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Black Friday mattress deals 2022: our expert predictions

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Black Friday is one of the best times of year to save money on a mattress, with bigger discounts on a wider range of models than any other sale. Plus, the best Black Friday mattress deals don’t just give you the lowest prices of the year, they often bundle in extra free gifts to really ramp up the value: pillows, luxury sheets, mattress protectors (or in the case of Nectar and DreamCloud, all three). So when will the Black Friday mattress sales begin this year? And where will you find the biggest discounts? Here’s everything you need to know.

Black Friday 2022 falls on November 25 this year. However, we’re expecting all the major sleep brands to have launched their official Black Friday mattress deals by November 21, with many running early-access sales from the end of October. That’s what we’ve seen in previous years, and we believe it will happen again this year.

In fact, we think mattress sales will start even earlier this time around. There was a 19% growth in online sales in the weeks leading up to Black Friday last year, according to data from Adobe (opens in new tab): more retailers launched early sales - and more people did their holiday shopping before the big day. 

We’re expecting to see a greater amount of sales starting in October this year. Fueled by fears around inflation, rising prices and the cost of living crisis, retailers are likely to want to entice people in earlier again, and we think more people are going to want to spread out their spending. Given that mattresses are always one of the first products to be discounted ahead of major sales, we predict they'll be leading the way.

So how will this affect the quality of this year’s Black Friday mattress deals? Read on for our predictions, plus pro tips, tricks and techniques for how to save the most money possible on a mattress during the holiday sales.

Top mattress sales ahead of Black Friday

Regular mattress sales run throughout the year, so fear not if you need a new mattress now and can’t wait for Black Friday: it’s still possible to save money. Here’s our pick of the best current offers: 

 Should you wait for a Black Friday mattress deal? 

  • For the lowest price wait until mid-late November
  • Buy earlier if you don't want to risk delivery delays

We recommend waiting until mid-late November if you’re looking to get the best Black Friday mattress deal possible. That’s generally when we’ve seen the lowest prices and most free gifts in previous years. Last year’s prices didn’t fall quite as low as usual overall - some companies were still struggling with material shortages and supply chain issues following the pandemic - but still, the majority of the best offers came during Thanksgiving week.

We can’t be sure that mattress prices will return to their usual historic lows this November, although we have seen some positive signs in previous months. Still, we’re confident we will see the lowest prices of the year during Thanksgiving week, so do hang on if you want the biggest bargain possible.

However, if you’re just looking to make a good saving, and don’t mind if the price drops again by another $50/£50, the early mattress Black Friday deals usually offer good value for money - and you’ll avoid any potential delivery delays later in November. 

And if you’re desperate for a new mattress now, by all means grab an offer before November - there’s nearly always a sale running, and you’ll find today's best deals on this page.

Black Friday mattress deals: our predictions

The Emma Mattress shown on a black metal bed frame and photographed against a green background

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When will the best Black Friday mattress deals start in 2022?

We predict that most of the best Black Friday mattress deals will be available in Thanksgiving week, from as early as November 21. That’s four days ahead of Black Friday, which falls on November 25.

However, early Black Friday mattress deals will begin to appear up to five or six weeks before this. Last year, Avocado, Bear and Layla had all launched early Black Friday sales by the end of October. These weren’t their final offers though: prices dropped by $25-$100 over the following weeks. The offers then rolled over into Cyber Monday mattress deals, but changed only in name.

The exception to the rule is likely to be Nectar. We’re expecting the popular sleep brand to launch a flash sale in either late October or the first week of November, where we’ll see the lowest Nectar mattress prices of the year - we predict a 25% discount - before the company then reverts back to its usual year-round offer (which is still great value: $200 off plus $499-worth of free gifts (opens in new tab)).

Will Nectar launch a flash mattress sale before Black Friday? 

Labor Day mattress sale: Nectar mattress on a wooden frame with sheets and pillows folded on top

Yes, we think it’s highly likely that Nectar will cut the prices of its mattresses in the US before Black Friday. Last year, the company started offering Black Friday-level mattress pricing in October (albeit without any ‘Black Friday’ branding): a queen-size Nectar Memory Foam mattress dropped from $899 to $799, with $399-worth of free gifts. 

The price then returned to $899, before Nectar dramatically dropped it in a flash sale between 6-7 November. During that 48-hour period there was a 25% price cut on all Nectar mattresses, taking a queen-size Nectar Memory Foam mattress to just $675 (but without any free gifts).

The year before, Nectar also offered a 25% discount on all mattresses on November 1. The company did surprise us earlier this year with another flash sale in early May, so it’s possible we’ll see further changes over Black Friday this year, but we’re betting we’ll see Nectar’s lowest prices in an early flash sale format again in 2022.

Where will the best Black Friday mattress deals be this year?

We're rounding up all the best Black Friday mattress deals here. However, if you'd prefer to search the sales yourself, or do some research in the run up, there are some retailers and manufacturers that have better offers than others. These are our top recommendations:

US: Black Friday mattress deals - our predictions  
Nectar:
$200 off mattress + $499 free gifts (opens in new tab) - best value
Saatva:
$250 off luxury mattress (opens in new tab) - best quality
Cocoon by Sealy:
35% off + $199 free gifts (opens in new tab) - best cooling
Amazon: cheap mattresses from $99 (opens in new tab) - budget pick

UK: Black Friday mattress deals - our predictions
Emma:
50% off the Original mattress (opens in new tab) - best value
Eve sleep: 45% off hybrid and foam mattress (opens in new tab) - best quality
Simba:
45% off when you spend £300 (opens in new tab) - best pressure relief
Amazon: cheap mattresses from £99 (opens in new tab) - budget pick

We’re expecting big savings on mattresses online and in-store again this year, whether you’re shopping in the US or UK. Online deals tend to be extremely competitive: many of the newer wave of mattresses are made by online-only companies, which have fewer costs to pass onto consumers than their bricks-and-mortar rivals. But there will be plenty of big price cuts in-store too, as retailers look to clear older stock. 

If you’re looking for a mid-range or premium mattress, we recommend buying directly from the brand, rather than via a third-party retailer such as Amazon. That’s because the deals are usually the same, or very similar, and there’s less margin for error around the extended sleep trials, warranties and free gifts that come with this calibre of mattress. (You'll find plenty of complaints on Amazon about this not being the case.) 

With that in mind, we’re expecting some of the best Black Friday mattress deals to be at Nectar, Saatva, Purple, Helix and Plush Beds - the latter offered a significant price cut of up to $1,250 off its Botanical Bliss mattress last year - and that 'best ever offer' has been carried through to 2022. 

If you’re looking for a budget mattress, however, such as the Zinus Green Tea mattress, Amazon often has some of the lowest prices in November. And if don’t mind choosing an older model, Macy (opens in new tab)’s always has a strong selection of closeout deals over Black Friday - there’s usually a few hundred dollars off older mattresses from Sealy and Serta. These are classified as clearance merchandise, though, so you won’t be able exchange, return or receive a price adjustment on them if they’re not right, and they’re not covered by any warranties for existing or future damage.

Is Black Friday the best time to buy a mattress?  

Serta 9 Inch Memory Foam Mattress

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Short answer: yes. Black Friday is a brilliant time to buy a new mattress in both the US and UK. That’s because, as a rule, mattress prices are the lowest you’ll find them all year. However, Black Friday isn’t the only time prices drop this low - we often see Black Friday pricing reappear during the President’s Day mattress sales in February, as retailers look to entice people to start spending again after the holiday sales period.

There are plenty of other big mattress sales throughout the year, too. Any national holiday normally has big mattress discounts - the classic is the Memorial Day mattress sales in May, but there are July 4th mattress sales, Labor Day mattress sales and so on. 

It's important to point out, though, that while the discounts may look the same in each sale, the actual prices often aren’t. Typically the best time to save money on a mattress is Black Friday and President’s Day; the next lowest prices are usually found on Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day; and the worst time to buy a mattress is in the summer sales and the end of October, when many companies hike up their prices before dropping them for Black Friday. Mattresses can cost up to $200 more over the summer and in late October than they do in late November (even if they have the same ‘discount’).    

Last year's best Black Friday mattress deals

One of the best ways to get a feel for the sort of Black Friday mattress deals that might appear this year is to to take a look at what happened last year. Here are the biggest offers we saw.

US: last year's best Black Friday mattress deals

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1. Nectar Memory Foam mattress: from $798 $499 + $399 free gifts at Nectar Sleep
Editor's choice
 - This superb mid-range, all-foam mattress sits at number two in our mattress rankings (opens in new tab) and is exceptional value for money. It offers strong support, pressure relief and motion isolation - we loved sleeping on it - and is a great option for anyone who likes to be 'hugged' by their mattress. It significantly undercuts its competitors on price, with a queen down to $799. Plus it comes with two free cooling pillows, sheets and a mattress protector worth $399. There's also a year-long risk-free trial to decide whether you like it, and a forever warranty.

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2. Saatva Classic mattress: from $887 - save $250 when you spend $975 or more at Saatva
Hotel luxury
- The Saatva Classic is number one in our best mattress guide. It costs more than the Nectar, but this premium mattress comes in three different firmness options and two heights, and has been approved by the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations. We're testing the luxury firm version, and found it delivers excellent pressure relief in all sleeping positions, while keeping you cool and well-supported at night. It's an excellent choice for hot sleepers, or anyone who likes a traditional mattress feel with a little bounce. This exclusive Black Friday mattress deal dropped a queen size to $1,345, down from $1,595 - there's free white glove delivery too.

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3. The DreamCloud mattress: from $1,198 $699 + $399 free gifts at DreamCloud
Great-value hybrid
- If the Saatva Classic above sounds great but is out of budget, try the DreamCloud - we think it's the best-value hybrid mattress you can buy, with a $200 discount and $399-worth of free gifts added to your order. Graded as 'luxury firm' (6.5/10), it's a generous 14 inches deep, with five layers, including contouring gel memory foam to relieve pressure, and a layer of individually cased innersprings to provide extra support and increased airflow. It's another great choice for hot sleepers, and anyone who prefers to sleep on top of their mattress rather than sinking into it.

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4. Cocoon Chill Memory Foam mattress: from $769 $499 + $199 free gifts at Cocoon by Sealy
Budget cooling
- The Cocoon Chill Memory Foam is one of the best budget cooling mattresses in the US, with effective temperature-regulation features that set it apart from rival all-foam mattresses. It's medium-firm, with excellent pressure relief and motion isolation (making it good for anyone with a restless partner), and is particularly well-suited to hot sleepers who like the feel of memory foam. Right now, it's just $30 off the cheapest we've ever seen it ($469 last Black Friday). You also get two free pillows and a sheet set worth up to $199 thrown in.

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5. PlushBeds Botanical Bliss: from $2,599 $1,349 + $549 of free gifts at PlushBeds
Best for allergies
- There's up to a $1,250 discount on PlushBeds' most popular mattress, and it comes with $549 of free bedding. This super-durable natural latex option is made from too Greenguard Gold certified organic materials, and comes in two different firmness options and three different heights. The latex is taut and bouncy, making it a great choice for people who move around a lot at night, and it's also brilliant at regulating temperature, so if you're a hot sleeper you'll get on well with it. It's a favorite among chiropractors for relieving back pain too. However, if you want full-body contouring while you sleep, choose a memory foam option instead.  

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6. Helix Midnight mattress: from $699 $599 + 2 free pillows at Helix
Great for side sleepers
- The Helix Midnight is a medium hybrid mattress that's designed for side sleepers, people who toss and turn at night, and couples with different firmness preferences. In the middle, memory foam and support foam contour to your body and provide pressure relief, while eight-inch tall pocket coils cradle your body. There's also a reinforced perimeter for extra support. Helix's Black Friday mattress sale is still live and is the same as its Fall sale, giving you $100-$150 off and two free pillows. That puts a queen at $999. 

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7. Tempur-Pedic Essential mattress: from $1,665 $999 at Tempur-Pedic
Cheapest Tempur mattress - There's now a 30% discount on the Tempur-Essential mattress, the most affordable option in the brand's range. The big 40% discount has now ended, but 30% off is still a substantial saving on an already cheap Tempur-Pedic. The Tempur-Essential is a good option if you want a cozy, medium-soft feel mattress that offers great pressure relief for your entire body in any sleep position. Like the Tempur-Cloud above, it has a breathable, moisture-wicking cover, and you can sleep on it within minutes of unpacking it.

UK: last year's best Black Friday mattress deals

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1. Emma Original mattress: from £499 £299.40 at Emma (opens in new tab)
Best value -
The award-winning Emma Original is a superb, medium-firm memory foam mattress. In our Emma mattress review (opens in new tab) we found it to be a reliable all-rounder that offers exceptional comfort and support for the price. It's durable too - we've had ours for three years and still love it. With this extended Black Friday mattress deal, a single now costs just £299.40, down from £499; while a super king is only £539.40, down from £899.

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2. Eve Original mattress: from £429 £300 at Eve (opens in new tab)
This 24cm deep mattress has three layers of premium foam to relieve pressure and support your body, and is designed for all sleeping positions. In the Black Friday mattress sales there's a 30% discount - that's a good saving.

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3. Nectar Memory Foam Mattress: from £569 £312 at Nectar (opens in new tab)
The Nectar Memory Foam is great value for money: it's affordable without a Black Friday mattress deal, and comes with the longest risk-free trial (a whole year) plus a lifetime warranty. Right now, there's a 45% discount on its foam and hybrid models. A double size now costs just £411.95 (was £749). 

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4. Simba Hybrid mattress: from £649 £356 at Simba (opens in new tab)
This five-layer hybrid mattress combines cushioning foam with supportive springs to give you a better - and cooler - night's sleep. There's currently a 45% discount with this Black Friday mattress deal, which means the popular Simba Hybrid mattress now starts from just £356.95 for a single, down from £649; while a super king has dropped from £1,109 to £609.95. 

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5. Silentnight mattresses and beds: 20% off at Argos (opens in new tab)
There's 20% off a range of Silentnight beds, mattresses, and headboards for Black Friday. Just add code: silent20 at checkout for the discount to be applied to your order.

5 tips for buying a mattress online

A couple go mattress shopping and the woman lies on a white mattress with her arms outstretched

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Buying a mattress online is quick, easy and often cheaper than buying from a physical store. Delivery is free, and all the best mattresses now come with long risk-free trials so you can test them properly - by sleeping on them - rather than lying on them for five minutes in a showroom. If you don’t like one, you’ll get a full refund and the company will collect it (usually for free; sometimes less a small collection fee).

We’re fully signed up converts to buying mattresses online: the home trials make it far more likely that you’ll end up with the right mattress, and we like that you get more for your money. We also love how easy it is. But if you've never done it before, the process might seem daunting - so to help you feel at ease, here are five pro tips for buying a mattress online on Black Friday. 

1. Look for at least a 60-night trial 

The best way to know whether a mattress is right for you is to sleep on it - a quick showroom test just doesn't cut it. Most leading brands and retailers offer a risk-free trial for exactly this reason, and we recommend looking for a minimum trial period of least 60 days to give your body time to get used to a new mattress (more on that below). 

We'll make sure all the top picks in our Black Friday mattress sale round-up come with at least a 60-night trial. In fact, the majority will likely come with 100-nights, and some, such as Nectar, give you an entire year to decide whether you like their mattresses.

2. Check for free returns 

Most leading brands offer a full refund and free returns if you decide a mattress isn't right for you, as part of their risk-free trial. However, some companies do charge a small fee for collection - Saatva charges a $75 pick up fee, for example - so do check the policy first. 

3. Try a new mattress for three weeks 

Don't give up on a mattress if it isn't immediately comfortable. It can take up to 21 days for your body to adjust to a new mattress - especially if you were previously sleeping on an older or less supportive bed. Even the best mattress in the world could cause aches and pains as your body gets used to it, so make sure you stick a new one out for three weeks before deciding whether you like it or not.   

4. Buy from the manufacturer directly (or read third-party T&Cs) 

We usually recommend buying mid-range and premium mattresses directly from the manufacturer so that you can make the most of their generous sleep trial and warranties. Yes, the likes of Amazon and other retailers advertise the same trial and warranty - but if you buy through a third-party you're automatically subject to their return policy, not those of the manufacturer.

To be eligible for the manufacturer’s trial and warranty, you’ll need to register the mattress on their database after buying it. We've seen regular complaints in Amazon’s mattress listings from customers claiming to have been told by the manufacturer that their sleep trial and warranty won’t be honored on Amazon purchases. (So if you do buy through a third party, register your mattress with the manufacturer as soon as you can.)

5. Do the elbow test to get the right size 

Not sure what size mattress to get? Do the elbow test. Lie back with your hands behind your head. If you share a bed, your elbows should be able to extend without touching your side of the bed or your partner's elbow; if you don't share a bed, your elbows should be able to extend without touching either side of the bed. 

3 top mattresses to look for on Black Friday 2022

The Saatva Classic Mattress

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1. Saatva Classic mattress

The best high-end mattress: superb comfort, support and durability for less than its luxury rivals

Type: traditional | Material: hybrid innerspring | Firmness: soft (3), luxury firm (5.5), firm (8) | Height: 11.5 or 14.5 inches | Trial length: 180 nights | Shipping: free | Returns: $99 | Warranty: 15-year limited | Price range: $849 - $2,099 | Best for: all sleepers, hot sleepers, back pain, couples

Excellent back support
Customizable firmness and height
Superb temperature regulation
Free white glove delivery
$99 fee to refund or exchange 

The Saatva Classic is the flagship mattress from premium sleep brand Saatva, and we think it’s the best mattress you can buy. This luxury hybrid innerspring combines the superior support of traditional springs with the comfort and advanced features of the latest mattresses. It’s the best of both worlds: you get excellent pressure relief in all sleeping positions, while staying cool and well-supported at night. The Saatva Classic is competitively priced for a luxury hybrid too, starting from under $900 for a twin. 

We think you'll be able to buy a queen size Saatva Classic for between $1,199-$1,299 in the company's Black Friday mattress sale. That's considerably cheaper than it currently is: right now, a queen-size Saatva Classic is the most expensive it's been all year, at $1,394 (down from $1,595 thanks to a $200 discount). We do expect the price to fall over the coming weeks - hopefully to the same price as last year ($1,199 for a queen size) but supply chain issues across the mattress industry make this year's deals harder to predict.

The Nectar Memory Foam mattress

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2. Nectar Memory Foam mattress

The best-value mattress with $399 of free gifts and a year-long trial

Type: mattress in a box | Material: foam | Firmness: medium firm (6.5) | Height: 12 inches | Trial length: 365 nights | Shipping: free | Returns: free | Warranty: forever | Price range: $798 - $1,598 | Best for: all sleepers, couples, tight budgets

Great motion isolation
Good pressure relief
365-night sleep trial 
Forever warranty
 Some find it warm

The Nectar Memory Foam is a mid-range, all-foam mattress and one of the best in the US and UK for anyone on a tight budget. It’s the most popular and affordable option in Nectar’s range, offering strong performance in key areas including support, pressure relief and motion isolation, and is well-suited to anyone who loves the 'hugging' feeling of memory foam - you sink into this mattress when you sleep. If you're a particularly hot sleeper, though, we'd recommend the Saatva instead. The Nectar Memory Foam does have a cooling cover (and we didn't overheat when we tested it), but all-foam mattresses are warmer than hybrids and spring-based options as a rule. 

Where the Nectar Memory Foam mattress excels is value for money: it significantly undercuts many of its competitors on price. In the US, it's sold with a permanent $400 discount and $399-worth of free gifts (pillows, sheets and a mattress protector), while in the UK it's frequently sold with up to a 40% discount and a free pillow. There's also a generous year-long risk-free trial to decide whether it's right for you, and a forever warranty. Will these offers improve even more on Black Friday? We don't expect the current US deal to be beaten, no, and the current UK deal is already very strong too. 

the Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam mattress on a frame with headboard and pillow

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3. Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam mattress

The best budget mattress under $500

Type: mattress in a box | Material: foam | Firmness: medium firm (6.5) | Height: 6-12 inches | Trial length: 100 nights | Shipping: free | Returns: free | Warranty: 10 years | Price range: $177 - $644 | Best for: tight budgets, kids, spare rooms

Good pressure relief
A great budget mattress
Hot sleepers will find warm
Not great for heavier people

The Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam is the cheapest in our best mattress guide, and a top choice for anyone on a tight budget. This all-foam mattress has three layers, and comes in four different depths: 6, 8, 10 and 12 inches. The thinnest costs around $189 for a queen size on Amazon, while the thickest costs around $415.

Our reviewers tested the 10-inch version (we wouldn’t recommend anything thinner than 10 inches for most adults) and found it performed well for the price. The mattress has a classic memory foam feel, with good pressure relief, support and spinal alignment. We also found there to be minimal motion transfer, making it a good choice for couples.

Don’t expect to see the same premium materials and features here as with the other mattresses in our guide. Aside from the green tea and charcoal-infused memory foam - which is designed to remove odors and help keep your mattress feeling fresh - there are no bells and whistles. But the Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam does what it’s meant to do: it’s comfortable, supportive and the price is great. We think it’s one of the best budget mattresses you can buy. 

Claire Davies
Sleep Editor, Certified Sleep Science Coach

Claire is a Sleep Editor and Certified Sleep Science Coach who covers all things related to slumber, and is the go-to person for getting great product recommendations for better sleep. As an expert mattress reviewer, Claire has tested memory foam and hybrid mattresses from a range of top-rated brands, and has extensive experience of testing bedding too. Claire regularly speaks to certified sleep specialists, such as chartered psychologists and doctors of sleep medicine, to stay on top of the research and techniques that can help you enjoy better quality sleep, and she speaks with industry specialists about the latest mattress trends and new releases. Before delving into the world of sleep, Claire was Health & Wellness Editor at Top Ten Reviews, and before that a Senior Content Editor at T3. Having suffered with insomnia for years, Claire knows how much of a difference a good night's sleep can make and is passionate about helping others to sleep better too.