Let’s face it: buying a mattress can be one of the most expensive purchases you’ll ever make. With premium brands costing thousands of dollars, it’s really important that you shop around and try to find deals or sales.
Fortunately most leading retailers have hidden sales pages where you can find the most popular brands at massively reduced prices. Whether it’s because they have excess inventory, because customers won’t pay full price for that product, or just because they decided to offer a discount that day; these companies will help you save some serious cash.
If you’re a member of Amazon Prime then you usually can get fast, free shipping on your mattress. Shipping items as large and bulky as a bed is generally extremely expensive, so if you’re a member then this is definitely a useful perk.
Ashley Furniture Homestore
Ashley Furniture Homestore has been offering quality furniture at affordable prices for more than 70 years.
When you buy a mattress from their sale page, you’ll get even more savings on a high-quality mattress. If you’re looking for a bargain, you should definitely take a look at Ashley Furniture before you make your final decision.
JC Penny is one of the most popular department stores, but did you know that their website has a mattress deals page?
They have all of the leading brands including Tempur-Pedic, Sealy, and BeautyRest at steeply discounted prices. Their website is also organized by category, so if you know exactly which type of mattress you want you’ll be able to find it with ease.
Macy’s is one of America’s most iconic retailers; selling everything from clothes and shoes to appliances and, of course, mattresses.
On their mattress sale page you can find steeply discounted products from both their own home brand (MacyBed) as well as industry-leading companies like Leesa and Serta.
As one of the most prominent names in the mattress retail industry, Mattress Firm is most likely the first name you think of when it comes time to buy a new bed.
Mattress Firm is most famous for their in-person brick and mortar retail outlets, but they also have an e-commerce site where you can purchase mattresses without needing to visit a physical store. Their sale page contains items that are heavily marked down from their normal MSRP. The company typically runs major sales at the end of the year and during holidays.
Sears is another major department store that is making a big shift to online shopping. A lot of people overlook Sears, thinking that it’s nothing more than a quaint brand from the past. Although they’ve declined in popularity they still stock a large selection of premium mattresses, and they are frequently on sale.
If you take a look at Sears’ mattress deals page you’ll find the same top brands that other retailer carry, often at a significantly reduce price. As you shop around for the best deal, don’t forget to give Sears a look before making your decision.
Walmart is the most popular store in the world for people who are shopping on a budget. Known as the store that sells everything, you can get killer deals on a wide variety of sleeping products including pillows, sleep trackers, and more.
It should come as no surprise that they also have a large selection of mattresses to choose from. All of the most famous brands are represented, with most of them being marked down at a reduced price.
When is the best time of year to buy a mattress?
While all of the companies on this list have discounted beds available all year round, there are a few times during the year when you can find the steepest discounts and find sales on a wider variety of products.
End-of-year sales are huge in the mattress industry. Since many brands release new products at the beginning of the year, retailers have to sell off their excess stock. Shopping in December generally yields the biggest savings.
The holiday shopping season is another great time to save money on mattresses. The period of time from Black Friday until Christmas is full of unbelievable deals, so if you’re buying a mattress as a gift or just want to treat yourself this year, this is the time to buy.
Other major holidays that have huge sales include Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day. These federal holidays are prime shopping days in a variety of different industries, and the mattress market is no different. If you can wait until one of these holidays you’re almost certain to save more money compared to shopping during a non-holiday.
Make use of the mattress trial period
Many manufacturers offer a trial period after which you can return the mattress if you don’t like it. Some will give you a partial to full refund or exchange and some will require that you pay for the shipping and handling costs.
That’s why you need to read their policies carefully and see what you can and cannot do. Trial periods can last from a couple of weeks up to three months. During this time you should have a very good idea of what the mattress is like and whether it suits all your sleeping needs.
If you start having pain that you didn’t use to suffer from (neck or back pain, for example), the mattress probably isn’t right for you. It could be too hard or too soft for your weight both of which cause a bad posture during sleep.
Is it better to shop for a mattress online or in-store?
Both ways of shopping have their good sides. Price-wise, sometimes it’s easier to find a good deal online through coupons or special online discounts. On the other hand when you go to a brick and mortar store you can try to negotiate a better price with the salesperson.
In-store shopping has the advantage of having many mattresses laid down in front of you, ready to be tested. You can spend twenty minutes lying in each while trying to find the perfect one. Reading online reviews can be misleading because what’s soft-ish for one person can be too hard for another.
Stores usually have a limited number of mattresses you can check out. Online browsing allows you to learn about all possibilities and options. Some companies that produce high-quality mattresses are found online-only, like Saatva and Dreamcloud, so the only way to try them out is to get them delivered to your home.
Perhaps the best thing would be to do both – the online research and in-store check – that is, if you have enough time for it. This would allow you to make the best decision based on all the information you’ve gathered. If the best deal you could find was online, then go for that; and the other way round.
How to choose the right mattress
Here’s what you need to consider:
- Firmness and support. Heavier people need firmer mattresses and vice versa. Also, different sleeping positions require different mattress firmness and different levels of support. Many people, especially those who are in pain, can benefit immensely from a mattress that offers great support (which keeps their body in correct alignment).
- Material. Artificial materials can cause allergic reactions while natural ones are safer. Memory foam can give you good support and pressure relief but it also traps heat. Innerspring mattresses can also provide good support but some of them can be too bouncy.
- Price. Avoid overpriced and too cheap mattresses alike. Read reviews, do your research and pick the product with the best value.
- Size. Do you need a king, queen, or another size? This depends on whether you sleep alone, with a partner, or you’re choosing a mattress for a child. Check all the bed sizes here.
- Do you have any medical conditions? People who suffer from various sleep-related or sleep-disrupting diseases can benefit a lot from sleeping on a mattress that’s appropriate for their condition.
What’s the best mattress to buy?
The best mattress is the one that’s right for you and your needs. You’re heavy? Look for firm mattresses. Have joint pain? Check out memory foam or hybrid options. Have a partner that tosses and turns too much? Forget about what your friend recommended if that friend sleeps alone! For you, the choice should fall on a mattress with excellent movement isolation.
You should narrow your choice to the very best brands if you want to be sure you’re getting a high-quality mattress. Some of those brands include Saatva, Leesa, Layla, Casper Hybrid, Nectar, and DreamCloud.
How much should you spend on a mattress?
Mattress prices range from $500 up to $5,000. As we’ve mentioned many times, you don’t want a too cheap nor too expensive mattress. The truth is you can buy high-quality, great value mattresses for less than $1,500 or even less than $1,000 if you find a really good deal. These prices are for King and Queen size mattresses while smaller ones are cheaper by hundreds of dollars.
What’s mattress firmness?
Firmness refers to how hard or soft a mattress is when pressure is put on it. Depending on how a mattress feels to someone on the first touch, a mattress can vary in softness or firmness.
According to the most common division, mattresses can be soft, medium, and hard. Many are classified somewhere in between, such as medium-soft or medium-hard. You may see many more classified as slightly firm, very soft, etc.
There isn’t a single, broadly-accepted mattress firmness scale that you can use to know for sure what kind of mattress you’re dealing with.
This variety can be confusing, but it’s good we have a wide choice because every person is different and may have different needs. You can enjoy your sleep on a mattress that feels good to you as long as it’s not too hard and too soft.
What’s mattress support?
Support isn’t the same as firmness. Although these two qualities are different, they still depend on each other.
Support refers to the way in which a mattress holds your body – how it keeps it in proper alignment. This is very important as good support ensures that your back, hips, neck and other body parts are not suffering pressure and stress while you’re getting your precious rest.
This is especially important to those who suffer from muscle or joint pain or have poor posture. Many medical conditions can be alleviated with pressure relief and proper alignment – arthritis, fibromyalgia, and scoliosis, to name a few.
Choosing a mattress for a child
Once your kid has outgrown the crib, you need to get him or her a new bed – but what’s the right choice? Toddlers will feel good in a firmer mattress because cribs tend to have very firm mattresses for safety reasons. Getting a mattress of firmness similar to their crib will make the transition smoother.
Innerspring and memory foam mattresses are the most popular for kids. You can get an organic mattress if you’re worried about the chemicals used in the production of certain synthetic materials.
Make sure you pick the right size of the bed. Perhaps the most common choice would be between twin (74”x39”) and twin XL (80”x39”), unless you have enough space and generosity to get a Queen size for your child.
Invest in a good, high-quality mattress and with proper maintenance, it could last until your child goes to college.
How we rate mattresses
We rate mattresses using the following criteria:
- Structural integrity and durability
- Firmness and support
Learn more about our mattress rating process and methodology here.