The Travelmate Memory Foam Neck Pillow is unique in it’s design. Although it’s the same shape as a lot of neck pillows, it has a patent pending removable insert to help customize your comfort.
|Warranty||30 day money back guarantee, no questions asked|
|Material||Memory foam inner and plush velour cover|
|Size (regular)||11 x 12 x 3.8 inches|
|Size (packed down)||11 x 12 x 3.8 inches|
|Colours||Dark blue||Machine washable||Removable cover is machine washable|
The Travelmate Memory Foam Neck Pillow is much like most memory foam neck pillows in that it molds and shapes itself to the contours of your neck and back. What sets it apart is the removable foam insert at the back of the pillow. This patent pending feature from Travelmate is all about versatility.
Let’s face it, 90% of the travel pillows on the market are designed primarily for airline travel. For those of us who would like a pillow that offers support in other situations, Travelmate might be a good choice.
In terms of support, the Travelmate is on the softer side. If you like a really firm pillow, this might not be for you. Reading through other comments and reviews, it looks as if Travelmate moved from a firmer design to a softer one in recent years – be aware of this when reading other peoples comments.
According to Travelmate, the removable insert might be more comfortable in a reclined position. Inversely, sitting upright in a car or airplane seat would be an opportunity to remove the insert. For sleeping on your side, I found the Travelmate Memory Foam Neck Pillow to be comparable to similar products.
The design of the Travelmate Memory Foam Neck Pillow is much like most U shaped neck pillows (minus the insert). The insert is easily removed by unzipping the zip at the back. The velour is a nice touch and provides a non-abrasive surface for an easy sleep.
There is an elastic strap that is attached to the back of the pillow. In cooler conditions, the Travelmate Memory Foam Neck Pillow is comfortable and firm. There is some concern however in more humid and hot climates that it may become a little warm and soft.
I’m happy to say that the Travelmate is virtually odorless. Something that is becoming more and more important these days. It’s also machine washable which is a big plus.
Unfortunately, the stitching on the seam of the travel pillow is constructed poorly and is liable to come apart. This is something that should not be tolerated for a product like this. Travel products need to be durable for the mere fact that once you’re travelling, it’s difficult to return or replace. There have been a few cases of some stuck zippers as well – although not as common as the stitching issue.
Firstly, the Travelmate Memory Foam Neck Pillow does not come with a carry bag. Apart from the obvious practicality of a bag with a drawstring, there’s another point to consider. The Travelmate Memory Foam Neck Pillow comes with a removable insert – but there’s nowhere to put it once you remove it.
The elastic strap is the bare minimum I would suggest for a product such as this. It’s handy as it will slide easily down the extended handle of a suitcase. However, people with backpacks will have to get creative. Additionally, once the handle of your suitcase is contracted there’s nowhere for it to go!
The Travelmate Memory Foam Neck Pillow is a neck pillow at a great price. It’s interesting to see where they may have saved money and where they’ve spent it. Obviously the innovations made with the removable insert have caused things like the stitching and zipper quality to suffer.
In saying that, I’m being pretty tough on what is essentially a VERY comfortable travel pillow for the price.
- Machine washable cover
- Removable support
- Great price
- Some reports of ripping at the seams
- Some zipper issues (sporadic)
- No carry bag
I'm a little conflicted with the Travelmate Memory Foam Neck Pillow. On the one hand, it offers versatility, comfort and value. On the other, it has some manufacturing issues that could be a deal breaker if you get a defective unit. It's still worth a punt though! Just make sure you make use of their 30 day money back return in case of any issues.