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How to Save on Bedding and Towels Online

It's important to know when and where to buy them, and the best ways to save.
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Towels and bedding are items you likely use on a daily basis. You may begin your morning by drying off with a towel after a shower, and end your day by getting under the covers for a good night's sleep. Buy scratchy towels or sheets that feel too rough, though, and the start and finish of each day may seem downright lousy. That's why it's important to make smart decisions when deciding which towels and bedding to buy.

If you decide to purchase these items online, doing research beforehand is especially crucial, since you don't know what a towel or sheet feels like before you buy it. To help out, we've put together a comprehensive guide to buying bedding and towels online — from where to shop to how to save.

The Best Months to Shop: January, May, and July

When it comes to bedding and towels, it pays to shop early in the year. That's because January is prime time for white sales, which feature discounts on household linens, and especially bed and bath items. Retailers may call these promotions white sales or "bedding and bath sales," or the linens deals could be part of a larger home sale. Along with towels, you'll find sheets, bedspreads, duvets, and other bedding items.

SEE ALSO: When Are White Sales in 2018?

Once January is over, you may want to wait until late spring (at least!) before buying bedding and towels. In 2017, DealNews featured some of the highest numbers of bedding deals in May and July. They were exceeded only by November. On the towels side, summer reigned. August had more towel deals than any other month in 2017, followed closely by July.

The Best Stores for Deals on Bedding and Towels

If you're going to hit up a white sale for bedding and towels, you have a lot of options. Any store offering home items may have a white sale, and you'll find them at both online-only and brick-and-mortar retailers. Look to stores such as Groupon, Nordstrom Rack, Target, or Overstock.come. And don't forget the white sales at department stores, including JCPenney, Kohl's, and Macy's.

Amazon, Walmart, and Macy's offered nearly 60% of the bedding deals featured on DealNews in 2017.

If you're shopping for bedding deals in particular, the heavy hitters are Amazon, Walmart, and Macy's. Combined, they offered nearly 60% of the bedding deals featured on DealNews in 2017. Check out Kohl's and JCPenney throughout the year, too. Fewer bedding offers came from those two stores last year, but a high percentage of their deals earned our Editors' Choice designation — 22% and 26%, respectively.

Consider Macy's and JCPenney when you're shopping for towel deals, as well. Macy's alone had 35% of the towel deals on DealNews in 2017. JCPenney had far fewer deals, but a whopping 47% of those were Editors' Choice.

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Here's What You Can Expect From the Deals

As with any item, bedding and towel deals can feature a wide range of discounts. During white sales, for instance, stores often offer up to 50% off or up to 75% off select bedding and bath items. Keep an eye out for other savings opportunities, as well; coupon codes may get you an extra 15% to 25% off certain items, or your entire order.

If you pay attention, you can take advantage of sales the rest of the year, too. In 2017, bedding and bath sales (and general home sales) offered 40% to 65% off during the summer and around Black Friday. Discounts on individual items or brands can be steep, as well. Last year, for example, we saw sheet sets for $2, 70% off select Ralph Lauren bedding at Macy's, goose down and feather comforters for $40, and six-piece towel sets for $4.

You can find all of these deals year-round on our bed and bath deal page.

4 Additional Ways to Save on Bedding and Towels

Know Your Priorities

Do you want towels that simply dry you off, ones that match your bathroom decor, or towels that are top-of-the-line? Figure out your towel preferences, and that'll help you decide on the best fabric, construction, and towel weight for you. Then you won't end up paying for a towel feature you don't care about. Groupon offers a handy chart for picking out bath towels based on what you want.

The same goes for bedding. Select your sheets and bed coverings based on what matters (and feels good) to you, whether your priority is easy-care bedding or materials that are great for cold sleepers. Trulia has linen and duvet recommendations based on climate, comfort needs, and more.

Go for Year-Round Bedding

Speaking of climate, consider bedding that will feel good regardless of the outside temps. Then you'll save money by not having to buy flannel sheets for winter or other seasonal bedding.

Beth Arrowood, creative director for NIBA Collections, says in the Trulia piece that "cotton percale is the best choice for year-round use, as [the sheets] stay cool and crisp during warmer months and are still soft and warm when used with a duvet during the cooler months." Furniture Row, meanwhile, suggests light to mid-weight sheets for all-weather use.

Follow the Care Instructions to Prolong Their Life

If you want towels and bedding to last longer, pay attention to the care labels. After all, if these items stay in good shape for years, you're not shelling out extra cash to replace them.

Good Housekeeping suggests machine-washing your towels on the hottest temperature setting the label recommends, with similar colors. Additionally, it warns that you shouldn't use chlorine bleach if the label says not to: "Bleach may weaken the fibers over time and make towels less absorbent."

Test a Single Towel Before Buying a Bunch

When you're buying online, especially, it may help to do a towel test run. In a Chicago Tribune article, textile and bedding/bath experts advise buying a single towel and trying it out at home before buying additional towels. What should you pay attention to? The towel's softness, its drying power, and whether it leaves lots of lint in the dryer.

If you can't do this because the towel is on sale, then make sure to scour the reviews for info that would indicate whether it meets your needs.

Readers, what are your favorite tips for buying bedding and towels online? When and where do you like to shop for these items? Let us know in the comments below!

Editorial Assistant

Katie is an unabashed word nerd and detail hound with nearly a decade of editorial experience. Her work has appeared in publications such as Dogster Magazine, DOG FANCY, and Milwaukee Magazine. A graduate of Indiana University, she enjoys trivia, playing soccer, and cheering on the Hoosiers.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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Don't forget Land's End. My bathroom towels from them are the best I have ever owned and I bought them at a ridiculous discount. I put the desired items in my shopping cart and just wait for their big discount email. I am sure other online sellers have similar sales.