Presidents' Day Sales for 2023 Are Live! Here's What to Expect
Some people may know Presidents' Day as a long weekend, but it's also a prime opportunity to save on a variety of products — including big-ticket items! And while Presidents' Day 2023 falls on Monday, February 20, sales for it have already begun.
If you're interested in seeing what these holiday sales are all about, read our complete guide to Presidents' Day sales below.
When Do Presidents' Day Sales Start?
The first Presidents' Day sale we saw last year showed up on February 1 and came from JCPenney. It knocked up to 50% off plus added other discounts on select furniture, mattresses, electronics, and more home-related items. Even though sales started as soon as February began, and more popped up in the weeks after, expect the bulk of the Presidents' Day savings to happen on and around the holiday itself.
As for 2023, the first Presidents' Day discounts we saw arrived on February 6 and came from Lenovo. That's when the PC company started taking up to 81% off laptops, desktops, tablets, and other items for its Presidents' Day Doorbusters event. The first Presidents' Day sales we saw this year showed up the next day and were from Tuft & Needle, Monoprice, and Article.
What to Buy During Presidents' Day Sales in 2023
Presidents' Day isn't the absolute best time to buy electronics, but it still features sales that are worth checking out, especially if you're looking for certain tech items that are more pricey. Do you need a new computer, for example? There should be quite a few retailers offering up discounts for Presidents' Day. Look to companies like Dell to take up to 48% or more off select builds, with prices starting at $249 for laptops and $399 for desktops. If you don't mind refurbs, consider Dell Refurbished, which could take around 35% off for its Presidents' Day deal.
Another retailer to watch will be Best Buy, as it tends to have several Presidents' Day offers that can help you save on a variety of big-ticket items. Last year, they cut up to $400 off select Windows laptops, smart TVs started at just $100, and they offered $200 gift cards with the then-new Samsung Galaxy S22 series smartphones. Keep an eye out for more computer sales from HP and Lenovo, as well. They both took up to 70% off in 2022.
Watch for other electronics to be on sale, too. Last year, Harman Audio took up to 50% off select JBL products, including earbuds, headphones, and home audio systems. Interested in discounts on Apple products? Don't expect the retailer itself to have sales, but various sellers offered an extra 15% off Apple items via a coupon code during the eBay Presidents' Day event in 2022.
Clothing is a pretty big category for Presidents' Day sales. In fact, about 29% of the deals we saw last year were for apparel of some kind. Most discounts tend to be modest — around 20% to 30% off. That's not to say they're bad, but don't count on the rock-bottom discounts like we see around Black Friday, for example.
But some retailers will offer more savings. Consider what the following stores did last year for Presidents' Day:
- Eddie Bauer took 40% off and an extra 40% off clearance items
- Wilsons Leather cut 35% off sitewide
- J.Crew Factory knocked 30% to 50% off sitewide
- Rockport took up to 65% off and stacked on an extra 20% off
Mattresses may be the category that most people think of when they think of discounted items for Presidents' Day, and with good reason! We typically see a fair amount of Presidents' Day mattress sales, so if you're in the market for a new bed, it's a great time to buy. (In fact, we have a whole guide on the best times of year to buy a mattress that you can check out!)
Watch for Nectar to offer discounts like $100 off select mattresses, but also provide free accessories worth up to $399. And retailers like Saatva could take an extra $200 to $450 off. Casper and Purple will likely have savings events, too. Last year, they took up to $595 off and up to $700 off, respectively.
Of course, these aren't the only brands that'll be having Presidents' Day sales featuring mattresses. Watch for Overstock.com to include mattresses in its sale — prices started at $199 in 2022 — while Amerisleep could take $300 off select models again. If you're looking at Mattress Firm, check their eBay storefront, as well, as the discounts and selection may be different. Last year, the brand took 15% off in its eBay storefront, but its direct site offered select mattresses from just $160. It's worth checking both to ensure you're getting the best deal!
Furniture and Home Goods
Hoping to snag deals during Presidents' Day furniture sales? Since Presidents' Day sales often include home items in general, furniture and home goods usually make it into at least some of the events. For example, JCPenney had a Presidents' Day sale in 2022 that was centered around home items, and offered up to 50% off plus an extra 30% off those already-reduced products. Overstock.com's clearance sale was another one that covered a wide variety of categories; it took up to 70% off thousands of items.
Wayfair also cut up to 70% off, while Hayneedle knocked up to 50% off, and Houzz took up to 75% off. Furniture stores like Ashley Furniture and La-Z-Boy also had their own events. They offered discounts of up to 40% off and 30% off most items, respectively.
A few times of year are ideal for shopping for large appliances, and Presidents' Day is one of them! Home Depot and Lowe's will likely include large appliances in their sales, boasting savings of around 30% or so. Watch for Best Buy to offer its own category-specific discounts, too, like up to $600 off ranges, up to $500 off refrigerators, and up to $400 off laundry appliances.
Specialty stores like AJ Madison and AppliancesConnection will probably offer discounts, as well. Last year, the former took up to 30% off during its Presidents' Day sale, while the latter had deals that were even better than their Black Friday discounts a few months before.
What Not to Buy on Presidents' Day
While Presidents' Day may be the first big sales holiday of the year, not everything that's discounted will be worth buying. Check out the categories that are better to wait on until later.
Outdoor furniture will show up in some of the Presidents' Day home sales, but the selection likely won't be huge and may be last summer's leftovers. While you might not care about the latest trends, shopping patio furniture from last year may mean that it's harder to build a cohesive theme. And of course, the discounts are likely to be modest at best. Instead, it's best to hold off until the end of summer and take advantage of newly discounted pieces for a better selection and more savings.
Similarly, grills aren't going to see their best discounts during these sales, so you may be better off waiting until later to buy. That said, one or two sales may be worth checking out, in case you do find a setup that's exactly what you need. Watch for stores like BBQGuys to take up to 50% select grills, smokers, and accessories during their Presidents' Day sale. You could get just what you want and have plenty of time to prep for summery backyard barbecues.