Below are the best of the best in my opinion. This is a list that will constantly change as I find new and wonderful pillows that I think make the cut.
How I write my travel pillow reviews
When writing travel pillow reviews I consider the following four criteria.
Comfort is probably the most important consideration when writing a travel pillow review. I ask questions like how soft is the outer material against your skin? Does it adequately support your head, neck, shoulders and back? Is it comfortable enough that it will it help you sleep whilst on a long distance flight?
In the design criteria I analyse the unique design features of every travel pillow I review. Things like the types of material used, handy travel pouches or clips and ease of use. Is it a good looking travel pillow, is it machine washable?
Portability is very important when writing any travel pillow review. As a travel accessory, travel pillows need to take up as little amount of space as possible, and not weigh you down. Inflatable travel pillows are hard to beat when it comes to this category, as they weigh almost nothing and pack down extremely small. Lots of travel pillows can be compressed down to make them more portable. And many also come with a compression sack so you can store them at their smallest size. Things like clips or velcro straps also make travel pillows more portable, as you can clip them onto your luggage.
When writing a travel pillow review I consider the scores for comfort, design and portability and then weigh that against the travel pillow’s retail price. Knowing the travel pillow market well, I am able to gauge how a given product stacks up compared to other travel pillows in its price category.
Extra features and products
Some travel pillows come with additional features or products which can be really useful. A stuff-sack is really handy to be able to compress your travel pillow down in size and keep it nice and compact. There’s nothing more frustrating than a pillow which you can drastically reduce its size by compression, but without a stuff-sack it simply expands back to its original size, taking up valuable space in your luggage. Some travel pillows like the Aeris Travel Pillow come with extras including foam earplugs and a sleeping mask – both really handy for a long journey! The Cabeau Evolution Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow comes with a handy pouch to slide your phone or mp3 player into whilst in transit. Clever little design touches and extra products like this are all great features that we look out when writing travel pillow reviews.