NOTE: The following article is out of date but I’m leaving it up so you can see what the world has lost since all three major mattress brands–Sealy, Simmons and Serta–decided to stop selling latex mattresses. That’s right, they have all discontinued making and marketing any type of latex mattress, which is a shame, but we can only surmise that they were not big profit generators. The materials were too expensive, no doubt, or too difficult to process and the mattresses were too much of a hassle to produce.
Is it a coincidence that the mattress industry suffered losses during the recent recession around the time they quit selling latex mattresses (I am speaking of the real thing, not the flimsy imitation that Sealy is offering at present)? I think not. These companies were heavily leveraged (that means “in debt up to their eyeballs”) and needed to lay off enough employees and cut costs in other ways to avoid the serious losses that could have led to bankruptcy.