Is your old mattress turning sleep into a nightmare? It may be time to start shopping for a new one. But before you pull out your wallet, you should be aware that, when it comes to buying a new mattress, it’s all about timing. That’s because mattress prices tend to fluctuate throughout the year. In other words, you might end up spending less in the spring than you would in the fall. Additionally, brick-and-mortar mattress suppliers are a festive bunch — they like to celebrate holidays with special offers and discounts. On the other hand, certain online stores and brands sell mattresses for less, but prefer to keep fixed prices regardless of what the calendar says.
Here, we’ll explore the best time to buy a mattress, so you can find a deal you won’t lose sleep over.
The mattress industry, in general, likes to roll out new products in June. This means that the savvy shopper will begin their mattress hunt right around the end of winter and the beginning of spring. As new mattresses become available, mattress companies need to get rid of older stock and showroom samples — and that means discounts. If you don’t mind going with last-year’s model, you may be able to save as much as 50% off of the listed price.
If spring is too far off, then consider doing your mattress shopping around the holidays. Every retailer is going to be different, but as a general rule, these are the holidays where you can expect some good mattress sales:
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Third Monday in January)
- President’s Day (Third Monday in February)
- Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
- Independence Day (July 4th)
- Labor Day (First Monday in September)
- Columbus Day (Second Monday in October)
- Veteran’s Day (November 11th)
So be on the lookout for other holiday mattress sales, including ones around New Year’s, Easter, Thanksgiving (particularly Black Friday and Cyber Monday), and Christmas. Different retailers will offer different discounts on different days, so consider talking to sales representatives and asking them when the best sales are.
Other Mattress Buying Tips
Know the advantages of buying a mattress online vs. in-store
Although some online retailers may not be as eager to offer holiday-themed discounts, they often make up for this with lower costs overall. Many online mattress stores will also offer free shipping. B, when you buy a mattress online, you’re probably not going to get a chance to try it out or see it in person before you finalize the purchase. In-store shopping lets you experience the mattress before you commit. For online purchases, you’ll want to read up on customer reviews.
Be aware of any return or trial-period policies
Trying a mattress in a store or reading reviews online is a good start, but you aren’t going to really know if your mattress is any good before you start sleeping on it. Many stores offer a trial period, during which you can return the mattress if you aren’t satisfied with it. That said, they may also charge a restocking fee.
Check up on referral deals
Some mattress suppliers offer referral deals, where a current customer can refer another customer to earn a discount. If you know someone who will be shopping for a mattress at the same time as you, do some research and see if you can save yourself some money by referring them.
If your mattress is hurting your sleep, then the last thing you want to do is keep using it while you wait for a great deal. That said, if you plan ahead, and do your shopping before your old mattress completely gives out, you should be able to find something that fits your needs and your budget. And, with so many mattress-sale holidays dotting the calendar, you won’t even have to wait too long. Happy shopping!