Nothing compares to the sweet exhilaration of burying yourself in the warmth of a great mattress. But like most relationships, this fondness is often preceded by a few less-thrilling events. For one; researching, finding, and eventually deciding on what mattress to buy can be tedious. Carting the 45-90 pound weight up a few flights of stairs, and around your apartment is not much fun either. Hopefully, by answering a few pertinent mattress-purchase related questions, we can set you on the fast track to the fun part. And there is no better place to begin, than with a question that plagues most rookie shoppers; when is the best time to buy a mattress?
All You Need To Know Before Buying a Mattress
If you are familiar with the concept of buyer’s remorse then you will agree that every purchase deserves some pre-planning. Much like every commodity in the open market, there is a slew of mattress options available. But unless you are willing to risk serious bodily harm, you can’t simply walk into a mattress purchase unarmed. Here are a few things you must know if you don’t want to become a sitting duck for smooth-talking mattress salesmen and their less-than-desirable products;
You Must Know What Your Body Needs
The first rule of smart purchase is; don’t buy what you can live without. In mattress purchase, this principle is absolutely indispensable. Depending on your preferred sleeping position, size, health conditions, age and overall sleeping habits, your body requires a specific type of mattress . Thankfully, mattresses are designed such that they can attend to varying requirements. By noting your sleeping habits and body’s preferences, you can cut through the noise when trying to decide on a mattress.
Here is are a few questions that might help;
- How much do you weigh?
- Are you a back, side or stomach sleeper?
- Do you have any pre-existing health conditions – such as arthritis, joint pain…etc.?
- Are you pregnant?
- Do you tend to sleep hot?
- Do you have allergies?
- How old are you?
Take note that if you are sharing your bed with a partner(s), the answers to these questions must incorporate their needs as well. Thus, you consider these as well
- Does your partner toss/turn or take frequent bathroom trips?
- Are you likely to engage in rigorous activity while in bed? (wink)
Ultimately, the answers to these questions will narrow down your options significantly. They will also save you from buying a multi-faceted, over-complex mattress that you probably have no use for.
Know What Your Options Are
Knowing your body is one thing, but given the types of mattresses available you ’ll likely get lost in a haze of options if you have no foreknowledge of what the market has to offer.
Mattresses are categorized into types based on design, materials, firmness/foam density and size. These categories are often the dividing line between what is suitable for some, and inappropriate for others. For instance, based on foam density, mattresses are categorized as firm, medium-firm and soft. While firm mattresses are recommended for stomach and (sometimes) back sleepers, side sleepers will fare better with plushy mattresses .
Similarly, mattresses are classified based on memory foam materials, latex or hybrid mattresses. And based on design, they are divided into open spring, pocket spring, pillow top and adjustable mattresses. Latex foams are a great option if you sleep hot and like a little bit of bounce. And if you have back and joint related problems, memory foam mattresses are a better option. On the other hand, hybrid foam mattresses can offer you the best of both worlds.
Okay, sure, it all seems a little hazy. But if you know what your body needs and what options you have, it won’t seem as complex. Say, you are a heavy set, back sleeper with a restless partner; a medium-firm latex foam will suit you perfectly. And if you are a lightweight, side sleeper who happens to have joint problems; your body will love a soft, memory or hybrid foam. See? easy as 1,2,3.
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Know Your Budget
Budgets are no fun. You may want to choose any mattress and simply pay for it, but your bank account will likely have other ideas.
Setting your sights on a specific amount will help prevent an unnecessary splurge. It will also help you find the best deals in your price range. Thankfully, just as mattresses vary, their price tags vary as well. So, it is really a question of finding something that suits your budget (or comes close).
If you are working with a limited budget, consider sticking to online purchases. It is common knowledge that brick-and-mortar stores often have inflated price tags. This is typically the result of increased cost of maintenance and management.
No, quality isn’t always synonymous with a high cost. But while we can’t advise you to skimp on your mattress, you can be assured that you’ll find a quality option on a modest budget. And by modest, we mean anything that costs between $500 to $1000.
Keep that in mind when deciding on a budget that, the bigger you go, the more you are going to spend. Again, very cheap mattresses can have dastardly implications; don’t skimp on your mattress.
Know The Fine Print (Warranty, Return Policy…etc)
Once you begin considering a mattress seriously, jump right into learning the fine print of its purchase. Between its delivery terms, warranty, return policies and trial periods, a mattress that might seem ideal may prove to be a risk.
If you are buying a mattress online, warranties and trial periods should be part of your deal breakers. While purchases from brick-and-mortar stores might involve testing, online purchases do not have this perk. And even if you briefly plop onto the mattress when you visit a store, you may not enjoy sleeping on it through the night.
Deliveries will also save you the hassle of transportation and (sometimes) set-up. However, guarantees, warranties and trial periods are a must-have for any mattress you might be committed to for a very long time.
Know What It Feels Like
If you choose to go brick-and-mortar, don’t be ashamed to give the mattress a whirl before swiping that card.
You probably won’t be allowed to catch an actual snooze on the mattress, but give it a good test run anyway.
Try a full stretch, lying in your sleeping position, and maybe tossing slightly to get a sense of its bounce. By sitting on its side, you may estimate its edge control capabilities. Just make sure to take note of heat retention, and motion isolation as well as other features. If you would be sharing the bed, it won’t hurt to bring the partner along.
Of course, buying a mattress online would mean you do not get the chance to try it. But with a great trial period, you can get your own home-based experience. If you are unwilling to risk it, however, consider visiting a nearby store and testing the exact model for yourself.
Know Where To Go Mattress Shopping
Where you choose to buy your mattress could be the difference between getting a great deal and getting ripped off. It could also influence the quality of your final choice.
Online purchases come highly recommended because of the overall convenience of the process. On top of that, there aren’t any pushy salespersons reeling off supposedly great ‘features’ and subtly pushing you in a particular direction. Basically, you can take your sweet time. As a plus, you’re likely to get better deals and a longer trial period – not to mention, you have a wider range of options to choose from.
Know When To Go Mattress Shopping
Whether your choice is an in-store or online purchase, mattress shopping is often favorable at specific times. Considering that mattresses are somewhat big-ticket items, a few dollars off the original price tag can make all the difference. If you keep your eyes peeled for sales and promotions – who knows what kind of deal you can get?
That said, if your mattress is already straining under the weight of over-use, then now is a good a time as any to change your mattress. Don’t consider waiting for the next big sale or promotional event, as your body might not have the luxury of time.
When Is the Perfect Time to Buy Mattress Online?
Not sure if you want to buy a mattress online? Well, you should know that the online market has transformed the face of retailing over the last decade. And of course, the mattress industry has been affected significantly. With online stores giving customers a wider range of options, competition has gone up and sent prices crashing down. But between the lighting deals, promotional offers, and flash sales, online prices have proven to be capable of plummeting further down, giving you the best possible deal for your money. These days, the mattress market has become fairly predictable. So, if you want to jump on a great deal, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for sales at these times –
Between Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Memorial weekends, you are more than likely to be overwhelmed at the number of stores offering discount deals . The logic behind offering deals on holiday weekends is tied to the fact that more customers are at home, and likely to go shopping. Online mattress store, Simmons, is especially popular for their promotional sales on the 4th of July. They offer impressive 50% discounts and flash sales that attract enormously huge buys.
Christmas and Martin Luther King Day-weekend are not left out. However, they are categorized along with winter sales which often see manufacturers churning out what is left of their inventory for next-to-nothing.
If you want to snag a great deal, hold on to some money and wait till the manufacturers start rolling out the new models; this usually happens in January, May or end of the year. You’ll be stunned at how much you can get a $1500 mattress.
Major Online Sales
You can’t go wrong by keeping your eyes peeled for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Amazon Prime Days . These are by far, the most relevant sales event in online shopping. With Black Friday marking the launch of holiday shopping and Cyber Monday offering deals on the Monday after Thanksgiving, you will likely find a more-than-suitable mattress offer guaranteed to knock your socks off.
Amazon Prime days do not apply to the general public but allow Amazon Prime subscribers have access to exclusive deals for 2 or more days in July. With its added advantage of free shipping, it might just be the perfect sales-day to order a mattress. However, you will be required to pay Amazon’s annual subscription. But with Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals crawling from virtually every corner imaginable, it might not be necessary after all.
Unlike brick-and-mortar stores, online stores have the advantage of organizing flash sales that may be over in a matter of minutes. If you frequently visit online mattress stores, you will likely stumble on pop-up notifications that offer a significant price slash or promotional offer . Other sites may offer a reduction in price or specific perks in exchange for referrals; while a few others offer coupons for a variety mattress. Ultimately, you may not have to wait until a big online sales in order to purchase a mattress, if you scour the internet long enough, you are likely to stumble on something worthwhile. Of course, there is a reduced chance of finding a deal compared to sales-seasons but this may very well prove to be worth your time.
Right Now!: If Your Mattress is 7 Years Or Older
As a rule of thumb, your mattress should be changed at an 8-year interval . While this rule is not set-in-stone, it helps to examine the mattress every few months to determine whether or not it can survive another quarter or year. If the mattress is sagging, or you wake up with frequent joint pains, then the situation speaks for itself. As a matter of fact, you may not have the luxury to wait until a great deal comes along; if you are keen on sustaining your well-being change bad mattresses as soon as they stop performing excellently. You just might be extending your lifespan with that singular decision.
Mattress Deals By Dates & Online Stores
This list will give you an elaborate breakdown of mattress sales. Of course, this list is not all-inclusive and excludes pop-up sales and promotional offers;
Black Friday: Going by the yearly trends, brands likely to offer deals on Black Friday are (but not exclusive to) Amerisleep, Serta, and Stearns.
Labor Day: Check out Amerisleep and Beauty Rest
July 4th: Serta, Beautyrest, and Amerisleep
Memorial Day: Amerisleep, Casper, Therapedic, and Tempur-Pedic
Online Vs In-store Mattress Shopping Guide
The age-long argument about online and in-store shopping is not exclusive to buying mattresses alone. It generally cuts across the board and involves a vast range of commodities. As you may have observed, our votes sway in favor of online shopping for obvious reasons. Between the ease of selection, convenience and a wide range of options, online shopping seems to excel over the brick-and-mortar alternative. Not to mention, lower prices and (in most cases) longer trial periods and better return policies. With in-store shopping, the opposite is almost usually the case, save for the convenience of trying out the mattress before taking it home. Ironically, studies show that we often do a bad job of choosing when the mattress is in front of us anyway . Regardless of the stats, however, some buyers have managed to thrive with in-store purchases; so, we will leave you to make your conclusions after you have seen the arguments for and against both shopping options.
In-store Mattress Shopping
The idea of waltzing into a store and selecting a mattress is great. There’s nothing like being able to plunk yourself into your would-be mattress and try it out for the first time; especially knowing that you can always strut about the store looking for alternatives if it doesn’t feel like the right fit.
In-store mattress shopping also stacks up against the competition with the added convenience of real-life customer support.
You can lay your complaints, exchange a protector, and return a damaged item without much hassle. But it is for this same reason that In-store mattress shopping might be less-than-ideal. Real-life customer support also means real-life salesperson. If you aren’t skilled in the art of haggling, you are more than likely to get ripped off since some of them are focused on getting their products off the shelves. Additionally, being gawked at while you try your mattress might actually have you making a bad choice (https://www.mattressnerd.com/should-you-buy-a-mattress-online-or-in-store/). And while this doesn’t apply to everyone, we can all agree that a few minutes on a mattress is not enough time to decide whether you are willing to lie on it for 5-10 years of your life.
- You can try out the mattress first hand
- Access to real-life, customer support
- Seamlessly make immediate changes to damaged items or exchange one for the other
- First-hand interaction with sales-persons.
- Prices are inflated to cover costs of building maintenance, staff salary etc.
- You may be ripped off by fly-by-night experts
- Trying out the mattress comfortably may prove difficult
- You’re more likely to accidentally damage an item (you are not willing to pay for) in a brick-and-mortar store
Online Mattress Shopping
Online mattress shopping revolutionized the mattress market by a long shot. Not only do customers have the privilege of interacting first hand with the manufacturers, they are often sold their mattresses at 15% less than brick-and-mortar establishments do.
This would be considered the best option for mattress shoppers if it didn’t also deny them the chance to experience the product first-hand before making a purchase. Choosing to buy a mattress online might also mean being barraged with a vast range of confusing choices; and without the guidance that brick-and-mortar sales-persons provide, you might be spoilt for choice.
Thankfully, most online stores tackle their drawbacks by providing mattress selecting aids that will recommend mattresses for you, based on your lifestyle. And with products like Lessa and Casper, you can get up to 100 nights free trial period within which you may return the mattress if you change your mind. Not to mention, some of these stores also offer free pickup and delivery; which, is pretty much as convenient as shopping can possibly get.
- Lower prices
- First-hand interaction with manufacturers
- Better trial periods and warranty offers
- A vast range of options from which to choose
- Ease of selection and delivery
- No opportunity to try out the mattress before purchase
Finding a Mattress for Every Price Point
A mattress is a major investment. And given the amount of time the average person spends in the sack on a daily basis, this is no surprise. While comfort should be paramount in the mind of every mattress shopper, their budget is just as important. The great thing about the mattress market is that it cuts across every price range; so that no matter how little (or how much) you have you can always find something that will suit you just perfectly.
If you are looking to find a mattress in a specific price range, you will find this list of recommendations very handy. Just be sure to remember that quality isn’t always commensurate with a high price tag;
Mattresses For Next to Nothing ($100 or Less)
If you are going mattress shopping, $100 might seem like a meager amount, but when you are strapped for cash, it will seem like a splurge. Thankfully, there are a few places where you can get mattresses in this price range or for free, with the only real requirement being that you clean and perhaps, sterilize them before use.
A great place to begin is to request for hand-me-downs from friends and family. With them, you are likely to get the mattress for free, and based on their personal hygiene, you could easily estimate how much cleaning the mattress needs.
If you have a little more than nothing to spare, consider searching for options on Goodwill or thrift stores. The biggest convenience that Goodwill offers is the unique chance to choose from a vast range of options. Depending on the quality of donations made, you might just be lucky and score a great mattress for $50 or less. Craigslist will also offer you a variety of used options from people looking to pawn off their belongings.
For a mattress in the $100 range, IKEA or Amazon might carry options that you would like. While IKEA furniture is notorious for its fragility, and Amazon’s options are mostly inflatable, they each pose a better prospect than the austere alternative of sleeping on the floor.
Low Budget Options ($500 or Less)
Mattresses in the $200–$500 range are actually low budget options. As a matter of fact, it is argued that your mattress isn’t mid-priced unless it costs $700 or more . If you save up $500 and you are ready to up-the-ante on your sleeping status, there are a few brands that will provide options in your budget range.
DHP offers $200 no-frill mattresses for the taking. You can’t expect memory foam, latex or inner springs, but they are definitely an upgrade from air mattresses or IKEA furniture
When it comes to low-priced mattresses, Signature Sleep pretty much rules the pack. They offer a wide range of low budget options without necessarily compromising quality, and with $400 or less, you could become the proud owner of an 8-inch Contour mattress that will have you sleeping like royalty (that is in comparison to your budget).
An alternative to Signature Sleep is the Denver mattress company that offers innerspring options for as little as $400. Like with other low budget options, however, the terms of the warranty might be a tad sketchy. This limits the chance for repairs or returns after making the purchase.
Mid Price Options ($1000 or Less)
Mid-price options will give you the convenience of a fairly durable mattress. If you want to use your mattress for 5 or more years, it should cost no less than $1000. You may consider the cheaper options if you are on an extremely tight budget.
Take note that these options aren’t particularly top-of-the-line, but they serve their purpose nonetheless.
Tuft & Needle make impressive $600 options that can easily pass for memory foams. But the Lessa approximately $800 alternative gives Tuft & Needle a run for their money. The Avena by Lessa is a hybrid foam that comprises a variety of materials, making it one of the best, mid-budget options that cut across the board, appealing to a vast range of sleepers.
Luxury Options ($1500 or More)
This is where a large percentage of the mattresses lie; However, only a few brands truly provide value for their money. From mattresses like the Duxiana that offers high-end mattresses in the price range of $5000 and above to mattresses like the Tempur-Pedic, Astrabeds Harmony Bed and Zenhaven your biggest concern might be narrowing down which mattresses have features that suit your lifestyle and sleeping habits.
Ultimately, you can find the best mattress for your budget without skimping on quality or even breaking the bank. Sure, you might have to give up a few features if you have a tight budget, but at the very least, you will get a mattress that can hold the weight of your body. If money is no object, be careful not to splurge unnecessarily. A careful assessment of the mattress features and a quick comparison of these to your body’s needs will give you insight on the best mattress for you. No more, no less.
It might not seem like it, but purchasing a mattress involves a few more intricate details than we realize. Resist the urge to jump into a mattress purchase blind. It might seem like a question of simply finding a great surface where your body can lie comfortably, but finding the best mattress for you is so much more.
Once you have determined what your body needs and where to get it, take a step back and examine the market as well. And like a patient dog, giving your purchase a second thought might lead you to find the ‘fattest mattress’ (props if you get that reference).