When is the Best Time to Buy a Mattress

By Stacy Liman
Last Updated On April 19th, 2021

Your mattress can’t last forever, even the best mattresses will eventually need to be replaced. Over time, materials break down from wear and tear, leaving a visible sag in the…

When is the Best Time to Buy a Mattress

Your mattress can’t last forever, even the best mattresses will eventually need to be replaced. Over time, materials break down from wear and tear, leaving a visible sag in the middle of your mattress. When this happens, it’s time to replace your bed.

The best time to start looking for a new mattress is between February and May, during long weekends, and anytime online. During these times, mattress brands offer some of the best discounts and sales. You can score a great deal on a model you’ve been eyeing while saving yourself some extra money.

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February Through May

Starting in February and continuing through May, mattress companies offer deep discounts. The reason behind this is because companies are trying to get rid of older models and make way for new ones. New mattresses typically arrive between June and September. You can always ask a manager when they expect new models, then plan accordingly.

Long Weekends

Most sales events happen on long weekends. During these weekends, companies start the sale the Friday before and continue promotions throughout the weekend. Companies offer discounts and package deals—usually a mattress and bedframe for a value price. Some sales events last through the week.

The days and long weekends when most mattress sales occur include:

  • Presidents Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Fourth of July
  • Labor Day
  • Black Friday

Online Sales

best time to buy a mattress

Online sales are ongoing, particularly with bed in a box brands. You don’t necessarily have to wait until Amazon Prime Day or Cyber Monday to score on some great deals. Why? Unlike brick and mortar stores, online retailers sell their products online only.

Online stores don’t have to worry about paying storage or commission fees—they sell directly to you, the customer. As a result, they can afford to use higher-quality materials in their mattresses and sell them at discounted prices. These mattress brands can also offer extended sleep trials and warranties.

Bed in a box brands are mattresses that are decompressed, rolled up, and delivered to your door in a convenient cardboard box. The idea behind this was to make it easier and more cost-effective for buying a bed. Latex and memory foam mattresses are common; you may even find some hybrid models too.

But, if you’re looking for an innerspring mattress, a brick and mortar store is your best option. The decompression process may damage innerspring coils.

Online vs. In-Store

While online retailers offer excellent discounts, there is one disadvantage to online shopping—you won’t be able to try out a new mattress before buying it. If you’re not comfortable with this idea, then brick and mortar stores might be more to your liking.

In-store mattress retailers feature showrooms where you can try out any available bed. Mattress stores, while they may not be able to offer extended warranties and sleep trials, offer standard 10-year warranties and at least a 30-day return policy. As a bonus, these retailers may provide same day or next day delivery. Since they house most of their models on-site, you’re more likely to enjoy your new mattress that night.

However, a major disadvantage of in-store shopping is that you may end up paying more than you would online. The extra charge comes from commission and storage fees. So, if you prefer to shop in-person, make sure you have the budget.

Consider Sleep Trials and Warranties

Sleep trials and warranties are perks you can expect from a mattress manufacturer. They act as reassurances to the customer of a quality mattress. Beware of a new bed if it doesn’t come with some type of sleep trial or warranty—it could be the sign of a low-quality bed.

Sleep Trial

A sleep trial allows customers to try a new mattress within the comfort of their own home. This trial period usually lasts between 90 to 120 nights. Some companies may require the customer to keep the bed for at least 30 days, allowing time for their body to adjust to a new sleep surface,  before accepting any returns.

Should a new mattress not include a sleep trial, the next best thing is to look at the return policy. While shorter than a sleep trial, a return policy gives you 30 days to try out a new bed. If you don’t like it, you can return the mattress for a refund.

Warranty

A warranty covers manufacturing defects and sagging greater than 1 inch, depending on the brand. Most beds come with a standard 10-year warranty. Some companies may offer extended warranties, like bed-in-a-box brands. Warranties only apply to the original purchaser and can’t be transferred.

Why Choose Amerisleep?

At Amerisleep, we offer high-quality mattresses at lower prices. Our memory foam mattress models range from AS1 (firm) to AS5 (soft). We also offer a hybrid variant of the AS2, AS3, and AS5 models.

Plus, we offer ongoing deals year-round, especially during those long weekends. Right now, you can score $200 off any mattress online. You’ll be sure to find a comfortable bed to suit your needs.

Bio-Pur®

Bio-Pur® is plant-based memory foam. During the manufacturing process, castor oil replaces some of the petroleum. This results in a more breathable and responsive memory foam. You won’t feel trapped inside the mattress as you enjoy the contouring sensation and pressure relief.

Affinity Layer with HIVE® Technology

The Affinity Layer is included in all Amerisleep foam beds except for the AS1. The Affinity Layer features special HIVE® technology. Hundreds of hexagon segments form five zones of support—areas under the head, back, and legs feel firmer, while areas under the shoulders and hips are softer.

HIVE® technology evenly relieves pressure points, particularly in heavier sections of the body (the shoulders and hips). This technology also keeps the spine in neutral alignment for a more comfortable night’s rest.

Active Flex

Active Flex is a unique foam layer, only found in the AS5 and AS5 Hybrid models. Active Flex is a highly-responsive foam layer. You’ll love the plushness without deep sinkage because Active Flex immediately reacts to shifting weight.

Bio-Core®

Bio-Core® is the support layer of Amerisleep’s memory foam models. Bio-Core® evenly distributes weight across the sleep surface and is built to provide long-lasting support.

Zoned Pocketed Coils

Zoned pocketed coils are found in Amerisleep Hybrid models. This zoned layer is similar to the  HIVE® technology found in our memory foam mattresses. Pocketed coils with different gauges form three support areas—you’ll feel softness under the head, shoulders, and legs, and firmness under the back and hips. Zoned pocketed coils provide better support to the lower back and targeted pressure point relief.

100-Night Sleep Trial

Each of our mattresses comes with a 100-night sleep trial. This gives you plenty of time to sleep on the mattress in the comfort of your own home and make sure it’s right for you.

20-Year Warranty

We offer one of the best warranties in the mattress industry. Our 20-year warranty covers any manufacturing defects and sags 0.75 inches or deeper. During the first ten years, we’ll repair or replace the mattress free of charge. During the last ten years, we’ll repair or replace the bed at a prorated cost to the customer.

Prices of Amerisleep Mattresses

MattressPrice
AS1$909
AS2$979
AS2 Hybrid$1329
AS3$1049
AS3 Hybrid$1399
AS4$1259
AS5$1539
AS5 Hybrid$1889

FAQs

When should I buy a mattress?

Between February and May are the best months to buy a mattress. During this time, many mattress manufacturers offer low mattress prices to get rid of old models and make way for new ones. You can always call a store ahead of time and ask when they expect new arrivals.

You can also score a great deal during long weekends. These sales events usually last through the weekend, and some may go for the whole week. Mattress stores usually advertise these events up to a month in advance, so keep an eye out for advertisements.

Is it better to buy a mattress online or in-store?

There are benefits and drawbacks to shopping online and in-store. Online mattresses have lower prices, higher-quality materials, and extended sleep trials and warranties. A drawback to online shopping is that you won’t be able to try out a new mattress before buying it, but that’s why a sleep trial comes in handy. Sleep trials give you time to try out a new bed at home.

In-store shopping allows you to try out any available mattress model in a showroom. You may also receive same-day or next-day delivery, depending on if the bed is in stock. Drawbacks to in-store shopping include paying higher prices (extra fees for commission and storage) and shorter sleep trials and warranties.

Online, you can expect lengthy sleep trials (90 days or more) and warranties (10 years or more), but most in-store purchases come with return policies that last 30 days and may only come with a 10-year warranty. These return policies may charge a return delivery fee and a restocking fee. Plus, some companies may not have money-back guarantees, and instead offer store credit.

What is a good price for a mattress?

The average price for a queen size, high-quality mattress is about $1000. These mattresses contain quality materials, some form of sleep technology (zoned support system, cooling properties), a 100-night sleep trial, and, at least, a standard 10-year warranty.

The cost largely depends on the type of materials a mattress contains. For example, natural materials, like latex, will cost more than memory foam or innersprings. If there’s a specific mattress model you want, make sure your budget can cover the cost, including shipping and handling fees.

Conclusion

If you need a new mattress, there are plenty of ongoing sales throughout the year. You just need to know when to look. The best time to score a great bed is between February and May, during long weekends, and anytime online.

At Amerisleep, we’re currently offering $200 off any mattress online. So, if you’ve been eyeing the Amerisleep mattress model for some time now, treat yourself and buy it today.

This article is for informational purposes and should not replace advice from your doctor or other medical professional.


About the author

Stacy Liman is a journalism graduate student and a freelance writer with a focus on mindfulness and content marketing. Stacy enjoys discovering new mattresses and connecting people with their perfect bed, but she more so enjoys understanding and writing about the science of sleep to help people get deeper, healthier rest.

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