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by David Smith

Choosing the right pillow for you depends on 2 factors:

  1. Your Sleep Surface (Mattress Firmness)
  2. Your Sleep Style (Side, Back, Stomach)

1. Sleep Surface Mattress Firmness

No matter if you sleep on the floor, a foam mattress, or a mattress with a pillow top, it is important to understand that your sleeping surface impacts your neck and, in turn, your quality of sleep.

NOTICE: When your mattress is softer, you will compress the sleep surface. This reduces the area your pillow needs to fill.

2. Sleep Style (Back Sleepers)

Firm Mattress
Back sleepers on a ‘firm’ surface mattress only lightly compress their sleep surface. This means a firmer pillow is required to properly support the head. A firm pillow should accompany a firmer sleep surface. Firm Down Pillows

Medium Mattress
On a ‘medium’ surface mattress, back sleepers compress the sleeping surface. This means a medium pillow is necessary for proper head support. Medium Down Pillows

Soft Mattress
Back sleepers on a ‘soft’ surface mattress heavily compress the sleeping surface. As a result, they need a soft pillow for proper head support. Soft Down Pillows

Pillow Density Formula

Sleep Surface + Sleep Style = Recommended Pillow Density


A woman of average height (~ 5’3) who tends to sleep on her back on a pillow top mattress would typically need a soft to medium density pillow.

PLEASE REMEMBER: Selecting a pillow is a very personal decision. Our recommended pillow formula is merely a guideline to help you choose the perfect pillow for you.

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