Presidents Day is February 17th, but many retailers are likely to start sales over the weekend or even the week before it. The day is one of the best times of the year to buy a new mattress, as many retailers are looking to sell off old mattresses to make room for new stock.
We compiled this mattress buying guide to help you find some of the best Presidents Day mattress sales. We list our recommendations for best mattresses, then discuss how you can spot great mattress deals on your own.
|Mattress||Highlights||Price for a Queen|
|Amerisleep AS3||Best mattress of 2020||$1199|
|Amerisleep AS5h||Best luxury mattress||$2099|
|Zoma||Best cooling memory foam mattress||$700|
|Vaya||Best budget-friendly mattress for all sleepers||$535|
The AS3 has a medium feel for equal amounts of support and comfort. It’s Amerisleep’s most popular mattress model as it can suit a wide range of sleepers. The 12-inch memory foam mattress has three layers of foam.
The top layer is 3 inches of Bio-Pur® memory foam. Bio-Pur® is less dense than traditional memory foam; it allows for better air circulation and snaps back to its original shape more quickly.
Second is a 2-inch layer of Affinity with HIVE® technology. HIVE® contains hundreds of hexagonal cutouts grouped into five zones—your head, shoulders, back, hips, and feet. The hexagons are packed closely together in the head, back, and feet area to prevent the mattress from compressing too deeply, creating more support for these three areas.
Conversely, the cutouts are spread out in the shoulders and hips areas to sink down more, creating a cushion that’s ideal for side sleepers.
At the bottom is 7 inches of Bio-Core® foam. It supports the other layers and deters sagging to help the mattress last longer—its durability is why Amerisleep can offer a lengthy 20-year warranty.
A cover made of soft, breathable fabric works to keep air moving throughout the mattress. It is also removable and completely washable, so it is easy to keep your mattress clean through many years of use.
The AS5 Hybrid has 3 inches of Bio-Pur® and 2 inches of Active Flex for softness and contouring. Underneath is where the models differ, however, as the hybrid has an 8-inch coil layer to extend the mattress’s longevity.
The coil layer and Active Flex keep a sleeper lifted without negating the bed’s soft feel. Each coil is individually wrapped for motion isolation, while still providing space for ample air circulation, which prevents you from overheating in the night.
A 1-inch layer of transition foam serves as the bed’s durable base.
The AS5h is covered in the same lightweight, breathable fabric as the AS3. The combination of Bio-Pur® foam and a soft, airy cover helps you sleep cool and comfortable.
The AS5h has more rigid edges than the standard AS5 because of the firm foam surrounding the bed’s perimeter. The AS5h’s edge supports makes it easier to get out of bed, particularly if you have a chronic pain condition that makes moving difficult.
This Presidents Day, you can score any Amerisleep mattress for $250 off the original price. When shopping in-store, you have the option to opt for $250 off a mattress set, instead.
The Zoma Mattress was made with one goal: helping athletes achieve their peak performance with more restorative sleep. The 11-inch gel memory foam mattress has three layers of foam to rejuvenate you by relieving pressure and promoting deeper sleep.
First, 2 inches of gel memory foam with Triangulex™ technology for zoned support. Triangular segments in the shoulders and legs areas to add conforming softness—and as a bonus, the cutouts make the foam more breathable. The mattress’s midsection remains firm and free of cutouts for support where most of your body weight will fall.
Second, 2 inches of latex-like Reactiv™ buffers the top layer and bottom layers. Reactiv™ prevents a sleeper from sinking into the support core or feeling “stuck” in the bed.
Third and last, the 7-inch core of Support+ foam. This base provides the bed with its stability and support.
Every Zoma mattress is $150 off during Presidents Day, and each mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.
The Vaya mattress provides 12 inches of pure comfort at a fair price. The Vaya mattress contains two foam layers, wrapped in a breathable cover, for an affordable mix of bouncy support.
The comfort layer is 3 inches of Vaya Foam. Vaya Foam has a latex-like springiness to prevent you from feeling “stuck.” It’s less dense than traditional memory foam, which keeps it cool as it molds to a sleeper for pressure relief.
The base layer is 9 inches of high-density foam to deter sagging and support a sleeper’s spine.
The cover is a breathable blend of rayon, polyester, and spandex.
Vaya mattresses are 10% off on Amazon during Presidents Day—no promo codes needed. The mattress includes free shipping, free returns, a 100-night sleep trial, and a 10-year warranty that covers defects such as sagging greater than 0.75 inches.
How to Find the Right Mattress on Presidents Day
Just because a mattress is on sale doesn’t mean it’s the best mattress for you. There are plenty of deals to pick from, so don’t rush into an impulse buy. Instead, take a moment to consider your sleeping position and available space, and read through the customer reviews, sleep trial, warranty, and return policy.
And don’t forget Presidents Day is also an excellent time to buy a new bed frame or bedding!
Buy for Your Sleep Needs
When you’re buying a new mattress, you want one right for your sleep needs and space needs.
Side sleepers need thick comfort layers and contouring material to relieve their pressure points. We highly advise side sleepers to avoid innerspring mattresses, as many innersprings can’t conform well enough to ease pressure on the side. The best mattresses for side sleepers are soft to medium in firmness.
Back sleepers need mattresses with a balance of support for the spine and plush cushioning to meet the spine’s four curves. Back sleepers should consider medium-firm to firm mattresses.
Stomach sleepers need firm mattresses, as too-soft mattresses can overextend the spine if the stomach sinks into the bed. Like back sleepers, they should look at medium-firm to firm mattresses.
Body weight affects what firmness is right for you as well. People who weigh more than 230 pounds need firmer mattresses to take on their weight, while those who weigh less than 130 pounds should look at softer mattresses.
Make sure you buy the right size mattress as well. While single sleepers sleep comfortably on all of these, we can’t recommend anything smaller than a queen for couples.
|Mattress Size Name||Dimensions in Inches|
|Twin||38 by 75|
|Twin XL||38 by 80|
|Full||54 by 75|
|Queen||60 by 80|
|King||76 by 80|
|California King||72 by 84|
Check Sleep Trials, Warranties, and Return Policies
We strongly recommend buying a mattress with a good sleep trial and warranty, as the policies are a guarantee of the product’s quality.
Sleep trials let you try out a mattress in the comfort of your home, with many lasting 90 to 120 days. If your mattress doesn’t include a sleep trial, a 30-day return policy can provide a backup—most sleepers need a month to completely adapt to a new mattress.
Warranties can give you an idea of a mattress’s likely lifespan, as mattress companies test their mattresses to determine the warranty’s length. A good warranty should cover indentations under an inch, as sagging compromises a mattress’s support and may lead to back pain if not replaced.
While most mattresses come with a return policy, many items such as mattress toppers, bed frames, and adjustable bases are final sale items—read the fine print and make sure it’s an item you truly want before you checkout.
Read Mattress Reviews
It’s easy to find reviews if you’re shopping online, as mattress companies tend to include them on their website—it’s a red flag if you can’t find any, as it’s a sign the company isn’t open to consumers’ opinions and critiques.
But even if you’re shopping at your local mattress store, don’t neglect to take a moment and read up on customer feedback on any models you’re considering.
Don’t Forget Bedding and Bed Frames
Select mattress companies offer bundles such as an adjustable base and a mattress of your choice, while others sell mattress sets with included bedding and free pillows.
If you want to get the most use out of your mattress, we highly advise buying a mattress protector as well. A mattress protector prevents allergens, dust mites, and debris from accumulating inside the mattress, which can change its feel and irritate allergies.
What is the best time to buy a mattress?
Aside from Presidents Day sales, you can find good mattress deals on Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, and Black Friday.
If you missed any of those sales days, you can still find a good deal on your mattress purchase. Many online mattress brands give out promo codes for price discounts or free pillows on their website.
What is the best memory foam mattress?
The best memory foam mattress for you will depend on your sleeping position, comfort preferences, and budget. We recommend the AS3’s feel for side sleepers and combo sleepers, and the AS5 for those looking for a luxury feel mattress.
If you’re shopping for a quality mattress under $1000, the Zoma Mattress and Vaya are both excellent choices.
Is a firm or soft mattress better?
The right mattress firmness depends on your sleeping position. Side sleepers need a soft to medium mattress, while back and stomach sleepers need a medium-firm to firm mattress.
You can best prevent or alleviate back pain with a medium-firm mattress, as a 2015 review found.
We hope our guide helps you find your next mattress this Presidents Day weekend. Don’t forget that price isn’t all you have to consider—look at the mattress’s construction to see how it works with your sleep style, and read through the details of its attached warranty and sleep trial or return policy.
If you want to learn more about the types of mattresses available or how to find the best mattress for a health condition or sleeping style, take a look at our other mattress buying guides!