We went back and re-tested the mattresses on our short list. It was another really tough afternoon of being extremely comfortable.
We had to lie on them for fifteen minutes each, and on the first one this seemed like a really long time. I think we knew we'd found a winner with the second mattress, when the Doc had to make a real effort to wake himself up and ask me how long we'd been testing that mattress. That's when I checked the time, and found that we'd been happily dozing there for 25 minutes. In the middle of the shop showroom.
So we are going with the locally-made faux-tempurpedic, so that means it's helping the local economy and hasn't been shipped a ridiculous distance so it's also an enviromentall sound choice. Of course it doesn't hurt that this was also the cheapest of our top two, and is mysteriously $50 cheaper if we buy the box spring with it, rather than if we just buy the mattress. Well, ok then, we'll take the box spring too I suppose.
It's a lot cheaper than buying a bed back in England, but it's still pretty expensive considering our current budget. With this in mind, I'm fairly certain that the furniture in our new place is going to be a luxuriously comfortable bed in our room, and a charming selection of floor cushions everywhere else.