When Is the Best Time to Buy a Mattress?

There’s a lot to consider when buying a mattress — beginning with size, comfort and price.

We’ll leave size and comfort up to you, but we can help you sleep better by knowing that you got a good price. Here are some of the best times of the year to buy a mattress.

When to Start Your Search

There are many reasons why you might want to begin your search for a new mattress. Perhaps you moved recently and left behind anything heavy and awkward to move, or maybe you are finally buying your first new mattress as an adult and are finally leaving hand-me-downs behind.

Mattress age and your personal comfort may also be pushing you to begin researching a better sleeping surface, and for good cause since a poor night’s rest can result in a myriad of health issues down the road.

Mattress Age

Over time mattress materials begin to wear down and compress under your applied weight, causing issues with your sleep comfort. Foams may no longer spring back to life and create indentations in the areas you lay; coils may no longer be able to support your weight and sag, and cover fabrics may begin to fray or even tear. If this sounds familiar, your mattress is nearing the end of its useful life and a replacement should be considered.


Another reason to replace your mattress surrounds sleep comfort. Obviously if your mattress is aging, then it isn’t going to be as comfortable as it once was and you probably have begun to experience some discomfort. However even newer mattress can begin to be a source of your pain.

If you wake with aches and pains, or toss and turn all night and struggle to sleep well , then you may have a poor fit for your sleeping position. Many people are unaware of how much of their individual sleep preferences play into the overall comfort of their mattress. If this sounds like you, taking a look at a new option may be in order.

Best Times to Buy

The massive growth of the online mattress industry has provided a number of benefits to customers. First, the dramatic increase in competition has helped to bring prices down, allowing you to get considerably more bang for your buck when buying a new mattress. Second, with more companies selling directly to consumers, there are more choices to choose from and more types and designs of mattresses available. Third, the ability to compress and deliver a mattress directly to your door without a huge cost has brought a new level of convenience and ease to shopping for and installing a new mattress.

As this online market for mattresses has matured and evolved, we’ve been able to observe and identify the times that are most likely to offer the best deals and lowest prices.

One thing to remember about online sales is that sometimes they are fleeting. The quantity of products available at the discounted price may be low, or the deal may only be offered for an hour or another limited amount of time. These can sometimes be called “lightning deals” or “flash deals,” so if you want to be able to jump on these discounts, make sure that you have all of the information you need ready to move quickly when the deal is offered.


Spring, and especially Memorial Day weekend, brings great seasonal deals on mattresses. Major retailers offer sales and discounts of up to 60% off as they make room for next year’s inventory.

Major National Holidays

Most National holidays in the US include a three day weekend and businesses like to take advantage of your being home to offer discounts and sales leading up to, and through, the holiday. Thanksgiving, Memorial and Labor Day, as well as the 4th of July are popular times of the year for shoppers to watch for special offers.

Thanksgiving in particular often offers huge discounts around Black Friday sales, and the sleep industry is generally overlooked at these time for more electronic based purchases. However, mattresses are a fairly large investment and you should consider checking out local and online prices at this time.

If you are in need of a mattress, find which stores are offering your choices and begin to watch for their advertising. A few months wait may be worth it!

Buying Online

Purchasing a mattress sight unseen isn’t as risky as it sounds. Online retailers offer many of the same brands. Plus, they often offer free delivery INCLUDING returns within a trial period.

Here are some benefits to buying online:

  • Price: Mattress stores markup costs as much as 50-60 percent to account for their overhead. Online outlets, which don’t operate physical locations, can pass their savings directly to consumers with overall lower prices.
    A brand name mattress that costs $2,000 or $3,000 in stores might sell for as little as $1,000 online. While online retailers do offer seasonal discounts on special sale days like Cyber Monday, you’ll get consistently lower prices all year long.
  • No Sales Pressure: Sure, you can’t wander the sales floor and lie down on every mattress when you browse online.
    But you also won’t get hassled by salespeople trying to upsell you. Research at your leisure from the comfort of your home.
  • More Choices: Mattress shopping can be exhausting. Even the most thorough deal hunters rarely search outside their own area code.
    But online retailers offer instant access to nationwide inventory at competitive prices (sometimes without sales tax!) You’ll also have access to reviews.

What Type Of Mattress Do You Need

There are hundreds of mattress reviews out there to pore over, butthat takes a lot of time and effort, especially considering the amount of bad information and biased articles.

That’s why we’ve surveyed all the information that’s out there and combined it with our own in-house research to create this guide to the best mattresses for every kind of sleeper.

It’s not just the brand of mattress that matters – there are dozens of different materials and designs that can go into a mattress, and every kind of sleeper will find some more comfortable and supportive than others.

There are a surprising number of latex memory foam mattresses in this guide – probably because latex memory foam provides a little more support and breathability than traditional memory foam.

So if you’re ready for a sound night’s sleep but aren’t sure which mattress will work for your sleeping style, read on!

  • Innerspring mattresses. These mattresses use a network of steel spring coils to provide support. The springs might be tied together into a single unit or each one may be individually wrapped. When shopping for this type of mattress, you may hear something about coil gauge. That refers to the thickness of the wire used to make the springs. The lower the number, the thicker the spring and the firmer the support. Gauge numbers for mattresses usually go from 12 to 18. It’s an important factor, but just one of many to be considered in your purchase. Learn more about innerspring mattresses.
  • Memory Foam mattresses. A layer of memory foam can reduce pressure points, which softens to the contours of the body and can assist with good blood flow during sleep. It’s a remarkable material because it facilitates a healthier sleep environment, thanks to its anti-dust mite and anti-microbial properties. For anyone with allergies or breathing issues like asthma, it’s a good option.
  • Latex mattresses. Mattresses made from latex are gaining popularity. Sleepers adore them because of their comfort, breathability, superior bounciness and responsiveness, i.e. how quickly it springs back after pressure is applied. For those who like to keep it natural, latex is appealing since it’s created with a white liquid extracted from rubber (heavea-Brasilenis) trees. Most latex mattresses are made with a combination of natural and synthetic latex to improve comfort and longevity. Learn more about latex mattresses.
  • Hybrid. The good news is that you don’t have to declare allegiance to innerspring or foam mattresses. You can compromise with a hybrid that combines the best qualities of the two types. Coils are topped with a layer of foam, which helps with motion isolation – something that minimizes the motion you feel when your bedmate moves. Learn more about hybrid mattresses.
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