So it’s time to buy a new mattress, but you have no clue where to start. How do you know if you’re getting the best deal? When is the best time of year to purchase a mattress? What’s the difference between all those different types of beds? Luckily, we’re here to guide you through everything you need to know about buying a mattress and how to get the most bang for your buck.
When buying a mattress, you’ll probably notice they tend to range in price — and they can get expensive. However, you may be able to get mattresses for cheaper if you know when the company will be offering sales or deals. In this guide, I’ll go over the best times of year to buy a mattress along with some other tips to make your experience smoother (and hopefully cheaper!).
Mattresses can range from cheap to very expensive. These terms are relative, but mattresses generally range from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars. Sometimes, it seems like two mattresses are basically the same but are drastically different prices. Often, it’s the materials within the mattress, such as the types of foams and springs, that can drive up the price of a mattress. The durability of a mattress and the warranties the company provides are also good factors to consider when contemplating purchasing a mattress.
When Is It Time To Replace Your Mattress?
There isn’t an exact formula to determine when it’s time to replace your mattress. Every mattress is different, and so is every sleeper. Beds typically need to be replaced every five to 10 years, but some mattresses are more durable than others and may be in great condition for longer. Some mattresses may get worn out after just a few years.
To know if it’s time to get a new mattress, check in with yourself and how you’ve been sleeping. Do you wake up with sore muscles or a crick in your neck? Do you find yourself tossing and turning all night trying to get comfortable? These may be good indicators that your time with your mattress is up.
You can also do a check-in with your mattress. Carefully examine it for wear and tear. If it sags where you sleep, has coils sticking out, or just generally looks worn out, it may be time for a new one. It also might be time to replace your mattress if you can’t even remember when you bought your current one.
Most of us consider holidays to be a time of giving, and fortunately, so do most mattress companies. If you want to scope out a sweet deal on your mattress, it may be best to wait until there’s a holiday coming up. Here at Sleepopolis, we are constantly updating our pages for holiday deals, so these are good resources to inform you about every possible deal. Some of the most popular mattress sale holidays are Presidents Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Black Friday/Cyber Monday, New Year’s Day, Amazon Prime Day, Labor Day, and Veterans Day.
What exactly is included in these holiday deals? In the past, we’ve seen companies take hundreds of dollars off the price of the mattress and include free pillows and other sleep accessories. These deals are no joke and could save you some serious money if you choose to take advantage of them.
Outside of the holidays, many brands still offer great deals on their products. Often, these deals come on a seasonal basis. Spring can be an especially good time to hunt for mattress deals.
Many new mattress models enter the market as winter comes to a close and spring begins. Therefore, the companies need to get rid of old inventory, and voila! The older models get put on sale. Sleepopolis has also rounded up the best coupons that you can use all year round.
As similar as some mattresses may appear, no two mattresses are truly the same. Even if they are made from the same materials, they may have different levels of firmness, different trial periods and warranties, and work best for different kinds of sleepers. Here are some things you should pay attention to when you’re deciding on a mattress:
- Know what kind of sleeper you are: Different sleep positions work best on different kinds of mattresses. If you’re sleeping in one sleeping position but your mattress isn’t designed to support it, you may run into some serious issues. Knowing if you’re a back sleeper, side sleeper, stomach sleeper, or combination sleeper can help you choose the most supportive mattress for that position.
- Do online and in-person research: There are benefits to mattress shopping online and in person. Often, you’ll find better deals online than in the store because in-person stores only have to compete with prices at a local level, while online stores are competing at a national level. You may be able to find a better deal online. However, in-store you’ll actually be able to test the product yourself — although many online brands offer home sleep trials.
- Always read online reviews: The beautiful thing about the internet is it gives you access to other customers and their experiences. Reading the online reviews for different mattresses can provide some insight into how other people feel about this mattress and if they would recommend it to others.
- Read the fine print: Always pay attention to the policies a company has before purchasing one of its mattresses. Check for information about trial periods and warranties. If you purchase a mattress and end up hating it, a mattress that comes with a trial period will let you return or exchange it for one you like better within the trial period. Similarly, if the mattress is defective, a warranty can guarantee you get a replacement.
- Look for closing stores: If a mattress store near you is closing, it may be the perfect opportunity to buy a mattress at a discounted price. The store will be needing to clear out its inventory and will likely be offering some great sales.
- Check your work: Calculate what your final amount saved is with percentages off and bundles of free accessories added. It’s always fun to see how much you were able to save, and you can use this number to compare it to any other deals you may find.
Should you buy a used mattress?
Generally, we do not recommend buying used mattresses. There are hygiene concerns that come with used mattresses, such as bed bugs or suspicious stains. It’s also hard to tell the true wear and tear of the mattress after it has been used by someone else. It may be better to start completely fresh.
What is the best day of the week to buy a mattress?
There is no set best day of the week to buy a mattress. Instead, focus on what season it is. Mattresses are more likely to go on sale in the spring or before an upcoming holiday.
How much should I spend on a mattress?
In our experience, we find that shoppers usually spend an average of $1,500 to $2,000 on a queen-size mattress. These numbers will fluctuate based on the size of the mattress you’re purchasing, the quality of materials, and the different features it offers.