Buying a Mattress? Here’s the Best Time of Year to Shop, According to Experts

published Nov 16, 2019
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No matter which route you take, timing your furniture purchase matters more than you think—and it may pay to plan your mattress buying in advance.

What’s the best time to buy a mattress? 

The end and beginning of the year are often the smartest time to make big home purchases, according to Haniya Rae, Home and Appliances Writer at Consumer Reports. “Typically, at the very end and at the beginning of the year, manufacturers and retailers are trying to get rid of older models to make way for new ones, so you might have a chance to snag a deal on a good mattress at that time,” she says. 

There’s no hard-and-fast rule about when mattresses are cheaper, but Rae says public holidays are usually a good opportunity to save some money. Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas, and New Year’s are all good options. “Typically, you’ll find the best deals (or at least 10 to 20 percent off) around most holiday weekends,” she says. “And it doesn’t seem to differ by region, or online versus in store.”

How can I get deals on a mattress? 

Even if you’re already taking advantage of low mattress prices around the holidays, Rae says you may be able to talk your way into an even sweeter deal. “Anytime you try to buy a mattress, whether online or in store, you should try to haggle with the salesperson or online chat agent. You’re likely to get an extra discount or some freebies,” she says.  

Finding the best mattress 

Now that you know when to buy your mattress, the next step is figuring out where. Rae recommends testing them out beforehand if possible, and doing some research ahead of your purchase on a site like Consumer Reports, which provides ratings on the best mattresses for back and side sleepers of all sizes.

Moral of the story: We spend up to a third of our lives sleeping, so choose wisely, and plan ahead if you can!

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