4 Best Whole Life Plans in Singapore for Insurance Coverage (2021 Edition)

We compare the features and unique benefits from the best Whole Life Insurance policies in Singapore

InterestGuru.sg reviewed and handpick a list of the 4 best whole life insurance plan in Singapore that provides the best insurance coverage.

This list of the 4 best whole life plan for coverage and wealth accumulation is updated as at: 05/04/2021

Why choose a whole life insurance policy?

Whole life insurance plan usually requires a long-term financial commitment with premiums usually payable over a 15 to 25 years period. However, the policy can provide lifelong insurance coverage and financial assurance for you and your family.

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As replacing or early terminating will result in financial losses, ensure that you have comprehensive coverage in your whole life insurance policy. This reduces the chances that you have to pay a higher premium when your are older to cover gaps in your insurance coverage shortfalls.

Your whole life insurance plan should have sufficient coverage for:

  • Death
  • Terminal Illness (TI)
  • Total Permanent Disability (TPD)
  • Critical Illness (CI)
  • Early Critical Illness (ECI)

Coverage multipliers can be attached to a whole life plan to further boost your claims payout up to age 70 or 75, during the period where a severe illness can heavily impact your income and finances.

Depending on your personal life profile, the sum assured amount for the above can be individually adjusted to meet your coverage needs.

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Is term life better than whole life as the insurance premiums are lower?

Term life policies require insurance premiums to be paid for every policy year, with significantly higher premiums payable upon expiry or end of your coverage term. As the premium collected goes towards compensating the risk of the insurer for providing coverage, a term life plan does not generate any cash value.

Term life plans are, however excellent for additional coverage where the shortfall is expected for a temporary basis or when there is an additional financial commitment required. Some life events where term life plans provide excellent value includes:

  • Birth of a child
  • Marriage
  • Purchase of a property

On the other hand, whole life plans have a limited payment term (up to 25 years). For a higher premium, the whole life plan has guaranteed and projected surrender values that increase on a yearly basis.

Depending on specific whole life plan features, the surrender value can be withdrawn as a single lump sum upon termination or converted into an annuity for a yearly income payout.

The total insurance premium paid for a whole life plan may be lower, compare to a term life for a long period of coverage. In addition, the whole life plan can accumulate attractive cash value for future lump sum withdrawal.

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What makes a good whole life insurance policy?

A good whole life plan is determined by its level of protection coverage and wealth accumulation features. At the same time, the overall insurance premium payments must be competitively lower among its peers.

Our criteria for selecting the best whole life insurance plans are based on the factors as below:

  • Features and cost of coverage multiplier
  • Rate of returns including guaranteed and projected values
  • Terms and conditions of insurance coverage
  • Available insurance riders to complement coverage
  • Practical unique selling points that add real value to the whole life plan

Note: The whole life insurance policies listed below are not ranked in any priority. Early surrendering or cashing out from your insurance policies will result in financial loss.

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Best whole life plan for overall coverage and wealth accumulation – Manulife LifeReady Plus II

Manulife LifeReady Plus II

LifeReady Plus II is the newest whole life insurance plan from Manulife with a multiplier of up to 5x your sum assured up to age 70 or 80. With the recent upgrade, Total Permanent Disability is now covered up till age 99.

With its Health Advantage, you can get a premium discount in the first 2 years if you met their health criteria (For smokers). The new Financial Flexibility option allows you to convert part of the policy value into 10 yearly payouts.

No medical checkup is needed if you were to increase your protection coverage during future milestones for Manulife LifeReady II.Manulife LifeReady Plus II Benefit Table

What we like about Manulife LifeReady Plus II

  • High multiplier protection of up to 5x your sum assured
  • Free child cover for advanced stage critical illness if you have bought the early critical care rider
  • Health advantage whereby you will get premium discount during the first 2 policy years and you can continue your premium discount after 2 years if you hit their health targets (For smokers)
  • Best retrenchment benefit – Premiums are waived for 6 months if you or your spouse become retrenched

What we do not like about Manulife LifeReady Plus II

  • Financial Flexibility option only converts a small part of the policy cash value into payouts

Manulife LifeReady Plus II insurance coverage: 4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Manulife LifeReady Plus II product features4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Manulife LifeReady Plus II overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

Read about: Manulife LifeReady Plus II Review

Additional product details: Manulife LifeReady Plus II marketing brochure

Best whole life plan for comprehensive coverage – Aviva MyWholeLifePlan III

Aviva MyWholeLifePlan III
Aviva MyWholeLifePlan III

Aviva MyWholeLifePlan III is a whole life insurance plan which offers a multiplier of up to 5x your sum assured up to age 70. No medical checkup is needed if you were to increase your protection coverage during future milestones for Aviva MyWholeLifePlan III.

The newly available MultiPay Critical Illness Cover II rider allows claims of up to 5 times of the Sum Assured for various stages of Critical Illnesses.

While the premiums are higher compared to a single payout rider, this rider allows continual coverage while removing the concerns of getting additional coverage after getting by a critical illness.

What we like about Aviva MyWholeLifePlan III

  • Multiple claims of up to 5x of Sum Assured for various stages of Critical Illnesses *First in Singapore*
  • Lifetime coverage for Total and Permanent Disability instead of age 70
  • High multiplier protection of up to 5x your sum assured
  • Choose when your multiplier coverage end from age 65, 70, or 75
  • Option to convert your plan to enjoy a monthly income stream (from age 65) up to age 99 to supplement your retirement needs, while your bonuses continue to grow
  • Option to put your premiums on hold (up to 1 year) and enjoy a waiver of interest when you lose your job

What we do not like about Aviva MyWholeLifePlan III

  • Total payout for MultiPay Critical Illness Cover II is higher than a single payout critical illness rider for the same premium
  • Coverage boosters are added in increment of 100% (3x, 4x or 5x), no flexibility to choose other coverage multiplier values

Aviva MyWholeLifePlan III insurance coverage4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Aviva MyWholeLifePlan III product features4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)
Aviva MyWholeLifePlan III overall rating4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

Read aboutAviva MyWholeLifePlan III Review

Additional product detailsAviva MyWholeLifePlan III marketing brochure

Policy Illustration for Aviva MyWholeLifePlan III

Best whole life plan for comprehensive coverage - Aviva MyWholeLifePlan III

At age 30, Daniel purchased Aviva MyWholeLifePlan III to cover himself against Death, Total and Permanent Disability, Terminal Illness, and Critical Illness of all stages.

He chooses a boosted coverage of 3X the sum assured up till age 75, sufficient to financially cover his loved ones should the unexpected happen during his money-making days.

Daniel pays an annual premium of S$4620 for the next 15 years to be covered S$150,000 against critical illnesses, and S$300,000 against death, total and permanent disability, and terminal illness.

Waiving interest on premium loans for 12 months or a year should he become retrenched, Daniel can focus on getting back his footing without worrying about high interests from premium loans.

Daniel, now age 45, finishes premium payment with a total of S$69,300 paid in premiums to enjoy his coverage.

Upon reaching age 75, Daniel’s coverage reverts to the unboosted sum of S$50,000 for critical illnesses, and S$100.000 for death, total and permanent disability, and terminal illness.

Should Daniel decide to surrender his whole life plan, he would get S$112,938 at age 70 or S$137,318 at age 75, bringing his life and health coverage to an end.

Best whole life plan for lifelong and enhanced coverage – AIA Guaranteed Protect Plus II

AIA Guaranteed Protect Plus II
AIA Guaranteed Protect Plus II

Enjoy the most flexibility in premium payment terms with AIA Guaranteed Protect Plus II. Choose to pay your premiums in 12 or 20 years or up till age 65 or 75, making premiums more affordable in your day-to-day life.

Choose to 2X, 3X 4X, or 5X your coverage up till age 65 or 75, giving you higher coverage during your working years. Additional riders are available to cover 104 critical illnesses of early to advanced-stage as well as 5 special conditions such as diabetes and osteoporosis.

What we like about AIA Guaranteed Protect Plus II

  • Flexible premium terms – choose to pay over 12 to 20 years or up till age 65 or 75
  • Multiplier option of 2X, 3X, 4X, or 5X up till age 65 or 75
  • You can choose to buy another whole life or endowment policy without medical checks at life milestones

What we do not like about AIA Guaranteed Protect Plus II

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  • No option to pay the insurance premium for only 5 or 10 years
  • Slightly pricier compared to the other whole life plans in the market

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Policy Illustration for AIA Guaranteed Protect Plus II

Best whole life plan for enhanced coverage and premium term flexibility - AIA Guaranteed Protect Plus II Policy Illustration

At age 30, Michael purchased AIA Guaranteed Protect Plus II to cover himself against Death, Total and Permanent Disability, Terminal Illness, and Critical Illness of all stages.

He chooses a boosted coverage of 3X the sum assured up till age 75, sufficient to financially cover his loved ones should the unexpected happen during his money-making days.

Michael pays an annual premium of S$5130.50 for the next 20 years to be covered S$150,000 against critical illnesses, and S$300,000 against death, total and permanent disability, and terminal illness.

Michael, now age 45, finishes premium payment with a total of S$102,610 paid in premiums to enjoy his coverage.

Upon reaching age 75, Michael’s coverage reverts to the unboosted sum of S$50,000 for critical illnesses, and S$100.000 for death and terminal illness.

Should Michael decide to surrender his whole life plan, he would get S$137,978 at age 70 or S$163,669 at age 75, bringing his life and health coverage to an end.

Best whole life plan for all in one coverage – NTUC Income Star Assure

NTUC Income Star Assure

While NTUC Income Star Assure is not a new insurance plan, this policy stands out for being simple in available options. Available critical illness rider covers 93 conditions of all stages.

Choose to take up Star Assure’s Hospital CashAid rider to receive hospitalization benefits such as daily hospital cash and more.

What we like about NTUC Income Star Assure

  • Best value for dollar whole life plan for its coverage
  • Get 200% of sum assured for accidental death before age 70
  • Retrenchment benefit allows you to pause paying premiums for 6 months if you are retrenched and not able to find employment for 3 continuous months

What we do not like about NTUC Income Star Assure

  • Early critical illness rider is capped at 50% of the plan sum assured
  • Multiplier coverage, TPD, and accidental death coverage end at age 70

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Additional product details: NTUC Income Star Assure marketing brochure

Policy Illustration for NTUC Income Star Assure

Best whole life plan for all in one coverage - NTUC Income Star Assure Policy Illustration

At age 30, John purchased NTUC Income Star Assure to cover himself against Death, Total and Permanent Disability, Terminal Illness, and Critical Illnesses of all stage.

He chooses a boosted coverage of 3X the sum assured up till age 70, sufficient to financially cover his loved ones should the unexpected happen during his money-making days.

John pays an annual premium of S$3980 for the next 15 years to be covered S$150,000 against critical illnesses, and S$300,000 against death, total and permanent disability, and terminal illness.

With the option to pause premium payment for 6 months should he become retrenched, John has one less thing to sweat over as he has wiggle room to find another job.

John, now age 45, finishes premium payment with a total of S$59,700 paid in premiums to enjoy his coverage.

Upon reaching age 70, John’s coverage reverts to the unboosted sum of S$50,000 for critical illnesses, and S$100.000 for death, total and permanent disability, and terminal illness.

Should John decide to surrender his whole life plan, he would get S$114,334 at age 70 or S$141,794 at age 75, bringing his life and health coverage to an end.

Detailed comparison for whole life plans based on coverage amount and cash surrender value

We have compiled detailed data based on age 35 with the intention to pay insurance premiums over 15 to 20 years. The objective here is to compare the whole life plans based on equal coverage multiplier and future surrender value.

Comparison of the best whole life plans in Singapore based on the premiums paid, coverage amount and surrender value.
 
Whole life plans comparison based on: Male, Age 30 with minimum coverage multiplier to age 70
 
Plan DetailsManulife LifeReady PlusNTUC Income Star AssureAviva My Whole Life Plan IIIAIA Guaranteed Protect Plus (II)
Annual Premium$4,261.56$3,980$4,620$5,130.50
Premium Term15 years15 years15 years20 years
Total Premium paid$63,923.40$59,700$69,300$102,610
Policy coverage
Death/ TPD$300,000¹/ $100,0000$300,000¹/ $100,0000$300,000¹/ $100,0000$300,000²/ $100,0000
Early critical illness$150,000¹/ $50,000$150,000¹/ $50,000$150,000¹/ $50,000$150,000²/ $50,000
Critical illness$150,000¹/ $50,000$150,000¹/ $50,000$150,000¹/ $50,000$150,000²/ $50,000
Policy surrender values
Guaranteed/ Projected³ (Age 60)$46,600 / $83,992$41,967/ $59,700$46,700/ $75,73646,100/ $85,478
Guaranteed/ Projected³ (Age 70)$62,300/ $132,082$49,200/ $114,334$61,100/ $112,938$64,900/ $137,978
Guaranteed/ Projected³ (Age 80)$73,800/ $182,294$64,600/$ 173,151$74,800/ $162,107$77,200/ $190,535
¹ Coverage multiplier to age of 70, after which coverage reverts to the figures on the right.
² AIA Guaranteed Protect Plus (II) only offers option for coverage multiplier to age of 75, after which coverage reverts to the figure on the right.
³ Projected values consist of a guaranteed and non-guaranteed investment returns of 4.75%.

Another point of consideration will be the total premium paid versus the surrender value of the whole life plans. This is because upon death after the end of the coverage multiplier period, you will receive either the higher of the based death coverage amount or surrender value. Hence, a competitive surrender value would allow you to totally surrender the policy and receive a higher payout than upon death or illnesses.

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Detailed comparison for whole life plans based on covered medical conditions

In this table, we compare the covered medical conditions among the best whole life plan in Singapore. The comparison is based on the individual breakdown of each medical condition.

A breakdown of the number of early, intermediate and advance stages medical condition, that the best whole life plans in Singapore provides coverage for.
Comparison on the number of covered early, intermediate and advance medical conditions.
Policy DetailsManulife LifeReady PlusNTUC Income Star AssureAviva MyWholeLifePlan IIIAIA Guaranteed Protect Plus (II)
Early Critical Illness46445549
Intermediate Critical Illness34303732
Advance Critical Illness44394443
Total Covered Conditions:124113136124
Additional Coverage
Special Benefits
(Diabetic Complications, Severe Osteoporosis, etc)
2110165
Juvenile Benefits
(Kawasaki Disease, Severe Haemophilia, etc)
1391216
Total additional coverage:34192821

While not all of the covered medical conditions or additional coverage conditional may be applicable or commonly encountered. Taking up the most suitable plans should not be solely based on the plan with the most number of covered conditions. However, knowing that you have more comprehensive coverage may offer better peace of mind.

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What should you do next?

The earlier you start, the more you benefit from a whole life insurance policy. This is due to long-term compounding returns. Do make sure that your financial budget is realistic and achievable as you plan for your financial goals.

Take the effort to ensure that the health and insurance coverage provided is sufficient over the next 10 to 15 years. This allows you to move on to other financial priorities and life goals without worrying about insurance coverages.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: What are the premium terms for whole life insurance plans?

  • Answer: Whole life insurance premium terms usually go for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 years or up till age 65.

Question: How long does whole life insurance plans cover me for?

  • Answer: Whole life insurance plans generally cover you till age 99 or when the benefits are fully paid out.

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Note: All financial figures are based on close approximate and all non-guaranteed figures are based on the higher tier of 4.75% investment returns. The sample illustrations are for illustrative purposes only and is not a contract of insurance. Early surrendering or cashing out from your whole life insurance policies will certainly result in financial loss. In the event of doubt, always refer to the precise terms and conditions as specified in your policy contract. Seek the advice of a qualified financial professional or a licensed financial advisor before making any decision or financial commitment.

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Changelog for: 4 Best Whole Life Plans in Singapore for Coverage and Wealth Accumulation

Page updated on: 5/4/2021

  • Updated Manulife LifeReady Plus to replace Manulife LifeReady.
  • Additional illustrations to allow for better comparison and determine which whole life plan best suit the user.

Page updated on: 10/6/2020

  • Added an additional whole life plan, NTUC Income VivoLife. The policy is highly competitive on pricing when only basic and critical illness coverage is required.
  • Aviva MyWholeLifePlan II is discontinued and replaced by Aviva MyWholeLifePlan III. This is considered an improvement as Aviva MyWholeLifePlan III offers more features such as:
    • Increased range of premium payment options:  Single, 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25 years
    • Increased coverage multiplier from 2 to 5 times the chosen Sum Assured
    • Flexible coverage multiplier options to age: 65, 70, 75 or 80
  • Insurance premium may be slightly higher or lower compared to Aviva MyWholeLifePlan II, hence No Change to product ratings.

Page updated on: 11/3/2020

  • AXA Life MultiProtect replaced AXA Life Exentials as top 3 best whole life insurance policy 2020.
    • Insurance coverage rating increased by 0.5 points (First whole life plan that offers continues to offer enhanced coverage to Age 80 after coverage multiplier ends at Age 70)
    • Product features rating increase by 0.5 points (Compared to AXA Life Exentials )
  • AXA Life MultiProtect rated as best in lifelong coverage instead of best in accidental death
  • No changes to the overall product rating of Aviva MyWholeLifePlan II and Manulife LifeReady

Page updated on: 21/1/2020

  • Aviva MyWholeLifePlan II has replaced Aviva MyWholeLifePlan due to enhanced coverage benefits
    • Insurance coverage rating increased by 0.25 points (Due to the comprehensive Early Critical and Critical Illness coverage)
    • Product features rating decreased by 0.25 points (Premiums are higher when MultiPay Critical Illness Cover II is added)
  • Aviva MyWholeLifePlan II is rated best in coverage instead of best in flexibility with the update.
  • Overall product rating remains unchanged across the board.

Page updated on: 18/11/2020

  • AXA Life Exentials product features decreased by 0.25 points as no option for Early Critical Illness cover.
  • Manulife LifeReady product features increased by 0.25 points as it is still the only Whole Life policy with 5X multiplier at a competitive premium amount.

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