[29 Tested] The Best Affordable Travel Pillows 994

The Best Affordable Travel Pillow

Sneak Peek

  • Getting a comfortable and calm sleep becomes an extravagant hope, and you even need to pay for the neck and arm pain. Luckily, a great neck pillow can help you sleep like a baby anywhere.
  • After testing 29 neck pillows, we found five models that can meet your various needs of sleeping habits and usage places. They can all provide proper support for your neck and head, allowing you to sleep sweetly without any burden.
  • Did you buy a lot of traditional U-shaped pillows that couldn’t help you sleep comfortably? We found that only adjustable neck pillows that provide tall-enough walls can offer comfortable and reliable support. However, many pillows on the market don’t improve enough in these problems.
  • Not all portable travel pillows feature poor comfort. We tested different shapes of blowup pillows and scarf-shaped pillows, and we finally found some pillows that feature stable and comfortable support as well as portability.

Sneak Peek

  • Whether you take airplanes, trains or cars to travel, getting a comfortable and calm sleep becomes an extravagant hope, and you even need to pay for the neck and arm pain. Luckily, a great neck pillow can help you sleep like a baby anywhere.
  • Did you buy a lot of traditional U-shaped pillows that couldn’t help you sleep comfortably? We found that only adjustable neck pillows that provide tall-enough walls can offer comfortable and reliable support. However, many pillows on the market don’t improve enough in these problems. Finally, we found a travel pillow that satisfies all our needs.
  • Not all portable travel pillows feature poor comfort. We tested different shapes of blowup pillows and scarf-shaped pillows, and we finally found some inflatable pillows that feature stable and comfortable support as well

Our Pick

Beyond 360 Head & Neck Support Travel Pillow

Your lifesaver during long trips

Its tall two-side walls and soft memory foam offer your neck excellent support. Besides, it has a flat back-head support, which won’t push your head forward when you lie back on a chair.
AED 74.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Provide enough support for your neck +Flat back-head support+Adjustable string design+Hood design
Cons:
-Not suitable for large over-ear headphones

We believe that for many travelers, sleeping on a long flight is a nightmare, but they couldn’t find a good solution, until we met Beyond 360 Head & Neck Support Travel Pillow, which allows you to say goodbye to sleepless or uncomfortable long flights. Different from traditional U-shaped pillows, its two-side walls are tall enough, which means it provides more support for your neck and head than other pillows. Plus, the soft memory foam filling makes you feel like sleeping on clouds. 

Read our detailed review here.

Our Pick

BSONWAY Chin Supporting Travel Pillow

Give comfort to your chin and neck

BSONWAY raises tall enough in the front to offer excellent chin support for people who like to nod forward while sleeping, and it has enough space on two sides to accommodate your large over-ear headphones.
AED 59.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Excellent chin support+Fits large over-ear headphones+Skin-friendly, gentle fabric+Adjustable snap buckle
Cons:
-Not suitable for side sleepers

If you like to nod forward during sleep instead of moving your head left or right, BSONWAY Chin Supporting Travel Pillow is a more suitable option for you. It’s not like our pick, which has tall walls on sides for support. However, its unique overlap design provides comfortable support for your chin while sleeping. Other pillows we recommend are suitable for side sleepers, so they will cover or be close to your ears. BSONWAY leaves enough space for your large headphones on two sides, keeping you away from noise disruption when you sleep. 

Read our detailed review here.

Our Pick

Travel Bread Inflatable Travel Pillow

A very portable travel pillow

You would love to carry it with you on any trips, because it’s not only portable but also keeps your whole body in place, and even keeps your spine in a neutral position.
AED 49.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Very portable+Provide reliable and stable support+Inflate fast with a big air entrance+Convenient elastic band
Cons:
-Comfort is not as good as RunBei

If your suitcase doesn’t have enough space for a traditional travel pillow, this inflatable Travel Bread Inflatable Travel Pillow can reduce your on-the-go burden. We first also worried that inflatable travel pillows could not guarantee the comfort and support. However, different from normal inflatable travel pillows, it doesn’t sacrifice much comfort and support. When it’s jam-packed with air, it can provide suitable support for your head, and many memory foam pillows can’t do this, especially those without tall-enough two-side walls. And it well secures your whole body. That feels like just as wonderful as you are falling asleep by the shoulder of your loved one. 

Read our detailed review here.

Our Pick

J-Pillow Head, Chin, Neck Support Travel Pillow

The most versatile travel pillow

Although J Pillow has a non-traditional special shape, it does offer the neck support and even the waist support you need. It perfectly solves all the problems in every part of your body that pains may occur.
US$24.95 from Amazon USCA$39.95 from Amazon CA Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Support your head, neck and chin simultaneously+Can be used as a waist cushion+Gentle velvet fabric
Cons:
-As a pillow, not suitable for seats without headrests

J-Pillow Head, Chin, Neck Support Travel Pillow is definitely a travel pillow with a unique shape, but we didn’t spot any strengths of it at the beginning when it is not actually being used. However, when we figured out how it worked and used it for a while, we fell in love with it. You can use it on planes or cars, in your office, or even at home while watching TV. That’ s right, there are almost countless ways for you to fix this pillow to support your body well. Other pillows we tested are not able to do this.

Read our detailed review here.

Our Pick

Trtl Neck Support Travel Pillow

It helps you fast sleep anytime and anywhere.

It has a small-enough size, so it can be easily put in your briefcase and handbag. It’s a fleece scarf with a built-in plastic brace. It can provide reliable neck support and help you fall asleep comfortably anytime and anywhere.
US$29.99 from Amazon USCA$39.95 from Amazon CA£24.95 from Amazon UK Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Reliable one-sided support+Easily put in your briefcase+Adjustable Velcro closure
Cons:
-Traps more heat than regular pillows

At first, we thought it was weird to wrap a pillow around your neck, so we never thought we would finally recommend Trtl Neck Support Travel Pillow even after the first time we wore it. But later, we surprisingly found that it can simultaneously provide the support we need while still being very portable. Picture this, when you are out to meet clients or attend a meeting, you’ll feel lucky to have such a portable pillow helping you nap comfortably during lunch breaks. 

Read our detailed review here.

OUR DISCOVERY

Who this is for

In today’s fast-paced life, we always need to be away from our bed to sleep anywhere in the world. In most cases, our body is forced to endure sufferings due to different seat changing. And planes, cars or trains are considered to be the least comfortable travel experiences. You must hate it when you wake up with neck-broken sore and dizziness. This is because you can’t even find something reliable to support your neck. Therefore, you always feel exhausted when you arrive at your destination. This greatly influences your good mood and how do you even enjoy the sunshine and beach?

Planes, cars or trains are considered to be the least comfortable travel experiences. 

Also, for 9-to-5 office workers, a short noon nap is enough to keep them energetic to work in the afternoon. Most people’s solution is to find a desk and sleep facing down on it. However, this sleeping posture has many side effects. One of them is that it will cause your arms, shoulders, and neck sore and pain. More seriously, it will hinder your blood circulation, and cause brain hypoxia which is bad to your brain (that’s why you’ll feel dizzy when you wake up).

Sleep facing down on a desk has many side effects.

No matter which cases we mentioned above, the most common complaint is that there is nothing to support your neck while sleeping. Thus, purchasing a travel pillow is the easiest and most effective solution. A travel pillow offers proper support for your head and neck, allowing you to fall asleep without any burden. We believe no other inventions are more wonderful and intelligent than travel pillows. It’s like a mother’s embrace, allowing us to sleep like a baby wherever we are.

Sleeping comfortably with a neck pillow.

In addition to comfort, light is also a key factor that affects our sleep. Thus, we need a sleep mask to turn the space in front of our eyes to total darkness. It creates an all-dark environment by blocking light, helping your body secret melatonin as well as helping you sleep naturally.

How we picked

No matter it’s in e-commerce sites like Taobao, Alibaba, Jingdong, Amazon, AliExpress, Souq.com, or offline stores like airports, train stations, shopping malls, we can easily get different styles of travel pillows. However, not every product can improve your sleep quality, and some even cause your neck sore and pain more easily. So, we selected 29 travel pillows in different designs and also sell well on major e-commerce sites and markets, and put them to our test according to the following criteria:

All 27 travel pillows we tested.

Support

The essential feature of neck pillows is to hold your neck in place, so that you won’t feel sore and pain when you wake up. Neck pillows’ support depends on two ways. The first one is that the section where supports your neck need to be close enough to your face, so that it works for your neck effectively. Otherwise, your neck will be forced to crane many times until it finds the support. And the second one is that the filling is also important. Just like a racing car, no matter how well its design follows aerodynamic, if there isn’t a powerful engine, you never expect it would be rocket-fast.

The essential feature of neck pillows is to hold your neck in place.

Skin Comfort

If you’re going to use a neck pillow during your long trip, it’s no doubt that you want it to have a soft and comfortable outer layer. However, it’s easy to ignore that it shouldn’t have a stick-out zipper or a sharp edge on the surface of the pillow to hurt your neck. Especially for the inflatable type, there is always a stick-out edge on the surface. Thus, some smart manufacturers would always add a layer of plush to wrap the neck pillow, which helps improve the comfort.

If you’re going to use a neck pillow during your long trip, it’s no doubt that you want it to have a soft and comfortable outer layer. 

Adjustment

If a neck pillow is far from your neck, it’s not able to provide well support. But if it’s too close, it would cause noticeable pressure and hot feeling to your neck. Thus, we think the best neck pillow should allow people to sleep with their ponytail or bigger hair, and all kinds of head shapes and sizes as well as neck lengths. Most neck pillows on the market are adjusted by Velcro or strings. They both feature large-enough adjustable range and won’t affect your comfort.

A great travel pillow should allow people to adjust it to the most comfortable position based on their different needs.

Portability

You would never want your travel pillow takes up much space in your carry-on and leaves no room for your other stuff. Thus, it should be able to be compressed to a smaller size. In addition, it would be the best if the travel pillow or its carrying bag can attach to the outside of your bag or suitcase.

A travel pillow should be able to be compressed to a smaller size.

Convenience

We want any of our stuff to start to work ASAP once we need them. Thus, an excellent travel pillow should not only be portable, but it also shouldn’t take much of your time unfolding it to the full size or squeezing it into your suitcase. Especially for inflatable pillows, they shouldn’t be complex every time you inflate or deflate.

Washable

For your belongings, keeping them clean is always important. Therefore, you want to be able to wash the whole pillow or at least its cover every time before your hit the road.

Suitable for large over-ear headphones

This is a question that many consumers on Amazon will mention. Indeed, many people prefer to sleep with a large set of over-ear headphones on flights. After we noticed this point, we would test if each model meets this requirement. This is a great bonus, but the above criteria are our primary focus.

How we tested

For every neck pillow, it’s easy to find out if it’s adjustable, foldable or washable once we get it, but for its support and comfort, we’ll have to experience deeply to get to know the truth. Thus, we invited six of our colleagues to join this test. They have different head sizes and neck lengths so that we can get more convincing test results.

We asked them to wear these 29 neck pillows sitting in car seats with a headrest (this is the closest scene we could simulate on a plane), and record every neck pillow’s suitability, comfort, and support from their experience. To our surprise, the neck pillows (which they liked to use in the car) they finally picked were tend to be the same. After this round of test, we not only eliminated some neck pillows with poor comfort, but also some that couldn’t provide great support. And we found some designs that are not suitable to use in car seats or plane seats. They are not helpful for our sleep and will also cause your neck pain. 

Testing in a car

After selecting our favorite neck pillows that we love to use in cars, in order to do the real-world experience test, we let three of our colleagues bring the pillows to a real flight to experience.

In this test, we found that car seats are similar to plane seats, but there still existing differences. The main difference is that the headrests of plane seats, especially those on the planes that fly long distance, are generally larger and more prominent than car seats. (Well, even though different car models and different planes have different seats, we think our comparison still fits most situations.)

Therefore, we had to eliminate the pillows that were not suitable for planes, and we finally picked five pillows that could meet different needs.

We let three of our colleagues bring the pillows to a real flight to experience.

Besides trips, we also need a neck pillow to help with our nap during lunch breaks. Generally speaking, office chairs are different from plane seats or car seats, mostly because of the lack of headrest of office chairs. Thus, to find those pillows that are suitable to sleep in office chairs without a headrest, we sat in the office to test these neck pillows.

In addition, considering that some people often need to be out to meet clients or have meetings out of their offices, we also tried our best to pick such neck pillows that feature great support and comfort, as well as can be easily packed into your suitcase or handbag.

To find those pillows that are suitable to sleep in office chairs without a headrest, we sat in the office to test these neck pillows.

What we found

We believe that you are not strange to travel pillows, and you probably have bought many before. However, it’s always hard to buy a travel pillow that can actually help with your sleep. For example, before this test, a few of our colleagues already bought their travel pillow to use in the office. But after they experienced the pillows we picked, they don’t want to use their old one anymore. Purchasing a great travel pillow needs you to pay attention to the following points.

First, you need to make sure what your sleeping habit is and in what situation you’ll need a travel pillow. This is because every travel pillow’s first intention in design is different. For example, portable inflatable pillows normally feature worse comfort than memory foam pillows, and generally, pillows that can offer great side-support are not suitable for large over-ear headphones.

Thus, we pick the best travel pillows for people based on their sleeping habits and using scenarios. These travel pillows are:  a suitable option for long trips that offers the best support and comfort, a suitable option for forward-nodders that is compatible with large over-ear headphones, a very portable inflatable option, a suitable option for noon naps that can be taken out anytime from a briefcase, and a multi-functional option that can be used as a pillow or waist cushion.

Different kinds of travel pillows we picked.

Second, we found most pillows on the market are not be able to do their best job to provide enough neck support. This is because they don’t perform well in the following two ways. One of them is that the neck-support sections of the pillows are not tall enough, nor close enough to reach your cheek. This causes your neck being forced to tilt so much to reach the supporting side, which makes you painful.

Thus, we consider the part where neck pillows provide support should be close enough to your face, so that they can offer effective support.

We consider the part where neck pillows provide support should be close enough to your face, so that they can offer effective support. Click to Tweet

The pillows (Left) are not tall enough, nor close enough to reach your cheek. This causes your neck being forced to tilt so much to reach the supporting side, which makes you painful. 

The other one is that most pillows cannot be adjusted according to different neck and head sizes or stay stable after adjustment. Not-adjustable neck pillows not only negatively affect the comfort, but also fail to stay stable and provide good support for people with a small neck. However, not all adjustable pillows can keep stable after adjustment. Some pillows are adjusted by a built-in magnet, which seems very convenient, but the magnetism is not strong enough so it’s easy to be loose especially when you nod down your head.

Plus, the position of the magnet is fixed, which means it has limited adjustable range and is not suitable for most people. We found that adjustable clasps and Velcro closures are better adjustable ways. They feature large-enough adjustable range, and are convenient to adjust while keeping stable.

Not-adjustable neck pillows (Left) not only negatively affect the comfort, but also fail to stay stable and provide good support for people with a small neck.

Third, we found that many neck pillows ignore that the back of a pillow shouldn’t be too thick. Especially for plane seats or car seats with headrests, the extra padding will push your neck away from the headrest, making your back fail to lean on a seat. After long hours of sitting, this neck pillow can’t help you sleep comfortably, even worse, it will cause your back and neck sore and pain. Thus, if you want to buy a travel pillow for next long-trip use, the thickness of a travel pillow’s back is a point you need to pay attention to.

If you want to buy a travel pillow for next long-trip use, the thickness of a travel pillow’s back is a point you need to pay attention to. Click to Tweet

For plane seats or car seats with headrests, the extra padding (Left) will push your neck away from the headrest, making your back fail to lean on a seat.

Our pick for long trips

Our Pick: Beyond 360 Head & Neck Support Travel Pillow

Our Pick

Beyond 360 Head & Neck Support Travel Pillow

Your lifesaver during long trips

Its tall two-side walls and soft memory foam offer your neck excellent support. Besides, it has a flat back-head support, which won’t push your head forward when you lie back on a chair.
AED 74.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Provide enough support for your neck +Flat back-head support+Adjustable string design+Hood design
Cons:
-Not suitable for large over-ear headphones

We couldn’t find a good neck pillow to solve the long-distance trip sleeping problem before, until we met Beyond 360 Head & Neck Support Travel Pillow, which allows you to say goodbye to sleepless or uncomfortable long flights. 

Beyond you to say goodbye to sleepless or uncomfortable long flights.

Differ from traditional U pillows

We found the perfect balance of stability and comfort of travel pillows in Beyond. It has gentle memory foams inside and it makes you feel like sleeping on clouds. Most importantly, the design of the two-side walls can keep your neck in place and gently fix in a comfortable position. Through our tests, we found that many pillows with a concave design look great at first, but when you want to look for some support for your neck, you’ll find them actually hard to do it.

The design of the two-side walls (Right) can keep your neck in place and gently fix in a comfortable position .

It is also one of the few pillows that are specially designed for plane seats or car seats among all the models we tested. Its back is thinner than general U-shaped pillows, which means it won’t push your head forward when you lie back on a seat. Most U-shaped pillows we tested ignore this point. Their redundant padding will push your neck away from the headrest of a chair. They not only fail to let your whole body lean on seats to sleep with ease, but also cause your neck sore and pain after long hours of sleep.

Beyond’s thin and light design allows you to lie back on a desk with ease.

Comfortable fit

Besides its excellent support, Beyond is also very comfortable. You can easily adjust its string to fit your neck size. In addition, it has a layer of pure cotton wrapping the memory foam, keeping your neck warm without being too hot. And its outer layer is gentler and more skin-friendly than many pillows we tested. Also, it is washable. Pull out the cover and you can put it in a washing machine. After washing and drying, it still maintains its softness.

Its outer layer is gentler and more skin-friendly than many pillows we tested.

How does it compare with popular Cabeau Travel Pillow?

It looks similar to Cabeau travel pillow which sells great on Amazon. To be honest, they are both satisfying products, but we are surprised that Beyond, which is only one third the price of Cabeau, can also provide the near comfort to Cabeau, and even better in some detailed designs.

First, Beyond has the tallest side walls of U pillows we tested, which means it can support your head and neck properly. 

Second, there is a rear hood on Beyond, keeping you from light bother. Especially when you are on a noon nap or at a day flight, this thoughtful design would do you big a favor. (Of course, this hood cannot block light as effectively as professional eye masks. If you often have a hard time sleeping in light, please head to our review The Best Sleep Mask)

There is a rear hood on Beyond, keeping you from light bother.

Last but not least, you’ll find there is a built-in carrying case when you open the rear zipper. You can fold the pillow and store it in the carrying case easily, which is really portable. Although Cabeau also has an included pouch, it’s not as convenient as Beyond.

I’d love to take it to travel, every time!

Though it’s not an inflatable type, which means it cannot be compressed completely, it packs down to a third of its size in its Velcro-tightened carrying case. At this point, it’s already much better than other pillows that can’t be compressed at all. And for myself, I would love to compromise this a bit bulky size to comfortable support during my whole long flight. 

I would love to compromise this a bit bulky size to comfortable support.

Thus, if you often suffer from neck pain on long flights, we suggest you to try Beyond on your next flight. As our colleague said, “when I was wearing it, I thought I was sleeping in a cozy bed instead of a narrow plane seat”. This might be a bit exaggerated, but it shows with evidence that this pillow is able to provide excellent support and comfort.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

We’ve noticed that many consumers on Amazon mention one problem: whether neck pillows are suitable for large over-ear headphones or not. I can understand that it’s a worth noticing question for many travelers, because I’ve experienced how wonderful it is to be away from the flight roaring sounds and the occasional baby-crying sounds with the help of these headphones (especially noise-cancelling headphones).

It is undeniable that the design of the two-side walls is not friendly to large over-ear headphones. I tried to sleep with this pillow and put my Bose QC35 on, Beyond did push the headphones up a little bit, but what I want to say is that it doesn’t make me feel uncomfortable. For me, I think it’s acceptable.

It doesn’t make me feel uncomfortable. For me, I think it’s acceptable.

Our pick for forward-nodders

Our Pick: BSONWAY Chin Supporting Travel Pillow

Our Pick

BSONWAY Chin Supporting Travel Pillow

Give comfort to your chin and neck

BSONWAY raises tall enough in the front to offer excellent chin support for people who like to nod forward while sleeping, and it has enough space on two sides to accommodate your large over-ear headphones.
AED 59.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Excellent chin support+Fits large over-ear headphones+Skin-friendly, gentle fabric+Adjustable snap buckle
Cons:
-Not suitable for side sleepers

If you like to nod forward during sleep instead of moving your head left or right, BSONWAY Chin Supporting Travel Pillow is a more suitable option for you. It’s not like our pick which has tall walls on sides for support. However, its unique overlap design provides comfortable support for your chin while sleeping, and you won’t have a crick in your neck and back during your whole trip. Another important advantage is that it leaves enough space for your large headphones on two sides, keeping you away from noise disruption when you sleep.

An unexpectedly special design

Frankly, we expected it to support each side of our head properly like BSONWAY. But, turns out that its special design helps offer the cozy chin support. Different from U pillows, it doesn’t significantly raise on sides but slightly lifts on the front areas. Thus, when you nod forward, the lifted parts will support your chin just like two hands. Besides, its snap buckle allows you to adjust it to the most suitable supporting angle.

Among all the pillows we tested, it can provide the most excellent chin support.

Compatible with large on-ear headphones

Other pillows we recommended are suitable for side sleepers, so they will cover or be close to your ears. This makes the pillows hard to be compatible with large headphones. However, when you use BSONWAY, you don’t need to worry this problem at all. For people who are sensitive to noises, this is a great news with no doubt.

Especially on airplanes, the noisy engine sounds would make you difficult to fall asleep. I am the one who need to wear noise-cancelling headphones to sleep when flying. Luckily, I found this pillow can not only provide support but also be compatible with large noise-cancelling headphones. 

This pillow can not only provide support but also be compatible with large noise-cancelling headphones. 

How does it compare with the popular BCOZZY Chin Supporting Travel Pillow?

Before we found BSONWAY, BCOZZY was the best pillow we could find for forward nodders. Its unique overlapping design does provide cozy chin support, but it comes along with tension on your clavicle when you nod downward on the pillow. And it gets worse the longer you wear it. Luckily, this doesn’t happen to BSONWAY. It embraces your chin instead of just topping it. 

In addition, BCOZZY doesn’t have an included carrying case, and that makes it easier to get dirt, and it’s not portable. But you can roll BSONWAY up and use the snap buckle to fix it, then put it back into the included carrying case. 

It can be packed down to the size of a roll of toilet paper in its carrying case.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

As we mentioned above, for people who like to nod forward when sleeping, it can indeed provide excellent chin support. However, if you’re a side sleeper, it’s not your ideal choice.

Our pick for inflatables

Our Pick: Travel Bread Inflatable Travel Pillow

Our Pick

Travel Bread Inflatable Travel Pillow

A very portable travel pillow

You would love to carry it with you in any trips, because it’s not only portable but also keeps your whole body in place, and even keeps your spine in a neutral position.
AED 49.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Very portable+Provide reliable and stable support+Inflate fast with a big air entrance+Convenient elastic band
Cons:
-Comfort is not as good as RunBei

If your suitcase doesn’t have enough space for a traditional travel pillow, this inflatable Travel Bread Inflatable Travel Pillow can reduce your on-the-go burden. We first also worried that inflatable travel pillows could not guarantee the comfort and support. But luckily, Travel Bread is different from normal inflatable travel pillows and it doesn’t sacrifice much comfort and support.

When it’s jam-packed with air and adjusted to a proper position, it can provide suitable support for your neck and secure your whole body. That feels like just as wonderful as you are falling asleep by the shoulder of your loved one. 

Inflatable pillow can also offer excellent support

As an inflatable pillow, its comfort is not as good as Beyond’s soft fillings. However, after we tested other different types of inflatable pillows, we think its comfort is the best in the category.

This benefits from that it can reach close enough to your head, providing stable and reliable neck support. It indeed helps with your sleeping, while many memory foam pillows can’t do this, especially those without tall-enough two-side walls. Therefore, our colleagues think Travel Bread is even better than many other memory foam pillows in helping with your sleep.

This benefits from that it can reach close enough to your head, providing stable and reliable neck support.

It solves loads problems of traditional inflatable pillows.

There is another problem that consumers usually complain about the inflatable pillow: every time you take it out to use, it will take you a long while to mouth-inflated it, which is very inconvenient. Although Travel Bread Pillow also needs to be mouth inflated, its air entrance is very big, and there is a small plug on it to prevent air leaking. So you can just fill it up with three breaths and it won’t leak air while blowing. 

You can just fill it up with three breaths and it won’t leak air while blowing. 

When you need to deflate it, you just need to push away that little plug and press the pillow at the same time, and the pillow will be flat soon.

Many U-shaped inflatable pillows have a sharp edge on the surface,  and the edge is easy to cut your neck. But you don’t need to wear Travel Bread around your neck as its raised edge only comes in contact with your clothes. Thus, it doesn’t cause any discomfort to your skin. In addition, it has a very simple adjustment, which allows you to adjust it to your right position based on your needs. However, the Travelrest Pillow, which sells great on Amazon, is so inconvenient to adjust that, every time we use it, it takes a long process.

It (Right) has a very simple adjustment, which allows you to adjust it to your right position based on your needs.

Our tips

Besides, in our tests, we found that when Travel Bread Pillow was totally inflated, it was too full to provide the most comfortable support for us. But when we inflated it to about 90%, it not only ensured to provide enough support but also conformed comfortably with our face.  Of course, everyone’s feelings are different, but you can adjust it to the most comfortable condition you want by inflation or deflation.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

Travel Bread is an inflatable travel pillow that features really excellent comfort and support. However, compared to our pick, its comfort is not as good as Beyond’s soft fillings. You can’t have your cake and still eat it. And if you don’t have enough space in your luggage every time you travel, we believe you would love to carry this very portable Travel Bread pillow with you. Most importantly, it can indeed help you to get a quality sleep.

Our pick for multiple functions

Our Pick: J-Pillow Head, Chin, Neck Support Travel Pillow

Our Pick

J-Pillow Head, Chin, Neck Support Travel Pillow

The most versatile travel pillow

Although J Pillow has a non-traditional special shape, it does offer the neck support and even the waist support you need. It perfectly solves all the problems in every part of your body that pains may occur.
US$24.95 from Amazon USCA$39.95 from Amazon CA Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Support your head, neck and chin simultaneously+Can be used as a waist cushion+Gentle velvet fabric
Cons:
-As a pillow, not suitable for seats without headrests

J-Pillow Head, Chin, Neck Support Travel Pillow is definitely a travel pillow with a unique shape, but we didn’t spot any strengths of it at the beginning when it is not actually being used. However, when we figured out how it works and deeply experienced it for a while, we fell in love with it. You can use it on airplanes, in cars, in offices, or even at home while watching TV. J-Pillow Travel Pillow is the only one among all travel pillows we’ve tested that can be used as both a pillow and a waist cushion. This is where J-shaped pillows show their biggest talent.

It does its job well.

Although you have almost countless ways to fix the pillow, as a pillow that mainly provides support for your head, J Pillow functions well. Its special “three-arm” design can provide excellent support for your head, neck, and chin at the same time, which is impossible for other travel pillows we tested. Thanks to its soft velvet material, you’ll find your neck love to come in contact with the pillow.

Because J-Pillow Travel Pillow has only one side for support, we first worried that it would be easy to lose just like other single-sided pillows. However, after our tests, we found that when your head lean against its supporting side, you will press backward its arm that hides behind your back to keep the whole pillow stable. Of course, if you sleep leaning on a window, you have fewer reasons to worry about the stability problem. Unlike traditional travel pillows, the unique J-shaped design can support your head, neck, and chin at the same time.

If you sleep leaning on a window, you have fewer reasons to worry about the stability problem.

It can be used as a waist cushion, too.

We really like the pillow’s included instruction which provides all images of how it is used. J Pillow not only has different ways to use as other pillows, but it can also be used as a waist cushion. Because of its good-enough compressible feature, you can easily squeeze it backward to gain better support. If you often sit in your office chair for a long time and suffer from back sore and pain, you need to give this versatile pillow a try.

Believe me or not, you will thank it for it can provide enough support for your back. When our colleagues sitting in an office chair to take a nap during lunch breaks, they like to use it as a waist cushion.

It can be used as a waist cushion.

What’s more

More than that, the whole pillow is washable, which doesn’t seem so often among travel pillows. Also, it’s very convenient to store. Not only does it have an included carrying case, but it also has a snap loop button behind that allows you to attach it to your bag or suitcase easily.

With that said, it can provide comfortable support for different parts of your body, which is impossible for other travel pillows we tested. No wonder that so many Amazon users bought it and gave it 5-star feedback.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

As we mentioned above, when it is used as a pillow, it requires you to press its arm behind your back with your body, or sleep against a window to keep the whole pillow stable. Therefore, we think it does not fix some chairs without a headrest design, such as regular office chairs. However, most airplane seats or car seats are designed with headrests, and,  in our tests, this pillow can indeed provide stable and reliable support.  

Our pick for noon naps

Our Pick: Trtl Neck Support Travel Pillow

Our Pick

Trtl Neck Support Travel Pillow

It helps you fast sleep anytime and anywhere.

It has a small-enough size, so it can be easily put in your briefcase and handbag. It’s a fleece scarf with a built-in plastic brace. It can provide reliable neck support and help you fall asleep comfortably anytime and anywhere.
US$29.99 from Amazon USCA$39.95 from Amazon CA£24.95 from Amazon UK Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Reliable one-sided support+Easily put in your briefcase+Adjustable Velcro closure
Cons:
-Traps more heat than regular pillows

At first, we thought it was weird to wrap a pillow around your neck, so we never thought we would finally recommend Trtl Neck Support Travel Pillow even after the first time we wore it. Until we deeply experienced it for a while, we found that it can not only provide the support we need, but it’s also very portable, thanks to its ultra-compact design which is just the size of a laptop.

Therefore, it can be easily packed in your briefcase or handbag. Picture this, when you are out to meet clients or attend a meeting, you’ll feel lucky to have such a portable pillow helping you nap comfortably during lunch breaks.

In fact, single-sided support is enough.

Although Trtl Pillow only provides one-sided support, it reaches your neck more closely than regular travel pillows. It not only provides tall-enough supporting walls, but the built-in plastic stand is bouncy enough. This means it can provide reliable support for your neck and , at the same time, it won’t add extra pressure to your shoulders. Thus, the pillow can firmly and gently hold your head in a proper direction, allowing you to keep a very natural position to sleep even on different seats.

It not only provides tall-enough supporting walls, but the built-in plastic stand is bouncy enough.

A portable pillow doesn’t need to be inflated

You can compress Trtl Pillow to the size of a laptop and easily lay it flat in your backpack. In addition, different from the same portable inflatable pillows, you don’t need to blow air from your mouth or do other complex steps when you take it out. You just need to wrap it around your neck and use the Velcro closure to hold the pillow in a right position, then you’re ready to sleep. This means that once you take Trtl Pillow out of your briefcase, it can provide reliable support for your neck right away.

You can use the Trtl Pillow immediately once you take it out from your briefcase.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

Undeniably, wrapped wool pillows trap more heat easily than regular travel pillows. However, our testers have two totally different views about it. Some of them think wool pillows are blistering while others think wool pillows can keep your neck warm.

In fact, this depends on everyone’s feelings and experiences, but if you’re always in a place with air conditioners, such as airplanes or offices, this wool-scarfed design is a pretty good choice.

Actually, we bought 5 pillows of this type back to test in total, and we couldn’t find any pillows are better than Trtl in comfort and breathable fabric.

The material of Trtl is soft and breathable enough.

The Rivalry

For long trips

Cabeau Travel Pillow: Cabeau sells great on Amazon, and it’s available in many airport stores. It looks similar to Beyond that we recommended. However, Beyond is only one third the price of Cabeau, and it can also provide the near comfort to Cabeau, even better in some detailed designs. First, Beyond has the tallest side walls of U pillows we tested, which means it can support your head and neck properly.

Second, there is a rear hood on Beyond, keeping you from light bother. Especially when you are on a noon nap or at a day flight, this thoughtful design would do you big a favor.

Last but not least, you’ll find there is a built-in carrying case when you open the rear zipper. You can fold the pillow and store it in the carrying case easily, which is really portable. Although Cabeau also has an included pouch, it’s not as convenient as Beyond.

RunBei Travel Pillow: Before we found Beyond, Runbei was our pick, as it basically met all our requirements of a U pillow, including tall-enough two-side walls, a thin-enough back and soft memory foam fillings. However, after a comparison to Beyond, we found that Beyond raises higher on sides, which means it can provide better support for your neck and face.

ZHIMENGREN Travel Pillow: Its neck-support areas are not tall enough, so you never expect it would provide reliable support for your neck. In addition, it is not adjustable according to your neck size.

MI Travel Pillow: Xiaomi’s ecosystem involves all kinds of industry, from 3C digital products to life products. And there are many products with excellent design, reliable quality, and high cost-effective feature. However, it’s a pity that this pillow is not one of them. First, its fillings are so-called latex particles. The support of the fillings is no better than memory foams, and the pillow cannot be well folded and stored. Second, it also doesn’t have any raised area on sides to support your neck.

Sleepy.CAT Travel Pillow: Its back is very thick, so when you use it sitting on plane seats or car seats with headrests, you’ll feel hard to relax yourself, or , even worse, you have to endure some sore and pain that are not necessary. Because your neck will be pushed forward and you can’t lie back on a seat at all. Besides, it’s not adjustable according to you neck size.

Aneemia Travel Pillow: It slightly raises on two sides and the back, but we think it’s far from enough. When we were wearing it, we still couldn’t find reliable support for our neck.

P.Health Travel Pillow: It uses the special built-in magnet to adjust. At first, we thought this way was very convenient, but in real-world experience, the magnetism is not strong enough, which is easy to be loose especially when you nod your head down. And the magnet’s position is fixed, which means it has limited adjustable range and it doesn’t fit most people.

One of our testers complained that it would be too loose if he secured the pillow to the first magnet, and it would be too tight to the second one. He just couldn’t adjust it to the right position.

Z.Dreamer Travel Pillow: Although its back is tall enough, which is able to support your head well when you sleep facing up. However, the tall back also makes it a very thick back. When we tested in our car, we apparently felt that it pushed our neck and head forward.

SHILV Travel Pillow: We like its inner fabric, which is cooler and more breathable than regular crystal velvets. However, it doesn’t function essentially as a travel pillow – provides well support to your neck. Compared to Beyond, its neck-support areas are not tall enough. Thus, when we were wearing it, we needed to try hard to find support for our neck.

Sleepy.CAT SC04R01 Travel Pillow: Its design is similar to Z.Dreamer Travel Pillow. We also don’t like its thick-back design.

365SLEEP Travel Pillow: Just like MI, its fillings are not regular memory foams. 365 SLEEP’s filling is a long-tube air bag, which does feature great bounce. However, it doesn’t have tall-enough sides to support your neck. And this special filling causes the pillow’s not-foldable feature.

TravelBlue Travel Pillow: It’s the most expensive one among all travel pillows we tested. And, its memory foam fillings are also the best – featuring better rebound than Beyond in our pick. However, the best material can’t make up for its flaw in design – its neck support on two sides are not tall enough. Plus, its front adjustable band exists in name only, which doesn’t work well.

Go-Travel Travel Pillow: We could say that it’s totally the opposite of TravelBlue. Its design is very exceptional, which can support your neck or head by changing its shape. However, its small particle fillings can’t provide reliable support at all. If you use your fingers to press it a bit, it will concave inward, not to mention if you lean your whole head on it.

H.nos Travel Pillow: Different from regular U-shaped pillows, it doesn’t have a tall-wall design around, but it supports your neck by its thick sides and back. However, after our test, we found this design couldn’t support anything, so your neck still couldn’t find reliable support while sleeping.

For forward-nodders

BCOZZY Chin Supporting Travel Pillow: Before we found BSONWAY, BCOZZY was the best pillow we could find for forward nodders. Its unique overlapping design does provide cozy chin support, but it comes along with tension on your clavicle when you nod downward on the pillow. It gets worse the longer you wear it. Luckily, this doesn’t happen to BSONWAY. It embraces you chin instead of just topping it.

In addition, BCOZZY doesn’t have an included carrying case, and that makes it easier to get dirt. It’s not portable either. But you can roll BSONWAY up and use the snap buckle to fix it, then put it back into the included carrying case.

Fanisi Travel Pillow: This is a cheaper alternative that we want to find to replace Bcozzy, but neither the material nor the design, can satisfy our needs. It feels rougher and your neck doesn’t want to wear it to sleep for long hours.

For inflatables

Travelrest Travel Pillow: There are many strange designs among inflatable pillows, and we bought them all back to test. This inflatable pillow sells great on Amazon and owns a great reputation, and its design is very similar to Travel Bread in our pick. However, it has a fatal problem – it’s not convenient to adjust. For this shape of travel pillows, we need to adjust it to a right position every time, so that we can sleep comfortably. However, after a few times of adjustments, we don’t want to use it anymore.

Travel Icons Travel Pillow: Its inflation way is very special. It is filled with air by pressing instead of blowing air from your mouth. Compared to blowups, this method is way slower. You need to press it for a long while to fulfill it, and it’s very inconvenient every time you use it.

TRAVELSKY Travel Pillow: To avoid hurting your neck by the raised edge on its surface, it smartly adds a layer of velvet to wrap it, effectively improving its comfort. However, it doesn’t have any adjustable settings to ensure to conform with your neck, so it can’t provide good support for your neck.

TRAVELSKY 13411X Travel Pillow: It almost became our pick, but we finally eliminated it. It’s convenient to blow air from your mouth, and it has an adjustable string. And there is a layer of soft velvet to wrap it. Most importantly, when we took it to our car to test, its special H-shaped design could support our neck and head well. Unluckily, when we took it to airplanes to test, its back is too thick, so it pushes our head forward. Later, we found that there is a big gap between the H’s two long legs, and it just stuck in the headrests on our car seats, so that our head can lie back on the pillow comfortably. But the headrests of plane seats are not that small, it has to raise a lot to fit plane seats. Thus, we gave it up at last.

TRAVELSKY 13410 Travel Pillow: Its design is very special, which allows you to sleep forward down with your head. However, it is too big to find space to accommodate it on airplanes. And we think not many people would love to take it out to use.

Our pick for noon naps

Travel Bread Travel Pillow: At first, we thought this design was quite simple, so we want to find a cheaper alternative than Trtl Travel Pillow. This Travel Bread pillow claims that it is the improved version based on Trtl’s basic style, and it adds a layer of memory foam on the bouncy stand’s two sides. Plus, to fit your nose and shoulders well, it has a concave design on the upper side and the down side. However, actually, the support it provides is no better than Trtl, and this concave design makes our neck have to crane more to lean on the pillow. Most importantly, this design traps more heat than regular pillows, but its breathable feature and comfort didn’t satisfy us. In this way, it’s obvious that Trtl does a better job than it.

HOTU Travel Pillow: Its design is basically the same as Travel Bread, and we doubt if it’s an OEM product from the same manufacturer.

Travel Bread H1 Travel Pillow: Its design is very similar to Trtl that we recommended. Though this product doesn’t have the concave design, it’s no better than Trtl no matter the stand supporting feature or the fabric’s breathable feature.

HOTU H1 Travel Pillow: It’s also very similar to Travel Bread H1, which cannot provide adequate support for your neck. This is one thing we can’t compromise, so we still recommend you the pricier one – Trtl Travel Pillow.

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  • Naeema says:

    Thanks for the list, gonna use it on my trip to Japan next month.

  • Reza ul karim rana says:

    BSONWAY pillow has really good support and it’s really comfortable. I take it with me every trip. It helps me get a good sleep on trains, cars, and airplanes. I even use it at home when I need a nap.

  • Ryan P Leifer says:

    Can you do a seat cushion version for airplane seats?

  • Pyro Kitsune says:

    رائع 🙂

  • Sanjanaa says:

    The Trtl Neck Support Travel Pillow would make you look your neck is broken… and it looks kind of funny. lol. Sometimes i would take a teddy bear toy with me on a trip. It’s much comfortable than a travel pillow. You can try. But still, a portable travel pillow is necessary. The BSONWAY one is nice.

  • Ami says:

    Got the Beyond pillow and used it on my trip to LA. Works great! So comfortable. Plan to get another one for my boyfriend.

  • Matt says:

    Are these washable??

  • Kari R says:

    BSONWAY is comfortable, can be squeezed to an even smaller size. Still comfortable along with over the ear headphones.

  • Amanda says:

    I’ve tried several different neck pillows. But none of them seemed to work for me. I think my neck is a bit smaller than the average.
    Any recommendations?

    • Cecilia Lawrence says:

      I highly recommend the BSONWAY pillow! My neck is small too, it fits me perfectly and it is so comfortable. Trust me, and you will not regret it!

  • Klay says:

    Are these travel pillows a good idea for kids?

  • Brandy says:

    Thinking about writing a guide for The Best Gear for Travel? That would be greatly helpful.

  • Arizona S. Holland says:

    That inflatable “leg-like” pillow just doesn’t look like a pillow, i doubt its comfort…

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