When to Buy a Mattress

This content was created by the National Sleep Foundation.


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Finding a mattress that suits your particular preferences is vital for getting a good night’s sleep. How often you should replace your mattress depends on many different things, such as the original quality, but you should typically replace your mattress every seven years or so. Another clue is to look at the warranty—once it’s up, it might be time for a newer model. Lastly, if you wake up with stiffness and aches or your mattress shows obvious signs of wear, such as dipping in the middle, it’s time to go shopping.

The newest mattress models and technologies typically hit the market between May and September. That’s why May—particularly during a Memorial Day sale—is often one of the best times to get a deal. Between May and September, many manufacturers mark down older models to make room for the new ones. Retailers also tend to hold sales around other holidays (think: President’s Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day), because people are off of work then.

A big, "blowout" sale that's not associated with any particular holiday but is heavily advertised can make a mattress's price seem unusually low, but this isn’t always the case—sometimes you can get the mattress for almost the same price a week later, after the sale is over. It might be worth keeping your eye on prices at a few local stores before, during, and after any "blowout" sales to make sure that you're truly getting the best deal. Keep in mind that specialty mattresses (such as those made of memory foam) may have a fixed price, but you can sometimes get 50 percent or more off a more traditional innerspring.

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