Falling asleep is simple: Give me 10 minutes and a half-decent mattress and I'm out. Staying asleep, on the other hand? Ugh. No matter what pillow I'm using, I inevitably wake up at least a dozen times and spend the night fidgeting and throwing blankets on the ground. In the morning, I always wake up face-down, with a sore neck and pain radiates down my back as the day goes on. I've tried dozens of pillows from Target and Ikea, but so far, nothing has made a major difference.
So when I heard about Pluto, a company that makes customized pillows based on your body type and sleeping habits, I was curious...and a little bit skeptical. What is an online quiz going to tell me that I don't already know? Am I going to end up having to spend hundreds of dollars on yet another pillow that ends up in my linen closet? Is the idea of a "custom" pillow just a big marketing ploy?
So I side-eyed my way through Pluto's extensive quiz, which asked me my height and weight, my feelings about my current pillow (meh), how I typically tend to sleep (on my side), whether I get hot at night (yep), and whether I prefer my pillow to feel "settled-in and supportive" or "plushy and melt-in" (supportive, please). Pluto then generates one of 25 different combinations to find the magical pillow match for me.
A week later, my custom pillow arrived in the mail. I opened the box and gave it a squeeze—not too hard, not too soft. Because I sleep hot and I don't like my head raised too high, my pillow had a cooling cover surface, and a lower inner core foam height and density. But I'd fallen in love with rogue pillows at the store before. I'd have to give it a test run to really find out the truth.