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Sweet Dreams Are Made of This: Comprehensive Guide to Buying a Mattress in Singapore (2020)

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In my previous article about 9 Things That Are Definitely Worth Spending More Money OnI touched on why it is important to invest more in your mattress.

This is because a bad mattress can increase your stress levels; lead to back pain;, more snoring; and make you more susceptible to ailments linked to sleep deprivation.

Source: u/codester2124 | Reddit

For the precious little sleep we have, investing in a better mattress just makes sense for our comfort and our health.

But, shopping a mattress can get really tiring and stressful.

You will have to determine your budget, navigate a maze of online and offline stores, think about what type of mattress to get and find the ideal mattress and size.

It can get a bit overwhelming, but as usual, we got you!

Here is our comprehensive guide to buying a mattress in Singapore that will get you sleeping like a baby in no time.


TL;DR: Comprehensive Guide to Buying a Mattress in Singapore (2020)

Mattress (Single Size)Price (SGD)Mattress TypeThicknessFirmnessWarrantyTrial Period
Budget Options
Seahorse 7 Inch Crystal Foam Mattress$150.41Foam17cm8/105 years limted warranty-
Seahorse showrooms
Vazzo Sleep Master Spring Mattress$152.12Innerspring20cm7/1010 years limited warranty100 day free returns
Amour® 8 INCH Pocket Spring Mattress$189.10Pocketed Spring20cm7/1010 years limited warranty-
Showroom at 157 Sims Ave
Mid-Range Options
IKEA HÖVÅG
$299Pocketed Spring24cm7/1025 Years-
IKEA showrooms
The Haylee Mattress$399Memory Foam28cm6/1010 years limited warranty100 night sleep trial
Origin Hybrid® Mattress$399Hybrid25cm6/1015 years limited warranty120 night sleep trial
The Noa Mattress$449Hybrid28cm7/1015 years limited warranty100 night sleep trial
Sigmund Home™ Hybrid Mattress
$499Hybrid25cm9/1015 years limited warranty120 night sleep trial
HipVan LEVITATE Mattress
$799Hybrid30cm7/1012 years limited warranty100 night sleep trial
High-End Options
Mylatex LatexPure (Full Latex) Premier Mattress$899Natural LatexFrom 10cm7/1010 years limited warranty-*
The Woosa Mattress$1,199Multi-Foam25cm7.5/1010 years limited warranty100 night sleep trial
The Willow 100% Natural Latex Mattress$1,749Natural LatexCustomisableCustomisable15 years limited warranty100 night sleep trial

Do note that for the IKEA HÖVÅG, the dimensions [200cm (L) x 90cm (W)] of the mattress are slightly longer than the standard Singapore single mattress size.


Should You Get A Cheap Mattress in Singapore

When buying a mattress in Singapore, we would generally recommend you to spend just a bit more as you tend to get more value per dollar from more expensive mattresses.

However, you should not only view price as the only metric to judge quality.

Source: tenor

Instead, and I can’t stress this enough, you should always try the mattress before buying.

Want to Find The Perfect Mattress? Try First!

Speaking of trying, here are some tips on how to try mattresses before you buy:

  • Go back to your old mattress and find out what you like or do not like about it. For example, if you like firm mattresses, it could be that your old mattress is just worn out so do keep that in mind.
  • Observe any aches and pains you have after sleeping on your mattress the morning after and let the salesperson know.
  • Lie on the mattress for at least 15 minutes or so. Don’t paiseh. Lay on the bed like how you usually sleep. If you share a bed with someone, have both of you go down and lie normally to observe what happens when there is motion transfer.
  • Check the weight distribution. Does the mattress sink in drastically when you move around the bed?
  • Don’t rush. Take your time to find the perfect mattress for you. You can always come back and try the mattress again.

Where to Buy a Mattress in Singapore?

Due to the wonders of innovation, there is no need for you to go down to the mattress store to try out the beds.

Source: Giphy

There are a couple of online mattress-in-a-box companies that have sprung up in Singapore.

Although you can buy a mattress online, it is not for everyone. Here are some pros and cons of each approach.

Buying Mattress in a Physical Store

Buying mattresses in a physical store has a couple of pros.

You get to try a wider variety of mattresses before buying.

You can also haggle with a salesperson for a better price, as well as take advantage of the many sales that physical stores have.

But, there are some cons as well.

The sheer number of mattresses available can be overwhelming and make it harder for you to compare prices.

The mattresses might also be more expensive, as there might be more of a markup to cover the costs of the retail store.

If going offline is what you want to do, you can mattresses from specialised mattress stores like Tilam King, The Mattress Boutique or the Mattress Magic Koil Mattress Studio.

Furniture shops like IKEA, Courts or Harvey Norman also sell mattresses too.

Buying Mattress Online in Singapore

On the other hand, buying mattresses online has its pros.

Although there are fewer options, there is less noise which can help if you find it difficult to make decisions.

You can also shop for a mattress from the comfort of your own home and get it delivered to your doorstep in a box.

Source: Happy Sleepy Heads

Generally, these online mattress companies offer free shipping, a free trial period and/or a money-back guarantee.

In addition, prices tend to a bit lower as there are usually no marks ups that come with a physical store.

However, you will have to set up the mattress yourself and get rid of the old mattress.

Some companies do offer that service but you might have to pay a bit more.

You can buy a mattress online from companies like Haylee, Noa Sleep, HipVan, Baton, Sonno etc. that offer convenient shipping and free trial periods.

But regardless of whether you are buying online, there are few things to take note of:

  • Delivery fees – Check how much the delivery fees are and add them to the cost of the mattress.
  • Restocking/Redelivery fees for exchanges/returns – Be aware of these fees you might have to pay.
  • Wait times – Will the mattress come in time for you?
  • Return policy/Trial Period – Ask for more details as some retailers only allow upgrade exchanges where you can only exchange the mattresses for an equally priced or more expensive product.
  • Warranty: Check the terms and conditions of the warranty- some warranties cover only manufacturing defects.

Types of Mattress

Now that you have decided on where to buy mattresses, the next thing you need to know is about the different mattress types available in Singapore.

Here are six of the most popular types of mattresses you can find:

Type of MattressFeaturesPrice Range
Innerspring MattressIf you someone who likes a bouncier bed and are more budget conscious, the innerspring mattress is for you.

The mattress consists of a coil based support system and a few additional layers which makes it more stable. There is more motion isolation, which means that the bed does not move around much even if the other person on the bed moves.
Although these coils give your body more generalised support, you will find that it is lacking in pressure relief.
Also, the mattress can get quite 'squeaky' over time due to wear and tear.
$
Pocketed Spring MattressThis can be considered an upgraded version of the innerspring mattress.

In comparison, innerspring mattresses offer a bit more generalized support, while the individual coils found in a pocket springs mattress mean it can shape itself to your body easier.
Pocketed spring mattresses are constructed using individual springs wrapped with fabrics or similar material to prevent “roll-together” and increase motion isolation.
$$
Foam MattressIf you prefer something with a firmer base and want more pressure relief, foam mattresses are for you. The mattresses also conform to your body better and provide better motion isolation.


As the name suggests, these mattresses are constructed only using foam and do not use coils. The most popular (and more expensive ones) are the memory foam mattresses.
A good rule of thumb is that the thicker and more dense the foam the better.
But, since the material is so dense, it can retain quite a bit of heat. This is why you should get mattreses with gel memory foam which is more cooling.
$ - $$$
Hyrbrid MattressesIf you prefer something with low heat retention, a bit of bounce and some contouring, the Hybrid mattress is for you.

As the name suggests these mattresses are constucted with an innerspring support core and layers of foam, latex or even a shorter layer of coils on top.
These beds are generally a good fit for most sleepers in any position.
$$ - $$$
Latex MattressesIf you are looking for something cooling with top-notch bounce that contours less
to your body, the latex mattresses are for you.

Generally, latex mattresses refer to mattresses where all layers of the mattress are made with latex mattresses.
This is also the more eco-friendly option when the bed is made up of natural and organic latex rubber.
But, it can get quite expensive.
$$ - $$$

Special Mentions

That’s not all. Aside from the types of mattress on this list, you can buy an air mattress or a water bed.

Source: Giphy

However, they have been omitted from the comparison as they are not as practical or are designed for other purposes.

Air Mattress

As the name suggests, air mattresses are inflatable and are generally made out of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). They are also light and travel friendly.

These mattresses tend to be used for temporary sleeping arrangements like camping or guest rooms, as they can be compressed and stored away easily.

They also tend to be cheaper than other mattresses.

But, this type of mattress is not as sturdy as holes and leaks in the mattress will make the mattress useless.

Waterbeds

For a time, waterbeds used to be very popular as they conform to your body shape. Sleeping on these types of beds can also be more relaxing due to the fluidity of the bed.

But, this type of mattress fell out of favour due to practical issues.

For example, the bed needs to be regularly maintained to prevent leaks.

This can add to the cost of the bed which is not cheap to begin with.

Also, your options are limited as only Fantasy Waterbeds sells this type of mattress in Singapore.

Mattress Firmness

The next thing you need to consider is firmness.

However, this is very subjective and up to a personal preference.

Source: Giphy

Although this method is not exactly very scientific, most in the mattress world use a standard 1-10 firmness scale for people to get an idea of what the mattresses may feel like and who it may be for.

Mattress Firmness Scale

Firmness ScaleFirmness LevelBest For
2Extra SoftSide sleepers under 60kg
3SoftSide sleepers under 60kg
4Medium SoftSleepers under 60kg Side sleepers under 104kg
5MediumBack and side sleepers between 60kg - 104kg
6Medium FirmSleepers between 60kg - 104kg
Side sleepers over 104kg
7FirmSide sleepers over 104kg
Back and stomach sleepers over 60kg
8-9Extra FirmBack and stomach sleepers over 104kg

Source: SleepFoundation.org

Although this chart helps, here are some more tips to find the right firmness for you.

  1. Narrow down the firmness range with your sleeping position and weight.
  2. Most hotel beds are 5 to 6 on the firmness scale. If you find that they are too soft you can something harder or vice versa.
  3. As mentioned earlier, head down to the mattress store and try and try again.

Singapore Mattress Sizes and Dimensions

In Singapore, bed frames and mattresses sold here are made according to the following size standards.

SizeMeasurementsSuitable For
Baby120cm (L) x 60cm (W)1 baby or toddler
Single190cm (L) x 91cm (W)1 adult
Super Single190cm (L) x 107cm (W)1 adult
Queen 190cm (L) x 152cm (W)2 adults
King190cm (L) x 183cm (W)2 adults + 1 child

If you are ordering a mattress or bed frame from other countries, be sure to double-check the dimensions to see if it will fit.

Best Mattress in Singapore to Consider

Now that you are equipped with all this knowledge, here are some highly regarded mattresses curated using this guide for you to research more on.

These mattresses are from established mattress brands as well as some fresh new offerings from new mattress brands.

As far as possible, I have included mattress with trial periods. But for those not available, you can check them out at the showrooms before you buy.

Also, be sure to check the terms and conditions of the warranty and trial periods as well.

Source: Giphy

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Do note that the prices stated are for the single-sized options. Information is accurate as of 27 November 2020. Bed prices and promotions are subject to change without prior notice.

Mattress (Single Size)Price (SGD)Mattress TypeThicknessFirmnessWarrantyTrial Period
Budget Options
Seahorse 7 Inch Crystal Foam Mattress$150.41Foam17cm8/105 years limted warranty-
Seahorse showrooms
Vazzo Sleep Master Spring Mattress$152.12Innerspring20cm7/1010 years limited warranty100 day free returns
Amour® 8 INCH Pocket Spring Mattress$189.10Pocketed Spring20cm7/1010 years limited warranty-
Showroom at 157 Sims Ave
Mid-Range Options
IKEA HÖVÅG
$299Pocketed Spring24cm7/1025 Years-
IKEA showrooms
The Haylee Mattress$399Memory Foam28cm6/1010 years limited warranty100 night sleep trial
Origin Hybrid® Mattress$399Hybrid25cm6/1015 years limited warranty120 night sleep trial
The Noa Mattress$449Hybrid28cm7/1015 years limited warranty100 night sleep trial
Sigmund Home™ Hybrid Mattress
$499Hybrid25cm9/1015 years limited warranty120 night sleep trial
HipVan LEVITATE Mattress
$799Hybrid30cm7/1012 years limited warranty100 night sleep trial
High-End Options
Mylatex LatexPure (Full Latex) Premier Mattress$899Natural LatexFrom 10cm7/1010 years limited warranty-*
The Woosa Mattress$1,199Multi-Foam25cm7.5/1010 years limited warranty100 night sleep trial
The Willow 100% Natural Latex Mattress$1,749Natural LatexCustomisableCustomisable15 years limited warranty100 night sleep trial

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And while you’re at it, make sure you remember to use a credit card when paying to get some sweet sweet cashback, miles or reward points too!

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