Best Travel Pillows 2020 – In-Depth Review

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At Mattress Clarity, we take sleep seriously and that’s why we scoured the web to find the best – and in some cases the weirdest – travel pillows out there. After hours of research, rigorous testing and plenty of resting in our car, we’ve put together our five favorite travel pillows!

Each pillow was handpicked for a specific reason, geared towards those who are on a budget, genuine fans of the window seat or those who are just beginning to travel and need guidance, we’ve got everyone covered.

Check out our top picks below and scroll down to the bottom to find our detailed and significant tips for selecting the best travel pillow. Safe travels!

Affordable
J-Pillow
J-Pillow
J-Pillow

The J-Pillow is an innovative pillow that works well for people who plan to sit in a window seat while traveling. 

Doesn't expire

Memory Foam
Cabeau Evolution
Cabeau Evolution
Cabeau Evolution

The Cabeau Evolution pillow is a more traditional U-shaped neck pillow filled with a solid piece of responsive memory foam. It's contouring and has a removable and washable cover.

Doesn't expire

Multifunctional
Infinity
Infinity
Infinity

The Infinity pillow has a smooth bamboo/polyester cover and polyester filling. It can be twisted and manipulated in many different ways so that one can find a comfortable position no matter where the person is traveling. 

Doesn't expire

Compact
trtl
trtl
trtl

The trtl pillow has a thin plastic support structure that supports the head and neck with the help of a layer of foam and fleece wrap. It's easy to travel with and great for middle seats because it allows one to support himself or herself.

Doesn't expire

Inflatable
AirComfy
AirComfy
AirComfy

The AirComfy travel pillow is inflatable but also has a layer of foam for comfort. It's durable and will do well both traveling and as a temporary bed pillow.

Doesn't expire

Travel Pillow Details

J-Pillow

Thanks to its unique and innovative “J” shape, this pillow provides a subtle level of support for the entire side of the face.

The J-Pillow is an excellent option for those travelers who have selected window seats and travelers can even sleep on their side comfortably on a couch!

The pillow is simply but effectively designed – with a polyester fiber filling and polyester knit cover in a deep blue color. Place the pillow around the side of the head and neck as one sleeps against the window or door of a plane, train or car.

The pillow is affordable and can be entirely machine washed and dried.

Pillow Details:

  • 11.8 x 7.9 x 13 inches
  • 100% polyester filling
  • Head, chin and neck support
  • Plush cover that comes in multiple colors and patterns
  • Snap loop button for travel
  • Machine washable

Read the full J-Pillow review.

Affordable
J-Pillow
J-Pillow
J-Pillow

The J-Pillow is an innovative pillow that works well for people who plan to sit in a window seat while traveling. 

Travel Pillow Details

Cabeau Evolution

Travelers can drift off to sleep jamming out to music with the Evolution Pillow from Cabeau. The soft and firm neck pillow comes with a super handy built-in pocket for a media player.

The pillow is shaped like a traditional neck pillow with a U-Shape. It is filled with a solid piece of memory foam and has a polyester cover that is removable and comes in several colors. 

There is a little white toggle and drawstrings at the front of the pillow that allows a traveler to snap the pillow around his or her neck and use it however it is needed.

Cabeau Evolution travel pillow is a nice fit for those traveling in a middle seat and for people who have wireless headphones as the pillow can bunch up near the ears. 

Pillow Details:

  • 9.5 x 10 x 5 inches
  • 11.6 ounces in weight
  • 100% Polyurethane Memory Foam filling
  • 80% cotton, 20% polyester cover
  • 360° neck and head support
  • Patented ergonomic design
  • Removable and washable cover
  • The cover comes in a variety of colors and patterns
  • Pocket for media player
  • Comes with a travel case and foam earplugs

Click to read the full Cabeau Evolution Pillow review.

Memory Foam
Cabeau Evolution
Cabeau Evolution
Cabeau Evolution

The Cabeau Evolution pillow is a more traditional U-shaped neck pillow filled with a solid piece of responsive memory foam. It's contouring and has a removable and washable cover.

Travel Pillow Details

Infinity (formerly Huzi Infinity)

What makes the Huzi Infinity Pillow one of our all-time favorite travel pillows is its true versatility – it works in almost all travel situations.

The Infinity pillow features a smooth cover in an infinity-shape design, allowing one to wrap, tuck, twist and shape it in numerous modules that can be used to stay comfortable during travel.

The pillow can assist in blocking out light, sound and creating a receptive place to lay the head in an otherwise difficult space to rest. 

Pillow Details:

  • Versatility with its Möbius (infinity) shape – endless options to wear or use it!
  • Bamboo/Polyester soft fabric cover
  • Easy to clean – machine washable
  • Can be worn around the neck in a way that lets it block out sound and light
  • Comes in trendy colors with a cool travel bag

More details, please? Check out our full Infinity travel pillow review.

Multifunctional
Infinity
Infinity
Infinity

The Infinity pillow has a smooth bamboo/polyester cover and polyester filling. It can be twisted and manipulated in many different ways so that one can find a comfortable position no matter where the person is traveling. 

Travel Pillow Details

TRTL

Be prepared for neck brace level support with the trtl pillow. The trtl Pillow’s plastic internal support structure is covered by a soft fleece that wraps around the neck like a chic scarf.

The trtl travel pillow is a viable option for those stuck in a middle seat but yearn for the ability to lean their head to the side or forward and fall asleep. There is a thin layer of foam between the fleece outer cover and plastic support structure that gives added comfort. 

Everything except for the support structure is machine washable and the pillow comes in a variety of colors.

Pillow Details:

  • 7.5 x 7.5 x 3.7 inches
  • 6.4 oz (a little under ½ lb)
  • Hypoallergenic fleece (polyester) shell
  • Polyurethane foam filling
  • Plastic internal support system
  • Machine washable and dryer-friendly
  • Available in three colors (only two colors sold on their website)
  • $29.99 full price
  • Scientifically proven to keep the head in a better position than a traditional U-Shaped neck pillow

Read the full trtl Pillow review.

Compact
trtl
trtl
trtl

The trtl pillow has a thin plastic support structure that supports the head and neck with the help of a layer of foam and fleece wrap. It's easy to travel with and great for middle seats because it allows one to support himself or herself.

Travel Pillow Details

AirComfy

The Inflatable Neck and Back Lumbar Travel Pillow from AirComfy is a thoughtful and well-executed travel pillow that provides support in subtle ways. The functional design supports the head, neck, and lower back if required.

The pillow has a pleasant and durable feel; it will work well as a temporary bed pillow while camping. The accompanying strap attaches easily to a headrest on a plane or car or can go on an office chair to support the lower back.

Pillow Details:

  • The durable (but soft) outer cover
  • Quickly inflates and deflates
  • Compact nature
  • Extra support from an additional foam layer
  • Versatility: can be used to support head or back
  • Affordable at $20 per pillow

Get the full scoop with our complete review of the AirComfy Travel Pillow. 

Inflatable
AirComfy
AirComfy
AirComfy

The AirComfy travel pillow is inflatable but also has a layer of foam for comfort. It's durable and will do well both traveling and as a temporary bed pillow.

How To Pick The Best Travel Pillow

Acquiring a travel pillow may seem simple, deceptively simple. In reality, there are a wealth of factors to consider before making any purchases; we went through each of these factors in our assessment of the travel pillows on our list:

Size

Apologies for being blunt, but when it comes to travel pillows, size does matter. Unless someone snagged a seat in First or Business Class, taking a super-sized pillow along for the ride is just going to generate glares from seatmates.

Prior to making any purchases, be sure to check the pillow’s dimensions and compare it to a consistently used pillow at home.

Travel Distance

Many travel long distances often while others take quick trips once or twice a year. For long-haul flights, it’s crucial to find a pillow that can keep the head supported and the neck relaxed long enough to fall asleep for several hours.

Type of Travel

Gone are the days of neck pillows molded solely into an expected (and somewhat severe) U-shape. Now, travel pillows come in a plethora of shapes and sizes – with some styles best suited for planes and trains than automobiles.

Selecting a seat on the plane in advance can be beneficial; passengers sequestered in middle seats can find a pillow that fits precisely on that airplane tray table.

Surface Material

If there’s one thing we’re certain of, it’s that planes and other modes of public transportation are germ magnets.

Consider investing in a pillow that can be easily sterilized; travelers will welcome the myriad of options with removable covers, too.

Filling

Travel pillows come stuffed with a diverse array of materials – from cotton and polyester to memory foam and inflatable options.

We always encourage travelers to think about their priorities and preferences when it comes to a travel pillow, things like the ability to compact the pillow in size for easy packing, the support level or added features like adjustability. These are all impacted by the type of filing in the travel pillow, some are easier to manipulate than others.

Functionality

These days travel pillows can provide more than just a comfy place to rest one’s head. We’ve reviewed pillows with pockets for media players and some that will help block out light and sound if desired. Fancy, right?

Price

Some of us just barely have enough cash to pay for the plane ticket or tank of gas, let alone the budget for a travel pillow. The good news is that people don’t have to break the piggy bank to find a great pillow – they can range from under $10 to nearly $100.