At Mattress Clarity, we take sleep seriously. 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 and rigorous testing (lots of napping) we are happy to announce that the AirComfy Travel Pillow is our pick for Best Travel Pillow.
Our best travel pillow picks include the following:
Note: Additional categories and travel pillow picks below! First, read more about why these four top our list.
AirComfy Travel Pillow
- Durable (but soft) outer cover
- Quickly inflates and deflates
- Compact nature
- Extra support your receive with 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 here.
The Huzi Infinity Pillow followed closely behind. We’re talking less than 1 point behind AirComfy. We loved this pillow too!
Huzi Infinity Pillow
- Versatility with its Möbius (infinity) shape – endless options to wear or use it!
- Bamboo/Polyester soft fabric cover
- Your ability to toss it in the wash when you need to
- Can be worn around the neck in a way that lets you block out sound and light
- Comes in trendy colors with cool travel bag
More details you say? Check out our full review here.
Which Travel Pillow is Right For You? Best For…
Picking a travel pillow may seem simple, deceptively simple. Turns out there are a good amount of factors to consider before making your purchase. We went through each of these in our assessment and here’s how you can, too.
Size: Sorry to be blunt, but when it comes to travel pillows, size does matter. Unless you’ve got a seat in First or Business Class, taking a super-sized pillow along for the ride is just going to generate glares from your seat mates.
Before making a purchase be sure to check the pillow’s dimensions and compare it to your standard pillows at home.
Travel Distance: Do you regularly travel across the country? How about internationally? For long flights the key is to find a pillow that can keep your head supported and your neck relaxed long enough to fall asleep for several hours.
Type of Travel: Gone are the days of neck pillows formed solely into a U-shape. Now, travel pillows come in all shapes and sizes – with some better suited for planes and trains than automobiles.
If you know where you’re sitting you can plan ahead. Even passengers stuck in middle seats can find a pillow that fits perfectly on that airplane tray table.
Surface Material: If there’s one thing we know, it’s that planes and other modes of public transportation are germ magnets.
Consider investing in a pillow that can be easily sterilized (machine washable is awesome). Good news: there are plenty 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.
Think about whether or not you want to adjust the filling in your pillow and make sure to consider how compact the pillow can get. This is especially important if it needs to fit into a carry-on bag.
Functionality: These days travel pillows can provide more than just a comfy place to rest your head.
We’ve reviewed pillows with pockets for media players and some that will help block out light and sound if you want it to. 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 you don’t have to break the piggy bank to find a great pillow – they can range from under $10 to nearly $100.
The Best Travel Pillow For…
Thanks to its unique “J” shape, this pillow provides soft support to the entire side of your face.
The J-Pillow is great for those with window seats on airplanes, trains or cars. You can even sleep on your side comfortably on your couch!
To read the full J-Pillow review, click here.
We love the SkyRest inflatable pillow for stomach sleepers because you can place it on your tray table, wrap your arms around it, and pass out.
Deflating the pillow is easy and saves space in your carry-on. Plus, this baby was featured in SkyMall magazine and deep down you know you’ve always wanted something from SkyMall.
To read the full SkyRest review, click here.
The Window Seat
The Ostrich Pillow provides essentially 360-degree comfort and support – so there’s no worry about your pillow sliding down the plane window and waking you up.
Be prepared to get some looks but you’ll probably be sleeping so soundly you won’t even notice.
To read the full Ostrich Pillow review, click here.
The Middle Seat
Neck strain and discomfort are a thing of the past with JetComfy. Attached to your armrest, this crazy looking pillow will keep your head independently supported – even in the middle seat.
To read the full JetComfy Pillow review, click here.
The Person Who Wants To Be Left Alone
Nothing says “please don’t bother me,” like someone with the hood of their sweatshirt pulled up over their eyes.
You can achieve the same level of privacy with the HoodiePillow, a soft neck pillow with a convenient hood you can tighten around your face.
To read the full HoodiePillow review, click here.
Super Neck Support
Be prepared for neck brace level support with the trtl pillow. The trtl Pillow’s plastic internal support is covered by a soft fleece that wraps around your neck like a chic scarf.
To read the full trtl Pillow review, click here.
Falling Asleep to Music
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 your media player.
To read the full Evolution Pillow review, click here.
Sometimes you just want a comfortable U-shaped neck pillow without all the fancy bells and whistles.
You’ll get just that with the TravelMate neck pillow. The best part? It comes with a removable memory foam section in the back so your head won’t be pushed forward in high-backed chairs. Smart move!
To read the full Travelmate Neck Pillow review, click here.
The Travelrest pillow is pretty genius. It’s long, narrow shape supports your head, neck and practically your whole body. Plus, its super tiny and easy to pack once deflated!
To read the full Travelrest Inflatable Pillow review, click here.
Those Who Are Loyal To Their Bed Pillow
With three sizes to choose from, the Therm-a-Rest Compressible pillow looks just like a tiny pillow from home. Its soft foam filling can be rolled up so it’s easy to carry-on a plane or on a road trip (unlike your bed pillow).
To read the full Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow review, click here.
The Person Who Doesn’t Know What They Want
What makes the Huzi Infinity Pillow one of our all time favorite travel pillows is that fact that it works in almost all travel situations.
Its soft, washable cover and infinity-shape design means you can wrap it around yourself, twist it into a smaller pillow or cover your head and ears to block out the light.
The world is your soft, pillowy oyster with Huzi!
To read the full Huzi Infinity Pillow review, click here.