Published on September 3rd, 2015 | by Mattress Journal0
What’s The Deal With Labor Day Mattress Sales?
Every September, Americans celebrate hard work, but the holiday has also become known for Labor Day mattress sales. Why mattress sales on Labor Day, you might ask?
The holiday was originally created nearly 120 years ago to honor workers’ economic and social importance as a reaction to the Pullman Strike in which many workers lost their lives. Initially the holiday was celebrated via parades and festivals honoring local trade unions and labor groups.
Today, the holiday is viewed more as a day for leisure and as the official end of summer. And because many people are off work for Labor Day, malls and retail stores often run sales to attract business. In fact, for many industries Labor Day sales are second only to Black Friday.
Mattresses are one of the many items you’ll find heavily discounted this Labor Day. Beds and mattresses can be fairly major expenses for many households, so getting them during these sales can ease the burden on the budget and save hard-earned dollars. This guide will help you find a good mattress that won’t break the bank. (Bookmark this page and check back later if the sales haven’t been posted yet!)
Top Labor Day Mattress Deals of 2015
Here are some of the best deals we found while scouring our sources:
|Store||Mattress Type||Bed||Price (Queen)||Specs||Warranty|
|Amerisleep||Memory Foam||Revere Bed||$1,249||Med-firm
3″ memory foam
9″ foam support
Soft to firm
3×3″ certified organic dunlop latex
|1800Mattress||Innerspring||Sealy Posturepedic Hybrid Firm Mattress||$1,174||“12.5”” profile
Gel memory foam
Pocketed coils “
|10 years non-prorated|
How to Find the Best Labor Day Mattress Sales
Labor Day mattress sales represent one of the best opportunities of the year to find discounted deals on beds. Usually starting the week or weekend prior, retailers will begin releasing their promotions. Knowing how to prepare for shopping Labor Day mattress sales will have you ready to pounce on savings when the day arrives.
Research Beds Before the Holiday
It can be difficult to know where to even start researching with the plethora of mattresses available on the market. But, being prepared before shopping Labor Day mattress sales will help you find the best bargains and savings. Browsing a showroom attempting to find a comfortable bed is difficult in itself, however the pressure of a short sale period combined with a busy store and hovering salespeople it can become overwhelming.
The best plan of action is to go before the sales start and scope out the different beds, or conduct some research online about the different mattress types and brands. The internet is a great resource for information and you can shop online also. Knowing what you want can help ensure you come away with a good deal and mattress that will actually meet your needs.
Learn About Mattress Types
If it has been awhile since you bought a bed, take some time to learn about the various options out there. Different types of gel foams and fancy fabrics are all the rage right now, but not all may live up to claims or be worthy of premium pricetags. Come prepared to shop smart during Labor Day mattress sales. Here are the most common types of mattresses you’ll find during these sales:
- Innerspring Mattresses: 63% overall satisfaction rate; Made with metal coils or springs with layers of fiber or foam on top. Can be combined with memory foam or latex layers. Might be cheaper and more widely available, but most likely to sag and cause pain.
- Memory Foam Mattresses: 80% overall satisfaction rate; Available in traditional, gel and plant-based memory foam varieties, with somewhat significant variances in heat and durability. Some models have very hefty price tags, but overall memory foam proves best at pain and pressure relief.
- Latex Mattresses: 79% overall satisfaction rate; Available in all-natural, synthetic and blended varieties, with natural latex being considered ideal for shoppers concerned about chemicals. Latex proves very durable and good at pain relief but can be expensive and are mostly available online.
Know Your Mattress Size
Along with researching mattress types and brands, make sure you know the size you need to avoid getting stuck with return costs after the sale. It is usually a good idea to get the tape measure out and match the measurements to the standard size name.
- Twin/Single: 38-39” x 75″
- Twin XL/Long: 38-39″ x 80″
- Full/Double: 54″ x 75″
- Queen: 60″ x 80″
- King/Eastern King: 76″ x 80″
- California King: 72″ x 84″
Some brands may have sizes that are slightly different from the standard sizes. Make sure you confirm the dimensions before you commit to a mattress. You don’t want to buy one that is too big or too small for your frame or box springs.
Double Check Return and Exchange Policies
Whenever you are making a large purchase during a sale, always check on the return policies. For mattresses, you want at least 30 days to ensure the mattress is a good fit and most reputable retailers accomodate. Make sure to inquire about any return, restock, pickup, or shipping fees that will apply in case you do not like the bed. If the retailer does not allow returns, it may be wise to keep looking. You never know what may happen after you get the mattress home.
Avoid Promotional Beds
Some retailers will no doubt be offering some incredibly cheap mattresses from unfamiliar brands, or lower-quality versions brands make specifically for sales. These beds are often of poor quality and may not stand the the test of time, or could have other issues associated with them like difficulty finding details and reviews. If you are buying it for a guest room or another place it will not be used frequently, you may find some value in them. If you’re looking for a mattress to use regularly, you’ll want to avoid these altogether.
It’s not just retail stores that have Labor Day mattress sales, most online retailers do as well. It can be well worth browsing your options online, as you can end up with a better selection and a better deal (plus you don’t have to leave the house or make retail salespeople work on Labor Day!). Here are just a few benefits of buying a mattress online from our previous article on the subject:
- Laying on a mattress for 5-15 minutes in a showroom is not predictive of comfort while sleeping.
- More than 40% of people who have purchased a mattress in a local showroom have reported consumer regret.
- Online retailers tend to offer more generous return policies.
- Shopping online makes product comparison and research simpler and less stressful.
- Buying a mattress online can save a considerable amount of money, especially for specialty mattresses.
Many people don’t like the pressure they feel when shopping with showroom salespeople. Feeling under the gun can cause you to make hasty decisions. Also, salespeople tend to work off commission, which increases the cost to customers. A growing number of people prefer avoiding this by shopping for a mattresses online.
How to find Labor Day Mattress Sales & Discounts
Similar to discovering other holiday specials, try first checking retailer or brand websites to see if they have a sales banner or page for promotions. If you already know the type of bed you want, you may want to sign up for emails before Labor Day as most will email customers their upcoming sales. You can also ask salespeople if they know what their Labor Day mattress sales will be. Coupon websites like Coupon Mountain or Retail Me Not can also be good places to find sales, as can blogs. And of course, the local newspaper and TV commercials also often feature ads and sales.
Here are a few of Labor Day mattress sales and specials we’ve found so far (most start Labor Day weekend):
Amerisleep.com (plant-based memory foam):
Online at Amerisleep.com from 9/4 to 9/7.
- $250 of all Amerisleep mattresses
- 90 day zero-risk trial on all mattresses
- $500 off all Ergo Invincible adjustable beds with purchase of mattress
Astrabeds.com (organic latex):
Online at Astrabeds.com from 9/4 to 9/7.
- $250 of all Astrabeds certified organic mattresses
- 50% off all Ergostar adjustable beds with purchase of mattress
Online at Macys.com and in stores starting 9/2.
- $397 – Beautyrest Classic Erin Firm Tight Top Queen Mattress Set
- $287 – Macybed Memory Foam Mattress, Tight Top Firm or Plush, Online Only
- $497 – Sealy Posturepedic Clearbrook Cushion Firm Eurotop Queen Mattress Set
- $697 – Beautyrest Recharge Allie Firm Tight Top Queen Mattress Set
- $897 – Sealy Posturepedic Market Street Plush Tight Top Queen Mattress Set
Mattress Firm (innersprings):
Online at MattressFirm.com and in stores now through 9/13.
- $147.00 – Sealy East Hills Firm Tight Top Queen Mattress
- $189.99 – Hampton & Rhodes 200 Queen Set
- $287.00 – Macybed Memory Foam Queen Mattress, Tight Top Plush, Online Only
- $399.99 Sealy PosturePedic Ashlin Queen Mattress Set
- $499.99 Beautyrest Greenwood Queen Mattress Set
- $599.00 – Beautyrest Classic Zoey Plush Tight Top Queen Mattress Set
- $1072.00 – iComfort by Serta Insight Everfeel Memory Foam Firm Queen Mattress Set
- $3199.00 – Tempur-Pedic Cloud Elite Extra Soft Queen Mattress Set
Online and in select stores starting 9/3.
- Up to 60% off all mattresses and sets
- Free delivery with orders $599 or more
Serta.com (memory foam/springs):
Online at Serta.com, dates unspecified.
- Free box springs with mattress purchase or up to $1000 off select adjustable beds.
Online at sleepys.com and in stores, dates unspecified.
- Free boxspring with all Serta mattresses
- ½ off every mattress excluding Tempurpedic
- $299.99 – Sertapedic Reidsville Firm Queen Mattress Set
- $399.99 – Sealy Watertrace Plush Queen Mattress
- $599.99 – Sertapedic Brookstone Gel Queen Mattress Set
- $699.99 – Simmons Beautyrest Recharge Shakespeare Luxury Firm Queen Mattress
- $999.99 – Serta Perfect Sleeper Woodberry Luxury Super Pillowtop Queen Mattress Set
- $1074.99 – Stearns & Foster Signature Cape May Luxury Plush Queen Mattress
- $1074.99 – I-Series Geniality Plush Queen Mattress Set
- $1299.99 – Beautyrest Phenom Crossover Plush Queen Mattress
- $1474.99 – iComfort Intellectual EFX Queen Mattress Set
- $1774.99 – iComfort Visionary Plush EFX Queen Mattress Set
Tempurpedic.com (memory foam):
Online at Tempurpedic.com from 8/19 to 9/13 while supplies last.
- Save up to $500 on select mattresses + adjustable bases.
Online at Walmart.com and in some stores, dates unspecified.
- $159 – Slumber 1 – 8” Mattress-In-a-Box Queen Mattress
- $159 – Spa Sensations 6” Memory Foam Queen Mattress
- $249 – Gel – Spa Sensations 8″ MyGel Memory Foam Queen Mattress
- $289 – Spa Sensations 10″ Memory Foam Queen Mattress
- $330 – Signature Sleep Memoir 12″ Memory Foam Queen Mattress
- $399 – Sealy Posturepedic Estill Springs Plush Queen Mattress
Now that you know why mattress sales have become a fixture of Labor Day, make the most of the holiday and save some dough on your next mattress purchase. Researching mattresses before shopping, checking policies, comparing online and knowing where to find deals can help ensure you come away with sweet dreams. Remember, buying a new bed during Labor Day weekend doesn’t mean compromising on quality or support, but finding the bed you want at the best price. Labor Day mattress sales are one of the best times of the year to do it, so the odds are in your favor.