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As is the case with most products, the price of a mattress will fluctuate throughout the calendar year. Many mattress manufacturers roll out new models during the summer months — and as a result, older mattresses are discounted during the months of April and May. Additionally, many brick-and-mortar stores offer sales during Labor Day, Memorial Day, and other three-day holiday weekends. Online mattress sellers may also offer holiday sale discounts — but in many cases, their prices remain fixed throughout the year. Read on to learn more about the best times to purchase a mattress.
Before deciding when to buy a new mattress, you have to determine whether you need a new mattress in the first place.
A number of factors determine your sleep health and hygiene, including your mattress’s durability, firmness, and quality. If your mattress is getting old and worn, you run the risk of developing insomnia, pain, poor sleep quality, and other sleep-related issues.
If you’re noticing any of the following signs, it’s probably time to get a new mattress:
Different mattresses have different lifespans, although the average length of a mattress’ “life” is around seven years. Even if you haven’t had your current mattress for long, it may be time to purchase a new mattress if you are experiencing any new sleep problems. Before you jump straight to investing in a whole new mattress, however, make sure your sleep issues aren’t a result of factors like poor sleep hygiene or sleep apnea.
Listed below are the most common average lifespans of the most common mattress types:
|Mattress Type||Average Lifespan|
|Memory Foam||7 Years|
|Latex Hybrid||6 Years|
There are specific times throughout the year when it’s often cheaper to buy a mattress. Whether you’re buying a mattress in-store or online, take note of the following holidays and sales event to make sure you get the best deal possible.
|New Year’s Day||Jan 1||The first day of the year offers a number of discounts for buyers on select mattresses. Many mattress brands are trying to get rid of as much inventory as possible to prepare for the new year, so you’ll see some of the lowest prices beginning at the end of December.|
|President’s Day||Feb 18||President’s Day is one of the first annual major mattress sales for many retailers. Compare new coupon codes for big-name mattress brands in mid-February.|
|Memorial Day||May 27||Memorial Day Weekend offers a spree of major savings opportunities for mattresses. Cyber retailers will often compete with brick-and-mortar stores all weekend (and sometimes throughout the week) for the biggest price cuts and best special deals.|
|Independence Day||July 4||Independence Day mattress sales often offer major discounts, new coupon codes, and special perks for new customers in particular. Some Fourth of July mattress discounts actually begin in June and last through mid-July, so check the timeline to find the best discount prices.|
|Amazon Prime Day||July 8||If you’re a member of Amazon Prime, July 8th is a great chance to save big on mattresses (and just about everything else). Some of the best deals are available only through Amazon Prime on this sales day, but other sellers compete to provide notable deals in mid-July as well.|
|Back to School||Aug-Sep||Back-to-school mattress sales in the late summer and early fall will often boast steep price reductions for children’s beds and mattresses aimed at college students in particular. If you know a student headed off to school, look out for deals from all major mattress brands and retailers during August and September.|
|Labor Day||Sep 2||Labor Day has always been one of the biggest sales events in the mattress industry. Now, many cyber retailers are joining in, providing promotional deals, discounts, coupon codes, free delivery and shipping, and other major perks. Begin looking for deals the Friday before the holiday.|
|Veterans Day||Nov 11||On Veterans Day, many mattress companies try to generate sales and get rid of excess inventory in preparation for the busy upcoming holiday season. Keep track of your favorite mattress brands and retailers to see new coupon codes and promos.|
|Black Friday||Nov 29||A huge sales event for both brick-and-mortar stores and cyber retailers, Black Friday tends to last all weekend. You can compare sales from virtually every major seller to make the most of steep price cuts and price matching offers.|
|Cyber Monday||Dec 2||Cyber Monday is an e-commerce holiday when many mattress sellers compete with one another for extreme price reductions. Some sales last all week long, and many include extra perks as well as lower prices.|
Holiday sales rates vary by seller and brand, but customers can expect discounts ranging from 10% to as much as 50% or higher. Additionally, many mattresses are sold at discounted rates between Thanksgiving and Christmas, which is considered prime shopping season for the Christmas holiday.
Additionally, the months of April and May are historically cheap times to buy a new mattress. The reason: a large number of mattress brands debut their new models during the summer months (June to September), and will offer older models for sale in the weeks leading up to new product launches. These discounts may not be formally announced; shoppers should constantly check the websites of brands they like during April and May.
Shoppers should also keep an eye out for mattress store closures in their area. When a brick-and-mortar mattress seller decides to permanently shut its doors, models are typically sold at half-price or lower in order to clear the store’s inventory as quickly as possible.
It’s important to note that many brands, as a rule, do not discount their mattresses at any point during the year. As a result, customers should not wait for sales to make their purchase. However, this does not mean that these mattresses are more expensive. On the contrary — these prices are often some of the lowest rates available.
Today’s mattress marketplace offers more and more online buying options. Brick-and-mortar sales are no longer dominating the market, as cyber mattress retailers and user-friendly, direct-to-consumer options become more popular.
Purchasing a mattress online from your favorite brand is often cheaper, especially because you can often get free shipping and delivery (and sometimes even setup). Still, there are both pros and cons to buying mattresses online rather than in a brick-and-mortar store.
When making a decision to buy a mattress either online or in-store, take stock of the following factors:
Often, the cheapest places to find a mattress for sale online are seller-to-seller platforms like Craigslist and eBay. However, we discourage shoppers from buying mattresses on these sites because the models are often used (even if they are sold as “new”), which can limit the quality, durability and cleanliness of the mattress.
Unlike mattress brands and retailers, sellers on these websites are also unable to offer warranty coverage or mattress sleep trials. So while shoppers can sometimes save money buying a mattress on these sites, the long-term costs outweigh the short-term benefits.
Remember that the price point of a mattress is not the only cost associated with this particular product. Other cost factors include:
When you’re looking for the best possible deal on a mattress, there are a few things to keep in mind. Here are some key tips you can use to make sure you’re getting the mattress you need for the lowest available price.
Mattress brands vary widely in terms of price point, quality, and special offers. It’s important to compare how much the same or similar mattresses cost through different retailers in order to get the best bang for your buck. While it can be tempting to limit your search to a brand or two you’ve already heard of, doing your homework and keeping an open mind will greatly increase your chances of getting a good mattress.
Date-specific deals are huge in the mattress industry. If you have a flexible timeframe in which to buy a new mattress, it’s best to wait for a holiday sale. Here are some of the usual annual holidays when you can score a great deal on a mattress:
Do you know someone who’s moving and also needs a new mattress? Or how about someone who also needs to replace their years-old mattress? If you team up with a friend, you just might be able to cut back on mattress costs with a referral deal. Some mattress and furnishing companies offer a referral deal when someone who purchases something refers you to the company.
Many cyber-based mattress companies offer free shipping, which can save you a great deal of money. If you choose carefully and dodge shipping costs on the mattress you pick out, an online retailer is often the best way to go. In comparison to brick-and-mortar stores, cyber retailers almost always boast major deals, along with no markups from third-party retailers.
Ultimately, one of the best and most practical ways to save money in the long-term is to get a mattress that will last you a long time. While the average mattress lasts about seven years, some will last shorter or longer depending on the brand’s quality and construction, as well as the type of mattress you select. Do some research about mattress durability using our resources and customer reviews to make sure the mattress you choose will last a long time for the price.
Shoppers with a flexible timeframe for buying a new mattress should compare prices and additional customer costs associated with different online and brick-and-mortar sellers. If possible, they should wait for holiday sales to make their purchase. However, those who must replace their mattress sooner rather than later will usually find the best prices through online retailers and ‘bed-in-a-box’ brands.