While the popularity of boxed mattresses has grown significantly in recent years, many consumers are still unfamiliar with the process and history of compressing a mattress. Far from being a new concept, Magniflex has been vacuum-packing mattresses for decades; the company’s founder, Giuliani Magni, introduced the very first compressed mattress in 1986. Since then, Magniflex has continued to vacuum-pack all of its mattresses—and continually sees the benefits in doing so.
One of the key benefits of mattress compression is how energy efficient it is. The process of creating and compressing a Magniflex mattress uses about the same amount of electricity as you would use to bake a cake—and there are many other environmental advantages as well. To compress each mattress, the manufacturer passes it under a one-ton press that removes about 90% of the air trapped in both the foam and the layers of the bed. By compressing the mattresses, Magniflex is able to save on shipping space: three compressed mattresses can ship in the same amount of space as one conventional mattress.
In addition to the environmental story, vacuum-packing also ensures that each Magniflex mattress remains clean and hygienic until it arrives to the consumer. Once each mattress is compressed, it is wrapped tightly in heavy plastic and sealed to ensure it is airtight. When a consumer unseals the plastic surrounding the mattress they are able to hear the air going back inside the mattress, which shows that the mattress has been truly compressed and relieved of excess air since going through the production process.
While Magniflex finds the benefits of vacuum-packing mattresses to far outweigh the negatives, it is important for consumers to understand that there is a difference be-tween a compressed mattress and a rolled mattress. While this difference may only be a small one to consider in the buying process, it is important for retailers to clearly communicate these key factors to their customers— both in-store and online.