At first glance, neither the J-Pillow nor the trtl Pillow looks like your typical travel pillow. But they both offer comfort and support for any travel experience. We’ve put together a guide to help you decide which pillow is best for you.
- Price: Both retail for around $30 (depending on where you purchase it)
- Areas of support: Both support the head, chin, and neck; J-Pillow supports more of your face
- Filling: J-Pillow is 100% polyester and the trtl is a mix of fleece, foam, and plastic (for structural support)
- Cover Fabric: J-Pillow is a soft and plush fabric; trtl is fleece
- Care: Both are machine washable and dryable; remove plastic from trtl filling prior to wash
The feel of these travel pillows could not be more difference. The J-Pillow is softer and more plush. It has a polyester filling that reminds me of a traditional pillow.
Trtl Pillow is more about support than soft comfort. The plastic structure wrapped in fleece attaches to your neck so you can lean your head to the side and still feel supported.
The only filling in the trtl Pillow is a small layer of foam.
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 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.
You Might Want To Choose the trtl Pillow If:
You want strong neck support.
The special design of the trtl pillow allows you to wrap the pillow around your neck as tight as you’d like so you can customize your level of neck support.
The plastic structure inside the pillow rests up against the side of your neck. When you lean your head to the side you’ve got plenty of support.
You want a pillow that is easy to pack.
It doesn’t get more compact than the trtl Pillow. With its lack of filling – replaced with a thin layer of foam – it’s the least pillow-like travel pillow I’ve reviewed.
Trtl Pillow really relies on the plastic internal structure for the support you’d usually find in pillow filling. This design makes it around the size of an adult hand and it’s very flat, which makes it a big space saver.
- You can read our complete review of the trtl Pillow here.
With their unique shapes, sizes, and characteristics, both the J-Pillow and the trtl Pillow make great travel pillows. As a side sleeper, my heart belongs to the plush J-Pillow. I love that I can rest the entire side of my face on it while still feeling support around my neck and chin.
That being said, space savers and minimalists who just want that neck support will love the trtl Pillow. It’s adjustable and stays around your neck, which means it moves with you no matter what.
The J-Pillow retails for $30 to $60 depending on where you purchase it. The trtl Pillow also retails for around $30. Based on my experience, both are worth their respective prices.
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