The HoodiePillow Memory Foam Travel Pillow combines a hoodie and neck pillow into one unit. Does this unique design approach pay off?
|Material||80% polyester, 20% cotton, memory foam inner|
|Size||11.2 x 11.2 x 4 inches|
|Colours||Burgundy, navy, black||Machine washable||No|
The HoodiePillow Memory Foam Travel Pillow uses an interesting approach of attaching a hood (just like a sweatshirt) to a u-shaped neck pillow. You can then ‘wear’ the hood whilst using the HoodiePillow. The hood is large enough that I was able to easily pull it right down over my eyes. The pillow comes with two drawstrings, which you can pull tight to really draw the hood in snugly and cover the upper part of your face. The big benefit of this is that it lets you insulate yourself to some degree from your immediate environment – it almost feels like you’re hiding! This somewhat eliminates the need to carry an eye mask for people wishing to sleep whilst in transit.
So leaving the hood aside, this is essentially just a regular, memory foam, neck pillow. And in that regard I have to say I was disappointed. I found the memory foam to be a little to firm for my liking. In particular, the back section of the pillow felt a little too bulky, and pushed my neck forwards slightly. I just couldn’t seem to get comfortable enough to love this pillow. I should also mention here that a friend of mine gave it a go, and found her ponytail got caught up between the back part of the pillow and the hood. Long-haired readers beware!
The material used feels just like a sweatshirt, and seems to be quite durable. Its thick, soft and feels nice to the touch. The combination of this material and the memory foam means this particular pillow will keep you nice and warm – which can be a good thing for a chilly airplane cabin. Travellers heading to warm/summery environments should keep this in mind.
Some readers may recognise the HoodiePillow Memory Foam Travel Pillow from when it was pitched on ABC’s The Shark Tank. It certainly uses a unique design which turns heads – that’s was made me want to review it in the first place. As mentioned above, the hood does allow the user to block out the world around them when worn over the head. This may be enough for many to purchase it alone. The HoodiePillow does look kind of cool, but I felt self conscious when using it… This could just be a personal preference however. I can’t help thinking why not purchase a normal travel pillow, and wear a hooded sweatshirt or jacket instead!?
The HoodiePillow also has a couple of design flaws which I think let it down. For a start there is no way to machine wash the pillow. The hood and pillow are one piece joined together, and unlike many other memory foam travel pillows, there is no way to remove the inner memory foam section. It would have been quite easy to include a zip down one side of the pillow to allow the memory foam to be removed (which would allow you to wash the outer section).
Read on in the portability section below to see some of its other design flaws.
For a pillow that uses such a clever design, I’m disappointed the makers did not make the HoodiePillow Memory Foam Travel Pillow more portable. Memory foam travel pillows are almost always bulky, but the benefit of the material is its ability to be compressed down in size. The addition of a snug-fitting travel bag would allow the HoodiePillow to be compressed down and then stored in the bag to make it more portable.
The omission of any kind of clip or tie means you can’t easily attach the pillow to your luggage whilst in transit. Although having said that, you can (sort of) use the draw strings to tie the pillow to your bags. They’re not really long enough to do this easily however. HoodiePillow do also make an inflatable version which could be a good compromise for people who are keen on the hood concept, but want to save on space.
The HoodiePillow Memory Foam Travel Pillow is tilting towards the expensive end of the travel pillow market. There are many better value travel pillows available, and certainly better memory foam options I’d recommend, such as the Aeris Travel Pillow. Having said that, the materials seem to be high-quality, and the stitching and construction seem solid.
- Use its built-in hood to block out ambient light and noise
- Soft and comfortable sweatshirt material
- Memory foam too firm for my liking
- Back section too bulky which pushes neck and head forwards uncomfortably
- Not particularly portable
At the end of the day I can't help but think that this pillow is all style and little substance. I wanted to like it, and the hood is a great idea - it does help block out light and noise. But at the end of the day its simply not all that comfortable. Combined with a steep asking price, and its lack of portability, there are certainly better options out there.