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We all know that getting a good night's sleep is vital to our mind, body and soul. Hitting the day ahead with enthusiasm and motivation, whether at work or play is dependent on those vital hours of shut-eye. But when it comes to how to choose a mattress or where to buy a mattress in Hong Kong, the choice seems so hard. That's why we update our mattress buying guide for 2021!
Many people think that finding the perfect mattress in Hong Kong is literally an impossible dreams. The sheer number of brands, models and features makes the correct choice confusing at best and intimidating at worst. Add in the infrequency and expense of this important purchase and it seems a daunting task. And when you consider that everyone is different and we all have individual sleep preferences........surely now it's mission impossible?
However, we've got you! As experts, we want to share our knowledge and research, debunk common mattress myths and remove the guesswork and help you to choose a mattress that will give you a great night's sleep for years to come.
Welcome to our 2021 ultimate guide to buying the perfect mattress in Hong Kong.
Many people shop for mattresses in department stores, malls or branded mattress shops. Although shopping in a traditional bricks and mortar retail location is beneficial because you can touch and feel the product, many customers nowadays have become more sophisticated, realizing that there are a number of drawbacks to shopping in store. Before you walk into your first mattress store, please be aware of some of the limitations to exclusively shopping in a store for your next mattress:
This has become a more and more popular way to shop for a mattress in recent years. For many, it's a way to save money or receive better customer service. For others, it's a way to make sure they're getting the exact mattress they want after deep consideration and research. In either case, it's hard to ignore that the internet is a channel that almost every mattress customer should at least consider in researching, shopping, and purchasing their new mattress.
Shopping online for your new mattress means that you CAN....
One hurdle online shopping faces is the fact that you cannot physically 'feel' the mattress as part of the buying process. Don't let this put you off! If you choose the right company they will be open and transparent about the construction and material to enable you to make an educated choice, backed up by the fact you can often take advantage of their home trial.
In addition, the best online companies will also have physical locations where you CAN try the mattress in person. For most customers, we recommend shopping for your mattress using an approach that combines online research and shopping (so you know what's right for you) and a visit to the showroom (so you can be confident in your purchase).
Gone are the days when your mattress construction choices were limited to which animals' fur you wanted! Today there are many choices, but three popular materials are most commonly used to construct a quality mattress – springs (or coils), foam and memory foam.
When it comes to springs (or coils) it easy to get in a twist, so let's help you out with the jargon. There are 4 types of mattress coil and they vary in their response range, which is the way the firmness changes as the spring is compressed:
With foam, you really do get what you pay for and the type and density of foam layers in your mattress will make a big difference to your sleep experience. A premium high-density foam is typically more expensive, and different types can be used for different benefits, such as to increase comfort, support, breathability or responsiveness. However, cheap low-density foam - especially if it makes up more than 50% of your mattress' construction material - can cause sagging and issues with durability.
Memory foam is famous for having a slower response rate, which allows the foam to conform (or mold) around a sleeper's body. When used in a mattress, memory foam can be amazingly beneficial since the conforming nature of memory foam can help provide pressure relief. Be careful of mattresses that use too much memory foam, however, as many consumers dislike the "sinking" feeling and lack of bounce, which can make them feel "stuck" in bed.
Expert tip: Don't be confused by the term "gel memory foam". Although marketed as a new type of memory foam that is cooler to the touch, studies have demonstrated that there is no material difference in sleep temperature. In terms of its material properties, gel memory foam and "regular" memory foam are identical - apart from the price obviously!
Two new mattress types have become more popular in recent years: the hybrid mattress and the bed in a box.
Although we've moved on from the animal fur, there are still some less popular materials in use. In fact, horse hair is still occasionally used (although cashmere and wool are also found in some of today's mattresses!)
A major influence on your eventual spend will be the size of mattress you purchase, so it is worth considering what you want (and can fit into your bedroom). Start with the size of your existing bed base (if you have one) and bedroom size as these will affect your options; bear in mind we are unique in Hong Kong in that we tend to have smaller bedrooms than other counties but still want as large a mattress as possible! For this reason, local manufacturers often offer a choice of lengths - from shorter to longer - to give you more choice.
When it comes to the size, remember that they are often referred to by a size name (Single, Double, etc) and the actual dimensions (a Single is also known as a 3’ x 6’ mattress), so be prepared to look for both! If you are on a budget, and have a small bedroom or sleep alone, then you should consider either a Single or Double. The money you save by keeping it small can be put towards a larger model in the future!
If you sleep with a partner (or pet!) or your bedroom is large enough, then a Queen or King size may be more comfortable and offer better sleeping options. If you’re sharing your mattress with your partner but your bedroom is too small to fit a Queen, we recommend a Full which is perfectly comfortable for two.
Don’t overlook you or your partner’s height. Having space to starfish is no good if your feet are sticking out of the end! Many manufacturers recognize this and now offer ‘long’ versions of their mattresses. Not sure what you need? Here’s a handy list of standard mattress sizes in Hong Kong:
|Single||3'0" x 6'0"||36 x 72"||91 x 183 cm|
|Single Long||3'0" x 6'3"||36 x 75"||91 x 190 cm|
|Large Single||3'6" x 6'0"||42 x 72"||107 x 183 cm|
|Large Single Long||3'6" x 6'3"||42 x 75"||107 x 190 cm|
|Double||4'0" x 6'0"||48 x 72"||122 x 183 cm|
|Double Long||4'0" x 6'3"||48 x 75"||122 x 190 cm|
|Full||4'6" x 6'0"||54 x 72"||137 x 183 cm|
|Full Long||4'6" x 6'3"||54 x 75"||137 x 190 cm|
|Full Extra Long||4'6" x 6'3||54 x 75"||137 x 190 cm|
|Queen Short||5'0" x 6'0"||60 x 72"||
152 x 183 cm
5'0" x 6'3"
60 x 75"
152 x 190 cm
5'0" x 6'6"
60 x 78"
152 x 198 cm
6'0" x 6'3"
72 x 75"
183 x 190 cm
6'0" x 6'6"
72 x 78"
183 x 198 cm
6'0" x 6'8"
72 x 80"
183 x 203 cm
One other thing to consider is bedding for your new mattress. Although you might think that simply buying the same dimensions makes sense, in reality, most people buy their duvet and duvet cover to be larger, so the sides of the duvet will cover the sides of the mattress. Larger duvets also give you more room to snuggle, plus you can avoid duvet wars!
Although it’s a commonly held belief in Hong Kong that a firm mattress is “healthy”, the truth is a little more nuanced. Let us take a brief moment to explain!
Ideally, you want something that is firm enough to support your back, waist, and legs while being soft enough to envelop your shoulders and hips. The reason? Your shoulders and hips are the heaviest parts of your body. A mattress that is too firm will jam your shoulders and hips causing potential misalignment.
In addition, sleep research has shown that your mattress needs an element of softness that “cuddles” your body (ie, comes into contact with your entire body) so your body is supported in all the right places, with no pressure points. If your mattress is too firm, your shoulders and hips won’t sink into the mattress and your spine will not be aligned.
On the flip side, you also need to avoid mattresses that are too soft! A soft mattress may lack proper support. If your mattress is too soft, your hips will sink too deeply into the mattress and your back will not be supported, leading to poor sleep posture. Below is an infographic that shows the problems with a mattress that is too soft and too firm.
So be careful! A mattress that is either too firm or too soft may result in aching muscles and back pain. If you experience sudden or worsening back pain with no obvious cause, it could be time to change your mattress.
Expert tip: We would recommend a premium hybrid mattress constructed of individual pocket coils - with all the stability and durability advantages they bring - with a firm foam that provides both comfort and support. For those who need a thinner mattress with a low profile, we recommend an innovative two-sided pocket spring mattress that blends comfort and support with a firmness level of your choice.
Some mattresses feature zoned support, which, as the name suggests, offers more or less support in certain “zones”. The premise is to offer more give for heavier parts of the body (shoulders, hips, etc.), and softer give for the lighter parts. Although this feature sounds great, in reality, it may not be the answer to your comfort dreams. Let’s be honest, it is highly unlikely that any one mattress’ zones match up perfectly to your unique body (or that of your partner), meaning you are getting support in all the wrong places, leading to a very strange sleeping position!
Moreover, it’s impossible for such zones to provide the right support as you move in bed, or when you rotate your mattress as experts recommend. The fallacy of this feature is highlighted by the fact that options include 3-zone, 5-zone, or 7-zone - clearly, manufacturers cannot agree on whether your body has 3, 5 or 7 zones!
If you sleep with someone who is constantly tossing and turning, this feature is a must for you. Normally found in pocket coil and memory foam mattresses, it means one person’s movements cannot be felt by the other, no matter what stage of sleep either is in – perfect for getting that restful night’s sleep. Motion isolation also means that you might get some relief from a snoring partner, as the lack of movement will, if nothing else, keep them on their side of the bed and a vital few inches further away from you!
Coiled mattresses have a pleasant bounce. These types of mattresses are easy to move around on and are preferred by many sleepers.
Many consumers complain the “sinking” feeling in foam and latex mattresses means that it’s hard to move around on the mattress (ie, they feel “stuck” in the mattress).
Many design choices can actually affect the lifespan of your mattress. For instance, studies show that all-foam mattresses have a significantly lower average lifespan than mattresses that feature coils. Hand tufting, which secures the top layers together to ensure a uniform feel, guarantees that support doesn't shift and increases your mattress' lifespan by 50%.
For those who share a bed, the edge support feature will increase the overall surface area of your mattress, meaning a few more vital inches to spread out over. For those who sleep near the edge of your mattress, this feature will allow you to do so without feeling like you might fall out! And for those who like to sit on the edge of the bed, which is common in the smaller bedrooms in Hong Kong, this feature is a must - both for comfort and lifespan.
Studies find that most people need to cool their body temperature down before they can easily fall asleep. The use of high-quality cooling fabric cover can assist in helping you “sleep cool”, as can mattresses that have air channels added to any top foam layer. Ask any sales person - online or in-store - about these important features!
Considering how long we spend in our beds, it makes sense to consider your options when it comes to cleaning your new mattress. Regular mattress cleaning will help reduce allergens and help keep your mattress fresh and looking new for years.
Obviously, you clean your bedding regularly, but it doesn’t take long to tend to your mattress either. Your options include:
If you can, a regular combination of the above is the best way to keep your mattress in tip-top condition.
Expert tip: Avoid a mattress with a removable mattress cover. You can spot these removable mattress covers because the mattress will be sold with a zipper. Although this may seem to be a feature that is great, it is in fact the opposite. A removable cover is considerably cheaper to manufacture than sewing a durable mattress cover onto your mattress. In addition, a removable cover means that the materials used to construct your mattress are not tufted together, so those materials may move around while you sleep, resulting in an uneven sleeping surface and a reduced lifespan overall.
Although it is not essential, a bed base makes an ideal foundation for any quality mattress, giving it the support it needs to support you! Whether you choose the traditional wooden frame and slats, or something a little more minimalistic or funky, it will make give you mattress the chance to perform at its best.
A platform base is usually low to the ground and features a built-in headboard. Your mattress is placed on either a solid wood piece or on slats. Whilst the slats offer air circulation, a solid one allows for storage. A box-spring base means a firm mattress will feel slightly softer due to the flexing of the springs. There are literally thousands out there to choose from, so start looking to find the ideal solution for you and your bedroom.
Expert tip: Choosing the right bed foundation is crucial! For example, a solid wood platform bed makes your sleeping experience so much better as the sturdy surface prolongs the life of your mattress and the quality of mattress materials. Feel free to check out our Bed Frame Buying Guide for more information and tips!
Think carefully if you’re sharing a mattress! If it’s not just you, there are some features you really can’t do without. Edge support will make the bed feel bigger - ideal for space hoggers! Please also bear in mind for those extra-curricular activities most couples prefer a bouncier coil mattress which enhances your experience vs an all-foam or all-latex mattresses that will often make you feel stuck-in-the-mud - not the sexiest of feelings! And after all that excitement, for a guaranteed uninterrupted good night’s sleep, motion isolation is essential.
Remember to check how your mattress will be delivered. A new trend in Hong Kong is selling “bed in a box” mattresses. As the name suggests, the mattress arrives in a box for a minimal postage fee or even for free. This seems a logistical dream as the mattress is shrink-wrapped to be as small as possible for delivery and is often sent by courier. Sound ideal? Consider that you will be expected to unpack it, set it up, remove and dispose of all the packaging. In addition, any existing mattress you have will need to be got rid off, probably by a moving company for a hefty fee. If this seems like more work than you were planning on doing, make sure the company you order from offers in-home setup and removal of any old mattresses.
Wherever you buy your mattress from, where possible opt for a mattress that comes with a home trial. A 5-minute doze on a shop display mattress is not a good indicator as to whether your chosen model will be a dream come true or a nightmare that will haunt you for years to come. A home trial is the only way to be sure that you can properly evaluate your purchase and make sure it is perfect for you – and the longer, the better; online companies typically offer anything from 30 to 100 days to decide if you have made the right choice.
Once you have purchased the perfect mattress, you want to be sure it will remain perfect for as long as possible. Make sure you are aware of the mattress warranty and what it covers. Most will cover for manufacturing defects but not wear and tear. However, the biggest problem you are likely to face is sagging. Even moderate sagging can, and often does, result in reduced comfort and support, and therefore affects your quality of sleep, so pay special attention to whether sagging is covered and if so, how it is measured in terms of warranty claims - it could be subjective or a given physical depth. Be sure you know your rights should you need to claim later on.
Although you may not realize it, the mattress industry has many standards and certification levels that recognize a product’s quality and features. When shopping for your perfect mattress, you should look for companies that have passed independent tests and overall quality assurances and have up-to-date certifications from OEKO-TEX 100 and CERTIPUR-US.
The amount you are able to invest in your new mattress will obviously affect your choice. For such an important and long-lasting household item, we would advise that you budget as much as you can afford to help you find the perfect fit.
Whether you choose to shop in-store or online (or a combination of the two) it’s important you are ready to shop wisely, whatever your choice. This comes down to two elements – budget and research. Stick to your budget and stick with your research AND don’t take everything the salesperson says at face value.
If you decide to shop in a mattress store...
For you, if the act of shopping is incomplete without visiting a store to buy your mattress, if the lure of touching and trying out your potential purchases is too much to stay behind a computer keyboard, then make sure you do the following:
The only truly perfect mattress is one that is perfect for you. It must have a combination of all of the above factors that best suits you.
However, to help you along, if we were to describe the elements we think make up the best mattress in Hong Kong then it would have the following features:
Hush Home mattresses are just some examples of mattresses that encompass all of these features, and more.
With the help of our ultimate guide and expert tips, you should now have the confidence to go out and get the mattress of your dreams! Just remember, you are an individual and your mattress should reflect that, and armed with your new knowledge you now you have the upper hand when it comes to making that all important purchase!
Happy shopping and (more importantly) happy sleeping in 2021!
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