Travel Pillows: J-Pillow VS Travelrest Pillow

With their crazy shapes and special functionality, the J-Pillow and Travelrest Pillow could not be more different. The one thing they do have in common? Total head, chin and neck support. Read on for my full review.

Key Differences

  • Filling: J-Pillow is 100% polyester and the Travelrest is inflatable (air filled!)
  • Cover Fabric: J-Pillow is a soft and plush fabric; Travelrest is a suede fabric (or a fabric with a similar feel)
  • Care: J-Pillow is machine washable and dryable; Travelrest is hand-wash only
  • Shape: Both are unique shapes – J-Pillow is shaped like a “J”; Travelrest is a long and narrow shape

J-Pillow Travel Pillow Review

Travelrest Pillow vs J-Pillow
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Feel Difference

The Travelrest pillow is more customizable because of its inflatable nature. You can easily let air out to make it less firm. It took less than a handful of breaths for me to get it fully inflated.

Travelrest Ultimate Inflatable Travel Pillow Review

The J-Pillow is filled with 100% polyester. This gives it a pillowy feel more reminiscent of a standard pillow. It is soft and provides support, but not in the same way a memory foam or fully inflated travel pillow would.

J-Pillow Travel Pillow Review

You Might Want To Choose the J-Pillow If:

You are a side sleeper

The J-Pillow does a great job of supporting the whole side of your face. This pillow is excellent up against a car, train or plane window.

You want versatility

This pillow also works if you are laying down on a couch or a bed. If you need an emergency pillow (maybe your hotel pillow isn’t cutting it) this can be used.

You do not care for inflatable pillows

The J-Pillow has a soft but not necessarily firm, filling. If you dislike having to inflate and deflate your pillow and want something with filling, this could be the pillow for you.

You want a simple pillow that you can toss in the washer and dryer

The J-Pillow is easily machine washable and can be dried on a low tumble dry setting. No need to remove the cover beforehand.

  • You can read our complete review of the J-Pillow Travel Pillow here.

Travelrest Ultimate Inflatable Travel Pillow Review

You Might Want To Choose the Travelrest Pillow If:

You want our pillow to stay in place

You can anchor the Travelrest pillow to your seat or to yourself. By strapping it in place on a headrest you can ensure that if you move during a nap, your pillow will not.

You want a pillow that is easy to pack

The narrow design of the Travelrest pillow allows you to easily deflate it and roll it in a very compact size. It can virtually fit anywhere – a smaller purse or a bag that’s already tight on space.

This is my review of the Travelrest Ultimate Inflatable Travel Pillow. Overall I liked the pillow and its unique shape because I liked that the pillow could be tethered to the headrest in a car or a plane and also connected to my seatbelt to keep it stable. I liked that I could lean the whole side of my face agianst the pillow and that I could adjust

You want a pillow that can work in any seat on a trip

The Travelrest pillow is designed to attach itself to you and your seat – it doesn’t require a wall or a window to be placed against. This makes it an ideal pillow for a middle seat on a plane or car.

  • You can read our complete review of the Travelrest Pillow here.

Overall

Both the J-Pillow and Travelrest Pillows make for excellent trip companions. As a side sleeper, I personally preferred the plush coziness of the J-Pillow, but see a lot of value in the Travelrest.

J-Pillow Travel Pillow Review

If you are tight on space and prefer inflatable travel pillows, the Travelrest won’t let you down. It’s cool, narrow design allows you to do a lot of different things with it no matter how you’re traveling.

The J-Pillow is the perfect shape for resting your head against a window or a wall. It cradles your head, chin, and neck.

The J-Pillow retails for $30 to $60 depending on where you purchase it. The Travelrest Pillow retails for $30. I think these pillows are both worth their price (especially if you can get the J-Pillow for closer to $30).

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Katie Golde

Katie manages the day to day operations of the Mattress Clarity news site and reviews sleep products in addition to writing and editing sleep news.She hails from Austin, where she lives with her growing family. She is a Certified Sleep Science Coach and has a master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and has a background in health and science content. Her work can be found in print and online publications like Discover Magazine, USA Today and The Huffington Post.

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