A good travel pillow is a must have travel accessory for a trip of almost any length. Whether traveling by air, land or sea, the best travel pillow can provide a feeling of well-being and the chance for rest at times when real comfort is often hard to find. Forget getting a crooked neck at an airport terminal, or having to rest your head on a friend’s shoulder. The best travel pillows give the chance for real rest, supporting your head and preventing neck pain while often also offering unique features such as handy pockets.
There are hundreds of travel pillows on the market, so which should you choose? And what are the pros and cons of each one? We’ve examined all the top options, and provide a list of our top picks for the best travel pillow. Whatever your needs or budget, there’s a travel pillow for you.
Everlasting Comfort 100% Pure Memory Foam Neck Pillow
Made from 100% additive-free memory foam, the Everlasting Comfort neck pillow boasts a removable machine washable velour cover. A U-shaped pillow, it has added raised lobes on either side for added neck and head support on both right and left. It weighs 14.4 ounces.
Another helpful addition to this kind of neck pillow is a unique cell phone pocket design that makes it very easy to listen to music from your phone while resting.
The pillow comes with a handy travel pack of ear-plugs with industry leading noise reduction, ergonomic eye mask, and travel bag. What’s more, the Everlasting Comfort pillow lives up to its name – the manufacturers providing the pillow with a lifetime replacement guarantee.
- 100% pure memory foam
- Raised lobes for increased comfort and support
- Cell phone pocket
- Comes with earplugs, eye masks, and travel bag
- Lifetime replacement guarantee
The Trtl Pillow is a best-selling soft scarf-life pillow which is scientifically proven to provide ergonomic neck support during long journeys to prevent neck pain. Hidden strengthened plastic ribs provide the necessary support, while the soft fleece and outer foam are designed in such a way to create a snug and secure hammock effect for the head and neck.
As it is designed specifically for aircraft conditions, some have reported it to be hot in other situations. The strengthened ribs can take some getting used to, especially if you have previously used a different form of travel pillow. But the pillow is easy to position and hold in place with its Velcro fastenings.
Smaller than more traditional foam neck pillows, it is easy to pack or carry. It weighs only 148 grams – less than a third of a pound. The Trtl Pillow also has the advantage of being machine washable.
- Soft fleece texture
- Machine washable
- Easy to pack and carry
- Initially difficult to position for some
- Just one size available
- Doesn’t fold quite flat
BCOZZY Chin Supporting Travel Pillow
The BCOZZY Chin Supporting Travel Pillow has a unique design that wraps gently around the neck like an arm or snake to provide additional chin support and hold the head up straight. Its soft structure means it can be manipulated into a variety of different positions and shapes to suit the user’s individual needs.
Fully machine washable, it is easy to care for. It compresses nicely to fit into a carry-on bag, and also comes with a snap strap to attach to the exterior of a bag to prevent loss.
Unlike other manufacturers, the BCOZZY pillow comes in both adult and child sizes. We think children will love the secure feeling of the pillow wrapping fully around their necks to form an O-shape rather than the usual U-shape of other pillows.
- Chin support
- Adaptable shape
- Machine washable
- Compresses down
- Snap strap
- Adult and child sizes
- The wrap-around design may be constricting or claustrophobic for some people
Purefly Soft Velvet Inflatable Travel Neck Pillow
The only inflatable pillow on our list, it is also one of our more budget-conscious options. The Purefly pillow has a comfortable velvety feel and raised neck support to properly align your neck and hold your head upright.
One problem with inflatable pillows can be difficulty in inflating them; however, the Purefly inflates the pillow through its inventive button system. You just press the button repeatedly until the pillow gets inflated. Deflating the pillow is as easy as inflating it. Press the black air valve to push out all the air and pack away in an attractive pack-sack that comes free with the pillow.
Being an inflatable pillow, it weighs only 4.8 ounces, making it the lightest pillow on our list. The pillow has a removable cover that is easy to wash.
- Quick to inflate/deflate
- Packs deflated into small space
- Cell phone pocket
- Loss replacement promise
- Inflatable pillows aren’t for everyone and are prone to eventual leaks
Cabeau Evolution Memory Foam Travel Pillow
Cabeau Evolution pillow has a flattened rear cushion U-shape designed specifically to stop your head being pushed forward by airline seats. This pillow is another useful addition to the range of memory foam travel pillows already on the market. Like the Everlasting Comfort pillow, the Cabeau Evolution has raised lobes for additional head support, extending the full 360°. However, this larger pillow size can be annoying for claustrophobic travelers.
Its compact travel bag reduces the pillow to a quarter of its full size, making it easy to pack into carry-on bags, while the soft velour cover is removable and machine washable. It too comes with a cell phone pocket – too small for larger phones such as the iPhone 8 or Galaxy Note 4. The design also means that although it is possible to use in-ear bud earphones, it is not possible to use over-ear headphones. However, the money back guarantee on faults and workmanship does mean you can rest easy.
- Stops your head being pushed forward
- 360° head support
- Small packing size
- Soft velour cover
- Machine washable cover
- Can feel claustrophobic for some
- Small cell phone pocket
- Not compatible with over-ear headphones
Whatever your needs, there is a travel pillow for you. We’ve considered a wide range of different models to bring you some of the best travel pillows currently on the market. What is your favorite type of travel pillow? Do you have any special recommendations? Let us know in the comment section below.