REST EASY The best travel pillows 2019: Reviews of Tempur, Trtl, J-Pillow and more
THE perfect travel pillow could make all the difference when it comes to getting some much needed rest on a long flight or struggling for hours to get comfortable. And good rest, even if it's just for a few hours, is crucial for avoiding neck pain, fatigue, and fight jet-lag.
Thankfully, the days of air-inflated pillows are long gone. Now there are a huge range of options for travellers, using everything from ergonomic design to memory foam technology to help provide better support.
Some could even have more than one function, helping you to get the most for your money. But there are a few things you should consider before making your purchase
Things to consider before purchasing a pillow:
• When sleeping upright, what's
the most comfortable position for me?
• Which side do I normally lean to?
• How much do I want to spend?
• Will the pillow take much room?
• Do I want my pillow to be multi-functional?
So in order to find out which designs are the most convenient when travelling, we've put a wide range of different travel pillows on test. Our judging criteria was based on comfort, the level of support for the head and chin, compatibility, quality of material and price.
The unique "Möbius loop" design makes the infinity pillow instantly stand out from the crowd.
Its packaging comes with eight suggested ways of use, so it's perfect if you change your position all the time and need your pillow to be easily adaptable.
This pillow's bamboo fabric is very soft and breathable, and it also offers warmth when needed - especially when used as a back cushion.
It provided great neck support, although it takes some time to figure out the best way to position it.
However, you probably won't be able to squeeze it into your
hand luggage because of the size (even when it's rolled up).
The J-Pillow's unique shape is designed to support your head, neck and chin - it's meant to cradle your head and stop you from nodding forwards.
There's a flat surface across two of the arms where you rest
your head, while a third one curves around your neck and supports it
from below. Because of its shape, we found that it was best if you're a
side sleeper as you get a bit more cushioning when you lean to one side.
However, if you want to switch from left to right during your journey, it can be a bit of a faff as the shape means you have to rotate it before finding the perfect positioning. And while the instructions that come with the pillow show a few different positions that you can use it, it can still take a while to adjust to the shape as it's so unusual. Once you settle in though, the fabric is really soft and it feels very cozy - just be aware that if you don't like anything around your neck, this isn't the best option for you. It also comes with a pouch that help to compress it down for carry on bags, or you can use the attached straps to clip it onto your bag.
The Trtl Pillow Plus is the second travel pillow from Trtl, developed based on customers' feedback.
At the first glance, this pillow looks bizarre and is reminiscent of a neck brace. But once we put it on and adjusted it, the buzz became clear. The pillow offers adjustable support, with height of the support pad customised using two toggles.
There's a wrap around "scarf" that helps to keep it in place. It's perfect for snoozing upright, but if you want to swap sides, you'll have to unwrap and rewrap, which is a bit time consuming. And if you're a leaner, it might not give you much cushioning.
The BCOZZY travel pillow doesn't look like it would offer much
support, but it's become a surprising favourite.
The design is simple - the long arm snakes around your neck and helps to keep you head upright.
If you're a side-sleeper, it might not offer you much cushioning. But if you're happy to just lean back into your seat, the BCOZZY will stop your head falling to the side. As it wraps around your neck in a loop, it's also easy to adjust if you want a bit more support on one side or the other as the point where the arms meet gives a bit more cushioning. The fabric is also surprisingly soft. This pillow is lightweight and will clip onto your bag, making it the perfect option if you're travelling light.
Tempur have a huge fan base for their pillows and this one is
their travel alternative.
You won't find fancy shapes here for neck support though - this is just your standard pillow shrunk down to a manageable size.
If you're flying with it, it's not going to give you massive amounts of neck support - unless you're flying business or first class and can lie down on it.
The shape and lack of clips also mean it can be annoying to carry around with you.
However, if you find it difficult to get to grips with hotel pillows and would prefer to bring your own, this would be the perfect option.
It's also versatile enough for you to use it as a cushion or even your normal pillow when you're at home.
Firebox found a way to make the boring U-shaped pillow exciting again - by letting you personalize it.
The well-known design brings no surprises - if you've never had one, it might be worth noting that you can't adjust the height for these so if you have a long next, it might not offer you much support.
That said, if you're just looking for a fun present for a
friend, this is great.
They will customize it with whatever photo you submit.
We found the material of the pillow was great quality and the
printed photo was really clear and colorful.