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Magniflex MagniStretch X 14 Mattress Review – A Good Buy?

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If you’re thinking about buying the Magniflex MagniStretch mattress then you might be wondering if the advertising claims that this mattress can help to ‘stretch your spine’ to help with back pain are true or not.

Because I certainly was.

And in this Magniflex MagniStretch mattress review I’ve made it my mission to go beyond the marketing hype and find out who this mattress is really best suited to.

Here’s what my research has uncovered.

Magniflex MagniStretch X 14 Mattress Review

Graphic showing back pain zone around spine.

Image source: stock photo used with permission.

To quickly summarise my findings, I would say that there is some evidence to support the claims that this mattress may indeed be able to help with your back and even neck pain (sources cited later in this article).

However, I personally think that it’s far more important to ensure that this mattress is well suited to your dominant sleeping position and body weight based on its medium-soft level of firmness and all-foam support core in order for you to feel comfortable and avoid pain.

And in my personal opinion, I think that front, back, and side sleepers in the 130 lbs – 200 lbs weight range are likely to be best suited to this mattress.

Whilst front sleepers over 200 lbs are probably most at risk of getting back pain because the bias towards softness and all-foam design may mean that your hips drop out of alignment which can lead to the hollowing of your lower back and discomfort.

This mattress is possibly a good option if you have sensitive skin or allergies due to its hypoallergenic properties.

See my full Magniflex MagniStretch mattress review below for a more detailed explanation.

Or check out some of the best mattresses that you can buy online for some alternatives if you’ve already decided that this mattress isn’t for you.

Design Analysis

Depending on if you order directly from the Magniflex.com website or a different retailer, you may be able to order the Magniflex MagniStretch in a range of different thicknesses such as 14, 12, 10, and 9 inch profiles.

In this review, I’m going to focus on the 14 inch version of this mattress because I feel that the deeper layers hold more capacity for support and comfort overall when compared to the thinner versions.

So how is the 14 inch version of the mattress structured?

Well, the outermost layer of the mattress is topped with a removable, dry-cleanable cover that’s specifically designed to be highly breathable, regulate your temperature, reduce static, and guard against allergies.

Compared to many of the other mattresses that I’ve reviewed, this top cover is one of the best that I’ve seen due to the volume of benefits that I’ve just listed plus the fact that you can remove it – making it easier to care for.

Below this sits 0.5 inches of Memoform memory foam and 0.5 inches of Super Soft Fiber to provide a combination of adaptive comfort and breathability by adjusting to your exact body shape whilst encouraging airflow.

The Memoform foam responds to pressure rather than heat in order to adapt to your body shape – which makes the mattress better if you’re a hot sleeper because the materials are less likely to retain heat.

Next comes 3 inches of Eliosoft support foam and 4.5 inches of Eliform foam with patented Stretch technology that works to decompress your spine by using angled, corrugated foam to gently elongate and decompress your spine which can potentially improve blood circulation and alleviate back pain.

And finally, the base layer consists of 5.5 inches of Elioform firm support foam to provide support for your spine and joints.

Performance Analysis

To summarise, I think that the MagniStretch mattress may be able to help alleviate your back and neck pain if the mattress firmness complements your dominant sleeping position and body weight.

And I think that back, front, and side sleepers in the 130 lbs – 200 lbs weight range are going to be best suited to this mattress based on the slight bias towards medium-soft firmness and foam support core.

This mattress is also hypoallergenic which means that it could be a good choice for you if you have sensitive skin or respiratory allergies.

See below for a more detailed explanation.

1) Firmness

This is a medium-soft mattress.

This means that when you lie down on the bed, it will feel soft but have enough surface tension to stop you sinking too far into the mattress if you weigh between 130 lbs and 200 lbs as a general guideline.

More specifically, you will probably find this mattress to be very comfortable if you sleep on your side and you’re in the same weight range.

However, if you’re approaching the 230 lbs – 250 lbs weight range then the bias towards softness combined with your extra weight may cause you to sink too far into the materials and cause discomfort regardless of your sleeping position.

I’ll go into more detail about how the various sleeping positions and body weights are likely to interact with this mattress to produce varying degrees of comfort in the next section.

2) Pressure Relief

I think that this mattress has very good pressure relieving qualities overall due to the foam that adapts to your body shape.

However, because the Memoform responds to pressure and not body heat, you may find that it doesn’t cradle the body as closely as what a traditional memory foam mattress might.

This might actually be better for you if you’re a combination sleeper in the 130 lbs – 200 lbs weight range because the materials may feel more responsive to you so that you can more around in the materials more easily.

3) Overall Support

I think that the support for this mattress is fairly good due to the support foam and firm support foam layers.

However, if you’re on the heavier side then I would suggest going for the 14 inch thickness over the thinner options because the deeper layers mean that the comfort layers and support layers will hold your weight more comfortably without compromising the support due to you sinking too far into the materials.

4) Edge Support

I don’t think this mattress comes with reinforced edges which means that the edge support might not be sufficient for you if you’re on the heavier side.

This could be an issue if you sleep as a couple because it may reduce the total amount of mattress area that you can use due to the edges dipping in as you get too close to them.

5) Moving Around

I think that if you weigh less than 200 lbs then you should be ok moving around and sitting up in this bed.

But being heavier and/or sleeping as a couple may interact unfavourably with the softer level of firmness and all-foam design to increase sinkage and make movement more laborious in some cases.

6) Maximum Weight Capacity

I don’t know what the maximum weight capacity for this mattress is but if you order this bed in queen or above then I would expect that it can hold around 500 lbs collectively because this is the average amount for mattresses that can hold two people.

However, I would contact the manufacturer for clarity if the maximum weight capacity is pre-purchase concern for you.

7) Couples

I think that this mattress is a good option if you sleep as a couple and are similarly weighted in the 130 lbs – 200 lbs range and you each sleep either on your front, back, or side with a disinclination towards combo sleeping.

Because in addition to providing the required comfort and support, the all-foam design means that movements created by you shuffling around in the night are better absorbed by the materials when compared to spring mattresses that tend to shake more.

One thing to watch out for is the potential for dips and peaks forming due to you both sleeping in the exact same positions night-after-night.

One way to combat this is to rotate your mattress once every three months to help distribute the load more evenly to guard against indenting.

8) Allergies

If you have sensitive skin, eczema, asthma, hay fever, or a dust mite allergy then this mattress could be really good for you.

Because not only is the cover hypoallergenic to reduce skin irritation, the foams are OEKO-TEX® certified to ensure that the materials do not contain harmful substances [1] which may also help to minimise allergic reactions.

Furthermore, foam tends to be more resistant to ambient allergens when compared to the fabric on many traditional innerspring mattresses which means that you’re less likely to lie down on the bed and start breathing in dust and pollen which may otherwise cause a flare up.

And since you can remove and dry-clean the cover, then this gives you another line of defence by being able to remove offending particles better than you might when compared to a mattress with a non-removable cover.

9) Temperature Regulation

If you’re a hot sleeper and/or you live in a warmer climate thick memory foam, all-foam mattresses tend to be the worst choice because they are heat magnets that can make you heat up even more.

And whilst I would still say that a high quality hybrid mattress would likely be better for you in the absolute sense – the Magniflex MagniStretch might still be a viable option for you if you’re a temperate to warm sleeper.

Because the top cover and foam comfort layers are designed to be breathable and dissipate heat better than regular memory foam to help regulate your temperature.

But if this is the only worry holding you back from buying this mattress then I would go ahead and buy some cooling bed sheets as a further safety barrier.

10) Keeping You Dry

Whilst this mattress may help to reduce sweating by way of its cooling capabilities, I don’t think that it comes with any specific moisture wicking features to help get rid of moisture quickly.

So if you sweat excessively then I would make sure that the cooling bed sheets that you buy are bamboo bed sheets because bamboo is great at wicking away moisture more effectively than standard cotton sheets.

11) Odour

The CertiPUR-US┬« foams in this mattress mean that the limited amount of VOC inclusion [2] means that this mattress is less likely to smell ‘new’ when you unpackage it when compared to mattresses higher in VOCs.

But if you do notice a smell after opening, it should go away in a few hours or days – keep your room well ventilated in the meantime.

12) Pain

This mattress has a high capacity for potential pain relief.

Because the Eliosoft foam layer is cut so that it helps to gently elongate your spine to help with decompression that’s apparently able to decrease muscle contractions, improve posture, and stimulate circulation which may help decrease the load on your spine to help alleviate back and neck pain.

I’ll reveal more about the validity of these claims in the upcoming section but I must stress that this technology will do little to prevent pain if the mattress is the wrong firmness relative to your dominant sleeping position and body weight – which I’ll talk more about in the comfort analysis section below.

13) Cleaning and Care

The removable and dry-cleanable mattress cover makes this mattress a lot easier to care for when compared to mattresses that do not have a removable cover.

Comfort Analysis

More important than the patented foams that may be able to help with your spine and back health is how the medium-soft firmness and support core of this mattress will interact with your body weight and dominant sleeping position.

And to summarise, it’s my own personal opinion that this mattress is best suited to front, back, and side sleepers in the 130 lbs – 200 lbs weight range.

More details below.

Front Sleepers

If you sleep on your front then I’d expect the support and pressure relief to be sufficient if you weigh between 130 lbs and 200 lbs.

I would express caution in this sleeping position if you weigh more than 200 lbs because the softer bias may cause your hips to sink a little bit too far into the mattress which can put pressure on your lower back.

Back Sleepers

If you’re a back sleeper in the 130 lbs – 200 lbs range then I think that you’ll feel comfortable and well supported.

And due to the softer firmness, I think that if you weigh between 100 lbs and 130 lbs then the extra give might make this a comfortable mattress for you too.

If you weigh significantly more than 200 lbs then you may sink a bit too far into this mattress to feel sufficiently supported.

Side Sleepers

I think side sleepers in the 130 lbs – 200 lbs range will benefit the most from this mattress because the greater give and inclined foam design will allow you to sink far enough into the mattress whilst providing good support for your spine and joints.

Combo Sleepers

If you’re a combo sleeper under 200 lbs then the surface tension will probably be enough to help you move around in the mattress without getting bogged down.

If you weigh more than this or sleep as a couple then this may become more challenging due to the greater downward force being applied to the materials.

Is This Mattress Really Beneficial For Your Spine?

Potentially – yes.

I’m always really sceptical when a mattress or bed company says that their product can be of benefit for certain medical condition so I decided to do some deeper research to see if the Magniflex MagniStretch mattress can really help with spinal and back health.

So the first thing that I did was to find out if spinal decompression can have any positive effects on your health – more specifically for alleviating back ache.

And WebMD says that non-surgical spinal decompression therapy may help to alleviate back pain by ‘gently stretching the spine’ which can take the pressure away from the spinal discs – which may help with pain relief related to herniated discs and promote healing through better movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient rich fluids [3].

So the theory itself appears to be sound.

But how effective is the Magniflex MagniStretch mattress at doing this?

Because WebMD cites the potentially positive effects of spinal decompression being facilitated chiefly through specific techniques that need to be administered by a qualified professional.

Namely using a computer controlled table for 30 – 45 minutes over 5-7 days per week for a total of 20 – 28 treatments – with complementary electrical stimulation, ultrasound, or hot and cold therapies possibly being required too.

Well, I found out that the Magniflex MagniStretch is officially endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association as a consequence of this mattress being developed by a leading orthopedic research team at the Zaragoza University [4].

So I would say that there is evidence for some correlation between the theory and practice at a basic level at least.

Consequently, I’m going to conclude that whilst the Magniflex MagniStretch mattress may indeed be able to help alleviate back pain to some extent – especially if it is disc or nerve related – I wouldn’t expect it to work miracles.

And I think it’s far more important that the firmness level is correct for your body weight and primary sleeping position – as I discussed in the last section.

If you’re thinking about buying a mattress to help with your medical condition, please talk to your doctor first for more specific advice.

How Durable is This Mattress?

Memory foam mattresses may last anywhere up to 6 – 10 years with the correct care.

But with this being an all-foam mattress that’s more on the softer side, I would expect the durability to be a bit more on the lower end of this spectrum – especially if you’re a heavier weighted sleeper or sleep as a couple – because of the increased compression forces that the upper comfort layers are exposed to.

You can combat this by going for the 14 inch thickness over the thinner options because it will provide a greater compression range and rotating your mattress will also help to guard against indenting.

Will This Mattress Sag?

With this being an all-foam mattress then the risk of sagging may be greater when compared to hybrid beds with a robust coil support core – especially if you are over 200 lbs and/or you sleep with a partner.

Mattress rotation may once again help to prevent sagging to some extent.

How Good is the Motion Isolation?

The motion isolation is very good for this mattress in my opinion because there are no springs which can shake and transfer motion more readily.

Will This Mattress Make a Noise?

Because this is an all-foam mattress it should be very quiet – more so than most spring mattresses.

However, your bed frame can still make a noise so make sure that your base is in good condition and well put together.

Can You Flip This Mattress?

No.

If you turn the mattress over then you’ll be sleeping on the denser support core which probably won’t be very comfortable.

Is There a Sleep Trial?

I couldn’t find any specific mention of a sleep trial being offered so I would check the return policy for the retailer that you’re going to order from or contact Magniflex directly through their website for details of their return policy relative to your exact location.

Is There a Warranty?

Yes.

There is a 2 year warranty available according to the Magniflex website.

Can You Trust This Mattress Company?

I’d never heard of Magniflex before so I did some background research and they do seem to be pretty reputable when it comes to making quality mattresses if their extensive experience of mattress making is anything to go by.

Because they have been making mattresses since the 1960’s and have expanded beyond their Italian roots to provide distribution to 99 countries at the time of writing.

Furthermore, Magniflex currently have an A+ rating on the BBB website at the time of writing [5] which is an indicator of how well the organisation interacts with its customers.

Pros

  • Suitable for front, back, and side sleepers in the 130 lbs – 200 lbs weight range.
  • The patented foam design may indeed help to alleviate back and neck pain by elongating your spine to increase decompression, improve circulation, and reduce muscle contractions.
  • The top cover is removable and can be dry cleaned to make maintenance easier.
  • The foam responds to pressure rather than your body heat – which makes the mattress better if you’re a warmer sleeper because it will retain less heat when compared to regular memory foam mattresses.
  • The hypoallergenic cover and foams may be better for you if you have sensitive skin by limiting the chance of an allergic reaction.
  • This mattress might be better for you if you have respiratory allergies because the foams tend to repel the offending trigger allergens like pollen and dust better than spring mattresses with a simple textile cover.
  • If you’re a temperate sleeper then the temperature regulating properties of the cover and foam layers may help to keep you cool in warmer climates.
  • All-foam design to reduce motion transfer and noise.

Cons

  • Even with the unique foam design, this mattress may not relieve pain and could actually cause it if the firmness isn’t right for your dominant sleeping position and body weight.
  • If you tend to sleep very hot then the cooling properties of this mattress might not be sufficient enough for you because all-foam, memory foam mattresses tend to retain heat more than spring and hybrid beds.
  • If you purchase this mattress in the 14 inch thickness then make sure you have a deep pocket fitted sheet to accommodate the deeper profile comfortably.
  • May produce a mild off gassing smell after opening – keep your room well ventilated until this passes.

Final Ratings

Here are my final ratings out of 5 for the Magniflex MagniStretch X 14 mattress based on my research and resulting opinions.

My Score
Construction3.5
Durability3
Sagging3
Comfort3.5
Support3
Temperature Regulation3
Allergies4
Edge Support3
Couples3
Weight Capacity3
Sleeping Positions3
Off Gassing3.5
Value vs Price3
Brand Reputation4
Refunds3
Sleep Trial2
Warranty2
Overall Score3.1

Who Should Buy This Mattress?

  • Front, back, and side sleepers in the 130 lbs – 200 lbs weight range.
  • Athletes and sporty people who need better recovery.
  • People who are looking to alleviate back and neck pain during sleep – providing that their sleeping position and weight is suitable for the mattress firmness and support levels.

Who Should Avoid This Mattress?

  • If you’re a front sleeper over 200 lbs then this mattress may be too soft to properly support your hips and lower back which may lead to pain.

What Are The Alternatives?

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Sources and References

[1] OEKO-TEX┬« – STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX┬«. Accessed 27/3/20.

[2] CertiPUR-US┬« – Overview. Accessed 27/3/20.

[3] WebMD – Spinal Decompression Therapy. Accessed 27/3/20.

[4] American Chiropractic Association – American Chiropractic Association Endorses Magniflex Mattress. Accessed 27/3/20.

[5] Better Business Bureau┬« – Magniflex. Accessed 27/3/20.

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