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August bank holiday mattress sales: the best deals revealed

There are huge savings to be had this weekend on pocket-sprung and memory foam mattresses from brands such as Emma, Eve and Bensons for Beds

If you’re looking for a new mattress, the bank holiday weekend could be a great time to buy. For those of you willing to brave the mattress sales, we’ve found deals with savings of up to £165.

But significant savings won’t make up for years of sleepless nights, so it’s essential that you pick a mattress that suits your body shape and sleeping position. A mattress can only earn our Best Buy seal of approval if it provides long-lasting support for your spine without sagging or softening.

Before you buy, check our mattress reviews and head to our Best Buy mattresses to find out whether the products on sale make the cut.

Below, we’ve rounded up some of the biggest savings we’ve spotted, to save you spending hours scouring the shops or internet. Prices were correct at the time of writing on Friday 24 August, but are subject to change.

Plus, head down to find a deal we’ve highlighted that isn’t all it seems, and see our top tips for navigating the mattress sales.

Memory foam mattress deals

Emma mattress: save £162.25

One of the biggest bank holiday savings we’ve found is on the Emma Original mattress. Up until 2 September, you can get 25% off by typing in the promo code BANK25 at the online checkout. That takes the price of a double down to £486.75, which works out as an impressive saving of £162.25.

We were impressed by the first version of this mattress when we tested it last year, but we’ve recently tested a ‘new and improved’ version. Read our Emma mattress review to see what we make of the second iteration.

Eve mattress: save £100

If you’re tempted by the original Eve mattress, you can save £100 by buying one through Dreams before 28 August. That takes the price of a double down to £399.

The Eve website itself is offering a different deal: you can get £100 off other Eve products, including pillows, duvets, mattress toppers and headboards, with the purchase of an Eve mattress, until 29 August. But bear in mind that Eve also offers a bundle deal that includes the original mattress, a 4.5-tog duvet, two microfibre pillows and a mattress protector, which may prove to be better value for money.

Regardless of whether you order through Eve or Dreams, you’ll get a 100-night trial period, during which time you can return it for a full refund if you decide you don’t like it. But is an Eve mattress worth buying in the first place? We’ve tested both the Hybrid and the Original, but only one was good enough to be a Best Buy.

Best of the rest

There are also big savings to be had on slightly less well-known memory foam mattress names.

You may tempted by the current discount on the Ergoflex 5G mattress. Using the code ERGO+ at checkout, you can get £100 off the mattress plus a free memory foam pillow worth £55. Assuming you actually need a new pillow, that’s a pretty huge saving of £155.

Leesa, meanwhile, is offering £120 off its mattress until 28 August. Use the code BANKHOLIDAY120 at checkout. The Leesa mattress was one of the first bed-in-a-box mattresses we tested – read our Leesa mattress review to see whether it’s also one of the best.

Keep an eye on our list of the top memory foam mattresses, too, in case more deals pop over over the course of the weekend.

Pocket-sprung mattress deals

Bensons for Beds Sensaform Memory Active 3000: save £110

You can currently pick up the double version of this one-sided, pocket-sprung mattress for £439, as part of Bensons for Beds’ 20%-off sale. That’s a healthy saving of £110. Another advantage is that this mattress is available to try in-store, if you’re not quite ready to make the online-only leap.

Read Bensons for Beds Sensaform Memory Active 3000 review to see if it’s worth seeking out.

Otty mattress: save £110

This is one of the few online-only mattresses to use pocket springs, which is one of the reasons why it doesn’t feel as warm to lie on as some we’ve seen. While there’s no money off the actual mattress, if you’re looking to buy some memory foam pillows, you can get two free Otty Deluxe Pillows using the code FREEPILLOWS at checkout. They retail at £54.99 each, giving you a worthwhile saving of £109.98.

Read our Otty mattress review to find out how it fared in our tests.

Watch out for mattress discounts that aren’t all they seem

Not every deal is what it seems, though, so it’s important to do your research before getting sucked in.

Take the Studio by Silentnight, for example. If you buy through the Silentnight website, you can currently get 20% off this mattress, taking the price of a double (in medium firmness) down to £479.21. That looks like an impressive saving of £119.79.

But you’d actually still be spending almost £80 more than you needed to. At the time of writing, both Amazon and Argos were selling the Studio for less than £400, which is £200 below the recommended retail price.

If you order through Amazon, you can exchange the Studio for another Silentnight mattress if you decide you don’t like it within 60 days. Argos lets you try it out for up to 100 nights and will allow you to exchange it for another mattress at Argos.

Read our Studio by Silentnight mattress review to see whether it’s better suited to smaller or larger people.

Top tips for navigating bank holiday mattress sales

If you’re ordering a mattress online without having tried it out first, make sure you’ve carefully read any terms and conditions relating to a trial period or potential return. We always recommend you try before you buy, but if that’s not possible, it’s still a good idea to try out some mattresses to get an idea of what type and firmness you want.

No matter how good a deal looks, it’s always a good idea to shop around a little before you buy. After all, you never know when a competing retailer might lower its prices.

If it looks like a mattress is only available in one retailer, it’s easier to be sure you’re getting the best price. That said, there’s still no guarantee that the same mattress isn’t being sold under another name at a different retailer, or that the mattress won’t be even cheaper in the near future.

Don’t rush into buying anything just to make the most of the sale price. A mattress is a big investment that can affect your quality of life for a decade or more. After all, mattresses are often on sale, and big sales periods, such as Black Friday, Christmas and New Year are just around the corner. Provided your current mattress is still serviceable, it’s worth waiting to find a mattress that will improve your quality of sleep for years to come.

For more mattress buying tips, head to our guide to how to buy the best mattress.

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