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Mattress Buying Guide Singapore (2021)

Mattress Buying Guide Singapore (2021)

Get smart and follow these tips to buying the best mattress you can get.
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It’s that time in life to purchase a new mattress, and like any significant purchase, you’re going to do as much research as you can before forking out that money, because you’re a smart and informed consumer. I know you are confused by the number of options available today, but don’t worry we’re here to teach you how to sort out the best from the rest.

Welcome to our Mattress Shopping Guide in Singapore, where we’ll be as impartial and unbiased as we can be. Be assured that our recommendations and assumptions are based on scientific studies and sleep research. Because Science! 🤓

Table of Contents

Mattresses in the Singapore Market

In Singapore and the online marketplace, many mattress options are offered by a wide selection of retailers. You probably know some traditional brands such as Simmons, Sealy, King Koil, Tempur, and Slumberland.

And on top of that, there’s a growing number of direct-to-consumer mattress companies like Tuft & Needle, Casper, Purple, Haylee, Woosa, Noa Sleep, Origin Mattress, and the Marble Sleep Co. These companies all offer innovative online shopping experiences designed to be user-friendly and hassle-free.

A general rule is that mattresses sold online tend to be cheaper and of higher quality, but of course, buying a mattress on the web also means that you’ll have to do more research compared to visiting a physical store. So that’s where we come in to help. This guide aims to discuss the ups and downs of buying that dream mattress over the Internet. It’ll also include the best tips for finding your dream mattress, one that fits your budget, gets you the best type of comfort, and, most importantly, supports your body.

 

Also, remember that getting the cheapest mattress in Singapore shouldn’t be your primary factor in making this purchase, not for an item that will last you for the next seven years, at the very least.

How to Find the Best Mattress for You

So which mattress is the best? The key to finding the best mattress is to find one that fits your sleeping habits. It is necessary to consider the materials used in the construction of the mattress, the firmness, and even your sleeping position.

These are just a variety of considerations that can make it difficult to choose without feeling the mattresses first, but here are some essential tips for comparing mattresses on different websites.

Mattress Sizes

Some things to consider, when purchasing a mattress in Singapore, you mostly get mattresses in a Singaporean/Asian size. It is vital to ensure that your bed frame is compatible with a Singaporean size too, but not to worry; we included dimensions here so it’ll be easy for you to check.

You can check out Marble’s Magical Mattress Sizing Guide for more details on measurements accompanied with cute illustrations too.

King Size Mattress (Singapore) – 180cm x 190cm

Queen Size Mattress (Singapore) – 150cm x 190cm

Super Single Size Mattress (Singapore) – 107cm x 190cm

Single Size Mattress (Singapore) – 90cm x 190cm

Material and Construction

Innerspring Mattress Construction

A common type of mattress widely found in Singapore and more often known as a Spring mattress. These mattresses consist of an innerspring support core made up of metal springs or coils and are evenly spaced throughout the core, maximizing support and ensuring proper weight distribution.

Memory Foam Mattress Construction

People enjoy memory foam mattresses for their pressure-relieving characteristics. Initially developed by NASA in the 1970s, these mattresses conform closer to the body than many other mattress types, resulting in better spinal alignment. 

Memory foam isolates motion transfer and produces little to no noise when bearing weight, making this mattress suitable for couples.

Latex Mattress Construction

Latex mattresses are known for their conformity to the body, spinal alignment, and pressure-relieving characteristics, similar to memory foam mattresses. However, compared to all-foam mattresses, they sleep much cooler, are far more responsive, and more durable.

The average Latex mattress will perform at least eight to ten years before it needs replacing. Other benefits include minimal off-gassing and excellent motion isolation.

Hybrid Mattress Construction

Designed to minimize drawbacks associated with specific mattress materials, hybrid mattresses consist of a pocketed support core similar to innerspring mattresses and a comfort layer featuring at least two inches of either memory foam, latex, or both.

Top rated by many sleepers, a hybrid mattress represents the best of both worlds, boasting a sleep layer that supports spinal alignment while relieving pressure points.

Material and Construction Comparison Chart

Mattress Type Budget Pros Cons Construction (Comfort Layer) Construction (Support Layer)
Innerspring Mattress
Low to Mid-Range Pricing
Widely available​, Good for Sex​, Low to High firmness options.
Wears out over time, Most lack quality Springs, Can be noisy during movement, Low motion isolation buffer.
Made from two or less inches of memory or polyfoam.
Four types of Springs - Offset Coils, Pocket Coils, Continous Wire Coils, and Bonnell Coils.
Memory Foam Mattress
Low to Mid-Range Pricing
Conforms to your body, Affordable options, Excellent motion isolation
May produce strong smells and off-gassing, Poor edge support, Difficult to move on, Retains heat and Moisture, Compresses, and hardens after long periods of use.
Minimum of two inches of memory foam or polyfoam.
High-Density Polyfoam
Latex Mattress
Middle To High Range Pricing
Natural options available, Excellent Conforming ability, Durable.
Expensive, Limited availability, Poor edge support.
Latex
High-Density Foam, Coils or Latex
Hybrid Mattress
Middle To High Range Pricing
Excellent conformity to the body and support, Better temperature regulation compared to all-foam mattresses, Motion isolation, Wide variety of firmness options, Good Edge support.
Some off-gassing, Extremely costly compared to all foam and innerspring models, Heavier than foam and innerspring mattresses
Minimum of 3 inches Viscoelastic foam, polyfoam, or other materials such as buckling column gel, micro-coils, etc.
Pocketed Coil

Additional Factors When Buying A Mattress Online

Firmness

Mattress firmness refers to how hard or soft the mattress feels to an individual sleeper based mainly on materials found on the topmost layer. 

These layers, also known as comfort layers, are designed to provide a buffer and to cushion the sleeper from dense materials found in the support layer. The firmness setting tells how closely a mattress will conform to a sleeper’s body.

So while many companies talk about universal firmness and comfort, your body weight and sleeping positions should be the sole determining factor on the type of support and mattress you need. 

First, body weight plays an essential role in how a mattress will conform to you. The heavier you are, the more likely you will require a firmer mattress to keep your body aligned without sinking in too much. On the contrary, the lighter you are, a plusher and softer comfort layer will be more suitable for you.

Secondly, it’s vital to understand which sleeping positions do you tend to take through the night. While there are many sleeping positions, we categorize them broadly into positions: side, stomach, back, and a combination of two or more. Sleeping positions can affect your health much more than you think, and it’s necessary to find a mattress that supports that position.

Side sleeping requires a plush firmness setting to accommodate conformity to your hips and shoulders. Stomach and Back sleeping requires an even and firm surface that prevents heavier sections of the body from sinking further in than lighter areas.

For combination sleepers, it’s necessary to find a mattress firmness that will accommodate both. This firmness tends to range from a medium-soft to a medium-firm setting.

Weight Side Sleeper Back Sleeper Stomach Sleeper
Light Weight (Less Than 60Kg)
Plush - Medium Plush
Medium Plush - Medium Firm
Medium Plush - Medium Firm
Medium Weight (60Kg To 100Kg)
Medium Plush - Medium Firm
Medium Firm - Firm
Medium Plush - Medium Firm
Heavy Weight (More Than 100Kg)
Medium Firm - Firm
Firm - Very Firm
Medium Firm - Firm
Do note that this chart serves as a guide, and firmness preferences are ultimately subjective. You should either do extensive testing or find a company that has flexible returns and risk-free trial periods.

Budget

Mattress prices can vary from each brand, ranging anywhere below $200 to more than $6,000. However, an average mattress can cost anywhere in between, depending on the types of materials used. This diagram is an overview of mattress prices based on brands, size, materials, and construction.

A way to gauge how much to spend is spreading the cost over seven years since all good mattresses should last for at least that long. Experts recommend spending anywhere between $200 – $500/year for a mattress, giving you a budget range of $1,400 – $3,500. Spending less than $57/year for a mattress is far too little especially when its an important part of daily life. It’s anybody’s guess on the type and quality of materials used.

It’s important to remember that good quality sleep will have a huge impact on your body, health, and happiness. So you don’t want to sacrifice self-care just to save a few dollars. I recommend you to spend a tad more to get a quality bed for long term durability and comfort.

Additional Factors When Buying A Mattress Online

So before you go buying a mattress for sale in Singapore, take some time to look at some additional pointers that are important to keep in mind. You don’t want to be caught unprepared by unfavorable terms and conditions.

Refunds and Return Policies

Online retailers tend to have a relaxed policy toward refunds and returns compared to traditional mattress companies. However, do take note that most retailers we found charged a restocking fee or have some limitations to how many mattresses can be returned by each household. Always read the fine print before making any purchase.

The Marble Sleep Company has no restrictions or hidden fees for returns and is extremely flexible in this regard. They send delivery partners to pick up your returned mattress for recycling at no additional fees making it a completely risk-free experience.

Mattress Delivery

More often than not, online retailers offer free shipping and deliveries. However, it’s crucial to check what delivery includes. For example, some mattress providers only offer a front door delivery; ideally, you’ll want to find a delivery that provides moving the mattress into your home and assembling it for you.

Also, please find out how long it’ll take before the mattress gets to you; sometimes retailers drop ship their products from overseas, you don’t want to be stuck at home waiting for more than a week to get your mattress.

The Marble Sleep Company offers free next-day shipping but charges $20.00 on assembly and $30.00 to remove your old mattress; both options are optional for you to choose from on checkout. However, if you have a disability or are physically impaired, your shipping, removal of your old mattress, and assembly charges are entirely free.

Trial Periods

Unlike buying mattresses at a Singapore sale, testing out a mattress isn’t an option when purchasing one online. As such, many online retailers offer generous trial periods ranging anywhere from a single month to three months. During the span of the trial period, you are entitled to return the mattress if you aren’t happy with your purchase and receive a full refund without any hidden charge.

The Marble Sleep Company offers a 100 Night risk-free trial for every mattress purchase made with them. Their policies are pretty consumer-friendly, even making exceptions and issuing full refunds for mattresses that went beyond the trial period. I guess it’s nice to know a company doesn’t want you to be stuck with a mattress that doesn’t suit you.

Customer Service and After Sales Care

Before purchasing from a particular company, try looking through customer reviews to see if any red flags come up. You don’t have to go far before finding reviews and stories of companies becoming unresponsive, leaving customers to defects and issues unresolved.

You can read reviews of The Marble Sleep Co here

Mattress Warranty

Mattress warranties can last anywhere between two to fifteen years, sometimes going as far as a lifetime warranty. When looking through a warranty, it’s critical to find out how long your type of mattress construction usually lasts. A good example is a latex mattress that typically has a lifespan of up to eight years, so you’ll want to try and find a warranty for a latex mattress going beyond that eight years if possible.

But bearing that in mind, The Better Sleep Council also recommends replacing all good quality mattresses after seven years regardless of warranty lengths. Remember also to find out what the warranty covers. Most warranties cover physical defects but not normal wear and tear after prolonged use. And just in case you need more tips on the matter, we included some general information from CASE Singapore as well.

The Marble Sleep Co offers a ten-year warranty that covers physical defects as long as the mattress is used as intended and not abused.😅

Sustainability

While this may not always be the most crucial factor for everyone, climate change has made sustainability a significant issue for us all. At the same time, sustainability does not always encompass environmental commitments. Understanding the materials that go into manufacturing, the origins of your mattress, how it was made, and by whom are all important questions to ask before making a purchase decision. 

The Marble Sleep Co responsibly sources premium materials from across the world, including Korea and North America. They also have a factory in North Carolina that manufactures parts of the mattress before a full assembly in Hong Kong (People’s Republic of China). They also partake in the California Transparency In Supply Chains Act, publicly displaying their commitment and efforts to eradicate human trafficking and modern slavery in their operations, which is extremely important for me personally. 😤 Child labor, no thanks!

Health Certifications and Safety

Apart from having a good sleep, one of the most overlooked factors is the materials used in a mattress and how it affects respiratory health. Memory foams and the core of your mattress often contain fiberglass and other toxic byproducts

However, while this is a significant concern, mattress companies have recently started allowing customers to remove the covers for washing, exposing the full core of the mattress to the user without them knowing the potential harm caused. It’s best to find a mattress that doesn’t reveal the mattress core while allowing you to remove the cover for washing (because it’s a great feature to have).

The Marble Sleep Co and their Maranta Mattress enable the top fabric cover to be removed and reattached after wash, without exposing any part of the mattress. 

Apart from minimizing exposure to any mattress core, the other important aspect is to find out if the materials used in the mattress have gone through any health and safety certifications. There are a few well-known certifications out there. One leading foam certification company belongs to a not-for-profit organization known as CertiPUR-US.

CertiPUR-US certifies foams and mattresses not made with chemicals that hurt the ozone, nor contain mercury, lead, formaldehyde, and phthalates, which cause health issues. Many mattress companies in Singapore are not certified, leaving anyone guessing what’s in that mattress core. Yikes 🤔

You can cross-check the CertiPUR-US company directory here.

CertiPUR-US has certified The Marble Sleep Co, Tempur-Pedic, and Baton Sleep, which is assuring on the health front.

So before making a purchase ask the retailer if any known certification organization or laboratory certifies them. Here are some similar standards to CertiPUR-US:

eco-INSTITUT in Germany.

OEKO-TEX®

GREENGUARD Certification

Pros & Cons of Buying A Mattress Online

Lets lay out the upsides and the downsides of buying that dream mattress online.

And just to set the record straight, strolling through a store to lay on the many mattresses available can definitely be a plus when shopping for a mattress. But keep in mind that laying on a mattress for a few minutes is nothing compared to sleeping on one for a few nights. Sleep Trials are the best way of going forward.

Pros

  • Purchasing mattresses online takes less time compared to in-person shopping. It gives you a broader range of mattresses to choose from without leaving the convenience of your home.
  • Mattresses sold online are often priced lower and made up of higher quality compared to brick-and-mortar stores.
  • Online retailers provide full mattress and product specifications; this information is difficult to find in a store.
  • Mattress salespeople tend to pressure you into buying expensive mattress models. You get a better pace to choose and deliberate when making a purchase online.
  • Online retailers usually include free delivery, which is not the case when buying directly from a mattress store.
  • Online mattress retailers offer low return fees compared to brick-and-mortar retailers. Some online retailers even have a 100% risk-free shopping experience with no hidden charges when returning a purchase. 

Cons

  • You can’t test out that mattress unless you visit a store.
  • Most online retailers only provide deliveries up to the front door, leaving you to move and assemble the mattress yourself.
  • Only some online mattress retailers will remove your old mattress for free. Some companies, such as The Marble Sleep Co will provide this service for an additional charge.
  • Entering a physical store often provides you personal customer assistance across different mattress brands as showrooms tend to carry multiple types of mattresses. Customer service from online retailers tends to have lesser knowledge of different brands.

Summary

As you can probably tell, we are obsessed with getting the best sleep and mattress for you. Having a well-rested night helps you stay alert, sharp, and focused. Not to mention the fact that everyone loves a comfy place to lay down after a long hard day at work.

I hope this guide was helpful, and you were able to take away some essential things before making that huge purchase. If you felt this buying guide is useful, please take a moment to share it with your family and friends.

Did we miss anything important? If so, I would love to hear about it. Let us know all about your buying journey in the comments below.

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