Using a travel pillow is not just limited to travelers. All our necks experience a degree of discomfort from time to time, even when not traveling or jet setting. Sitting in front of a computer for hours on end can cause pain to one’s neck, so to speak. Even couch potatoes can attest to suffering from sore necks and backs, channel surfing isn’t easy to believe it or not!! It comes with the territory of having to find comfortable positions on not so comfortable couches and seats, often. This is especially true for anyone who is planning on binge-watching their favorite series over the weekend.
The driving cause behind the invention of these wonderful and relaxing pillows is as follows: to achieve the best of levels of comfort that a travel pillow can provide you, the intrepid traveler. Although striving for the above-mentioned comfort is its primary reason for being, this is still an invention that has taken some time to improve on, as with most things human. This is also because perfection is a trait and virtue only bestowed upon the gods. For us mere mortals, this is as close to godliness as we can get, with regards to comfort for our travel and stay at home needs.
There’s a bit of everything for everyone when it comes to picking the ideal travel pillow for your needs. From the foam filled to the air filled pillows, to various shapes and sizes; improvements and adjustments are still applied to ensure ultimate comfort from your travel pillow for your price range.
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The future is here and if we’re not going to take advantage of it, we may as well go back to the days of carrying bedroom pillows everywhere we go, while also carrying their accompanying postural aches and pains. The tempo has been tinkered with dramatically in the realm of travel pillows and you might want to know what the market has to offer.
The following selection is based on the findings of our research and market comparison, in the pursuit of the best travel pillows available, to suit your pocket and travel needs. Granted, as with all innovative products a few challenges exist, because all great inventions start by aspiring, and then adjusting.
- compact / minimalist / comfortable
- washable by hand
- one-way air-valve
Who wouldn’t want a travel pillow so compact that it fits into a glove box?
This versatile travel pillow is well suited for all kinds of traveling and is generally considered to be the best u-shape plane pillow available as it easily adjusts to the traveler’s level of comfort. It is manufactured from a unique removable stay – a cool fabric that is washable by hand or a gentle wash setting on your washing machine. This travel pillow comes with a removable cover that is made of soft cotton, providing comfort for your neck as you relax upon your travels, so much that you can cradle your neck without sweating.
The ONWEGO travel pillow also comes with a one-way air-valve which allows you to inflate and deflate the pillow in a few quick and easy breaths, which all means that there is no need to take up space carting a pump around.
One slight disadvantage in this pillow’s innovative yet ongoing design is that the inflation process could be inconveniencing for some people, considering that the traveler will need to blow into the air valve several times in order to get the pillow to just the right comfort zone. In fact, it would be advisable that you read through the instructions that come with the pillow and practice inflating and deflating. The last thing you want is to be figuring out how the travel pillow operates when you need the comfort that it provides. If a little bit of huffing and puffing isn’t an issue for you, then the ONWEGO might just be the travel pillow for you.
- soft/smooth material
- compact / minimalist
- curve design
This travel pillow is made from smooth velvet and has a cutting edge scientific curve design that keeps your neck up, providing support for all forms of travel, book reading as well as and including relaxing. For convenience during cleaning and for laundry purposes, the Metene has a washable and removable cover.
The fabric that it is made from renders it great for use by children as it causes a lot less irritation and because it is lightweight and easy to carry around. The travel pillow comes with an air valve button that one can simply press to inflate or deflate the pillow in just a few seconds. An added advantage is that there is no need to remove the pillow in order to make adjustments for postural purposes and comfort.
A winner in the comfort and convenience departments, the Metene also ticks the value for money box while it comes with a 12-month Guarantee AND can also fit snugly around the waist!
For ease and traveling convenience this pillow comes with its own portable carrying bag.
A slight disadvantage for those who take the longest to adapt to its settings is that it takes some fidgeting to get used to controlling the pressure button or air valve. For people who don’t shy away from a little bit of trial and error, you will find a setting suitable for your travel needs.
This chin supporting pillow aids in preventing your head from falling forward while you sleep, thereby ensuring that the head and neck are constantly kept in good posture; whatever position that traveling may leave you at the mercy of! This travel pillow boasts a unique and innovative design that is of course patented and comes in various colors.
Another winning characteristic of the BCOZZY is its versatility, in that you can shape the travel pillow to suit your comfort. For instance, if you prefer to sleep on your side, it has “booster sides” which help to provide your head and neck with the support it requires during travel.
The BCOZZY travel pillow comes in three sizes, to suit the whole family: Child, Adult and Extra Large and has a built-in snap trap so it can be attached to luggage easily. This versatile and easy to carry travel pillow is also machine washable for your cleaning convenience.
Red negative: Because this make of travel pillow surrounds one’s neck completely, as comfortable as it is sworn to be; it tends to get steamy around the neck area after a while of having it on.
- quality foam material
Its patented therapeutic curl memory foam design allows the pillow to take the shape of its user’s neck, which makes it even more comfortable. It comes with microfibre fabric and has a drawstring which makes it easy to attach to the rest of your luggage.
This pillow is versatile in that it can also be used anywhere, anytime and is machine washable. So whether you’re using it home to recline while watching movies or reading a book, the TravelRest Curl Memory Foam pillow is well suited for anybody looking for optimum head and neck support.
The TravelRest Curl Memory Foam pillow has been scientifically tested by NASA and results show that it has proven itself great for people with serious neck problems.
Red negative: Carrying it around may prove a little testing for some people, as it does not have a drawstring, nor does it come with a carry bag. For all the minor disadvantages it has, there are many more advantages to the TravelRest Curl Memory Foam travel pillow.
This inflatable pillow rolls up quite small which makes it super portable travel pillow. In line with the innovative ethos of our travel pillows, the Travel Rest is a patented product.
When traveling, the pillow easily attaches to the wings of an airline seat, the headrest of a car and can even be worn as a ‘messenger bag style’.
Another unique feature is that it has full lateral body support which keeps one from falling forward.
It is also washable and kids friendly. The cover is sold separately.
Red negative: The pillow unfortunately only stays firm for a few months. Meaning if you are a frequent traveler then you might find yourself having to buy another in a short space of time after purchasing the product.
- easy to attach
- soft material
- internal support
A patented design combined with the Trtl scarf for warmth and comfort, its neck brace effect is created by an internal support system made to fit snugly between the face and shoulder.
It is scientifically proven to keep the head in a better position while sleeping upright.
Weighing in at just half a pound, the Trtl Pillow is easy to attach to luggage and is machine washable.
Red negative: It gets very warm around the neck after a short while if not in an air-conditioned surrounding. And are not exactly earphones friendly.