Trolling for Mattress Clues

“Way back in February”:, Suanna and I stopped at a mattress store to try some out, but were quickly put off by the hard-sell attitude, the misleading sales flyer, and the general shiftiness of the whole enterprise. Subsequent research and advice from friends has confirmed that this is, sadly, pretty much the state of the industry.

But now there’s no avoiding it: we need a new mattress. So which ones are good? Where can one go (esp. here in the D.C. area specifically) to talk to a non-sleazy salesperson? If anyone has mattress clues, please share them, in the comments or via email. I’ll be sure to give back to the community by documenting our successes and/or failures in this, the most annoying of shopping errands.