1. Shop Online First
If you’re planning to order a “bed-in-a-box,” you’ll have to shop online regardless. But even if you know you’ll be going into a mattress store to make the purchase, take some time to shop around online first.
Salespeople may try to talk you into a more expensive model, so you should have a good idea of what you’re looking for and what you can buy within your budget before you head into a store.
2. Talk to a Salesperson
Still, there’s no harm in going into a store (maybe just avoid the busiest hours) to have a salesperson talk you through your options. If you’re not ready to buy just yet, be clear about that and don’t let yourself be talked into making a decision before you’re ready.
3. Read Reviews
These days, everyone has an opinion about everything. When it comes to mattress shopping, though, that’s a good thing. Make sure to read the reviews of the mattresses you’re considering to make sure people are still satisfied after sleeping on them for a while.
4. Know Your Numbers
This goes for product specifics and prices.
First, know the specifics you’re looking for. Are you looking for a foam with a density of at least 3.5 pounds per cubic foot for a long life span? Or a firm mattress with a 12-gauge coil? Knowing these numbers will help keep you from feeling overwhelmed when you’re faced with a sea of options.
Then, make sure you note the prices on the mattresses you’re seeing. Some brands will put merchandise on sale online but not in stores, but the stores will usually price match the online price. Some mattress stores will even price-match a similar mattress from another brand.
5. Head to the Back of the Store
Mattress stores are just like any other stores: The bright, shiny new merchandise will be displayed for you to see right when you walk in the door. Instead of getting hooked on a new model, make a beeline for the back of the store, where they keep the older models that may already be discounted — or, if not, will probably have some wiggle room for haggling.
5. Try Haggling
What’s the worst that can happen — they say no and you buy the mattress for the original list price?
Most mattress stores have flexibility on everything from the mattress prices themselves to things like the delivery options, warranty terms and return fees (if needed) — which is why it’s so important to know your numbers before you go in.
6. Understand the Warranty and Return Policies
Before you make your purchase, make sure you understand the warranty and return policies and have them in writing (especially if you’ve haggled on the cost or terms).
A warranty will usually cover physical defects such as sagging in the middle, broken or exposed coils or bunching foam, but will probably not cover comfort issues. A warranty may be void if the mattress becomes stained or if any tags are removed, so be sure to check the exact terms of your warranty if you choose to purchase one.
7. Know When to Shop
If you need a new mattress right away, you may not have a choice about when you shop for and buy your mattress. But if you can wait for the right time, you’ll have a better chance at a great deal.
The best time to purchase a mattress is in February – over Presidents Day weekend.
Other good times to buy a mattress include the month of May (June is when new inventory usually hits stores), and any other long holiday weekends — meaning Memorial Day weekend is a double whammy.
Invest in Your Mattress, Invest in Your Health
A good night’s sleep is incredibly important for your overall health and well-being — and it starts with a good mattress.
If you’re struggling with soreness, aches and pains or are waking up irritable or without feeling rested, your old mattress may be the culprit.
“If you have… back problems, the wrong mattress can make it worse or cause poor sleep habits,” Springer says. “This is an important investment for your health.”