NOTE: the following article is completely outdated. So why am I leaving it up? Well, it is a sort of snapshot of the past… a time when the three best-known mattress brands went through all the trouble of producing a high-quality latex mattress–imagine that! Now there is no such thing as a “Simmons latex mattress.” There may be a bit of latex padding thrown on top of an innerspring here and there, but nothing compares with the “olden days” of 2009.
The mattress industry has had a number of upheavals since the economy began its downward spiral in late 2008. Ownership has changed… materials have changed… bedding technology has changed… markets have changed. Costs had to be cut to avoid bankruptcy. Employees had to laid off. Debts had to be refinanced. In all the ruckus, the big-name companies decided that the latex mattress was an unnecessary product and the line was eliminated in favor of new and improved gel memory foams.