If you're about to buy a new mattress, then knowing how to find the best deals on the type of mattress you want could save you lots of money. No piece of furniture in your home is more important than your mattress. Think about it; you'll spend up to nine hours per day on that mattress, and a bad mattress can leave you feeling achy, cranky and fatigued. The more you spend on a mattress, chances are the higher quality that mattress will be, regardless of whether you're buying an innerspring, memory foam, gel, latex or hybrid mattress. Don't go by price alone though. In this article, we'll walk you through the process of finding the best deals on new mattresses. Before getting into the buyer's guide details though, let's start by comparing some of the top-rated mattresses on the market from leading mattress manufacturers.
Most people want either innerspring or memory foam mattresses, with innerspring models being the less expensive options. One of the top-rated innerspring mattress models is the Traditional Innerspring Sealy mattress, which offers a firm comfort level with a layer of Orthozone II Comfort Foam to provide supportive memory foam benefits. The Sealy is a great deal for budget shoppers with prices starting at $399. Another great model is the slightly softer Simmons BeautySleep High Quality Innerspring Mattress, which can be purchased starting for less than $300 when found on sale. The Serta Florentine Plush Queen Mattress is the plushest model of our best-of list, using a combination of fine foams and sprints to provide maximum comfort for people who don't need as much support while sleeping. For shoppers wanting a deal on mattress sets, the Serta innerspring set for $899 is a great deal for a mattress and box spring.
Finding great deals on memory foam mattresses isn't as simple as it is with innerspring mattresses, which are already cheaper from standard retailers. The best way to find cheap memory foam mattresses is to visit outlet stores and Websites such as Overstock.com. When purchasing online, numerous high-quality memory foam mattresses from leading manufacturers such as Serta, Sealy, Simmons Beautyrest and Slumber Solutions can be purchased for less than $600. Normally, the price of a new memory foam mattress starts about $1,000. You can save lots of money by choosing from models that have been on the market for a year or two; the same goes for less-common hybrid or latex mattresses (with latex mattresses being the most expensive of the bunch).
Many mattress experts regard Tempur-Pedic as the best memory foam mattress company. However, don't expect to easily find Tempur-Pedic mattresses at discount prices, even with the help of online shopping. Expect to pay around $2,000 for the cheapest Tempur-Pedic models, with the most expensive models costing more than double that amount. However, many critics say you'll get what you pay for with this top mattress brand.
Now that we've reviewed some of the best models on today's market, let's review the criteria to use when finding great deals on new mattresses. The first step is knowing what to look for amid all the options you'll find. If your mattress is more than seven years old, or if it's sagging in the wrong places, or if you wake up each morning with aches and pains, then the time is probably right to search for a new mattress.
The first and most obvious step when buying a new mattress is determining which size you need. Many people opt to go with the same sizes of mattresses they had before; others may need larger or smaller mattresses for various reasons (changes in living situations, or maybe the kids have grown). This is important though because mattress manufacturers don't make separate models for each mattress size. You choose which model of mattress you want, and then the cost of the mattress is directly determined by which size you need. Clearly, larger sizes such as queen and king mattresses are more expensive.
If cost is a big factor - and if you're set on a larger mattress - then you may want to try out innerspring mattresses first. The technology behind innerspring mattresses has been around for a long time, and the newest innersprings are often covered with layers of memory foam to provide additional comfort. Innerspring mattresses are durable and provide plenty of support for most sleepers. They also offer consistency that's not often found between different memory foam mattress models.
Latex mattresses are regarded as the best options for people who aren't concerned about prices. Similar to memory foam, latex mattresses use latex foam for support. While some latex mattresses contain petroleum-based materials, others are 100 percent organic and made from plant materials. People who want to be environmentally friendly may be attracted to latex models, but the comfort and support of latex comes at a price that's usually slightly more expensive than comparable memory foam mattresses.
The next step is to determine whether you want a mattress that's plush or more firm. Plush mattresses are more comfortable, but firm mattresses offer more support for those who suffer from aches and pains. Memory foam mattresses are more expensive, but they also offer unparalleled support for people with joint pain and muscle tightness. Using space-age technology, memory foam mattresses conform to the unique shape of each sleeper's body - even if two people are sleeping side-by-side on the same bed - and then reset after each use. Just like innerspring mattresses, different memory foam models are made with varying levels of firmness, allowing shoppers to choose their ideal comfort levels.
Where you buy your mattress also matters when finding the best deals on the models that best fit your needs. Buying at a store gives the advantage of being able to try out different mattresses, which is especially helpful if you're buying a memory foam or latex mattress or you're picky about firmness. If you do try out mattresses, spend at least 5 minutes on each side of your body that you sleep on (including your back or stomach). You can save lots of money by ordering mattresses online, and most online retailers throw in free shipping as an added benefit. However, always ask about return policies when buying online in the event that you're not satisfied with your new mattress.
The last step when searching for great deals on new mattresses is to wait for mattresses to go on sale. Mattress sales are anything but rare, and the mattress that normally retails for $1,500 one week may only cost you $800 the next. If you find a mattress that you absolutely must have, be patient and wait for the price to drop. Your old mattress can make it just a little while longer while you wait for a deal that won't break the bank.