a pillow top mattress, no other mattress will come close.
The downside is that a pillow top mattress is very prone to wear and tear. After long-term use, the pillow top will be thinner and your “hugging” effect might disappear.
Recommended Pillowtop Mattress in Singapore:
Crown Pinnacle is Four Star’s supreme mattress under the Luxury Series. Featuring a luxurious box plush pillow top, it gives you superior comfort equivalent to that of a 6-star hotel. The mattress spring structure is made of a mini pocketed and pocketed spring combination. This mattress also features non-woven poly insulator bad, high density visco elasfoam foam and a high density foam encasement for better sleep.
Air Mattress Singapore
An air mattress, simply put, is made of air. It is an inflatable mattress usually made from vinyl, plastic or rubber material. It is not suitable for long-term use but because of its portability and small size when deflated, it is great for guests’ bedding or camping trips. It is very cooling to sleep on and is very cheap. But pumping it up might be troublesome and take some time. Also, sharp objects can puncture a hole in the mattress and cause a leak, making it unusable.
Intex is the brand known for making above ground pools. They too make sporting goods and even spa hot tubs so you can be assured their airbeds are of good quality. I like the fact that they are reasonably priced, and their air mattresses come with a built-in pump so you don’t have to do it manually. Check out their Dura Beam and Fibre Tech series.
Foldable Mattress Singapore
Foldable mattresses are perfect for stay overs and guests when they come to visit. Usually in single sized and made of foam, it is a three-layer foldable design that is made easy for space saving and convenient for placement.
SeaHorse foldable mattresses are good yet reasonably priced. They are made of high density and ultimate hard foam layers to provide firm support.
- For a bigger size, check out the Maxcoil super foam folding mattress that comes in a super single size. It is of medium firmness and comes with an 8-year warranty. It is also available in 2” and 3” thickness.
- If you want a mattress with better support, check out Sleepy Night Orthopedic Foldable mattress. I have this mattress at home and it’s perfect for guests. The soft knitted fabric also reduces hot temperature and gives off a cooling effect. It comes in 2”, 3” and 4” thickness.
8 Simple Steps to Buying a Mattress in Singapore
1. What is your budget?
There is a huge range of pricing when it comes to the cost of a mattress in Singapore. Knowing your budget will allow you to narrow down your options, and makes it easier when choosing the type of mattress to buy.
For the cost of a mattress, you can get mattresses that cost under $100 (cheap, brandless ones) and you can get top-end luxury mattresses that can cost $30,000 and more.
I suggest budgeting about $2,000 to $5,000 for your mattress. That budget should be able to get you a pretty decent mattress and accessories (pillows, mattress toppers, bedsheets). A bed frame will cost somewhere between $500 to $1,000 and more.
Make sure to apply for a credit card that will give you rebates so you have extra savings.
2. How firm should your mattress be?
How firm you like your mattress will depend on your preferred sleeping position.
- If you are a back-sleeper, a medium-firm mattress would be suitable for you. It will provide support for your spine, back, and neck.
- If you are a side sleeper, a softer mattress will suit you. Side-sleepers tend to prefer a thicker comfort layer that supports and contour around the body. Pillow top mattresses would be a good choice.
- If you are a stomach sleeper, get a firm mattress to keep your spine aligned.
- If you are a combination sleeper, meaning you switch positions throughout the night, get a mattress that will suit your most common positions and pick something in between.
It is important to buy a mattress with a firmness that fits your sleeping position. Sometimes, tossing and turning could be due to a mattress being too firm or too soft. A mattress too firm might create pressure points to feel sore or numb, causing you to move into different positions throughout the night. A mattress too soft can make your back feel sore and achy due to your spine not being aligned properly.
Have a chat with your partner to see how to best align your preferences. If one is a side sleeper and one a back sleeper, you can meet in the middle with something of medium fitness. If that does not work, some mattress specialty stores like Simmons are able to customise beds that have different firmness for each half.
3. What are your sleeping habits?
On top of your sleeping position, it is also important to know your sleeping habits. This will aid you in buying a mattress that suits your needs and preferences.
- Consider your build. If you are a bigger person, you might want a firmer and possibly thicker mattress. A soft mattress may cause a sunken feeling in your back.
- Do you perspire easily during sleep? If so, avoid memory foam mattresses that retain heat. Get something with a gel cooling layer.
- Does your partner move a lot? If so, you should get a mattress with minimal motion transfer. Avoid the standard innerspring mattress.
- If you are a light sleeper, buy a mattress with individual pocketed springs.
- If your child sleeps with you, make sure to get a waterproof mattress protector (try the Snowdown Premium Fitted Waterproof Mattress Protector). It will save you a whole lot of trouble. Also, get a king-sized mattress so that there’s space for everyone.
- Do you have asthma or sensitive skin? If you are, consider a latex mattress for it is naturally hypoallergenic.
- Do you have back pain or aches? If so, you will want to get a mattress that gives you good support. Try the King Koil Spinal Guard 13.5 inch Pocketed Coil Spring Mattress.
- Consider how much space you have in the room for your mattress. It will determine what mattress size to buy (next point).
4. What size are you looking for?
Below are the standard dimensions for the various mattress sizes commonly found in Singapore. American sizes are different.
We use a King-sized Hipvan Levitate mattress in our master and a queen-sized Simmons mattress for our guest room. If your room has sufficient space, I suggest a king-sized for a couple, as it is very spacious and comfortable. That said, if you have a limited budget, you might want to consider decreasing your size (from king to queen) in order to get a better quality mattress.
After picking your mattress size, make sure to take down the dimensions so you get the right bed frame and bedsheets.
|Size||Dimensions (in cm)|
|Single||190 x 91|
|Super Single||190 x 107|
|Queen||190 x 152|
|King||190 x 182|
5. Choose your mattress type
In short, there are 4 mattress types – spring (standard or pocketed coil), memory foam, latex, and hybrids (details above). Generally, mattresses are made of two layers, a support layer and comfort one.
Think about whether you prefer a spring or foam mattress. Spring mattresses are cheaper than foam mattresses, but foam mattresses offer more support, contours your body better, and holds its shape better (hence last longer). I would recommend a foam mattress if your budget fits.
That said, memory foam mattresses do retain more heat, so if you are a sweaty sleeper, you might want to choose one with a gel topping, made of latex (more expensive) or you can always go back to a spring mattress.
Latex is getting very popular as it is eco-friendly and hypoallergenic. It also can give you all the benefits and comfort that memory foam has. It is expensive, but you get what you pay for.
6. Which brand of mattress should I get?
When thinking about mattresses, well-known brands that commonly come to mind include Simmons, King Koil, Sealy.
Below is a list of well-known mattress brands in Singapore. You won’t go wrong getting your mattress from one of these brands. Find out more about the most popular mattress brands.
- King Koil
- Four Star
- European Bedding
- Sea Horse (cheaper brand)
These are the ‘bed in a box’ brands that we featured in our online mattress shopping guide. Read the full guide to find out more about the pricing and type of mattress they sell.
- Baton Sleep
7. Make sure to test your mattress
A mattress is a long-term purchase. It is important to test it by lying down on it, whether in-store or at home. Mattress specialty stores like Simmons make mattress testing a very comfortable (and not awkward) experience.
Here are the steps to test out your mattress:
- Lie in the positions you usually sleep in, for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
- When lying down, relax into your normal sleeping position. What you should be looking out for is support, comfort, and fit.
- There should be no space between you and your mattress. Your spine should be aligned and supported. There should not be a gap where your back arches.
- If you have a sleeping partner, make sure to test the mattress out together so you can keep your eye out for movement as you change positions. Have a discussion on what is best for you – firm or soft. If you both have differences in the firmness, go for something in between.
- The specifications are not more important than comfort, but knowing the features i.e. hypoallergenic, will help you make a better decision on whether the mattress is worth the price.
- Ask about returns and trial periods
8. Things you should not do
Do not buy a second-hand mattress to save money.
There is a risk of bed bugs when you buy a second-hand mattress. They are sometimes not visible to the eye as they hide in the mattress. Also, the previous owner would have slept on it, and without a proper and thorough cleaning, there will be bacteria and germs on it. Used mattresses are also worn out and will not provide the support you are looking for. It is better to get a new, slightly lower-quality mattress for cheaper than go for a second-hand option (unless you know the previous owner very well).
Do not buy a cheap mattress for the sake of the price (unless it is for rare use for guests).
A good mattress gives you good health and good sleep (which gives you a positive attitude). You are going to spend one-third of your life sleeping on it, so it is important to get a good one. If you have a busy schedule and a few hours of sleep, it is important to make those hours count.
While you should not buy what you can’t afford, I do believe budgeting for a good mattress is key.
FAQ about mattresses
How do I clean my mattress?
You spend on average 6-8 hours every day sleeping on your mattress. Cleaning it regularly is very important to keep it hygienic.
Here’s how to clean your mattress:
- Buy a mattress that is resistant to dust mite, mould, and mildew
- Use a mattress protector. Try the King Koil 100% Cotton Fitted Mattress Pad Protector. If you need a waterproof protector, get the Snowdown Premium Fitted Waterproof Mattress Protector.
- Vacuum your mattress at least once a month. You can use a handheld vacuum cleaner like the Black and Decker Dustbuster or the Bosch Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner that makes cleaning your mattress so much easier. Some stick vacuums like the Black & Decker SVA320T and Samsung VC-LSS93M are 2-in-1 and come with a hand vacuum. For more vacuum recommendations, read our vacuum cleaner guide here.
- Keep your mattress dust mite free, use a mattress vacuum like the Xiaomi SWDK UV Dust Mite Cleaner or the Xiaomi Deerma CM1500 to clean it regularly.
- Change your bed sheets regularly. I make sure that I have 2 sets of bedsheets so I can alternate between them without worrying about whether my one set dries in time.
- If your mattress smells, apply a thin layer of baking soda to the top. Leave it for 10 minutes before vacuuming it up. Your bed should smell much fresher.
- You can air or sun your mattress. Letting your mattress breathe in fresh air and sunlight will help to kill bacteria, dust mites and also get rid of bad smells.
With proper care, a good mattress can last a decade or more. Unlike my air conditioner, I did not think that my mattress needed taking care of. But caring for your mattress can increase your mattress lifespan, and provide you better comfort throughout the years. You can rotate it regularly (this will help to even out the depressions and prevent the same area from getting “sunk in”). To ensure your mattress last the years, avoid sitting on the edge of the bed, jumping on your bed, or carry it using the straps (the straps are meant for adjustments only).
When should I change my old mattress?
Sleeping on a saggy mattress that no longer supports your body is not recommended. If you are sinking more than 2.5 cm into your mattress regardless of where you lie on, it is time to change your mattress.
Where to buy a mattress in Singapore
You used to only be able to buy a mattress in Singapore from stores, but now you can purchase them online for the ultimate convenience and even enjoy discounted prices! Lazada is my go-to for shopping for a mattress in Singapore. It is also a great place to compare prices.
Branded mattresses like Simmons will have their own showroom where you will be assured of great service and comfortable testing experience. Read about our experience at the Simmons showroom here.
If you prefer to test out the mattress in person, you can always pop by to megastores like Courts, Harvey Norman and Gain City near you to check it out before purchasing online. You can also check out furniture expos at the Singapore Expo to buy discounted mattress in Singapore.
Financing your home purchases
If you would like to take up a loan for your home purchases, consider a personal loan, as renovation loans do not give you the cash upfront. You can find the best personal loan suitable for you on Singsaver.
We hope that our mattress Singapore buying guide will help you to buy the best mattress for your home. Do also read our other buying guides below.
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