Mattress-shopping isn’t exactly something you do on a regular basis, since a (quality) mattress can last for years on end. When you do, however, start noticing signs that your mattress is losing its quality – whether through sagging in the middle and around the edges or an overall looser, unsupportive feel – then the time is nigh to look for a new replacement. And while it may seem like mattress promos, savings events and special offers are a dime a dozen, the truth is that there are actually specific times of the year that are better for mattress deals than others. If you know that you’ll be needing one soon, it may be wise to shop during these certain windows – so, to help you out, we’ve broken them down for you below in a clear-as-day guide for an easiest, most painless mattress-shopping experience. (Note: if your old mattress has seen its day, we don’t recommend putting off shopping, since a supportive mattress is critically important for your sleep and health!)
The Best Time to Buy a Mattress
Whether it’s a promotion during a holiday or an average Tuesday, the best times to buy a mattress are when the deals are good (and the prices low)!
Without a shadow of a doubt, if you want the best deals, holidays are your best bet. It’s during holidays that you’ll find savings events across an entire store, so if mattresses are a part of the merchandise, then you can expect them to feature discounted prices, as well. Subscribe to the store’s email to stay up-to-date on upcoming and current promotions during holidays, as well as certain non-holiday promos you may not be aware of. Generally, you can expect the biggest deals to fall during President’s Day, Memorial Day, Black Friday, Fourth of July and Labor Day.
Any Time of the Year
While holidays are great for special prices and financing deals, the best time to buy a mattress is when you need it – and mattresses don’t start to sag only during holiday discounts (although, wouldn’t that be convenient!). The good news is that most mattresses are available at everyday low prices. Before purchasing, do your research; know the type and brand of the mattress you want and how much you are willing to spend.
Even if, after doing research, the mattress you want is still a little more than you were hoping to spend (since some mattresses are of high-end, luxury brand names, this can easily happen), realize that if you’re going to spend a little more on anything, it should be a mattress. You spend a third of your life on one; if it’s uncomfortable or cheap, that’s a third of your life that pays no dividends and which you won’t be able to get back.
More Tips for Mattress-Buying Throughout the Year
Part of doing your research before buying means trying out the mattress for yourself. Some mattresses come with a trial period, so you can actually test it out as if it were yours. Another option is to test out the mattress in a showroom, where you’ll be able to lie down in it (if you want, bring a blanket and you’ll even be able to take a quick nap!) and ask any questions you have for the sales representative.
If you’re trying it out in the store, make sure you’re lying in it long enough. Most sleep experts say that in order to truly get a feel of a mattress, you’ll need to lie in it for at least ten to fifteen minutes, as any shorter will mean the composition of the mattress may not fully contour and adapt to your body weight and form. (If trying out a mattress in a store feels awkward – you’re not alone. Sleep experts know that lying on what would potentially be your new bed is pretty personal, and going so far as to take a nap, with your eyes closed, can be awkward in a store. Most likely, the representative will offer you personal time and space, but if not, there’s no harm in asking!)
Remember, the sleep experts in mattress departments are there to help you – they want you to get the best deals possible and for you to find your perfect fit. If you’re not aware of any promotions or offers, simply ask the sales rep, who will give you tips on the exact best time to shop for the exact product you’re interested in.
Finally, remember that showrooms only show part of a selection – if you find a mattress you like but the showroom doesn’t have it in the size, material or comfort type you want, check the online shop. Shopping for mattresses online may feel paradoxical (mattresses are all about physical feel), but it has its own benefits, including in-depth details you may have missed in the store and an easy way to access a complete overview of every single mattress within a collection. The best is a hybrid; shop a little in store and online to get the ideal experience.
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