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Published on August 28th, 2017 | by Mattress Journal


What’s The Deal With Labor Day Mattress Sales? 2017 Edition

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.

Why are Labor Day mattress sales popular?

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 2017

Here are some of the best deals we found while scouring our sources:

StoreMattress TypeBedPrice (Queen)SpecsWarranty
AmerisleepMemory FoamAS2 Mattress$1,099
  • Med-firm
  • 12″ profile
  • 2″ memory foam
  • 3″ affinity foam with surface modification
  • 7″ foam support
20 years
Mattress FirmInnerspringSimmons Beautyrest World Class Bridgewater Firm Set$1,599
  • 13.5″ profile
  • Firm
  • Fiber, 4.25″ foam, 0.75″ gel foam, 0.38″ memory foam
  • 1000 pocketed coils
10 years non-prorated
SertaSpring/Foam HybridSerta iComfort Hybrid Visionaire Firm Set$1,999
  • 13″ profile
  • Firm
  • 2″ gel memory foam, 3″ foam
  • 1008 dual pocketed coils
10 years non-prorated

Above, we highlight one selection from each bed category from this year’s group of Labor Day mattress sales. Here’s some info about last year’s picks of you’re curious to start shopping:

For memory foam, we chose Amerisleep because it is one of the few brands not using either low-quality materials or with hefty markups. There are a few cheaper memory foam options in Labor Day mattress sales, but most of those offer low-density foams, shorter return policies and warranties, and little or below-average customer reviews. More expensive brands aren’t using higher densities, and have similar or lower reviews and guarantees, making this established brand a good bet.

Innersprings abound in 2017 Labor Day mattress sales so picking just one is no easy task. We looked for a bed that delivered the best combination of coil count/durability plus quality foams for the price, as well as at reviews and guarantees. One we think stands out is the Beautyrest World Class Bridgewater Firm set from Mattress Firm. It has higher than average reviews and it’s an established collection. Mattress Firm’s website seems fairly transparent about the quality, and the pricing proves fair.

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.

Don’t know what to buy? Check out this guide to finding the perfect mattress

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, preparing before shopping Labor Day mattress sales helps you find the best bargains and savings. Browsing a showroom attempting to find a comfortable bed proves difficult in itself. Adding the pressure of a short sale period combined with a busy store and hovering salespeople, and it may seem 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.

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 often use poor quality materials and may not stand the the test of time. It also usually proves difficulty finding details and reviews. If you buy it for a guest room or another place for frequently use, then perhaps the value aspect makes sense. If you need a mattress to use regularly though, avoid these altogether.

Shop Online

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.

Below, a few of Labor Day mattress sales and specials released so far (most start Labor Day weekend): (plant-based memory foam):

Online at, 8/29 to 9/4.

  • $200 off any memory foam mattress with code “LD200”, plus free shipping and free returns.

Macy’s (multiple):

Online at and in stores, starting 8/30.

  • Website mentions a sale on mattresses, but current ad does not detail specifics.

Mattress Firm (innersprings, memory foam):

Online at and in stores, current ad is through 8/29

Preview of sales released thus far:

  • Over 15 queen mattresses under $699
  • $179 – $999 – Hampton and Rhodes mattresses
  • $306 – $489 – Classic Brands memory foam mattresses
  • $449 – $4799 – Simmons mattress sets, including Beautyrest, Beautyrest Black, Beautyrest Black Hybrid and Beautyrest Black Memory Foam models
  • $999 – Serta SmartReact Sunview Firm Hybrid Queen Mattress Set
  • Up to $500 off Dreamed Lux  line.
  • Free boxspring with Serta iComfort Temptouch models
  • Free LP50 adjustable base with mattresses over $1399, not combinable with any other offers

Sears (innersprings):

Online and in select stores, dated 8/27 to 9/10.

  • Up to 60% off
  • $299 Sealy Response Kenney Firm Queen mattress only
  • $1149 Stearns & Foster Hustonville Luxury Firm Tight Top Queen Set
  • Up to $800 off Stearns and Foster sets
  • $50 Sears card with Beautyrest Silver Navy Pier set; $100 card with Sealy Premium Goldrick, Silver Hybrid and Conform sets; $200 Sears reward card with Stearns and Foster or Sealy Response Rosati sets; $300 Sears card with Tempurpedic mattress sets; in store only
  • Up to $500 off Tempurpedic adjustable bed and mattress sets
  • Free boxspring with Sealy Conform (Treat, Optimistic, High Spirits, Fondness, Thrilled, Gratifying), Beautyrest Black, Beautyrest Platinum and Platinum Hybrid, iComfort and iComfort Hybrid beds. $100-$300 value. (memory foam/hybrid):

Online at, through 9/11.

  • Up to $800 off Serta Adjustable Base and Mattress Sets ($200-$300 off queen sets)
    • Queen iComfort memory foam and adjustable sets start from $2399; Queen iComfort Hybrid spring and adjustable sets start from $2399.
  • Free boxspring with iComfort mattresses (innerspring from $1099 in queen, memory foam from $1099)

Sleepy’s (multiple):

Online at and in stores, dates unspecified.

  • $199 – Easy Rest 6” Queen Memory Foam Mattress
  • $199 – Hampton and Rhodes HR200 Medium Firm Euro Top Mattress Only
  • $299 – Beautyrest Greenwood 9.5” Firm Queen Spring Mattress Only
  • $399 – Serta Perfect Sleeper Alesbury 8” Plush Memory Foam Mattress Only
  • $437 – Hampton and Rhodes 8” Cool Gel Foam Queen Mattress Set
  • Free boxspring with Beautyrest Recharge mattresses
  • Free boxspring with Serta iComfort mattresses
  • 30% off Eclipse Gel Memory Foam Mattresses, from $679 in queen (memory foam):

Online at, through 9/17

  • Select lines have instant discounts based on collection and size:
    • $150-$300 off Grand, Tempur Breeze and Luxe lines ($200 in queen size)
    • $100-$200 off Elite lines ($100 in queen size)
    • $50-$100 off Supreme lines ($75 in queen size)

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.


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