What’s the Best Time to Buy a Mattress?

Written by: Andjela Kastratovic
Updated: 04/11/2023

When is the best time to buy a mattress if you plan on going shopping? 

Mattress retailers often have sales for holiday weekends and special occasions. Since mattresses are expensive, it’s best to avoid paying the full price.

To find the best mattress deals, read on. 

Best Times to Get a New Mattress

April and May are usually the best time to buy a mattress. But there’s more to it. Mattress companies also tend to offer lower prices and deep discounts on federal holidays.

And not only during holiday weekends. You could find a bed at its best price even weeks earlier.

Let’s start with some key dates to buy a mattress at a discount. 

New Year’s Day

New year, new mattress! 

On January 1st, many mattress brands and big box stores offer sales on old models to prepare for new mattresses, making it an excellent time to buy. These could also relate to sales on Martin Luther King Day.

President’s Day

If you want a new mattress, expect some sales and discounts during this holiday weekend in February. 

Memorial Day

The Memorial Day weekend is your chance if you want a cheap bed. This holiday weekend isn’t just for online stores. You can also find Memorial Day sales at your local brick-and-mortar store.

Independence Day

Shopping on July 4th is also a good idea if you want to get the best deal on a bed. Many mattress brands hold sales around this date, sometimes beginning in June, and even ending in mid July.  

Labor Day

Online mattress brands and brick-and-mortar stores Labor Day sales begin a week before the holiday. Since other back-to-school sales are around the same time as Labor Day, this is an excellent time to buy a mattress for college students.

Veterans Day

Many old beds go on sale around Veterans Day, on November 11th. Since it’s near the New Year, most brands plan to eliminate their older models to make room for new ones. 

It isn’t just about the national holidays. There are also other dates you should watch out for if you want to get a cheaper bed. 

Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Black Friday offers the best deals, especially on beds. If you want to save money, this is the best time to buy a mattress. Weekend-long Black Friday sales are typical. 

On this day, most brick-and-mortar stores are hell. Stick to online sellers. 

Cyber Monday offers similar deals to Black Friday. It usually comes with great discounts and bundle deals. 

Amazon Prime Day

It’s usually in July, but the exact Amazon Prime Day date changes every year. Prime Day can really be the best time to buy a mattress.

During this event, Amazon Prime members can have a Prime Day for mattress sales.

Spring Product Launch

Spring sees many mattress brands release new mattress models and other products. Since they want to get rid of the old ones, they usually discount them heavily. 

How to Find the Best Mattress Deals

Getting a good deal on a bed isn’t just about the holiday sales and other events.

We have some tips for you if you want to spend a little less and still get a high-quality mattress. 

Keep an Eye Out for Sales

Sales aren’t limited to holidays. For example, many items are discounted between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Some mattress brands offer birthday deals, coupons, and other options. 

So watch for sales on social media and in local stores. Online deals are more common, but closing stores often offer good deals. So, if you’re interested, grab that bed quickly! 

You could even find a floor model for half the price.

The Final Price Matters

Many of us get carried away when we see a significant discount, especially during holiday sales. I mean, 30% off? That’s definitely a good deal and a reason to get a bed. Don’t mind if I do!

But in truth, other things are more important. One is your personal preference. Does that bed really suit you, or does it have a discounted price? 

Two, what is the final price? Why would you spend money on it if it’s still more than you budgeted for and it isn’t the perfect bed for you? It’s more important to get a bed that suits you than it is to pay less because you spend about a third of your life sleeping.

Beware of the total, not the discount. 

Do Your Research

It’s essential to do your research before you actually go shopping. Figure out what you like and are looking for, and pick a couple of mattress brands that suit you. 

If you notice a model that seems like the perfect mattress for you, keep an eye out on that mattress brand until it goes on sale. 


Many beds sold online come with discounts if someone sends you a referral. If you know someone who bought a mattress recently, you can ask them to do this. Or you could get a friend to also buy a bed at the same time and use their referral for this.

Mattress Shopping Online vs. In-Store

Beds used to only be sold in stores, but now people prefer to shop from online mattress brands.

Most people prefer mattresses found online because they’re cheaper and easier to buy. Let’s compare these choices.  

Online Shopping

Most people shop online now. It usually comes with free shipping and delivery, longer warranties, and a sleep trial you can use to test a bed. Also, the cost of online beds is generally lower. 

But buying a mattress from online retailers also means you can only test it once it’s at home. 

In-Store Shopping

Buying a mattress in-store helps because you can test it before you get it and immediately see whether you like it. 

But it costs more, has fewer benefits, and takes longer than online shopping. 

When Should I Replace My Mattress?

Most people will tell you you should replace your bed every eight years. 

But it really depends. We’ll discuss bed lifespan next, but here are some signs of a worn mattress. 

Wear and Tear

If your mattress has physical signs of wear and tear, it’s time to get a new one. 

These signs include sags and body impressions, damage, stains you can’t remove, and smells. Noisy mattresses are also old. 

Physical Symptoms

There are also physical symptoms. Do you often wake up in pain or feel more tired even after 8 hours of sleep? 

This could be a sign of an old mattress. And if you have allergies, it’s likely dusty. Sleeping on a different bed can also prove this. If it’s much better, get a new bed.

How Long Does a Mattress Last?

Not every mattress lasts 8 to 10 years, as most sources would tell you. 

How long your mattress lasts depends on a couple of factors, mostly what it’s made of, how you use it, and how you take care of it. Remember to get a mattress protector if you want your bed to last longer!

Here’s more information about mattress types and their longevity. 

Foam Mattresses

Foam mattresses usually don’t last long, but it all depends. Mattresses made from polyurethane foam typically don’t last long. This is also a generally lower-density foam, which means that the bed can start to sag after just a couple of years.

On the other hand, high-density memory foam mattresses can last up to 10 years. But low-density ones can’t.

The average lifespan of a foam bed is between 6 and 7 years. 

Innerspring Mattresses

Innerspring mattresses also have a short lifespan. 

The metal coils need to be solid and sturdy if you want them to last long, but they usually have a lifespan of 5 to 7 years. The main problems with old innerspring mattresses are sagging and noisiness. 

Hybrid Mattresses

Hybrid beds are usually made from high-quality materials that last a long time, typically around 10 years. 

A hybrid mattress won’t fall apart easily, even when constructed as a combination of innerspring and memory foam beds. The coils are usually pocketed, and the foam is a high-density one.

Latex Mattresses

Latex mattresses are known as the most durable and long-lasting mattress types. But only if it’s made from natural latex. Beds made of this material, and organic mattresses in general, can last up to 20 years, but keeping a mattress that long isn’t the best idea. 

How Much Does a New Mattress Cost?

A mattress purchase can set you back anywhere from just a couple hundred to even a couple thousand dollars. It’s all about what you’re looking for and can afford. 

The price of the mattress depends on a couple of factors. Here’s more on that. 

Type and Materials

The mattress prices vary, and they greatly depend on the materials and construction used in the mattress.

For example, foam mattresses made from polyfoam are generally known as budget mattresses. You can also get an innerspring mattress for cheap. 

But latex mattresses are considered luxurious and cost a lot. Hybrid beds are costly, and you could also find a high-quality memory foam mattress at a steep price.


The bigger and thicker the bed is, the more it’ll cost! If you’re looking for a Queen mattress, don’t be surprised that it costs more than a Twin. 

Thicker beds also cost more because they use more materials. These beds also tend to have more layers and even transition layers made from different materials, usually making them a more luxurious option. 


Paying for a brand name is nothing new, even in this industry. If it’s a famous mattress seller, expect to pay a little more. Although, popular online mattress brands tend to have lower mattress prices.

Where You Buy It

As mentioned, getting a mattress online is usually cheaper than buying one in-store. 

This is because managing a brick-and-mortar store takes way more money, so they often sell beds at a steep markup, and online brands don’t have that problem.

Extra Fees

Buying a new mattress can often come with extra fees for shipping, delivery, white glove delivery, warranties, and other stuff. 

For example, online brands will often include shipping and delivery in the price, but you’ll often have to pay extra for white glove delivery. On the other hand, buying a mattress in-store usually costs more. 

Also, buying a mattress can sometimes come with hidden fees like the cost of exchanging it, sending it back after the sleep trial ends, or even fixing it. 

Frequently Asked Questions

When Is the Worst Time to Buy a Mattress?

There’s no worst time to buy a mattress, but there are so many dates throughout the year when you can get the best deal that you should put them to good use. Early spring is usually the best time for this.

Should I Buy a Used Mattress?

Our answer is usually no. While getting a used mattress comes with a lower price, it can also come with other problems. Lack of information, warranty, possible damages, and even bed bugs

It’s better and healthier to look for cheaper mattress models during holiday sales. You could also look for floor models.

Final Thoughts

Are you ready to get a new mattress? 

If you want a good bang for your buck, watch for sales around springtime and significant holidays. Take your time, do your research, and get a good mattress!

Good luck, and sleep tight! 

Reviews written by:

Andjela Kastratovic - Co-editor

Anđela is a content writer by the day and an Illustrator by night. She loves anything creative, but sleep takes the cake – that’s why she enjoys writing for Anatomy of Sleep so much!

While in high school, she got accepted for her dream job – a ‘professional sleeper’. Her job was to test new mattresses from a local mattress brand and write reports on the quality of sleep. Ever since then, she’s been in love with reviewing mattresses and putting her compelling research into ultimate buyer’s guides. While not exploring the latest brands, she likes to illustrate and spend time with her dog and friends.