Guide to Buying a Mattress in Singapore

The perfect mattress is different for everybody. There is no single option that triumphs over all the rest, because everyone has their own preferences and needs. This means that finding the right mattress can become quite the big undertaking, but it’s a personal decision that’s worth investing time and money in.

To lighten the load of this process, here’s our shopping guide for buying your perfect mattress!

  1. When to replace your mattress

  2. How to test a mattress at the store

  3. What’s inside a mattress and why does it matter?

  4. What mattress you need for your sleeping position

  5. How to find a cooling mattress

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1. When to replace your mattress

Before you think about getting a new one, do you even need to? Here’s when you should replace your mattress:

After 6-8 years

This depends a lot on the quality of your mattress, but six to eight years is the general rule of thumb. Don’t be fooled by a lengthy warranty; they aren’t indicative of the lifespan of your mattress. Warranties protect you from product defects, and don’t cover everyday wear and tear issues. 

If it causes you aches and pains

It goes without saying that if your mattress is doing you more harm than good, it’s time for it to go.

If the mattress sags or has indentations

It’s not just us, mattresses sag with age as well. They develop from uneven concentrations of weight over time, and it means your mattress won’t support you the way it used to. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.

If your body has changed

Whilst injuries and sleep disorders alter what your body needs, a drastic weight change may also affect how your mattress is able to support you. 

You just want an upgrade

Good for you! Roughly ⅔ of mattress owners report higher satisfaction rates after getting a more expensive mattress. Invest in your own comfort and happiness, it’ll be worth it.

2. How to test a mattress at the store

So you’ve decided to get a new mattress, and after a bit of research, found a few mattresses or brands you want to know more about. It’s time to head out and try the mattresses! Here are a few tips:

  • Make sure to bring your partner if you have one, because again, everybody has different preferences. 

  • Familiarise yourself with your own sleeping positions. That way, you can test your comfort levels in those positions.

  • Wear loose clothing! You want to replicate your sleeping environment as much as possible so comfy clothes and taking your shoes off are a must.

  • Take your time with it. Spend about 15 minutes lying on each mattress so you are sure you are happy with it. Just be careful not to actually fall asleep!

  • Make sure you ask about the return policy, the terms of the warranty, and any extra fees such as delivery. You don’t want any surprises down the line.

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3. What’s inside a mattress and why does it matter?

For mattresses, it’s what’s on the inside that matters. Here’s a breakdown of what they’re usually made of, and how it affects your experience!


Innerspring mattresses contain metal support coils which act as the core of the mattress. They are usually complemented by other materials, but as the name suggests, the ‘springiness’ of a mattress comes from this part. Here are the different kinds of coils you can find:

Illustrated guide explaining difference of mattress coils 

Most luxury beds use pocketed coils in their mattresses as a support core, and that includes HipVan. Just so you know.


Foam mattresses are common at home and in hotels because they provide comfort at an affordable price. They even have a reasonable lifespan, if the foam has a high enough density. 

The foam is usually used as a support layer, with the spring layer as the core, combining into a plush and springy experience. You can sleep comfortably on a foam mattress, and maybe even better, knowing you haven’t broken the bank. 

Keep in mind that the toll of time will appear faster with foam mattresses. They might even emit a chemical odour known as ‘off-gassing’. You don’t want to get the blame for that if people get a whiff.

Memory Foam

Memory foam is known for its ability to sink and mould to your body in response to heat and pressure. Then when you get out of bed in the morning, it returns to its original shape. 

It was first developed to support astronauts at NASA during lift off, so you know when it comes to support, it gets the job done. This support means that memory foam mattresses are great for people with back pain and bone related injuries, but it is not known to relieve sleep apnea and other sleep breathing disorders. 

Another perk of memory foam? Very little motion transfer, so if your partner is a turbulent sleeper, you don’t need to worry about it. Speaking of partners, the way memory foam mattresses sink to fit your body means that they aren’t very bouncy. Just something for you to think about.


Made from the sap of a rubber tree, latex is a springy type of foam. Much like memory foam, latex has a similar ability that allows your body to sink into your bed and moulds around you. The difference between them is that latex has that bounce that memory foam does not, and springs back into shape immediately. Sounds too good to be true? Well that’s because it usually costs more, but if you are willing to invest, a durable latex mattress won’t let you down. 

Most latex mattresses these days are a hybrid, containing different combinations of the materials mentioned above. Although latex itself is a natural material, all the other materials are synthetic, and so sadly, fully natural mattresses are tough to come by, and basically never affordable. 

There might not be a perfect mattress that exists in the world that everybody is guaranteed to love, but latex mattresses come close. 

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4. What mattress you need for your sleeping position

Side Sleepers

You’ll need a softer mattress that can contour your body, so your weight is evenly supported. Memory foam is the best at doing this, but innerspring mattresses can get the job done as well.

Front Sleepers

Firmness is very important for front sleepers. If this is your preferred sleeping position, you don’t want to sink into your bed. It might put your body in an awkward position, since that’s just not the way it’s meant to bend. 

Back Sleepers

In order to keep your body supported, back sleepers need a decent level of firmness. However, your mattress can’t be too firm, or your butt will put your back into an uncomfortable position. Basically, you’ll want something somewhere in the middle of firm and plush. 

5. How to find a cooling mattress

Living in tropical Singapore, a cooling mattress is important, especially if you don’t sleep with air conditioning all night. This part is also important if you sleep next to a human shaped heater. We sleep better when we are cooler, so a cooling mattress can be crucial. 

The way that memory foam moulds to your body means that it traps heat. On the other hand, more firm mattresses allow air to flow between your body and the mattress and is more cooling. Natural materials are also more cooling than synthetic materials. So when it comes to cooling, latex mattresses rule. But if you are on a tight budget and worried about the heat, go for normal foam instead of memory foam. 

Your bed frame could also impact the heat retention of your mattress. A fixed slatted base, which is essentially a bunch of horizontal planks, will allow for air to flow to the mattress and help keep it cool. 

Now that you’ve made it here, you’re ready to shop for your perfect mattress! If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out to our customer support team at and we’ll be happy to help!


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