What is the Best Mattress in Singapore? Surely it’s not Latex!

“Not Latex! It is one of the worst and bad for the back too.”

Given that we spend a third of our lives on our beds, it is no wonder that Singaporeans are looking for the best mattresses online. For a healthy, restful sleep, we must choose the right mattress. The right mattress can make all the difference in your bedroom, no matter whether you've just moved, or you're looking to upgrade it. Latex mattresses seem to have grown both in popularity and misconception in recent years.

Wanted: Latex

Latex mattresses have a bad rap. It is the named culprit for mattress crimes such as back pain, sleep surface allergies, sweltering sleep and short durability. Due to its association with hospital gloves, condoms, and latex mattresses in general, consumers with limited knowledge of latex mattresses may have misconceptions about natural latex mattresses in particular. In the mind of the uninitiated consumers, even “latex” sounds synthetic, closer to the word “plastic” than “natural”, bringing to mind “plastic” rather than “natural”.

Let us debunk top 7 myths about Latex Mattresses.

7 Myths About Latex Mattresses


● Latex Mattress is not environmentally friendly
False. Latex is considered by some to be an artificial, synthetic material. As a matter of fact, the opposite is true. Natural materials such as latex are made by harvesting saps from rubber trees. Natural latex mattresses are made by mixing this sap with other organic items.

● Latex Mattress Is Too Hot For Comfort
Air can freely flow around the well placed pinholes in Latex mattresses, making them a cooler sleep surface. If you experience heat during the night, the main cause is likely the mattress protector or bedsheet which traps in heat as you sleep.

● Latex Mattress Triggers Skin Allergies
On the contrary, latex has a natural resistance to mold and dust mites, two of the leading causes of mattress-based allergies. Additionally, a natural latex mattress does not have harmful chemicals that some added in the manufacturing process to ward off dust mites and mold. If you suffer from sleep surface related allergies, a latex mattress could relieve your symptoms.

● Latex Mattress is Too Soft and, therefore, Bad for the Back
Its natural comfort and cushioning properties make latex mattresses one of the best choice for supporting your body and helps in proper spine alignment during sleep. Natural latex mattresses conform to your body's contours from head to toe, just like memory foam mattresses do. Through a good pressure distribution, heavier body parts, such as the hips will sink comfortably in, while the rest will be supported naturally.

● Latex is Susceptible to Motion Disturbance When Bed Sharing
Here's another myth you might have heard. Natural latex mattresses don't move as the bad press would have you believe. The viscosity and density of a natural latex mattress best keeps you confined in one spot and prevents you from rolling into your partner.

● Latex Mattress is Expensive
Although latex mattresses are more expensive than traditional mattresses, it is important to determine the true cost by taking into account the life expectancy of the mattress. These mattresses become a fiscally sound investment when you contemplate its longer lifespan.

● Latex is Not Durable
Nothing can be further from the truth. As a result of latex's natural properties, they provide better elasticity, flexibility and durability. With natural latex mattresses, the sheets are created from the milky extract of the rubber tree. Mattresses produced from these raw materials are among the most durable in the market.

What Really is Latex?

To create a supportive and high resistent sleeping surface, latex mattresses usually include either springs or reflex foam encased in latex foam. Originally discovered by Dunlopillo in the early 1900s, latex is a substance made from rubber tree sap. In 1937, Dunlopillo created the first mattresses and pillows whose sole component was latex foam. These mattresses and pillows offered incredible comfort and pressure relief.

Due to the fact that latex is a natural material, some latex mattresses are curated with natural fillings for a complete natural product.

How Many Types of Latex Mattresses Are There in Singapore?

Latex mattresses generally come in many varieties. However, they can be broadly categorised into the Talalay or Dunlop method. In both processes the rubber tree is tapped or slit to collect sap, but it is whipped and prepared differently depending on whether it is adopting the Dunlop or Talalay methodology.

i. Dunlop Latex
A foam is poured into a mold and heated inside an oven until it hardens. This is followed by a wash that removes debris and increases the mattress' longevity without compromising its elasticity. In addition to being eco friendly and fully natural, Dunlop latex has an unvarying density and, generally, more affordable.

ii. Talalay Latex
Due to the extensive process and high energy required to process Talalay latex, its price is higher. Foam is first poured halfway into a mold and then sealed. It is then vacuumed to expand the latex so that it completely fills the mold. Carbon dioxide is then injected into it after it has been frozen. The final product is a gel-like foam, which is then dried, washed, and hardened with heat. In comparison to Dunlop latex, Talalay latex is softer and bouncier.

Do I Need to Get a 100% Latex Mattress
Mattress buying can be really daunting. Every option on the market comes with its own marketing buzz. That makes choosing the right mattress for you a pretty difficult decision. Two mattresses that you are surely going to encounter when you start shopping for a mattress are latex and spring mattresses. Providing luxury, comfort and good night's sleep, both mattresses are premium-grade

Which of these mattresses is the best option for you?

Most consumers who are considering Latex mattresses have 2 immediate needs for their mattresses: comfort and alleviating backaches.

Pain Reduction
Over one third of all-latex mattress users report pain reduction and pain prevention. In addition to relieving pressure points, the mattresses have also prevented or reduced lower back pain. The resilience of latex allows it to support sleepers without imposing excessive pressure on hips and shoulders, but also contours just enough to provide the necessary support.

It is a luxury to sleep on a latex mattress. A latex mattress gives you an amazing cocooned sensation when you first lie down on it, which is followed by a push up support from beneath your weight. A springy surface like latex feels extremely comfortable, and it has a natural springiness.

Hefty Price Tag
The high cost of a full latex mattress is one of the main deterrent for many. Natural latex beds are usually expensive because it takes time and resources to make them. Even though they are cheaper than natural latex beds, synthetic latex mattresses have a higher price tag. Latex has many benefits, but it is also very expensive.

Very Heavy
The density of latex makes it so durable. Mattresses made of latex are significantly heavier and harder to move than other types. This is often a problem when changing bedsheets and rotating mattresses every 3 months.

The Best of Both Mattress Worlds in Singapore

MaxCoil’s Back Essential range of mattresses promise to deliver complete back relief in extreme comfort of latex without the hefty price tag. This collection contours and cushions while supporting even weight distribution to relieve pressure point. Natural Eco Brazilian Latex also works to reduce bodily pressure on the torso and hips to combat lower back pain. It is engineered to ensure optimal spinal alignment for essential lumbar support.

Featuring an added plush layer of supreme natural Belgium latex, memory foam, Back Essential Glow offers luxuriously comforting buoyant support while alleviating and preventing back pain by supporting body contours just enough for optimal spinal alignment.

Getting a new mattress certainly counts as one of life’s major decisions. It is not just a financial investment but one that goes a long way to a better quality of life. As with all important choices, you would want to ensure it is a good one.

A new mattress can be a sizable investment, but taking this step can unlock your ability to sleep better. As with any major purchase, you want to make sure that you choose wisely.



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