August 15, 2014

Best Time to Buy a Mattress

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Mattresses go on sale by as much as 60% during certain months. Find out when is the best time of the year to score a deal on your new mattress.

Has your sleep haven become a place of fitful tossing and turning because you can't get comfortable? Your mattress could be preventing you from getting a good amount of shut-eye. It's usually time to invest in a new mattress if it's a decade or more old.

But don’t run out and buy one just yet. It can be an expensive purchase, so you want to find the best deals and make a smart purchase. Here are the best times of the year to get your next mattress, plus some tips for getting a decent price.


With the arrival of spring and the Memorial Day holiday come great deals on mattresses. Past promotional offers during this time included up to 60 percent off select mattresses from a major retailer, along with 30 to 50 percent off and free delivery from another big department store.


You can start the month off with a bang, and I’m not just referring to fireworks. Independence Day weekend is another time when retailers offer savings on mattresses and, in some instances, free delivery. After all, who wants to spend the biggest summer holiday shopping for a mattress? Retailers have to slash prices to lure you in. Go to your local retailer on Saturday morning to get a deal, and you’ll have the rest of the weekend to relax. During past Fourth of July sales, we’ve seen home goods stores offer a promotion of 40 percent off name-brand mattresses, while a department store was even more generous with 50 to 60 percent off products of comparable quality.


Labor Day is another one of those patriotic holidays that are accompanied by generous offers on mattresses; it has been dubbed the Black Friday for mattress retailers, and the sales definitely support this assertion. They enable consumers to save anywhere between 30 to 60 percent off the suggested retail price, and you can receive free box springs, foam pillows, and shipping as incentives to make a purchase this month.


Missed out on the Labor Day sales? Black Friday and Cyber Monday are always available for some mattress price breaks, but you must be persistent to snag the best deals. Last year, a mattress retailer offered Sealy brand mattresses for 60 percent off, but quantities were extremely limited.

Can’t shop during the above timeframes? Check out these ideas to facilitate the process:

  • Bonus Tip #1: Establish a budget.

    Do this before you go. It’s so easy to get sidetracked by the first comfiest, plushest mattress you come across. Some mattress prices are inflated because of the brand and some are stocked with pricey materials that you can do without. You want a high-quality mattress, but you may not be able to afford thousands of dollars for it (yes, thousands - plural). Do your homework ahead of time to get an idea of which mattresses you can actually afford.

  • Bonus Tip #2: Negotiate and decide your priorities.

    If you have a sleeping partner, you’re going to have to compromise. Air out your differences and preferences ahead of time, when you’re not pressed to make a decision in the store. Is firmness important? Is the brand name a deal breaker? Do you both hate or love memory foam? Disagreements on the sales floor can lead to impulse purchases, which tend to be pricier than the thought-out ones.

  • Bonus Tip #3: Take your time.

    If you’re going to spend eight hours on your mattress per night, don’t spend five minutes in the store testing it out. Instead, lie down in your typical sleeping position to ensure that it fully supports your body. Ask the salesperson a lot of questions: understand why one mattress costs hundreds of dollars more than the one next to it, and make sure you understand the terminology thrown your way (latex vs. memory foam, for example).

  • Bonus Tip #4: Be a smart buyer.

    Armed with your research and your budget, you can be upfront with salespeople and could get a price break in return. Also factor in the cost of a box spring, if you’ll need it, a mattress cover, if you want it, and delivery charges. Pay attention to what you’re told about warranties as you don’t want to pay for an extra warranty if the mattress automatically comes with one. And don’t be afraid to negotiate a better deal. You may have more luck on a weekday if the store is short on customers and quotas.

  • Bonus Tip #5: Shop online.

    After you’ve tested out some mattresses, try your luck online (be sure to ask about the names of mattresses every time you shop as manufacturers use different names for different retailers). No matter when you decide to shop, there are some great deals that can be found online. Take a look at sites, such as Overstock, Wal-Mart, AstraBeds and AmeriSleep, to save 50 percent or more on mattresses throughout the year.

Before you seal the deal, be sure to read the fine print to gain a thorough understanding of the return policy, warranty, and any “comfort guarantees” offered by the manufacturer. That way, you won’t be stuck sleeping on what feels like a prison cot for the next seven years.

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Comments about Best Time to Buy a Mattress

  • rose thompson
    on August 26, 2014 9:24 AM said:

    I have been sleeping on a full size waterbed for 34 yrs and still love it. But I have been tempted by some of the offers and most especially the tempurpedic type mattress. Also I live alone
    and wondered if there is a size between full and twin? in a non waterbed mattress? I could use the extra space between the wall and the side of the bed. Plus since My spouse died in 2013, I don't have to ask anyone, or try to please anyone but myself.
    I've seen "daybeds" but have never seen an offer on a good mattress in that size?

  • Charles Tran
    on August 26, 2014 11:10 AM said:

    There's twin XL which offer a bit more in length (though it remains the same in width).

    Futons and daybeds are also popular options.

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