11 best mattresses for back pain: You’re 1 step away from painless mornings

Tired of waking up with back pain? Choosing the right mattress can make all the difference. This guide shows you how to select the best mattress for back pain in Singapore.

How to choose the best mattress for back pain

Back pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including bad daily posture, exertion and disease. One of the most common reasons behind back pain, though, is also one that is most easily rectified: sleeping on the wrong mattress.

If you experience persistent back pain, your choice of mattress must take into account:

  • chronic pain or injuries
  • sleep position
  • body type

Once you identify which of those factors are contributing to the discomfort, you will be able to choose the best back pain mattress for you. There are 3 main factors, namely mattress type, mattress firmness, and your typical sleep position.

Mattress type

There are 4 main types of back pain mattress designs.

  • Memory foam: Memory foam mattresses conform to your body shape, making them perfect for pressure relief and motion isolation. People with back pain will benefit most from using a memory foam mattress. However, the material has a tendency to trap heat.
  • Latex: Latex mattresses provide good support for back pain because of their natural elasticity and are long-lasting. Latex is hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites and mould, so it is good for those with respiratory problems as well as back pain.
  • Innerspring: Innerspring mattresses use a framework of metal coils, each in its own ‘pocket’ for better motion isolation, to provide good support and allow for airflow. However, they do not adapt to body contours as well as other mattress designs.
  • Hybrid: Hybrid mattresses combine some elements of the mattress types above to offer a range of benefits.

Firmness & Sleep position

Mattresses firmness is rated on a scale to 10, with 1 being the softest possible and 10, the firmest. The best back pain mattress will give your spine a firm base to rest upon, with a moderate softness helping to align the backbone as you rest.

  • Firm (7 to 10) – Front sleepers and those who suffer from chronic back pain may benefit the most from the additional support that a firm mattress provides. A mattress that is too firm may increase back pain instead of alleviate it.
  • Medium (6 to 7) – ‘Medium firmness’ is generally accepted to be a rating of 6.5. A medium mattress should be the choice for back sleepers and those with no fixed sleep position.
  • Soft (3 to 6) – A soft mattress is ideal if you suffer from back pain and tend to sleep on your side. The softness of the top layer moulds to the contours of the side of the body to keep the spine aligned.

The best mattress for back pain in Singapore

1. Origin LumbarCloud Mattress

With up to 3,000 titanium springs for optimal natural spinal alignment, the award-winning Origin LumbarCloud Mattress with orthopaedics-approved HexaGrid technology is perfect for sleepers with chronic back & joint conditions. Its graphite foam material is 10 times more cooling than memory foam for comfort beyond a standard back pain mattress.

Mattress for back pain - Origin Lumbarcloud
Credit – Origin
  • Firmness Level(s): Medium (7-8)
  • Material: Graphite Diamond Latex foam
  • Motion Isolation: Enhanced motion cancellation with individual springs & 9 layers
  • Temperature regulation: Highly breathable IceSilk Tencel cover
  • Allergen resistance: Hypoallergenic, anti-parasitic, anti-microbial
  • Trial period: 120 days
  • Warranty: 15 years

Buy now from S$1,999 (U.P.: $3,329) on Origin

2. Heveya Natural Organic Latex Mattress III

Mattress - Heveya Natural Organic Latex Mattress III
Credit – Heveya
  • Firmness Level(s): Soft, Medium, Firm, Half-half
  • Material: 100% natural latex – open-cell foam; cotton filling
  • Motion Isolation: No
  • Temperature regulation: Natural breathability
  • Allergen resistance: Natural latex resistance
  • Trial period: 100 days
  • Warranty: 10 years

Buy now from S$3,788 on Heveya 

3. Sealy Posturepedic Exquisite Grand Viscount

Mattress - Sealy Posturepedic Exquisite Grand Viscount
Credit – Sealy
  • Firmness Level(s): Soft, Medium, Medium Firm, Firm
  • Material: Titanium Alloy innerspring
  • Motion Isolation: Pocket springs
  • Temperature regulation: Gel-infused ComfortCore® Premium
  • Allergen resistance: No
  • Trial period: –
  • Warranty: 10 years

Buy now from S$6,800 (U.P.: S$8,500) on Sealy 

4. SleepNight Spinal Therapy

Mattress - SleepNight Spinal Therapy Mattress
Credit – Sleepnight
  • Firmness Level(s): Medium
  • Material: 100% natural latex, spring
  • Motion Isolation: Pocket springs
  • Temperature regulation:
  • Allergen resistance: Anti-bacterial charcoal bamboo knitted fabric
  • Trial period: –
  • Warranty: 12 years

Buy now from S$1,699 on Lazada Shopee

5. Tempur Pro Smartcool

Mattress - Tempur Pro Smartcool
Credit – Tempur
  • Firmness Level(s): Soft, Medium, Firm
  • Material: Tempur Material memory foam
  • Motion Isolation: TempurAdvanced Material
  • Temperature regulation: SmartCool Technology
  • Allergen resistance: No
  • Trial period: 100 days
  • Warranty: 10 years

Buy now from S$5,299 on Tempur 

6. Noa Mattress

Mattress - Noa Mattress
Credit – Noa
  • Firmness Level(s): Medium
  • Material: Latex
  • Motion Isolation: Pocket springs
  • Temperature regulation: Gel infused cooling memory foam
  • Allergen resistance: Antibacterial and hypoallergenic Tencel cover
  • Trial period: 120 days
  • Warranty: 15 years

Buy now from S$724 (U.P.: S$999) on Noa

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7. IKEA VALEVÅG

Mattress back pain - IKEA VALEVÅG
Credit – IKEA
  • Firmness Level(s): Firm or Extra Firm
  • Material: Foam with polyester wadding
  • Motion Isolation: Pocket springs
  • Temperature regulation: No
  • Allergen resistance: No
  • Trial period: –
  • Warranty: 10 years

Buy now from S$349 on IKEA

8. Slumberland Vitalize 1

Mattress back pain - Slumberland Vitalize 1
Credit – Slumberland
  • Firmness Level(s): Firm (8)
  • Material: Hybrid – 100% latex & super soft foam
  • Motion Isolation: Pocket springs
  • Temperature regulation: Far infrared ray top panel
  • Allergen resistance: Yes
  • Trial period: –
  • Warranty: 15 years

Buy now from S$990 on Lazada Shopee

9. King Koil Back Massage Mattress

Mattress - King Koil Back Massage Mattress
Credit – King Koil
  • Firmness Level(s): Soft (3-4)
  • Material: Innerspring
  • Motion Isolation: –
  • Temperature regulation: –
  • Allergen resistance: Ultra Fresh anti-bacteria, -mildew, -mould & -dust mite
  • Trial period: –
  • Warranty: 10 years

Buy now from S$619 on King Koil

10. Simmons Beautyrest Suite Summit Mattress

Mattress back pain - Simmons Beautyrest Suite Summit
Credit – Simmons
  • Firmness Level(s): Adjusted to request
  • Motion Isolation: Simmons Original Pocketed Coils
  • Temperature regulation: CoolSleep CoolMax fabric
  • Trial period: –
  • Warranty: 10 years

Buy now from S$4,199 on Lazada Shopee

11. Emma Sleep Original Mattress bundle (Bed included)

Mattress back pain - Emma Sleep Original bundle
Credit – Emma Sleep
  • Firmness Level(s): Medium
  • MaterialSupportive polyether foam & pressure-relieving point-elastic foam
  • Motion Isolation: Motion-isolating foam
  • Temperature regulation: Cooling gel memory foam 
  • Allergen resistance: OEKO-TEX Standard 100 – Class 1
  • Trial period: 200 days
  • Warranty: 10 years

Buy now from S$794 (with Original bed included) on Lazada  Shopee 

How to test a mattress for back pain relief

Testing a mattress before making a purchase is crucial, especially when it comes to back pain relief. Here are some tips on how to test a mattress for its ability to alleviate back pain:

  1. Lie down in your typical sleep position and assess the level of support and comfort. Pay attention to how your spine aligns and whether any pressure points develop.
  2. Spend at least 10-15 minutes on each mattress to get a better sense of its feel and support. Don’t rush the decision-making process.
  3. If possible, try different sleeping positions to see how the mattress responds to different pressure points. This will give you a better understanding of its suitability for your specific needs.
  4. Consider bringing your own pillow or asking for a pillow similar to the one you use at home. This will help you evaluate the overall comfort and support provided by the mattress.

Additional considerations for back pain sufferers

In addition to choosing the right mattress, there are other steps you can take to alleviate back pain and improve your sleep quality:

  1. Practice good posture throughout the day, whether sitting or standing. Maintaining proper spinal alignment can help prevent and reduce back pain.
  2. Engage in regular exercise and stretching to strengthen your core muscles and improve flexibility. Strong core muscles provide better support for your spine.
  3. Invest in a supportive pillow that promotes proper neck alignment. A pillow that is too high or too low can strain your neck and exacerbate back pain.
  4. Avoid sleeping on your stomach, as this can strain your neck and spine. Instead, opt for sleeping on your back or side, using pillows to support your neck and knees.
  5. Consider using a mattress topper for added comfort and pressure relief. Mattress toppers can provide an extra layer of cushioning, relieving pressure points and enhancing sleep quality.

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