Are Travel Pillows Worth It?

Written by Simon in Traveling
Image Credits: Takahiro Yamagiwa, Flickr.com

Whether you commute frequently for work or are able to trod the globe, travelling can be exhausting. Anything you can do to make the trip more comfortably and (hopefully) get a little rest while you’re in transit can greatly improve your quality of life during your trip. A telltale sign of a frequent flyer is their ownership of a travel pillow.

Are travel pillows worth it? Yes, travel pillows can provide the neck support to allow you to comfortably sleep while seated in a commercial vehicle, like a plane, train, or automobile. They can also improve the quality of sleep you have while staying away from home.

If there were a simple solution to how to comfortably rest while traveling, there wouldn’t be such a wide variety of travel pillow designs available. 

Different designs prioritize different features, trading the softness of the material for the convenience of deflating the pillow for easy storage, for example. 

Of course, different people also have different sleeping habits, so what works best for one person might not work well for another. However, in my years of trying dozens for different options, both cheap and expensive, these are the 19 best travel pillows to use.

The 19 Best Travel Pillows

Here is a table of the top 19 best travel pillows to give you an easy overview!

ProductPriceDimensionsWeightBest Feature
Cabeau Evolution S3 Travel Pillow$39.999.5 x 10 x 5 inches11.7 ouncesgreat neck support
AirComfy Ease Travel Pillow$24.9914 x 3.2 x 8.5 inches6.2 ouncesneck or lumbar support
Trtl Pillow$29.992.9 x 2.9 x 1.5 inches3.52 ounceshalf the size of U pillows
Travelon Deluxe Wrap-n-Rest Neck Pillow$18.9913 x 4 x 13 inches0.64 ouncesprevents head falling forward
AERIS Travel Pillow for Restful Sleep$24.9011.6 x 10.9 x 3.6 inches12.3 ounceshigh quality memory foam
BCOZZY Chin-Supporting Travel Pillow$29.979.8 x 11 x 4.7 inches7.4 ouncesavailable in 3 sizes
Eagle Creek Exhale Neck Pillow$27.954.2 x 13 x 12 inches2.56 ouncesbuckle to close gap
Clöudz pillow$10.9512 x 12 x 4 inches6.4 ounceswarm and cold sides
Comroll Travel Pillow$24.998 x 3.7 x 3.7 inches9.6 ouncesdarkness
Everlasting Comfort Travel Pillow$19.9511 x 6.7 x 5.4 inches14.4 ouncesraised lobe design
Travelrest Nest Ultimate Memory Foam Travel Pillow$39.954.7 x 9.1 x 10.6 Inches13.4 ouncesflat back design
Travelrest Ultimate Travel Pillow$24.952.2 x 4.8 x 10.8 inches5.6 ouncesfull body support
Huzi Design Infinity Pillow$39.9910 x 6.5 x 6.5 inches2.4 ouncesfoldable into many shapes
J-Pillow Chin and Neck Travel Pillow$24.959.7 x 9.2 x 2.8 inches7 ouncescompact support
Daydreamer Inflatable Neck Travel Pillow$18.9511 x 11 x 3.5 inches8.8 ouncespush button inflation
Ostrich Pillow GO$6010.5 x 9.5 x 6 inches14.9 ouncesit's not the original Ostrich pillow
Lucy RealCushioncurrently unavailable9 x 5.3 x 5.1 inches10.4 ounces2 pillows in 1
Hoodie Pillow$24.957 x 4 x 0.5 inches4.8 ounceshood
Twist Memory Foam Pillow$24.9913.2 x 7.3 x 3.9 inches16 ouncesknee or lumbar support

1. Cabeau Evolution s3 Travel Pillow

This pillow has a little taller and thicker memory foam core than inferior models so that your neck is fully supported with your spine in perfect alignment, while still allowing you to lean slightly to any side. 

Straps in the front adjust the size to fit your neck, and straps in the back can be used to secure the pillow to the seat. The soft and breathable polyester cover doesn’t trap heat to cause you to sweat and is removable and machine washable. The included pouch compacts the entire thing to half its size and can clip onto the outside of your luggage.

2. AirComfy Ease Travel Pillow

The benefits of an inflatable pillow are that you can easily adjust the firmness and when deflated it doesn’t take up much space. This pillow has a removable, plush velvet cover and can be strapped to your headrest or used as a lumbar support pillow.

3. Trtl Pillow

Pronounced “turtle,” this pillow provides neck support in a different way. While traditional U pillows wrap around the entire neck and rely on increasing pad thickness to increase support, the Trtl has a strengthened internal rib that is secured in place with a scarf. 

The result is a uniquely shaped pillow that provides the same amount of support at half the size. Of course, the cover is machine washable.

4. Travelon Deluxe Wrap-n-Rest Neck Pillow

Traditional U-shaped pillows provide nearly 360-degree support, but often leave a gap under the chin. This pillow wraps fully around the neck and in fact overlaps another 180 degrees to keep your head from dipping in any direction. It’s also cheaper and lighter than most comparable options.

5. AERIS Travel Pillow For Restful Sleep

Your pillows at home are probably filled with memory foam, so why would you put up with anything less from your travel pillow? 

The core is made of the highest quality visco-elastic foam, which reacts slowly to pressure and compacts to half its size when stuffed in its pouch. The plush velour cover is removable and machine washable.

6. BCOZZY Chin-Supporting Travel Pillow

Versatility is important, and this pillow offers it. It’s available in 3 sizes, child, adult, and XL adult, so you can pick what is the best fit for you. The overlapping ends can be positioned under your chin or on either side of your head, depending on which way you like to lean. 

It can also be folded in half to double up the support, or the ring shape could be used as a seat cushion.

7. Eagle Creek Exhale Neck Pillow

An inflatable pillow packs away neatly and offers variable stiffness. This design features a buckle to keep the two ends of the U shape together, closing the gap your chin would otherwise fall into. This little feature makes a world of difference.

8. Clöudz Pillow

This pillow is filled with micro-beads, so your head is essentially resting on its own personal bean back. The top has a warm, felt-like fabric, while the bottom has a cooler spandex-like fabric, so you can choose based on personal preference or the temperature in the plane.

9. Comroll Travel Pillow

Sleeping while sitting straight up, looking like an insurance fraudster isn’t for everyone. This inflatable pillow rests on your tray table and allows you to lean forward to rest. 

The design allows you to bury your head in darkness while still being able to breathe, and to cross your arms in front of you. It’s great for anyone who feels vulnerable sleeping in front of strangers.

10. Everlasting Comfort Travel Pillow

What makes this pillow stand out from other U-shaped memory foam pillows is the ergonomic raised lobe design that offers additional support on the sides where you need it. It also has a pocket perfect for holding your cell phone, ear plugs, and/or sleep mask.

11. Travelrest Nest Ultimate Memory Foam Travel Pillow

Offering 360 support can result in thick padding where you don’t need it, specifically in the back of your neck. Your headrest is already designed to cradle your head and adding a thick U-shaped pad around your neck can push your entire head forward. 

The flat back design of the pillow ensures you get the needed support on the sides of your neck, while keeping your back flush to your seat.

12. Travelrest Ultimate Travel Pillow

Most designs focus only on neck support. This pillow, when fully inflated, can be worn as a strap down the side or across the body. When partially inflated in can be fashioned into a traditional U shape.

13. Huzi Design Infinity Pillow

Just like the infinity scarves this pillow invokes; it can be folded in many ways to accommodate many different sleeping positions. The bamboo fabric is machine-washable, hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial, and noise-cancelling when worn over the ears.

14. J-Pillow Chin And Neck Travel Pillow

This unique design provides the same neck and chin support as a U-shaped pillow, without wrapping around the whole neck. Unlike the other design that accomplishes this feat, the Trtl, the J-Pillow doesn’t have a rigid support rib, so it can be squished down to conserve space.

15. Daydreamer Inflatable Neck Travel Pillow

The biggest drawback of inflatable neck pillows is huffing and puffing like the big bad wolf to blow them up. This pillow can be inflated in less than a minute just by repeatedly pushing a button. It also has support spines to assist neck and head alignment.

16. Ostrich Pillow go

In 2013 the Ostrich company released a pillow that covered your entire head like a mascot head and was summarily ridiculed on the internet. Since then they’ve released various versions that are essentially very thick hats, hoods, mittens, or blindfolds. The latest version is an extra plush neck pillow that’s worth it if you have the extra space and money.

17. Lucy RealCushion

This is essentially 2 pillows stacked on top of each other, adding a pillow to rest your head on in addition to the one supporting your neck. The bamboo cover has a half inch of extra cushion, so it feels more like a foam pillow than the inflatable pillow it is but can still deflate to decrease the space it takes up.

18. Hoodie Pillow

It’s an inflatable U-shaped pillow with an attached hood. It’s that simple. But the added privacy and darkness might make all the difference.

19. Twist Memory Foam Pillow

This long memory foam pillow has a bendable metal core that allows you to twist it into whatever shape you need to get comfortable. This versatility also means you can shape it to support your knees or spine while resting, providing support traditional travel pillows cannot.

What Neck Pillow Should You Choose?

The list might seem a bit overwhelming but the choice of neck pillow mostly comes down to personal preference. 

The prices on neck pillows vary, but will usually not exceed the $50 mark. You can easily buy a neck pillow for $20 that will do the job fine.

Read through my reviews and other buyers reviews to find a neck pillow that gives you the best feeling and go ahead and purchase it, it is a very cheap and great luxury item to take with you on your travels!

Hello, my name is Simon. I love traveling, and so does my girlfriend. I am an internet entrepreneur and I run my own company, but I have also been working as a tourist guide for a short time - years ago.

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