Mattress Buying Guide – How To Choose The Right Mattress In Mattress Stores

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The ultimate guide to navigate a mattress store


If you’ve wondered which type of mattress is for you or what’s with the hype about ‘bed in a box’, you’re at the right page. Heading to mattress stores can be a daunting experience. With a million and one things to look out for, we’ve done the heavy lifting and came up with a handy guide for you. 

Here are all the important things you should keep tabs on and how you can buy your preferred mattresses by asking the right questions. 

Before we deep dive into the mechanics of buying a mattress, here’s a surmised table of mattress sizes in Singapore:

King Size180cm x 190cm
Queen Size150cm x 190cm
Super Single Size 107cm x 190cm
Single Size 90cm x 190cm

1. Which type of mattress is suitable for me?

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There are 3 popular types of mattresses sold in Singapore’s mattress stores – innerspring (spring coil), memory foam, and latex mattresses:

InnerspringMemory foamLatex
Consists of metal coils or springs layered with paddings.Conforms to your body shape and relieves pressure points. Does not contain any metal coils.Made of expensive natural rubber but has an amazing lifespan of up to 20 years.

But more importantly, here’s a run-down on which mattress type best fits your sleeping needs:

BenefitsInnerspringMemory FoamLatex
Minimal motion transfer (motion isolation)✔️✔️✔️
Orthopaedic-approved – relieves body aches and pain✔️✔️
Promotes airflow and releases body heat✔️
Eco-friendly✔️
Affordable (Under $1,800)✔️✔️
Anti-parasitic, anti-microbial, hypoallergenic (Great for anyone with allergies)✔️✔️

Most sleepers who suffer from back pain often choose mattresses made of memory foam or natural latex. If you tend to sweat in the middle of the night, the latter will suit you better.

With the latest breakthrough in mattresses’ technology, however, most brands now offer hybrid mattresses — a combination of memory foam, latex, or gel over a base layer of innerspring. Instead of settling for just one type of mattress, now you can have the best of both worlds.

Tip: Read here to find out why hybrid mattresses are most sleepers’ go-to choice.

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For instance, the Origin Hybrid® Mattress is Singapore’s most supportive mattress yet. Each mattress has a natural latex layer for extra comfort and back support, as well as resistance to hypoallergenic particles. Beneath lies a Cooling Gel Memory Foam for efficient heat release. 

Plus, all Origin mattresses are orthopaedic-approved and have motion isolation – an all-rounded package that suits sleepers with different sleeping patterns.


2. How does the firmness of a mattress affect my sleep?

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If a mattress is too soft, it’s likely a telltale sign of a worn mattress. Likewise, a hard mattress adds pressure to your shoulders and hips, potentially causing long-term damage to your spine. As a rule of thumb, Origin’s orthopaedic team concluded that a 6.2 firmness rating is optimal for anyone weighing 40KG to 120KG. 

However, do note that every sleeping experience is unique for each sleeper. There is no hard and fast formula when it comes to choosing the firmness of a mattress. That is why night trials are important to assess your mattress suitability, which brings us to the next question. 


3. Return-policies – what kind of guarantees can I enjoy?

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Just because you’ve found a reliable, premium mattress, you shouldn’t assume that you’re set for the night. In case of any malfunctions or unsuitability, a risk-free purchase will serve as protection and entitle you a full refund.

One such example is night trials, where customers try out a mattress for 100-120 days without any obligations. This feature is exceptionally useful for first-timers or anyone who are clueless about mattresses or can’t head to mattress stores themselves. Should anything go wrong, you can return the mattress and still get your money back. 


4. Is it worth getting a premium mattress?

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As trivial as it seems, getting a quality mattress can be a life-changer. There are plenty of long-term benefits – body relief, lower stress levels, better posture, and lower cost expenditure. Instead of forking out a hundred dollars every year for cheap mattresses, a premium mattress may incur a large, upfront cost but can last you for up to a staggering 8-10 years

Let’s break it down. A king-sized Origin Hybrid® Mattress retails for $899. Stretch it for over 8 years and you will only pay a mere $0.31 a night. Now, compare it to a cheap mattress with an annual $150 damage and you’ll end up spending $0.41 a night. It’s no wonder why people get up on the wrong side of the bed – both with a dip in their bank account and body aches.


5. Why do people get a mattress topper?

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Mattress Toppers are designed to provide comfort and should not be treated as a cheaper alternative or as an added protection for mattresses. The latter is more commonly known as mattress pads. Here’s a breakdown of what these terms mean:

TypesMattress topperMattress pads
What is it for?Provides extra comfort Protect mattresses from stains

When you’re choosing a mattress topper, it should ideally be about 2-3 inches thick and made with high-density memory foam to relieve pressure points. Bonus points if it doesn’t trap heat so you won’t wake up in your sweat. You can read more about it here.


6. What is ‘box in a bed’ and what’s so special about it?

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A bed in a box is a mattress compressed and rolled into a box for fuss-free shipping. Once opened, the mattress expands into its full size. Online and budget-savvy shoppers love it because they don’t have to shun from salespersons or pay mattresses in stores with hiked up retail prices. 

As such, a bed in a box is much cheaper and often comes with free shipping. Since you can’t try it out beforehand, many mattress brands, such as Origin, offer generous night trials of up to 120 days and have showrooms for a full-on experience.  


Origin Mattress – orthopaedic mattresses from just $399

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To give you a leg up in your mattress buying journey, opt for Origin Hybrid® Mattress – Singapore’s popular choice for those in search for comfort without breaking the bank. The German design has undergone more than 10 product tests and a further 100 density changes before its launch. 

Not to be missed, Origin Mattress is holding a mega sale in Singapore! Each hybrid mattress retails from just $399 (U.P. $699) onwards. Enjoy these perks when you get an Origin Hybrid® Mattress:

  • Hybrid mattress – natural latex + cooling gel memory foam + pocket springs
  • 10-inch cooling hybrid mattress
  • 120-night trial – money-back guarantee, no questions asked!
  • Low disturbance mattress
  • Cooling Tencel cover

Check out this guide as we compare and review different brands — Haylee, Noa, Hipvan (Sleep), and more mattresses you can find in Singapore’s mattress stores.

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