For those who like memory foam but hate that the foam in most beds is petroleum based, Magniflex offers an appealing, organic alternative. This company, which manufactures in Italy, offers a plant-based memory foam that many say is more eco-friendly and healthier than traditional versions. Some mattresses also incorporate bamboo, organic cotton, soy and linen. The company vacuum packs its mattresses, so they require less space on shipping containers. Mattresses have a 20-year warranty.
Innovative foam feels good. While there are few reviews of Magniflex mattresses, those that we found indicate that the beds are comfortable as well as eco-friendly. Sarah Bernard, writing in New York Magazine, comments that when she tests a Magniflex mattress with plant-based memory foam, she feels "supported but not swallowed." She adds that Magniflex cuts channels into its foam to increase air circulation, which can help prevent the mattress's surface from becoming uncomfortably warm. In addition, Laura Fraser, in O, the Oprah Magazine, says she sleeps fine on her Magniflex mattress, although she adds that her comfort derives from her knowledge that she made an eco-friendly choice.
Not overly expensive. Magniflex queen-size mattresses range from about $1,300 to $2,200. (Like other European brands, Magniflex doesn't typically market mattresses with foundations.) This is far less than Organic Mattresses Inc.'s mattresses, which can run upwards of $10,000. To be sure, OMI prices include a foundation, but queen foundations generally only add a few hundred dollars. One of the ways Magniflex keeps costs down is by vacuum packing its mattresses, so they take up less shipping space. Sarah Bernard, writing for New York Magazine, says this packaging also makes them easier to "lug up to a sixth-floor walk-up" apartment. They have a 20-year warranty.
Life span is hard to assess. Because there are few reviews of Magniflex mattresses, it's difficult to determine an average life span. Nevertheless, some helpful information comes from the website SleepLikeTheDead.com, which evaluates the Essentia line -- a Canadian line that includes mattresses with "natural memory foam" over a latex core. (The natural memory foam is actually latex engineered to feel like traditional memory foam.) Based on more than 40 user comments, this website finds that Essentia has a life span comparable to latex and memory foam beds. Memory foam mattresses have an average life span of 6.5 years, according to SleepLikeTheDead.com, while latex and foam beds range from six to 10 years.
1. New York Magazine
Bernard tests 100 mattresses, but only a handful are discussed. Among these is a Magniflex Geoethic model, which uses a natural, plant-based memory foam. Bernard says this mattress makes her feel "supported but not swallowed" and points out that Magniflex cuts channels into the foam, so air can circulate.
Review: I Slept on 100 Mattresses, Sarah Bernard, Feb. 8, 2009
2. O, The Oprah Magazine
Fraser searches for eco-friendly mattresses and chooses a Magniflex model with memory foam that's "30 percent plant oils, one of the highest percentages in the industry." She also likes that the company uses water, not solvents, to expand foam, and its flame retardant is derived from sea sand.
Review: Count Sheep, Not Harmful Synthetics: How to Find an Eco-Friendly Mattress, Laura Fraser, November 2011