best mattress singapore review

While a mattress is a big-ticket purchase, it is one of the things that are absolutely worth investing in! Lack of quality sleep seeps into every facet of our life, from poor health, decreased work performance, and strained relationships.

When it comes to mattresses, the cheapest prices do not necessarily translate into the best value. For example, cheap mattresses found on generic online marketplaces like Shopee and Lazada or the travelling pasar malam may cost just a few hundred. But these are typically simple innerspring mattresses, an outdated bedding support system that we do not recommend. It would be like driving a car with wooden seats and no air-conditioning to save costs!

With advances in material science, manufacturing methods, and our understanding of what creates restful painless sleep, modern mattresses come with a plethora of technologies that make them supportive for more body types, help you stay cooler, and with longer lifespans. Because of the materials and engineering involved, the best mattresses will not be the cheapest but they provide more bang for your buck!

That said, you should not use price as a gauge of mattress quality and always try them before purchase. To make your choice easier, we have tried out and reviewed countless mattresses to sort the cream from the crop, and find the mattress technologies that actually work! Read about how each mattress feels below!

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Top 7 Mattresses in Singapore

Origin Hybrid Pro Mattress

Origin Hybrid Pro Mattress Review

$1299.00

Overall Rating: 
8.5 out of 10 stars (8.5 / 10)

 

  • Firmness: 7 / 10
  • Support: 8.5 / 10
  • Edge support: No
  • Support layer: 7-Zone Pocketed Titanium Coils
  • Comfort layers: Graphite Crystal Latex Foam + Cooling Gel-infused Foam
  • Mattress height: 30 cm
  • Motion isolation: Yes
  • Trial and warranty: 120-night Trial; 15-year Warranty
  • Delivery and setup: Free Same-day Delivery; Bed-in-a-box
  • Size: Queen

The Origin Hybrid Pro mattress boasts a pocketed spring support base, which we always recommend over innerspring for its durability and ability to support each part of your body individually. Pocketed springs are also preferred over full-foam technologies for mattresses in Singapore because they generally allow better ventilation through the mattress bulk and reduce heat retention.

Like all well-designed mattresses, the Origin Hybrid Pro gets creative with its comfort layering, which disguises the fact that it is a pocketed spring mattress – it feels just like a quality foam mattress, but with the durability and support specificity of pocketed springs. The pillow-top feels almost too soft when depressed with a fist or sitting on a spot, but was actually really resilient and supportive to lie down on. It seems like the pillow-top has two different characters depending on the weight profile placed upon it: it forms around and swallows when pressure is applied over a small area, but becomes resilient and buoyant when pressure is applied over a larger area.

We believe this to be due to the creative layering of firstly a responsive latex foam, followed by a pressure relieving foam under that in the pillow-top. When done carefully, the layering of foams with different resilience can create a composite layer that allows the bouncy latex foam to dominate and support the bulk of the body’s weight, while invoking the pressure-relieving properties of memory foam in areas that experience more pressure over a smaller area.

The result is a mattress that forms around the curvatures of a body without the feeling of sinking into a marshmallow. The Origin Hybrid Pro is buoyant enough to allow the shoulders to roll back and adaptive enough so that the spine retains its natural curvatures without feeling excessive pressure anywhere, which should minimize soreness and aching joints in the morning! Hip-heavy sleepers may find that their hips sink just a hair too deep into the extra-plush comfort layer, but not enough to cause discomfort. Because of the plushness, edge support is also somewhat lacking.

Also worth highlighting is how much attention is paid to heat dispersion in the Origin Hybrid Pro’s design. While it’s popular for many mattresses now to incorporate thermally-conductive fabric on the sleeping surface of the mattress, these are often only cool to initial touch and seem more effective in showrooms than they really are. The Origin Hybrid Pro incorporates thermally-conductive “cooling” gels into every foam layer present in the mattress, which should help conduct heat away from your body into the better ventilated spring layers. In the hot and stuffy tropical climate of Singapore, this could be an important factor in how rested you wake up if you sleep in a room without air conditioning!

IKEA VESTERÖY Mattress

IKEA VESTEROY VESTERÖY Mattress Review

$349.00

Overall Rating: 
8 out of 10 stars (8 / 10)

 

  • Firmness: 7.5 / 10
  • Support: 7.5 / 10
  • Edge support: Yes
  • Support layer: Pocketed Steel Springs
  • Comfort layers: Polyurethane Foam
  • Mattress height: 20 cm
  • Motion isolation: No
  • Trial and warranty: 365-day Returns; 10-year Guarantee
  • Delivery and setup: From $70.00 2-5 Days Delivery; Bed-in-a-box
  • Size: Queen

At $349, the VESTERÖY is one of the cheapest pocket spring mattresses you’ll find around. The IKEA VESTERÖY mattress sports a pocketed spring core with a regular polyurethane foam comfort layer, and we found the combination to be the most comfortable among IKEA’s budget models. The IKEA VESTERÖY was definitely supportive to lie on when new and the pocketed spring system does a great job at supporting each part of the body and keeping the hips buoyant.

While the comfort layer has a cozy texture and does a nice job at conforming to the curves of the body, heavier sleepers may compress the comfort layer enough to feel the hard pocketed spring foundation below. One of our heavier reviewers felt that contacting the flat pocketed spring foundation also caused his thoracic (upper) back to flatten when lying on his back, which could lead to postural changes and pain over an extended period of time. However, this can be alleviated to a certain extent with a pillow of adequate height to support the neck and restore natural curvature to the thoracic spine, and should not be a problem for most regular-sized people.

Like the older IKEA HÖVÅG, there also seems to be a little problem with heat retention as it became a little stuffy after laying down for 15 minutes without turning over. This is not unexpected even in pricier mattresses that use such plush polyurethane foam comfort layers and do not also incorporate heat-dispersion technology.

IKEA’s mattresses are known to have a problem with durability, wearing down in just a few years, and the materials did feel a little less premium than the other mattresses we reviewed. Granted, for the price of other quality mattresses you could probably purchase the  mattress several times over. However, it is important to remember you’ll also have to pay shipping for this hefty item each time you purchase, which can come up to almost $100 per delivery. There’ll also be intermittent periods where your mattress is wearing down that you experience poor sleep. It is better to invest in one quality mattress you can rely on for quality sleep every night than one that you have to worry about replacing every now and then, especially when you are exhausted.

However, if you require a mattress with above-average ergonomics only for a year or two and do not want splurge, the IKEA VESTERÖY gets our stamp of approval as a mattress that punches way way above its price point!

King Koil The Seasons Mattress

King Koil The Seasons Mattress Review

$1906.00

Overall Rating: 
7 out of 10 stars (7 / 10)

 

  • Firmness: 9 / 10
  • Support: 6.5 / 10
  • Edge support: Yes
  • Support layer: 5-Zone Pocketed Spring
  • Comfort layers: 100% Natural Latex Foam
  • Mattress height: 25 cm
  • Motion isolation: No
  • Trial and warranty: 15-year Guarantee
  • Delivery and setup: Free 5-day Delivery;
  • Size: Queen

The King Koil “The Seasons” Mattress is the perfect choice for sleepers after a very specific sleeping surface and want to layer on their own customized comfort layers. As comfort layers usually wear out before the spring foundations, adding your own comfort layers has the additional advantage of significantly extending the life of your mattress, since you can replace just the comfort layers when they wear out. It is also an excellent choice for seniors who grew up sleeping on extra firm mattresses and prefer such a traditional mattress over plush pillow-top ones.

The construction of the King Koil “The Seasons” Mattress is a pocketed spring foundation with a natural latex comfort layer. However, the fill of the comfort layer is quilted into thin diamond-shaped pouches each just a few centimeters thick, and the ribbing in between pouches seems to be in contact with the pocketed spring foundation with no cushioning at all. While this minimal padding is sufficient to make “The Seasons” mattress feel more like soft earth than hard marble and prevent sore spots, it is also not thick enough to fill in the positive curvatures of the spine – especially in the lumbar (lower) back. We felt as if prolonged sleeping on such a firm and rather unyielding surface would lead to spinal flattening over time. Side-sleeping in a neutral spinal alignment will also be nearly impossible.

Nevertheless, the quality and support of the 5-zone pocketed spring support layer really shines! Even without a plush comfort layer, the pocketed springs are able to conform somewhat to neutral spinal curvature and keep the hips buoyed. A comfort layer can be created by strapping a mattress topper on top of the mattress. This DIY approach has several advantages:

  1. Foam comfort layers usually degrade and lose substantial support even while the pocket sprung support layer works just like new. Mattresses that come with an attached comfort layer will have to be replaced entirely. However, mattress toppers can simply be replaced with new mattress toppers when they lose support – for a fraction of the price of a mattress! This method allows savvy sleepers to take full advantage of the longevity of King Koil mattresses.
  2. You can customize the comfort layer’s feel to your own desires by using different densities and different foams e.g memory foam, latex etc.

A mattress topper acts just like a removable comfort layer, which will optimize the support provided by the exceptional pocketed springs of “The Seasons” mattress by conforming to the natural curves of our bodies.

Simmons BeautySleep Discovery I Mattress

Simmons Beautysleep Discovery I Mattress Review

$1572.00

Overall Rating: 
7 out of 10 stars (7 / 10)

 

  • Firmness: 7 / 10
  • Support: 7.5 / 10
  • Edge support: Yes
  • Support layer: Pocketed Spring
  • Comfort layers: Polyurethane Foam
  • Mattress height: 20 cm
  • Motion isolation: No
  • Trial and warranty: 10-year Limited Warranty
  • Delivery and setup: Free 3-5 day Delivery
  • Size: Queen

The Simmons BeautySleep Discovery I is a mattress for those who prefer something closer to the traditional spring mattresses of old. It utilizes a thin foam comfort layer quilted on top of a pocketed spring support foundation. Because of this thinness of the comfort layer, we found that the Simmons BeautySleep Discovery I allows the body to sink through and sort of rest atop the pocketed springs, which is great for sleepers who find the stubborn firmness of a traditional spring mattress reassuring as they try to fall asleep. At the same time, the comfort layer is just thick enough for one not to feel the individual springs underneath. Even though Simmons rates the BeautySleep Discovery I as a 5 for firmness – which we find to be true of the thin comfort layer alone – the actual sleeping experience feels significantly firmer because of the thinness of of the comfort layer.

For most sleepers who prefer the feel of a hybrid mattress, the inability of the comfort layer to completely fill and support the curvatures of the body may feel foreign and uncomfortable. We also could not achieve neutral spine alignment while side-sleeping.

That said, the suitability of a mattress is highly specific to each individual’s body weight, shape, mass distribution, and sleeping habits! The quality of the Simmons pocketed spring foundation at this price point makes it a great choice for sleepers with gentler body contours or who prefer the stubbornness of a traditional spring mattress. A thinner comfort layer also means that the support of the mattress doesn’t significantly change as the comfort layer degrades, allowing its support to stay consistent for longer. Like all traditional mattresses, the Simmons BeautySleep Discovery I also has excellent edge support.

Sealy Posturepedic® Elevate Ultra Texas Firm Mattress

Sealy PosturePedic Elevate Ultra Texas Firm Mattress Review

$5149.00

Overall Rating: 
8 out of 10 stars (8 / 10)

 

  • Firmness: 7.5 / 10
  • Support: 9 / 10
  • Edge support: Yes
  • Support layer: AlignSupport™ Titanium Interlocking Springs
  • Comfort layers: Polyurethane Foam
  • Mattress height: 20 cm
  • Motion isolation: No
  • Trial and warranty: 10-year Guarantee
  • Delivery and setup: Free 5-day Delivery
  • Size: Queen

This is the Firm version of the Texas model from Sealy’s Posturepedic® Elevate Ultra range, and it is one of the most supportive mattresses we have tested. If you are looking for the best support you can find without consideration for price, the Elevate Ultra Texas Firm is one mattress you have to try.

Contrary to the majority of mattresses that we love, the Sealy Posturepedic® Elevate Ultra range sports an innerspring system rather than pocketed coils as its support layer underneath a plush foam pillow-top. Unlike regular springs, the AlignSupport™ springs are a marvel of engineering that is more compressible along its top most segment but becomes much firmer along its lower segment. The compressible top segment of the springs allow the mattress to still adapt to your body’s contours and support, which overcomes the main downside of innerspring support systems (over-generalized non-contouring support). For heavier parts of the body that sink further down e.g shoulders, hips, the firm lower segment takes over and provides additional pushback. In essence, the variation of springiness along the length of each AlignSupport™ spring enables the Elevate Ultra Texas Firm to provide the exceptional support that adapts to different pressures  usually achieved through careful layering of several foam types in other mattresses. One upside to achieving adaptive support through this innovative spring system is that springs tend to stand up to wear and tear much longer than foam comfort layers, so the Elevate Ultra Texas should maintain a consistent quality of support for longer. However, the proprietary technology also comes at a much heftier price tag!

The comfort layer of the Sealy Posturepedic® Elevate Ultra Texas Firm Mattress is a plush layer of polyurethane foam – nothing too fancy as the heavy lifting is done by the AlignSupport™ springs. All our reviewers felt extremely well supported by the mattress and the plush foam was also adequate for pressure-relief as well as side-sleeping. Because its contouring ability comes from its springs, the mattress is able to consistently hold the spine in neutral alignment for an extended duration. This is in contrast to some mattresses reliant on foam layers for contouring support – foam can soften in response to body heat causing some foam mattresses to lose some support after a few minutes of being laid on.

The Sealy Posturepedic® Elevate Ultra Texas Firm Mattress also comes with an Ice-Touch fabric that is cool to initial skin contact. However, in our experience such superficial cooling methods are most effective in the first few minutes, just like holding on to a cool metal bar. Sustained temperature regulation throughout the night depends on whether the foams have thermal-conductive properties and the ventilation through the spring layers of the mattress.

Tempur® ONE™ Firm Mattress

Tempur® ONE™ Firm Mattress Review

$2999.00

Overall Rating: 
9 out of 10 stars (9 / 10)

 

  • Firmness: 6 / 10
  • Support: 8.5 / 10
  • Edge support: Yes
  • Support layer: TEMPUR® Material
  • Comfort layers: TEMPUR® Material
  • Mattress height: 20 cm
  • Motion isolation: Yes
  • Trial and warranty: 10-year Warranty
  • Delivery and setup: Free 7-day Delivery
  • Size: Queen

The Tempur® ONE™ Firm is what memory foam mattresses were meant to be – and not the sweaty and mushy quicksand pits that swallow you whole. If you are sensitive to soreness from pressure, prefer to feel like you are floating when you sleep, have exaggerated body contours, or are dominantly a side sleeper, the Tempur® ONE™ is for you.

Most of the full memory foam mattresses we have tried feel stiff at first, but start to swallow you as the memory foam under your body softens in response to body heat. As you sink (and sink) and the surrounding foam rises around you, it starts to feel like you are trapped in bread dough – and often in a non-neutral alignment. After you struggle to climb out of this unsupportive body-shaped hole, the imprint often remains for several minutes, which encourages your body to roll back into it.

The entire Tempur® ONE™ mattress is made of the proprietary “TEMPUR® Material”, which is still essentially a viscoelastic memory foam – but one that is unique to Tempur®. The mattress feels deceptively soft when a palm is pressed into it, but becomes surprisingly buoyant when one lies upon it – almost like Tatalay latex foam. While back-sleeping, the Tempur® ONE™ is able to keep hips buoyed, support the spine in quite a neutral position by conforming around the contours of the body, and allow the shoulders to fall back instead of rolling forwards. For side-sleeping, it accepts the shoulders and hips while filling in and supporting the waist. This ability to behave differently towards different pressures is perhaps due to variation in foam density or composition along its depth.

Compared to most other full memory foam mattresses we’ve tested, the Tempur® ONE™ is already plush to sleep on from the first instance, and also does not soften significantly with body heat and swallow you whole. It also doesn’t leave a body imprint that is hard to get out of – if you change positions during the night, the Tempur® ONE™ mattress floats you in your new position right away. It also has surprisingly decent edge support for a memory foam mattress, although it is hard to tell if this will last with use. Like all memory foam mattresses, motion isolation is almost perfect.

The main difference between the Tempur® ONE™ and hybrid mattresses with a spring support system is that the Tempur® ONE™ disperses pressure so effectively that no particular body part feels any more pressure than another. After a few minutes, this translates into a sensation of “weightlessness” – as if we were floating on a bed filled with thick, viscous gel. This is perhaps because the Tempur® ONE™ has a substantially thicker layer of foam compared to the comfort layers of hybrid mattresses. While it may feel like the most comfortable mattress for sleepers who enjoy the weightless sensation or suffer from pressure-induced soreness, it may not be the best choice for sleepers who find the pressure of a firm spring mattress reassuring.

Because the physical characteristics of foam can change significantly with temperature and the Tempur® ONE™ relies entirely on Tempur® foam for support, the support and firmness of the Tempur® ONE™ may vary significantly especially if you sleep in a non-air conditioned environment. We also opine that a full foam mattress is not the best choice for an non-air conditioned bedroom because of the lack of airflow through the mattress layer, which can cause the mattress to trap heat. The Tempur® ONE™ does come with an option to be equipped with CoolTouch fabric for an additional fee. However, such superficial heat dispersion methods only feel cool for the first few minutes and may not even be felt if you use a mattress protector on your mattress.

The Tempur® ONE™ comes in Medium and Firm, but we found the Medium a little too soft to support the hips after a few minutes.

Seahorse Crystal Foam Mattress

Seahorse Crystal Foam Mattress

$501.00

Overall Value
5 out of 10 stars (5 / 10)

 

  • Support: 6 / 10
  • Firmness: 9 / 10
  • Support Layer: High-density PU Foam
  • Comfort Layer: None
  • Mattress Height: 17 cm
  • Size: Queen

Sea Horse hails from Hong Kong and is one of the most popular budget mattresses in Singapore. The Sea Horse Crystal mattress seems to be made entirely of a high-density PU Foam. At just 17 cm thick, the offering seems to be a mattress core without comfort layers. We found this to be extremely firm, yet not optimally supportive. When sleeping on your back, the mattress pushes your hips to the surface and doesn’t support the arch in the lower back enough. There’ll also be too much pressure on the shoulder if you lie on your side, pushing your spine out of neutral alignment and perhaps causing sore shoulders. Unless you like the feeling of sleeping on an almost solid block, the Crystal mattress will not feel comfortable on its own.

However, the PU foam itself feels pretty solid and responsive – suitable as a support layer. If you are on a budget, or already own one, we recommend using a foam mattress topper to introduce a comfort layer to the mattress. A memory foam mattress topper will feel less firm and cradle your body, while a latex mattress topper will be more responsive and bouncy.

What is overall rating?

Overall rating describes how comfortable a mattress feels to our raters altogether. These ratings are the subjective opinion of our raters and may not reflect your experience. What is more important is to analyse the features and benefits of each mattress and decide if they match your needs!

Firmness vs support

Firmness refers to how difficult it is to compress the top layers of the mattress. Choosing a firmness comes down to whether you sleep more comfortably feeling the pressure of a surface against your body, or if you enjoy feeling “weightless”.

Support is affected by firmness but it is a very different thing. Support refers to how well a mattress holds your spine in its neutral stress-free position throughout your sleep. A supportive mattress tilts your pelvis backwards, fills in your lumbar curve, cradles your thoracic curve, and keeps your body aligned as if you were standing upright and relaxed. A firmer mattress is not always more supportive: a surface that is too hard (like a floor) will be unable to fill in and support the curves of your body, and a mattress that is too soft may curve your body like a hammock.

Kinetic Pin Bed

An extremely hard but supportive bed!

Types of mattress support layers

A traditional innerspring mattress consists of 2 metal wireframes grids that form the two surfaces of the mattress, connected by a matrix of springs. Without the fabric cover, it looks like a metal hammock. As heavier parts of your body like your hip sink more into the mattress, it also pulls down on the surrounding frame, which takes away support from these surrounding body parts. This feels like the mattress isn’t contacting or supporting your lower back, so your muscles stay active to maintain spinal alignment and this leads to poor sleep as well as lower back tightness in the morning. If you sleep with a partner, a simple innerspring mattress can also transmit vibrations from their movements much more than foam mattresses or hybrid pocketed coil mattresses do. Because of their simple construction, innerspring mattresses are usually the cheapest.

innerspring mattress frame

An innerspring mattress frame.

Pocketed spring (or pocketed coil) mattresses house each individual spring in its own breathable fabric pocket. Each spring compresses independently, so a pocketed spring mattress provides motion isolation as well as specific support for each body part. Pocketed spring mattresses tend to last longer than innerspring and full-foam mattresses before sagging or losing support. Because air can pass between the springs, spring mattresses disperse body heat into the environment better than full-foam mattresses. In general, pocketed spring mattresses are the best option for the Singapore climate.

Most pocketed spring mattresses are also hybrid mattresses, which means they come with a comfort layer that further improves contouring support provided by the springs, and help you avoid feeling the hard springs underneath.

pocketed coil mattress cross-section

Cross-section of a hybrid mattress with pocketed coils.

Full-foam mattresses can be made of latex, memory foam, regular polyurethane, or a combination of all. Full-foam mattresses disperse motion as well as alleviate pressure best. However, they can become hot due to the lack of ventilation through the entire mattress. In addition, the support they provide is temperature sensitive. In general, foam mattresses degrade quicker, though the range of lifespans is wide depending on the quality of the foam used.

full latex mattress

A full latex foam mattress.

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