Memorial Day Mattress Sale: What to Buy and How to Get the Best Deal
Memorial Day—May 31, 2021—marks the official start of summer. Chances are, you'll hit the beach for some fun in the sun or head to a BBQ to celebrate the season with hot dogs and beer. You'll probably do some shopping over the holiday weekend too. That's because Memorial Day is one of the best times of year to find discounts on everything from electronics to home appliances to, you guessed it, mattresses.
The right mattress can go a long way toward ensuring you're able to get a good night's sleep. If your current mattress has worn out its welcome, consider buying a new one over Memorial Day weekend when you can snag one at a discount. Not sure which one is right for you or how to tell whether you're getting a good deal?
Below, we've rounded up the best Memorial Day mattress sales along with answers to your most common questions so you can find the best bed for your money this holiday weekend. Cheers to summer—and good sleep!
Best Memorial Day mattress sales
Which Memorial Day mattress sale should you shop this year? Many brands are offering discounts, Saatva included, so you have plenty of options. This holiday weekend, take $200 off purchases of $1,000 or more on any Saatva mattress.
Here are the best Memorial Day mattress sales on innerspring, memory foam, and other mattress types.
Innerspring mattresses have stood the test of time—and for good reason. They're comfortable, supportive, and affordable.
The Saatva Classic innerspring mattress, our bestseller, comes in three firmness options to suit every sleep style. Luxury Firm is the most popular option because it accommodates a wide range of sleep positions and offers a middle ground for couples who have different preferences. The durable coil-on-coil base inside the mattress is topped with a cushiony 3-inch Euro pillow top for maximum comfort and support.
- Regular price (queen): $1,499
- Sale price (queen): $1,299
Memory foam mattress
Want to sleep on a mattress that hugs your body and relieves pressure in all the right places? Say hello to memory foam.
The Loom & Leaf memory foam mattress is made with high-density, eco-friendly memory foam that hugs your curves and cradles your body's pressure points. Ultra-breathable gel-infused foam keeps you cool while you snooze and provides extra support for your back. Relaxed Firm is the most popular firmness option because it works for back, side, and stomach sleepers.
- Regular price (queen): $1,799
- Sale price (queen): $1,599
It's time to go green. Latex is one of the eco-friendliest mattress materials, and it's super-comfortable to boot. Latex combines the best qualities of innerspring and memory foam for a feel that's responsive yet conforming.
The Zenhaven latex mattress is handcrafted with 100% natural Talalay latex for maximum pressure point relief and cool sleep. It's also flippable: The Luxury Plush side has a softer feel that works for all sleep types, while the Gentle Firm side delivers a firmer sleep surface for back and stomach sleepers.
- Regular price (queen): $2,399
- Sale price (queen): $2,199
Latex hybrid mattress
Can't decide between innerspring and latex? Now you don't have to—the latex hybrid brings together these two mattress types for a sleep surface that can't be beat.
Saatva's latex hybrid mattress features a base made of individually wrapped recycled steel carbon coils that respond and contour to your body. This is topped with a layer of 100% natural Talalay latex that offers excellent pressure point relief while it keeps you cool.
- Regular price (queen): $1,799
- Sale price (queen): $1,599
Sometimes when you're in a relationship, you have to compromise. Luckily, you don't have to make concessions when it comes to your mattress. If you like a firm mattress but your partner prefers a soft sleep surface, then try an adjustable mattress that allows each of you to choose how your side of the bed feels.
The Solaire adjustable mattress has 50 firmness levels with individual controls for each side of the bed so you can set your desired firmness to a number that's right for you. The mattress is available in Upper-Flex and split sizes for additional customization when paired with an adjustable bed base.
- Regular price (queen): $3,045
- Sale price (queen): $2,845
Heavy duty mattress
One of the most important factors to consider when buying a new mattress: your body size. The thing is, most conventional mattresses aren't designed with the needs of bigger bodies in mind. The good news is, there are a good number of mattresses out there now engineered specifically for larger body types.
The Saatva HD is our best mattress for heavy people weighing up to 500 pounds. It's a heavy duty mattress with a durable innerspring base that's topped with comfort foam layers and 5-zone Talalay latex. The mattress provides enhanced back support and joint pain relief as well as a cool night's sleep.
- Regular price (queen): $2,599
- Sale price (queen): $2,399
Memorial day mattress sale questions
When do the best Memorial Day mattress sales start—and how do you get the best deals? To help you navigate this holiday shopping weekend, we're answering your most common questions.
What is Memorial Day?
Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is an American holiday that originated after the Civil War. It became an official federal holiday in 1971. Since then, it has been observed on the last Monday in May. The purpose of Memorial Day is to honor the people who died while serving in the U.S. military. Americans often observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials. Memorial Day also unofficially marks the start of summer. That's why people often also celebrate the long weekend by visiting the beach or gathering with friends and family.
When is Memorial Day 2021?
Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May. This year, it takes place on Monday, May 31. The long weekend kicks off on Friday, May 28.
Why are there mattress sales on Memorial Day?
Memorial Day, a federal holiday honoring people who died while serving in the U.S. military, has become synonymous with mattress sales, much like Presidents Day, Labor Day, and Black Friday. That's because people tend to buy things—especially big-ticket items like mattresses—more over long weekends. The added time off allows you plenty of time to do your research and comparison shop before spending money on a considered purchase.
When do Memorial Day mattress sales start?
Most Memorial Day mattress sales will start the week before the holiday, although some may start earlier than that. Your best bet is to look for sales starting on Monday, May 24. Mattress sales typically last through the long weekend and end on Memorial Day, giving you plenty of time to shop.
Is Memorial Day a good time to buy a mattress?
Memorial Day is one of the biggest days for mattress sales, so it can be a good time to buy a mattress. In fact, you can expect to save anywhere from 10%-20% on a mattress during a holiday promotion.
That said, it's a good idea to do your research before handing over your credit card to make sure you're getting a quality mattress. Start by taking a look at what's inside the mattress. A quality mattress will have added lumbar support in the center third of the mattress to keep your spine in proper alignment, as well as cooling features so you don't wake up sweating in the middle of the night and materials that are certified by a third party to be free of harmful chemicals.
Beyond researching what's inside the mattress, you should also read the fine print to make sure you're getting a good deal. It's smart to know what you're getting into when it comes to delivery, returns, home trial, and warranty. For example, some mattress companies, like Saatva, offer free white glove delivery, setup, and removal of your old bed, while others charge extra for this service. Boxed mattresses might ship to you for free, but you have to handle setting them up on your own—and a queen size mattress in a box can weigh more than 90 pounds.
What is the best month to buy a mattress?
Any month when there's a holiday weekend is a good time to buy a mattress. Think: February for Presidents Day, May for Memorial Day, September for Labor Day, and November for Black Friday. During these holiday promotions, you can save between 10%-20% on a mattress.
You can still find good deals on mattresses outside of these long weekends, though, so don't feel bad if you miss out on a holiday sale. When you buy a mattress online—regardless of the month—you can expect to spend about 15% less than you would in a store (and sometimes much less), according to the National Sleep Foundation. Selling online eliminates retail store overhead, including store rents and sales commissions, so brands can pass those savings onto you in the form of low prices every day.
Where can I get the best price on a mattress?
Many of the most popular mattress brands offer deals on big holiday shopping weekends like Memorial Day. Typically, you can save anywhere from 10%-20% on a mattress during a Memorial Day mattress sale. At Saatva, for example, we're offering $200 off purchases of $1,000 or more of any of our mattresses this holiday weekend.
In general, you can usually find the best price on mattresses by shopping online. Buying online will save you about 15% versus shopping in-store.
Where to shop for a mattress on Memorial Day
You can find Memorial Day mattress sales in-person and online—but you'll likely save more money (and avoid a whole lot of stress) by shopping online.
Mattress stores have a wide range of costs they have to cover, including rent, sales, commissions, and inventory fees. Those fees typically get worked into the price of the mattress, so you end up paying for more than just the bed when you buy one from a retail store.
What's more, per Consumer Reports, many national chains mark up their prices so high to begin with that they're able to lower prices by 50% or more during sales. And mattress models are often labeled with different names in different stores, making it difficult to know whether you're getting a good deal during a sale.
Plus, there's the added stress this year of having to wear a mask and maintain your distance from other customers while you shop in-store.
Shopping for a mattress online is simpler and less stressful. For starters, you won't have to worry about getting too close to other customers while you shop.
You also won't have to pay for overhead fees in the price of your mattress. Online mattress companies, like Saatva, are able to offer their products for a consistently low price year-round because they sell directly to you. In general, you can expect to spend 15% less when you shop for a mattress online.
How to find the best Memorial Day mattress deal online
There are a lot of mattresses out there—and a lot of deals to be had online this Memorial Day weekend. Here are a few things you can do to find the best Memorial Day mattress deal for you:
- Do your research early. Don't wait until the last minute to buy a mattress online this Memorial Day. Do your research ahead of time so you know exactly what you want when it goes on sale and you can have a backup plan in case the mattress you're interested in isn't available.
- Look for key features. Sure, getting a good deal on Memorial Day is exciting—but you shouldn't buy a mattress just because it's on sale. You're going to be sleeping on a mattress for years to come, so make sure it's comfortable and and supportive. Have back pain? Look for a mattress with added lumbar support. Sleep hot? Make sure the mattress you buy has cooling features. Move around while you sleep? Choose a mattress that excels at motion isolation. The good news is that most online mattress companies offer a home trial that allows you to sleep on the mattress for 90-180 nights before deciding if it's right for you.
- Comparison shop. One of the best ways to ensure you get a great deal online this Memorial Day is to do some comparison shopping. Read reviews of beds you're interested in to see what customers have to say about mattress quality and customer service.
- Read the fine print. Finally, you should read the fine print before handing over your credit card for a new mattress (or for any big purchase, for that matter). The most important fine-print policies to pay attention to are delivery, home trial, return policy, and warranty. Some questions to ask yourself: Is delivery included in the price of the mattress, or do you have to pay extra? How much time do you get to try the mattress out at home? What kind of fees are associated with returns? How long is the warranty, and what does it cover? Knowing what you're getting into when you buy a mattress online will go along way toward ensuring you're happy with your purchase.
We have even more advice to help you find the perfect mattress this Memorial Day. Check out the following articles for our best holiday weekend shopping tips: