Published on June 18th, 2014 | by Mattress Journal0
8 Ways to Save on Your Next Mattress
What better way to sleep soundly than knowing you scored a great deal on your new mattress?
Buying a bed can be expensive, and it’s a process that can seem intimidating to many shoppers. The insider tips in this guide will help you save on your next mattress while shopping smarter.
Top Ways to Save Money When Buying a Mattress
From the right time of year to knowing what really matters, there are a few ways to score a better deal on a mattress you actually want to sleep on. Read on to discover how to save!
1) Shop Holiday Sales
One of the best ways to save on a mattress is to shop near major holidays. Since many people are off work and spend time shopping, retailers focus major sales events on days like Presidents Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, and Black Friday.
The best way to take advantage of holiday mattress sales is to shop and research in advance, pick out the bed(s) you are interested in, then start looking at deals around the holiday. Scoping out beds in advance helps ensure you are getting a mattress you’ll actually be happy with rather than settling just to save.
2) Sign Up for Emails
If you already have specific brands or retailers in mind, sign up to receive their email newsletters. Most stores will notify subscribers first about sales events, alerting you to the best time to buy.
3) Ask the Salesperson for a Better Deal
Mattress prices are negotiable at many stores. A few “premium” lines like Tempurpedic may restrict dealers from selling below a minimum set price, but many are willing to haggle a little to earn your business. Mattress showrooms are notorious for major markups, but department stores and online retailers may have less wiggle room.
Always ask (confidently) if they can give you a better price on a specific bed, or if they have any current promotions running. You won’t offend a salesperson by asking if they can make you a better deal, in fact many expect it. Even a 5% discount can amount to $50 or more on a new mattress, so it’s worth a try!
4) Score Some Freebies
Always ask if the deal can be sweetened with an extra or two. Even if a store can’t or won’t reduce the price of a bed you are interested in, they may be able to include some free items in the sale like pillows, sheets, a mattress protector, delivery, or old mattress removal. These types of add-ons can save you anywhere from $50 to $200 or more.
5) Look Online
The internet enables you to compare prices and options at several retailers without driving all over town. Because overhead is lower and online stores have to compete with everyone else on the internet, pricing can also be more competitive
You will also find a much wider selection of brands available online than in local shops, especially for specialty mattresses. For example, few mattress department stores carry higher-quality latex mattresses, but several online retailers do.
Online reviews on retailer websites, forums, and consumer review websites also offer helpful insight into pros and cons of a specific bed. Other people’s experiences can help you gauge whether or not a mattress is right for you (saving money on returns later!).
6) Check a Variety of Brands
As with any major purchase, it’s always wise to research and compare several options. Keep in mind that there are many brands on the market, and that the major names may not always have the best values. Don’t just go with the first brand you try or the one you bought last time without seeing how others compare.
7) Look Beyond the Cover
Some brands have higher markups than others, even when quality is the same or worse than less expensive competitors. Furthermore, stores intentionally make it difficult to compare on model name alone by offering exclusive lines. For example, Store A and Store B might offer a similar mattress in terms of feel and price, but B might have a better warranty or higher quality materials.
One of the best ways to ensure you get a good deal is to compare beds based on the materials inside, and then see how prices stack up. What specifications you should look for varies by mattress type. For innersprings coil type, coil count, and comfort layers are most important. For memory foam it’s density, layer thickness, and foam type. For latex beds it’s latex type, foam method, thickness, and ILD.
8) Work From the Bottom Up
Most brands carry a range of mattresses, from cheap to high-end. Although the cheapest beds aren’t usually the best value, just because a bed is more expensive doesn’t mean its the best fit for you, either. Start from the lower end of the spectrum and move up, considering how the bed feels, how it supports you, and the quality of materials inside rather than it’s prestige.
But, When Buying a Mattress, Don’t:
- Buy used. Used or refurbished mattresses might save money, but do you really want to sleep on someone’s worn bed, or invite creepies like bed bugs and old dust mites into your home? You’ll get a longer-lasting bed and peace of mind buying new.
- Buy a bed that can’t be returned. A showroom test isn’t enough to tell you how a mattress will feel in the long-run. Any reputable seller will allow you to return for at least 30 days so you can make sure the bed is a good fit and good quality.
- Get lured in by huge percentage off “discounts”. Some shops advertise 50%-75% off, when in reality they’re “discounting” made-up markup. Don’t get buffaloed by huge markdowns; compare the price and specifications to others to see how great the deal really is.
- Not check reviews. Reviews are your friend when buying a new mattress, and can help you determine if a bed will be a good match.
- Rush. You likely spend more time on your mattress than nearly anywhere else. This is a pricier item, and one you probably expect to use for several years. It’s well worth your time to learn about beds and devote some time to research. Also, don’t let salespeople pressure into a purchase not ready to make.
Mattress shopping doesn’t have to be intimidating; it’s not rocket science after all! The key things to keep in mind are to check a variety of options, focus on comfort and quality first, and to take the initiative to ask for a better deal. Keeping these principles in mind will not only help you save on your next mattress, they’ll also prevent buyer’s remorse.
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