At first glance, it may be easy to write off the Aeris Memory Foam Travel Pillow as any other standard neck pillow. But the pillow has some bells and whistles that may do just the trick for tired travelers. Read on for my full review.
- U-shaped neck pillow
- 11.1 x 10.8 x 3.9 inches
- 12 ounces in weight
- Aerated memory foam filling (filling has holes in the foam)
- Memory foam is a visco-elastic temperature-sensitive material (according to the description on Amazon)
- Portable travel bag – intended to compress the pillow down to 1/2 its size
- Velour removable cover
- Machine-washable and dryable cover
- Connecting adjustable toggles to keep pillow around the neck
- Each pillow is aerated for 7 days to allow the odor of newly manufactured memory foam to dissipate.
- Free bonus gift – A sleep mask and earplugs
- Four available colors
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- Can be compressed into a smaller size for easy carry-on and storage
- Can control the firmness and level of support around the neck with adjustable toggles
- Plus and soft cover
- Machine washable and dryer friendly
- Memory Foam is very firm
- Thick foam in the back of the pillow may push the head forward in high-backed seating
- Too thick and/or firm for some; causes neck stiffness after extended use (main complaint from customers)
- Toggle connector does not tighten enough for the ends of the pillows to touch each other – left some room and additional tightness unavailable.
- Lack of available information on care of packing instructions
One pleasant surprise about the Aeris Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow is that the packaging not only contains a neck pillow but also a small travel package of goodies as well. My pillow came with a travel case, a sleep mask to block out the light, and two black foam earplugs.
In my opinion, this pillow is comparable to the Travelmate Memory Foam Neck Pillow and the Comfort Master Pillow from Crafty World. All three offer soft, plush u-shaped neck pillows and each have their own identifying features that set them apart.
There seems to be some missing information with this travel pillow. My package had information about the pillow and no care instructions attached to the pillow. And even after a decently extensive google search, I couldn’t find a website for Aeris.
On Amazon, all I could find in terms of care instructions were that the pillow’s cover was removable and machine washable. No additional information about drying – so I just decided to tumble dry on low.
For someone who is weird about collecting germs on planes and trains, I was so happy to see that at least the cover can be removed and thrown in the washer. Quick note: The plastic pieces of the toggle that act as connectors to the end of the pillow will bang around loudly in the washer and dryer.
Instructions on how to use the pillow seem to be obsolete. There were no instructions on the packaging, or online, about how to compact the pillow and get it into its tiny travel bag. The only information on Amazon is that the bag should allow the travel pillow to end up at about half its size.
I just tried to roll the pillow up in a sort of “sleeping bag” style type of strategy. This barely gave me room to get the pillow into the bag. The memory foam is firm so it has a slow response and a definite contouring feel.
The actual foam portion of the pillow has aerated holes in it (I am guessing that has something to do with the pillow’s name). It is not exactly clear why the pillow was designed that way and what purpose it serves, but it is unique!
The removable pillow cover is velour and feels plush. It has a small pattern on the cover fabric that gives it a different look from other u-shaped neck pillows I’ve reviewed.
This neck pillow suffers from the same flaw as many others I have tried – the thick foam in the back of the pillow causes the head to be pushed forward in high-backed chairs.
The TravelMate neck travel pillow and the AirComy pillow both have flat backs or options to remove a piece of foam which alleviates that issue.
I found this pillow to be the most comfortable when I was in a low-back chair. My head wasn’t being pushed forward and the pillow provided me with the right amount of firmness and support. I’m just not sure how often I would find myself needing a neck pillow in a chair like this.
It was less comfortable to me in a car. My head was pushed forward in the headrest and there was not enough support on the sides of the pillow. When I placed my head to the side it touched the window but left a gap in support for my neck that the pillow just couldn’t fill.
Things to Consider Before Buying
The main complaint that was echoed by many reviewers is that the memory foam was just too thick and too stiff. For those who like extra support and firmness in a neck pillow, this could be a good fit.
Another complaint was that the memory foam in the back of the pillow pushed the head forward in high-backed seats (like those on a plane).
The pillow is fairly affordable. All four colors are sold on Amazon.com for $24.90 (off of a $32.90 original price).
I think this pillow is a good fit for people who already like the support they get from a traditional u-shaped neck pillow. The connectors allow the pillow to stay around the neck and the removable cover is soft and easy to clean. For these reasons, I think people who like this type of pillow will benefit from the Aeris Memory Foam travel pillow.