The very first travel pillow I bought and still one of my favorites. The Travelrest Ultimate Inflatable Travel Pillow is a uniquely shaped and incredibly versatile inflatable travel pillow.
|Material||synthetic faux suede|
|Size (regular)||2 x 9 x 3.5 inches|
|Colours||Blue, Red, Grey, Moss|
This is going to be another Travel Pillow that divides the nation in terms of comfort. I love the feeling of sleeping horizontally so this works really well for me. I can imagine that some would prefer a less complicated design however. The Travelrest Ultimate Inflatable Travel Pillow is an inflatable pillow that looks somewhat like an over-sized comma. Don’t be fooled by it’s edgy looks, it’s actually a really smart pillow.
As far as inflatable pillows go, I’m a big fan of the theory behind this one. Too often with traditional U shaped inflatable travel pillows I’m left sitting a bit awkwardly. The Travelrest Ultimate Inflatable Travel Pillow allows you to “hug” or “lean” into the pillow. Simple set up the pillow with the drawstring around your seat or your body and start napping. It’s also one of the only travel pillows that provides full lateral support which can be huge for many people with lower back problems.
I will say there is a bit of a learning curve to this pillow and those who don’t take the time to set it up properly might be disappointed. Firstly I recommend not inflating it all the way, leave a bit of room. Secondly, I set up the drawstring to the back of the seat. I set it up really tight too so that it can’t move much. This way you can put a lot of weight onto it and it shouldn’t move too much.
My only real qualm in terms of comfort is that the synthetic material isn’t the best. It doesn’t irritate or anything, it’s just not super soft. There is also a seam that runs along the length of the pillow. It’s not really a problem with proper positioning but it is a bit sharp and hard.
Well it’s no secret that this is a “unique” design and does look a little strange. Ignore the haters though, the Travelrest Ultimate Inflatable Travel Pillow is an ingenious design. It’s really easy to deflate and inflate with quite a large valve based mouth piece. It clips on easily and I’ve had no issues with air leaking.
It’s also quite versatile in that it works for more than just airplanes. I’ve used it on buses, trains and actually once on someone’s couch (not recommended). Travelrest supply a bit of a guide as to how to use the pillow and it’s important you study it before purchasing. In my opinion, messenger mode is the best and will prevent too much adjusting mid-sleep.
When it’s deflated, there is a clip that wraps around to secure the pillow to itself. Just make sure you roll it the right way around or you’ll have to start again! The drawstring is adjustable and allows you to tether the pillow to just about anything.
As with most inflatables, the Travelrest Ultimate Inflatable Travel Pillow is super portable. Compared to traditional U shaped inflatable neck pillows it is a bit heavier and bigger. It does roll up super easily though and clips onto luggage in an instant.
I’ve been able to deflate this pillow, roll it up and stuff it in my bag in seconds. This can be pretty handy when you’ve woken up at your stop and need to get out in a hurry.
Definitely try to get the Travelrest Ultimate Inflatable Travel Pillow on sale. At it’s full price it’s not great value. In saying this, most places I’ve seen it online it’s been “on sale”. For what you get it’s a pretty good buy. I’ve had mine for 2+ years and although the valve is a bit weaker than it was when I bought it, it still works fine. There are no leaks, smells or defects.
- Provides full lateral support
- Simulates sleeping on your side
- Portable and easy to inflate
- Learning curve to use properly
- Synethic material/seam a little uncomfortable
- Optional cover should come as standard
I love this pillow and it will always be one of my favorites. For an inflatable pillow it really takes comfort to the next level. It provides awesome lateral support and once you have figured it out it can be an awesome sleep inducer. Versatility and portability at a great price.