Updated January 2, 2020 It’s already that time of year–most of the summer sales have already ended, along with the major summer holidays like the 4th of July and Memorial Day. Perhaps you’ve been waiting for a big sale or low prices to invest in a new mattress, and Labor Day is one of the best holiday weekends for that. Some Labor Day mattress sales are even bigger than Black Friday, giving you the opportunity to score a luxury mattress for a lower price– the trick is knowing what to look for, and we’ll guide you through it right here. Why should you shop Labor Day sales? Labor Day is one of the last big holidays before the winter holiday season, and the one most retailers will mark down their prices for. However, not all sales are created equal. Some places mark down their prices so low, it seems too good to be true– and it usually is. We’ll go over all the types of deals you’re bound to see later on in the article. The bottom line: Labor Day is one of the best times to buy a new mattress because the sales are comparable to, if not better than, Black Friday, and you don’t have to worry about beating the frenzy of other eager shoppers to get the deal. MattressHighlightSale Price (Queen) Amerisleep AS3Features plant-based memory foam and zoned support technologies to promote healthy, comfortable sleep. $1199 Alexander Signature HybridFeatures copper-infused memory foam and pocketed coils to offer a cushioning, but bouncy bed.$1299 BearContains graphite-infused memory foam to keep you cool while you sleep. $840 Layla Offers flippable firmness, so sleepers get two-beds-in-one.$999 Our Criteria When we were looking at all the big Labor Day sales at different mattress retailers, we focused on a few different things before giving them our stamp of approval: Return policy and warranty: most mattress companies have some kind of return policy, but they’re not all the same. Some of them offer a sleep trial in conjunction with the return policy, and we’ll outline a few different companies’ return policies and warranties so you can get a complete idea of what’s available to you. Quality: while mattress quality is arguably subjective, there are a couple of things you can look for to ensure the mattress will last a long time (and stay as comfortable as the day you bought it). It all comes down to the materials, construction, and how much you are willing to maintain it. Customer reviews: some retailers advertise thousands of 5-star reviews on their website, but don’t assume they’re all perfect. Try to find the customer reviews page and filter out the good from the bad–that way you can determine if lower reviews were based on the mattress quality, the customer service, the delivery, or something else entirely. 1. Amerisleep AS3 – Editors’ Choice Amerisleep has been around for about 12 years, and brand longevity means a lot when you’re comparing mattresses. They focus heavily on the technology and quality of their mattresses, and it shows in the customer reviews. When it comes to durability and quality, mattress construction is key; we’ll break down all the parts of the Amerisleep AS3 so you can see the quality for yourself. Top layer: Celliant® cover has been FDA-determined to be thermoreactive, essentially converting your body heat into energy. Nifty! Second layer: Bio-Pur® Foam has an advanced open-cell structure so it won’t trap heat. Third layer: Affinity transition layer with HIVE® technology evenly supports your weight and provides motion isolation, so you can rest easy. Base layer: Bio-Core® foam support layer won’t sag even after years of use. The AS3, like all Amerisleep mattresses, comes with a 100-night sleep trial, so you can test out the mattress in your own home and see if it’s right for you. If you do decide to send it back within the sleep trial period, you’ll get a full refund, and Amerisleep will come to pick up your mattress and donate it, so you don’t have to worry about sending it back. What else makes the Amerisleep AS3 one of the best mattresses? Let’s talk about the layers in more detail. Plant-based foam: Most memory foam is made with petroleum, or crude oil. Amerisleep replaces some of that petroleum with plant-based castor oil instead. Breathable Bio-Pur® foam: Amerisleep’s foam is 5 times more breathable than traditional foams, keeping you nice and cool. It bounces back to its original shape quickly, resisting sagging. HIVE® technology: Named for its hive-like shape, HIVE® technology offers targeted support where you need it, like in your hips and spine, and softness where you don’t. HIVE® stands for Harnessing Intelligent Ventilation and Energy. Celliant® cover: The mattress itself is encased in a soft Celliant® cover, which converts body heat to energy. Celliant® has been determined by the FDA to promote comfortable sleep. Labor Day Promo: $200 off HighlightsPossible Cons Soft but supportive foam is perfect for side and back sleepers 100-night sleep trial Celliant® cover and breathable construction help you sleep coolSome reviews said it was too firm for side sleepers Some reviews said the mattress slept warm 2. Nest Bedding Alexander Hybrid – Best Hybrid The Alexander Hybrid is Nest Bedding’s bestselling bed, and it comes with a lifetime warranty. Seems like they really stand behind their beds! The foam in their beds is CertiPUR-US certified, so you can rest easy knowing you’re sleeping on an eco-friendly mattress. The firmness level of the Alexander Hybrid model comes in at 5.5-6, which is a solid medium on the scale (1 being extra firm and 10 being plush). We’ll break down the layers of the mattress below: First layer: .25” of 4 lb. Gel Infused Memory Foam and Super Soft Quilted Thermic Phase Change Fabric Second layer: 3” of 3.5 lb. Medium TitanChill Endurance Foam® Third layer: 1” 3lb. SmartFlow Support Foam Fourth layer: 8” Quantum Edge Pocketed Support Coils Fifth layer: 1” 3lb. Base Support Foam As far as hybrid models go, the Alexander Hybrid is a great luxury model for the price and combined with their Labor Day discount, you can get a Queen-size for $1,299. The average price for a Queen-size hybrid mattress is $1,650, so you’re saving quite a bit with this deal. Labor Day Promo: will update as soon as we know the promo HighlightsPossible Cons Pocketed coils and memory foam give you pressure relief and support Zippered top lets you adjust firmness levels if needed Lifetime Warranty and Lifetime Comfort GuaranteeSome reviews said it was too soft Some reviews they woke up with back pain 3. Bear Mattress – Best Cooling Many mattress companies will claim their beds are “cooling,” but not all of these claims are proven. If you really want a cooling mattress, look for proven technologies they’ve used in constructing the mattress (either through clinical trials, studies, or other similar methods). The Bear Mattress we recommend in this category was made especially with athletes in mind. Their foams are infused with cooling gel, preventing trapped heat (a common problem with foam). The cover is made of Celliant®, an FDA-determined thermoregulating fabric that converts your body heat to energy. We’ll break down the layers of the Bear Mattress below: Top layer: Breathable Celliant® cover regulates body heat Second layer: Cooling Graphite-Gel Memory Foam Third layer: Responsive Transition Foam offers pressure relief with balanced support Fourth layer: High-Density Support Foam provides long lasting durability Labor Day Promo: will update as soon as we know the promo HighlightsPossible Cons 100-night trial & 10-year warranty Made with environmentally-friendly materials Designed for sleepers with pain and hot sleepersSome reviews say it's too firm for side sleeping Some reviews mentioned it feeling too soft and unsupportive 4. Layla Sleep – Best Eco-Friendly If one of your priorities while mattress shopping is to find an eco-friendly, green mattress, don’t worry! There are plenty of earth-friendly choices out there, and they are almost always included in the big sales weekends like Labor Day. Many mattresses that claim to be “eco-friendly” are usually referring to the processes and materials used to manufacture the mattress. They might use terms like “low VOCs” (volatile organic compounds, which are released in some mattress manufacturing processes), 100% organic, or various certifications (Green Gold, OEKO-Tex, CertiPUR-US, etc.). The Layla Sleep mattress uses CertiPUR-US® certified foam which is made without PBDEs, TDCPP or TCEP–also known as “ozone depleters.” The foam is also made without heavy metals, formaldehyde, and phthalates. We’ll break down all the layers of the mattress below: Top layer: ThermoGel infused cover regulates body temperature (soft side) Second layer: Copper-Gel Infused Memory Foam with Variable Support Third layer: Convoluted Foam helps circulate air through the mattress Fourth layer: Support foam layer provides maximum motion isolation, minimal bounce Fifth layer: Thermo-Gel infused cover (firm side) Labor Day Promo: will update as soon as we know the promo HighlightsPossible Cons Flippable, so you can choose between a soft and a firm side Copper-infused gel foam is cooling 120-night trialSome reviews said the soft side was too firm Some reviews said it caused back pain Other brands to keep your eye on While we’ve tried to recommend a good variety of mattress brands in this post, there are still a few other places you can look for some good deals this Labor Day. Some of these are retailers, not standalone mattress brands, but they carry a variety of mattresses and we want to include them here if you want a wider brand selection where you shop. BrandPromo Mattress FirmSales promo coming soon Sleepy'sSales promo coming soon Purple®Sales promo coming soon Tuft & NeedleSales promo coming soon Making the Most of the Labor Day Sales Shopping, especially for a new mattress, can be overwhelming. When you’re shopping during a big sale like Labor Day, it can be even more paralyzing. How can you tell if a good deal is really that good? And how do you know if the sales aren’t just a clever marketing ploy to get you to buy a mattress as soon as possible? We’ve compiled a few tips to boost your confidence as you start shopping for a new bed this Labor Day weekend: Start early Most sales start about a week or so before the actual holiday, and some even extend a few days past it, too. If you’re worried about missing out, you can always sign up for the company’s newsletter (if you’re shopping online), since they usually send out lots of updates and discount codes through the newsletter. If you’d rather not subscribe to yet another email, we understand. Just start checking the websites a week before the holiday and look out for the discount codes. Shop online Maybe this is a no-brainer, but we do recommend that you look for deals online rather than in a brick and mortar store. Oftentimes the online discounts are steeper, and they also usually offer a sleep trial, giving you some extra peace of mind. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is… While finding a good discount can make you feel like you’re on top of the world, watch out for promos that promise too much. For example: promo beds. Promo beds are offered with your mattress purchase and they are usually heavily discounted ($500 or less) or sometimes even free. It sounds really nice–who doesn’t want a free bed?–but these mattresses are usually low-quality. Have a solid plan Even though you’re shopping a sale with the assumption that you will save money, you can still fall prey to discounts that aren’t really discounts. For example, you might see language like “Buy two, get one free.” If you weren’t planning on buying two beds in the first place, you won’t actually be saving money with this deal. It seems obvious, but it’s so easy to actually spend more than you were planning during a sale, so make a budget and stick to it. Read mattress reviews We’re going to assume you’re already doing this since you’re searching for the best Labor Day sales. You’re probably trying to conduct as much research as possible before making a big purchase, and paying attention to customer reviews is a natural part of that process. Most online companies show off their highest reviews on the front page of the website, but make sure you read as many different ratings as you can, from 1 star to 5 stars. Sometimes bad reviews aren’t necessarily about the mattress–they can be about the delivery, customer service, return policy, or more. Don’t fall for the first deal you see You’ll probably be bombarded with dozens of sales and promos during Labor Day weekend, and it’s tempting to give in to the first good one you come across. After all, shopping is time-consuming and can be frustrating. Who wants to spend a ton of time on it? A mattress is one thing you don’t want to skimp on, so be thoughtful and shop around a bit before deciding on the best deal and mattress. What other promos should you expect? Besides a discount code, companies may offer other incentives to get you to purchase a mattress. Common promos include gift cards, freebies (like free pillows, sheets, or other bedding accessories), rebates, or financing offers. Some places even offer mattress sets as part of their promotion. While more promos aren’t necessarily a bad thing, watch out for any deals that offer anything you don’t need. And if a company seems to be piling on the promos, that may be to overcompensate for the quality (or lack thereof) of their mattresses. Become familiar with return policies and warranties The return policy and warranty can tell you a lot about the company’s perception of its own product. If they offer a generous warranty (usually 10-20 years is the standard for mattresses), that essentially tells you how long they are willing to stand by their mattress. Most warranties cover sagging (anywhere from .75”-1.5”), broken or burst coils, and defects in the foam, cover, or zipper beyond normal usage. Make sure you read the warranty’s fine print so you don’t unknowingly void the warranty later on (often by using an incompatible foundation). The return policy usually corresponds with the sleep trial (if the company offers one) and they like you to try out the bed for a minimum number of nights–some require this minimum break-in period, while others simply recommend it. Sometimes, you might find that your mattress is just not the right fit for you and you want to return it before the minimum sleep trial is over. Know Your Sleeping Position Knowing your dominant sleep position will largely determine the type of mattress you like best. Most surveys conducted about sleeping positions have concluded that side sleeping is the preferred position for the majority of us. Whichever position you prefer, there’s most likely a mattress out there that’s made for you! When you’re out hunting for the best Labor Day sales, keep your sleeping position in mind. We’ve outlined a few things each preferred sleep position should look for in a mattress: Side sleepers Look for a mattress with a softness rating of at least 5 or 6. If you can’t readily find the softness rating on the mattress website, use the contact form or chat feature. If you’re in a brick and mortar store, just ask the employees! If they can’t give you a definitive answer, you may want to look elsewhere for a mattress. Side sleepers should shoot for a medium or medium-soft mattress since they need extra cushioning for their pressure points and support for their back and spine. For side sleepers, there is such a thing as a mattress that’s too soft. Back sleepers Back sleepers should look for a mattress with a softness rating of 6-7 or higher (medium-firm to firm). They need a firmer mattress than side sleepers because they’ll want to avoid that “sinking in” feeling as they lie down. Look for firm or medium-firm models to get a good night’s rest. Stomach sleepers Stomach sleepers are special–that’s because only 16 % of the population sleeps this way. But they don’t have to feel left out when it comes to finding the right mattress. Stomach sleepers can usually find comfort anywhere from medium-firm to extra firm mattresses. Additionally, stomach sleepers should also look for a good pillow, since they will need targeted support for their neck and head. Combo sleepers If you’re a combo sleeper, you might be wondering which mattress is best for you since so many mattresses only cater to one type of sleeper. The truth is, most combo sleepers still have a preferred position, and it’s whichever one you’re in upon waking up. Try to strike a compromise by choosing a mattress with the “medium” qualifier (medium-firm, medium-soft, or just medium). This will ensure you end up in a happy medium with your mattress. Research Different Mattress Types Of course, not all mattresses are the same, and different materials come with different price tags. It used to be that most mattresses were all made pretty much the same way–with springy coils that you could practically feel digging into your back as you lay in bed. Now, even innerspring coil beds have been affected by the “mattress revolution,” and it’s easy to find comfortable beds of all different makes, models, and prices. Innerspring An innerspring coil mattress is probably the one you’re used to–they are bouncy, usually last a long time, and they’re usually made with a comfort layer or pillowtop, so you can’t feel the coils. Some brands even make innerspring mattresses with individually wrapped coils, so you won’t feel your partner move around during the night. Foam Foam mattresses are taking the sleep industry by storm. They have the highest customer satisfaction rating largely due to their comfortable feel and pressure-point relief. However, there are some drawbacks with memory foam–for example, some people complain of an off-gassing smell. The mattress we recommend (the Amerisleep AS3) is made with plant-based foam and low VOCs, so it should not have this problem. Hybrid Hybrid can be a confusing term, but at eachnight we will use it to define a mattress that’s 50% innerspring coil and 50% latex or foam. Hybrid mattresses are great for chronic pain sufferers, athletes, and those who simply want a little more support than an all-foam mattress can provide. Typically, the coils make up the core support layer, and the top comfort layer is made of foam or latex. Latex Latex models are a bit more expensive than the other types we’ve gone over, but that’s because of their durability. Latex mattresses last anywhere from 5-10 years longer than innerspring, foam, or hybrid models. Latex comes from the sap of a rubber tree, and it has that familiar bouncy feel of innerspring but without the springs. There are two different latex manufacturing processes–Talalay and Dunlop. One is not necessarily better than the other, but they are slightly different and can create a different feel. Conclusion: Did You Find the Best Deal? Navigating big sales weekends can be exhausting if you don’t know all the mattress lingo or you’re just not sure if the deals being offered are worthwhile. We hope after reading this you’ve found the best mattress and corresponding deal for your needs and budget and you can finally get a good night’s sleep. This article is for informational purposes and should not replace advice from your doctor or other medical professional. Comments Cancel replyLeave a Comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Name Email I agree to the Terms and Conditions of this website.