What is the Best Time to Buy a Mattress?
We’ve all been there, you spend years sleeping great on your mattress. Then, one night, you suddenly don’t sleep as well. There may be some tossing and turning, or perhaps you continuously wake up throughout the night. Maybe there’s a lump or a bump, or you’re just plain uncomfortable. Maybe you can feel a coil or two in your back as you sleep. Perhaps you’re moving into a new apartment or just want a fresh start. Or maybe it’s just time. After all, mattresses should be replaced every 10 years. Whatever the reason, the time has come to think about buying a new mattress. But when is the best time to buy?
Aside from size and comfort level, price is right up there among the things people take into consideration when buying a new mattress. While it may surprise you to hear that certain times of year are better than others to make such a sizable purchase, you shouldn’t let price stand in the way of a better night’s sleep!
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What is the best season for mattress purchases?
New mattresses will make their way into stores in early spring, making March and April the best time of year to purchase. Referred to as “Overstock Sales“, the previous year models are placed on sale in order to make room on the showroom floor for the new model, allowing customers to score great deals on the previous year’s inventory. In a number of instances, it was found that retailers had ordered a large quantity of mattresses in the previous fall in anticipation of customer demand, and by the spring no longer have the storage space, causing them to offer these older models at a great discount.
Opting for a floor model at this time of year could save you as much as 50% off the ticketed price! However, it is important to remember that these floor models have been tested out by previous shoppers.
Another form of discount can be found as stores carry out inventory – which usually happens in late September, at the end of the fiscal year. A number of mattresses, including those with slight defects, older models, and showroom models will be given large discounts in order to sell them.
Are national holidays really the best time to shop?
National holidays such as Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Black Friday, have long been considered the best time to shop. While mattress deals can be found throughout the year, mattress industry experts such as Jody Putnam, a divisional president at Mattress Firm, agree that national holidays are by far the best time for mattress sales. According to Putnam, while typical sales will see one or two types of mattresses go on sale, a national holiday sale will cause a wider variety of beds to be listed as on sale.
These sales do vary by location and brand, but typically they include things such as a free base, or savings of 10-20%. In addition, many of the premium brands, such as Simmons and Serta, can be found for as much as 50% off the original price.
Brick and mortar stores are not the only ones to place mattresses on sale at these times of year. Brands purchased online can also be found at a discount during these holiday sales. Many such sales begin a few days prior to the actual holiday and typically continue for a few days afterward.
Possibly the best holiday to shop for a mattress, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the busiest shopping days of the years, and because they fall on dates near the end of the year, many retailers are making one last push to increase revenue by offering great sales.
What about when a new store opens?
While there is no way to know ahead of time when a new store will open its doors near you, a grand opening is truly the best time to purchase a new mattress. This can also be true for online stores, so it is important for potential customers to keep their eyes open while perusing the Internet.
What if I need a mattress now and just can’t wait?
Generally speaking, if your mattress is approaching the 10-year mark, it is time to consider purchasing a new one. You may be aware that the time is coming because you wake up in the morning with an aching neck or back (or both), or it may take a few nights of sleeping somewhere else for you to realize you just aren’t as comfortable on your own trusty mattress any more. Whatever the case, there are still some things you can keep in mind when looking for a new mattress throughout the year.
There are a number of mattress retailers online now, many of which offer competitive pricing. Ordered online, these mattresses come to your door in a compact box and require you to set it up yourself. While this is not a great option for everyone, if you can handle the do-it-yourself method, this may be the way to go. If not, the pricing you find on brands such as Tuft & Needle Mattress, Amerisleep, or Sleep Number may come in handy when striking a deal at a brick-and-mortar store.
This brings us to the next point – negotiation. Many retailers are able to come down a little bit on the price when asked. However, if they are not willing or able to, they may be able to throw in an accessory, such as sheets or pillows, for free.
In addition, many retailers offer a trial period, allowing customers as many as 100 nights or more to test out a mattress. If you are not fully satisfied and are still not getting enough sleep each night, a full refund comes your way after you return the mattress.
Many retailers will offer you a price guarantee, meaning that if you find the same mattress at a lower price within a certain timeframe (typically around three months), the difference in price will be refunded to you. If you are lucky enough to find a retailer with a large time window on this deal, you could capitalize on a larger sale date without having to wait.
Most importantly, buyers should pay attention to the total price over a percentage off when making a purchase such as this. Rather than looking at a mattress as being 10% off, experts suggest customers consider the original and final price when making their decision.
So when is the best time to buy a mattress?
Well, the simple answer is, there is no single best time to buy a mattress. All in all, there are many times throughout the year to find a great deal on a mattress if you keep your eyes open. If you are able to wait, the best times to consider a new mattress purchase include early spring (such as March or April), Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and September, and the end of the year, specifically, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
While many customers are able to wait for a sizable sale where many brands can be found at a deep discount, many others are not in such a position. Whether you are moving and starting a new life, or your mattress is simply nearing the end of its life and causing you to not get a good night’s sleep through its protruding lumps and bumps, remember that there are many ways to seek out a good deal on a new mattress no matter what time of year it is! Paying attention and looking for price guarantees and trial periods can help save money in the long-run. In addition, negotiating over price can help lower the total mattress cost or result in some bonus items being included.
It is also important to consider shopping at online retailers. Many of these companies are new and willing to offer discounts in an effort to increase their customer base. Because they also offer trial periods, customers are able to ensure that the mattress they purchased online will actually result in a good night’s sleep, or receive a full refund.
All in all, mattress shopping should be a fun time. If you do go the brick-and-mortar route, go try out some mattresses. Make sure you have a size in mind, and what perks you would like included for your comfort level. After all, a mattress is something you will use every day for the next 10 years and it should be comfortable!
In addition, buyers should remain aware of the total price difference when looking at a mattress that has been discounted. In some instances, a 50% discount may not be a better deal than a 10% discount when the original mattress price is taken into consideration.
Most importantly, remember these tips and make sure you do not overpay for your mattress! Don’t let price stand in the way of a good night’s sleep!