Upgrading your mattress is no small feat. Whether you’re shopping for a cheap mattress, taking to sites like Reddit for a deep research dive before buying, or you’re just not sure where to start, now’s a great time to get started. Labor Day mattress sales bring some of the biggest discounts all year, and many brands started their sales early this year, giving you more time to research and shop.
The Popular Mechanics editors recently reviewed a bunch of mattresses in an effort to determine the best mattresses for each sleep need, from mattresses for back pain to cooling mattresses for hot sleepers. Tom Price, Associate Commerce Editor at Popular Mechanics, recommends you do your research before jumping into the mattress search. “Make sure to know your preferences and sizes beforehand. If you don’t know where to start in searching for good brands, make sure to check out reviews or articles from trusted sources.”
Once you know the mattress you want, it’s time to find it for less. We searched the internet for the best early Labor Day mattress deals and listed them all below. From name brands like Tempur-Pedic to more budget-friendly picks like Allswell, you don’t want to miss these deals (note that the prices listed are for queen sizes).
We’ll keep this list updated as we approach Labor Day and more mattress prices drop, so you can click the “save article” button at the top of this page for easy access when you’re ready to shop.
Best Early Labor Day Mattress Deals 2023
- Allswell: While there isn’t an official sale on Allswell mattresses for Labor Day yet, select mattresses are seeing discounts at Walmart.
- Amerisleep: Take up to $450 off a new mattress with code “AS450”. Promo ends Sunday, August 20.
- Avocado: Take 10 percent off organic mattresses using code “LABORDAY” from this editor-tested brand.
- Bear Mattress: Take up to 35 percent off sitewide and get up to $400 worth of sleep accessories with your mattress purchase.
- Birch: Take up to 20 percent off sitewide and get two free pillows with your purchase of a new mattress.
- Casper: Take up to 2o percent off sitewide, including mattresses, pillows — even bed frames.
- Helix: Take 20 percent off during Helix’s Labor Day access sale using code “LDS20”. You’ll also get two free pillows with your mattress purchase.
- Layla: Take up to $200 off a new mattress and save on bedding, pillows and other sleep accessories.
- Nectar: New customers can take 33 percent off their new mattress. Returning customers can shop up to 40 percent off from the brand’s well stocked sale section.
- Purple: Take up to $500 off a new mattress and up to $400 off a new adjustable smart base. You can also take up to 20 percent off sleep accessories.
- Tempur-Pedic: Tempur-Pedic hasn’t announced an official Labor Day sale yet, but there are select mattresses on sale from their Amazon store.
- Tuft & Needle: Take up to $700 off a new mattress and up to 40 percent off furniture, bedding and more.
- Wayfair: Wayfair hasn’t launched their official Labor Day savings just yet, but you can save on select Wayfair Sleep mattresses now.
Tuft and Needle
Take up to 20 percent off a new Tuft and Needle mattress during the brand’s Labor Day deal, plus up to 40 percent off bedding, furniture and more. Popular Mechanics editors recommend the Mint Mattress, as it came out on top during their testing of the best memory foam mattress. It leans on the firmer side and has excelled edge support, plus gel pads and graphite fibers that will help keep you cool while you sleep.
An affordable mattress brand that measures up to more expensive competitors, Allswell offers bed-in-a-box mattresses in memory foam, classic coil, and hybrid options. The Original Allswell hybrid mattress is under $300 right now and combines cooling gel memory foam and a spring core to provide a supportive base with a soft top.
While Tempur-Pedic hasn’t announced an official Labor Day sale just yet, there are a select handful of mattresses from the brand on sale on Amazon right now. This tall 13-inch mattress will give your bed a luxurious, hotel-like feel and you can choose between firm or soft cushioning. The memory foam mattress claims to help relieve and distribute pressure for a comfortable night’s sleep.
Casper’s Labor Day sale is already in full swing. You can shop up to 20 percent off their site right now, from mattresses to pillows to bed frames. The Wave Hybrid Mattress was Popular Mechanics’s pick for the best hybrid mattress after testing. It’s one of the newer models from the brand and features the brand’s new Zoned Support system. The tester noted they felt the “head of the mattress is firmer, while the middle zone compresses further to cradle your midsection while aiding in spinal alignment.”
Take up to 33 percent off sitewide during Nectar’s Labor Day sale for new customers. Fortunately, the brand’s sale section (which is up to 40 percent off) is also well stocked, and includes the Premium Copper Mattress, which was Popular Mechanics’s pick for best cooling mattress. If you’re a big fan of memory foam you might find this pick on the firmer side, but the quilted cover is made with copper fibers that feel cool to the touch—great for hot sleepers.
Purple doesn’t just make mattresses, they also make adjustable bases for their beds. During the Purple Labor Day sale, which has already kicked off, you can save up to $900 when you bundle your new mattress with a base. If you don’t need the base, there’s still a handful of mattresses that are discounted, including our favorite soft mattress, the Purple Restore Hybrid Mattress. While some soft mattresses leave you sunken in and over-heated, this one has a polymer grid that’s designed to keep your body supported and prevent the mattress from sagging, allowing room for airflow.
If you can’t decide just yet if a firm or soft mattress is right for you, you can test out both options with this “flippable” mattress from Layla. One side features a thick layer of plush memory foam for a softer feel while the other side features a thinner, more dense layer of foam for firm support. During Layla’s Labor Day sale you can take up to $200 off a new mattress, and also save on mattress toppers, pillows and sheets.
If you’re working with a tighter budget, Wayfair is an excellent place to start when it comes to saving on home goods. The online retailer even has their own mattress line, called Wayfair Sleep. Case in point: the 12-inch Medium Pillow Top Mattress comes in under $400 while it’s on sale. It’s listed as being right in the middle between soft and firm, and while we haven’t tested this model first-hand, over 11,000 customers have given it a 5-star review.
When Is Labor Day 2023?
Labor Day is a federal holiday that falls on the first Monday of September. This year, Labor Day lands on Monday, September 4. The three-day weekend has become a major shopping holiday, with noteworthy discounts on big-ticket items like appliances and mattresses.
Is Labor Day a Good Time to Buy a Mattress?
According to Price,”buying a mattress on Labor Day is a great choice. Many individual brands as well as larger distributors like Walmart and Amazon hold sales during Labor Day weekend, so you should be able to find options you like at a discount.” There are already early Labor Day mattress deals weeks before the holiday arrives, and we expect plenty more to land in the coming weeks. Whatever kind of mattress you’re looking for, you should be able to find it for less this month.
Tips for Buying a Mattress on Labor Day
Buying the right mattress is an involved shopping process. Not only is it a financial investment, it can also effect your sleep cycle and thus, your overall wellbeing. Here are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind as you shop:
- Know your preferences ahead of time: “Knowing which size, thickness, and mattress type (foam, hybrid, innerspring) you want before beginning your search significantly cuts down on the time it will take to find the right mattress for you,” says Price.
- Do some digging: Sometimes, the brand you’re shopping from doesn’t have the best deal.“If you are hunting for a sale, check both larger online marketplaces like Amazon or Walmart as well as the individual sites of brands you love or are interested in,” Price continues.
- Do your research: There are plenty of reviews, ratings and articles from trusted sources you can check out before committing to a mattress purchase. We also recommend making note of the brand’s warranty and return policy, so you can replace the mattress if you aren’t getting a good night’s sleep.