A travel neck pillow is one of those essential travel accessories, that can be a saviour when it comes to travelling. Long flights can be hard enough, but add a complete lack of sleep to the mix and you end up with a tired, grumpy family – and no one wants that! But which pillow is the best? Don’t just default to the standard blow up pillow, this review will help you find the best neck pillow for travel!
We all know that sleep is important on a flight, especially long haul, but how on earth does one get comfortable? Flying First or Business Class would certainly help, but for the majority of families (including us), that is just way outside the scope of possibility. So we need to search for anything that will help us get comfortable in those tiny little economy class seats. Our favourite? A travel neck pillow! But which one is the BEST travel pillow?
Buying a Travel Neck Pillow
Buying a neck pillow for travel is not as hard as it seems. All you need to know is the position you prefer to lie in and how much space your neck pillow will take up. We’ve put together a range of travel pillow reviews. Whilst it can be a case of trial and error, with a little insight, perhaps we can help find the best travel pillow for you!
How to decide on the best Travel Pillow for you!
There are a number of key features when searching for the best travel pillow. Everyone has their own personal preference, and a travel pillow can be quite a personal decision. But with hundreds of different designs on the market, (all claiming to be the best travelling pillow in the world!) finding an airplane pillow (or car or bus pillow!) is a matter of hunting for your favourite.
The different elements you need to consider, include the sleeping position, the cost, the weight, the size and of course the materials it is made from. All of these add to your comfort level, so when purchasing the perfect airplane pillow, it’s important to consider all aspects.
Best Travel Pillow Reviews
Below we have reviewed some of the most popular travel pillows available today. Each has its own pros and cons. All claim to be the best travelling pillows on the market, but ultimately the decision is up to you, so we will present you with all the facts you need to make an informed decision.
|Samsonite Magic 2 in 1 Pillow||Microbeads||3.68oz
|J-Pillow Travel Pillow||Microbeads|| 7.5oz
|Travelrest Travel Pillow||Air|| 7.4oz
|SkyRest Travel Pillow||Air|| 20oz
|Cabeau Travel Pillow||Memory Foam||12.6oz
|Travel Hoodie Pillow||Air||?oz
|Cushtie Cushion Pillow||Microbeads|| ?oz
Samsonite Magic 2 in 1 Travel Pillow
For great support, the Samsonite Travel Pillow may be the choice for you. This inflatable travel pillow offers great support for the back and sides of your neck as well as your upper shoulders. It’s super easy to inflate (and deflates quickly too) and comes with its own pillow case, so there’s no need to fit it in your luggage. This neck pillow is probably best used when you are flying for the shorter spans, and at a low price, this is certainly up there as one of the best travel pillows.
J-Pillow Travel Pillow
This J-shaped pillow is very well endorsed, even by medical professionals, for its great neck, head and chin support. This pillow is incredibly adaptable – and is touted as a 7-in-1 pillow, which means it could just be the best travel pillow, for almost any type of sleeper.
I personally find the regular pillows push my head forward – in researching I discovered the J-Pillow Travel Pillow and I was very impressed. The J shape of the pillow supports the chin when you are sleeping, while the other part supports your head preventing it from falling. And with so many options, you are sure to find a comfortable solution! The handy clip or the loop on the pillow is perfect for attaching it to your travel bag with no hassle and the increased support may make it the best pillow for neck pain.
Have a look at this video of the J-Pillow Travel Pillow in action:
The Travelrest Pillow is highly regarded among travel neck pillows as it is the only pillow that provides full lateral support because of the pillow length. This makes it much easier to fall asleep, and stay asleep for as long as possible. The Travelrest Pillow keeps the head from falling forward (which is a personal pet peeve) and is an inflatable travel pillow that is quick to both inflate and deflate. Once deflated this fantastic pillow takes up minimal space and packs away neatly.
Again, the design of this travel neck pillow is a little unusual, however it is that fact alone that enables this travel pillow to eliminate some of the problems created by other pillows.
Skyrest Travel Pillow
The Skyrest Travel Pillow is unlike any other travel neck pillow you may have seen, but this large wedge pillow has earned the title of the world’s most comfortable and versatile travel pillow! So maybe it’s worth a shot!
If you are lucky enough to have a window seat then a regular travel pillow will be ideal. But if you are stuck on an aisle or worse still a middle seat then a wedge pillow like the Skyrest Travel Pillow could be perfect! I tend to find a regular travel pillow pushes my head into an odd angle, forcing me into a position that is just not natural for sleep. Brody on the other hand loves to sit his regular pillow on his tray table and lay down… great if you’re a kid, but not entirely practical as an adult. And this is where the Skyrest Travel Pillow comes into play. Essentially it is a large inflatable wedge pillow that blows up to a size that allows you to comfortably lay your head almost directly in front of you. It features a two way valve which makes both inflation and deflation super easy, and conveniently, it can also be used as a reading stand, a foot stand or a back pillow when you’re not needing it as a sleep pillow.
Unfortunately, it is big… but if you value sleep more than what others might think of you, then go for it – I’m pretty sure Brody will be super impressed with this one!
Cabeau Travel Pillow
This memory foam travel neck pillow helps you adjust the air and softness amount according to your personal preferences and is an excellent pillow choice if you are travelling by bus, train or on long road trips. This soft memory foam travel pillow has a base that helps support the sides of your neck, preventing any possible neck pain. It is fully adjustable and includes cooling vents (if that’s something you feel is important!) You can compress it to 1/4th of its original size to attach it to your travel luggage – perfect for travellers like us without much room to spare!
I had seen this travel neck pillow around but never had the chance to try it. Overall it was pretty comfortable, however again, I struggle with having to sleep completely upright. But for those of you that find that comfortable, the Cabeau Travel Pillow is a delux pillow (with a price point to match!)
Travel Hoodie Pillow
Sometimes, a great sleep onboard just requires a little shade. Be it a hat, a cloth (yes, I’ve seen it) or an eyemask, blocking out the light around you can certainly help you get a good night’s rest. But each of these accessories comes with their own set of issues, which is where the Travel Hoodie Pillow steps up.
The Travel Hoodie Pillow is essentially a two in one – an inflatable travel pillow with a hoodie to block out the light. The hood is attached to the pillow and as a combination, according to their website, offers you the perfect Cocoonification (I think they made that up!)
This portable travel neck pillow has an adjustable drawstring that can be pulled to create added eye coverage to block out the world around you and crafted from premium sweatshirt material, it is sure to be super snuggly!
As if a super comfy, good looking pillow isn’t enough, the Travel Hoodie Pillow comes in a huge range of colours and different options, including a range that are ideal for a kids travel pillow!
A squishy microbead pillow has always been a favourite travel neck pillow in our family – they are a contour pillow that moulds to suit your neck, making them super comfortable, and there’s just something about the squishyness! The Cushtie Pillow has many features, but amongst it’s best is its high degree of comfort and versatility of use as it supports your head and neck, and also works well as a lumbar pillow .
This micro-beaded pillow travel neck pillow can be compressed into shapes depending on the type of use. So in the case of comfort one will give all five stars. One element present in this pillow that is of concern however, is its size – it’s not particularly travel-friendly, so one cannot try and fit it in one’s luggage. If you are prepared to put up with it being attached to the outside of a bag, it could just be the best travel pillow. In reality though, the best users of these are kids, hence the best travel kid pillow cost just about 10 Euros.
There are so many travel neck pillows on the market, and making the right choice comes down to personal preference. By working out your preferred sleeping position while travelling, you can quickly streamline your travel neck pillow choices and ultimately find the perfect travel pillow for you!