When is the best time of year to buy a mattress?
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When it comes to shopping, there’s probably nothing harder to buy than a mattress, and rightfully so. Considering the fact that the average American will spend 36 whopping years of their life in bed, according to the New York Post, you want to make sure that the mattress you purchase is exactly right. You know, not too hot, not too cold, not too firm but definitely not too soft. Then factor in price, and man-oh-man is sleep not coming easy.
But it doesn’t have to be that hard, especially when you consider that mattresses can be had for HUGE savings throughout the year. The key, though, is that you just need to know when to shop. From big box retailers to the most popular mattresses in a box available online, we cut the clutter to find the best time of year to buy a mattress.
The key here is to be prepared: know exactly what mattresses you want so as soon as they go on sale so you’re ready to pounce. And if things go right, you might just land in la la land sooner than expected.
Major holidays have major discounts
Is there anything more American than spending a holiday weekend shopping for something you desperately need? Probably not, and if what you need more than anything is a good night of sleep, consider shopping for a mattress during a holiday weekend. Though there are plenty of holiday sales throughout the year, the ones below tend to be the best for shopping for mattresses. And if you’re shopping for a mattress with a partner, plan to spend an entire weekend testing mattresses (if you’re shopping in-store) to find the perfect fit for the perfect couple.
President’s Day (February 17): One of the earlier times of the year to take advantage of mattress sales, President’s Day Weekend is a great chance to snag a mattress, with some retailers advertising savings of over 25% off. It’s also when stores start clearing space for newer models that arrive throughout the end of winter and early spring, meaning it’s a great time to shop older models or negotiate for floor samples.
Memorial Day (May 25): By the end of May, retailers are desperate to get rid of any old inventory they might have as pretty much all of the newest mattress models should already be out. Like President’s Day, this means big savings on last year’s mattress.
Fourth of July (July 4): While you’re out shopping for hamburgers and hot dogs, swing by some furniture stores to look for holiday sales—especially clearance sales at major department stores. The days surrounding America’s Birthday tend to see significant markdowns on mattresses (and major appliances).
Labor Day (September 7): Though you might have Labor Day off, people who work in the mattress world know this holiday is one of the biggest days of the year for mattress sales. Expect massive sales this weekend from retailers across the board, including big mattress-in-a-box companies.
Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Week (November 26–30): A no-brainer, Thanksgiving leading into Black Friday and the following weekend is the wildest shopping time of the year. Though you can find pretty much everything on sale these days, pay special attention to furniture and mattress stores for huge savings, flash sales on top-tier products, and even financing offers that will have you resting easy. In 2019, we saw incredible Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales on our favorite mattresses, so we expect it to be no different in 2020.
When to buy a mattress online
Knowing when to shop for a mattress sale in store might seem easier than shopping for one online considering you can use signs and ads to be in the know. But that doesn’t mean you can’t also find incredible savings on mattresses online, especially for the major companies the internet has ingrained in our minds (here’s looking at you Casper).
It also doesn’t mean that online-based companies skirt the traditional sales times of big box retailers. “Given the changes in the competitive landscape for online-based mattress companies, more and more of us are matching the traditional retail calendar,” says Torrie Belknap, VP of Marketing for Tuft & Needle. “These sales typically revolve around national holidays like President’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and Cyber Weekend, and tend to be the better deals.”
Don’t think the holidays are your only chance to save online, though, as “online retailers have the ability to generate smaller sales or giveaways outside of the main holidays to encourage guests to buy sooner rather than waiting for a big holiday sale,” according to Belknap. You can also get savings by signing up for email lists, offering your birthday for a promotion code, or even picking the product you want and simply abandoning the cart until you get an email with a discount code. Some companies are also offering free pillows or bedding with purchases during the off season.
When do you need a new mattress
But with all this said, it begs to ask the question: do you even need a new mattress? According to Belknap, it’s time to go shopping if “the mattress itself sags, has abnormal dents or indentations, or is significantly harder or softer than when you first got it.” She also said that a mattress may look a-okay, but if you’re not sleeping well it might be time for a change. “If you're tossing and turning more than usual, waking up with pain, or if you’re waking less well-rested than normal, it’s probably time for a new mattress.”
Tips for purchasing a new mattress
And of course, just because you know when to buy a mattress doesn’t mean you know exactly how to. According to experts like Belknap and hundreds of online reviews, the most important thing you can look out for is an exceptional return policy in case you’re unhappy with your purchase. “Even if you decide to go into a store to try a mattress before buying it, there’s a big difference between laying on a mattress for 10 minutes and sleeping on it for 8 hours every night.”
This counts double for mattresses you order online, as you probably won’t test it beforehand. But don’t fret, according to Belknap, “buying a mattress online comes with less risk than ever before.” Just stay aware of the return policy and double, then triple check customer reviews (and reviews like ours). “You should be able to see the positive and negative things people are saying about a product,” she says.
And voila! Just like that, you’re well equipped to make the best decision you can when purchasing a new mattress. Now finding the right bedding, that’s a whole other topic.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.