Top 5 Best Travel Pillows

Top 5 Best Travel Pillows

Neck aches and broken sleeps are not really a good way to start your travels. This happens too often on the plane, coach or train, so you need to aid of a travel pillow that will support your neck in a comfortable position if you want a good sleep.

Here are 5 of the best travel pillows that will have you feeling refreshed and alive after your journey. To find out more information on each pillow, scroll below the table. You may also want to read our guide on how to choose a travel pillow.

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J Pillow


YOUR Pillow!

Sleep Scarf


4.7 out of 5 stars
4.6 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.4 out of 5 stars
4.3 out of 5 stars
MaterialVelour Cover & Inner FoamVelour Cover & Inner Memory FoamSoft Polyester CoverSoft Polyester Soft Polyester Cover
Hanging Clip
Travel Bag
Dimensions30 x 20 x 33cmN/A30 x 50cm23.5 x 18.5 x 9.5cm5 x 22.8 x 8.9cm

Our 5 Best Travel Pillows Reviewed

J Pillow

1. J Pillow

OUR RATING: 4.7 out of 5 stars

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While this unconventional design may look a bit strange, there’s no doubt that it’s effective at what it does – Support your neck and provide a good sleep. It’s so ingenious that it won the British Invention of the Year 2013.

Breaking away from the traditional U-shaped travel pillows was a good idea because it allows you to rest your head on it at different positions and it’s also able to be folded to become more compact.

Though it’s not as portable as inflatable travel pillows, the J Pillow (read our review here) has more cushioning and support so you can be sure to wake up on the ‘good side of the bed’. As a bonus, it comes in five different colours – Navy, Grey, Pink, Leopard Print and Zebra Print.


Motionperformance Essentials Travel Pillow

2. Motionperformance Essentials Travel Pillow

OUR RATING: 4.6 out of 5 stars

Buy the Motionperformance Essentials Travel Pillow - £11.99

Embodying the traditional design of the U-shaped travel pillow, this one by Motionperformance Essentials surpasses its competition by improving on the most basic but essential areas – Firmness and shape.

The only downside really is its size, which is a bit larger than many other travel pillows, but it’s its size that also gives it an advantage because it provides better support.

It’s able to retain its firmness because it’s not an inflatable pillow but instead, it’s properly stuffed with memory foam while the cover is a soft velour material. It has a more well-rounded shape which extends to near enough a full circle when not wrapped around your neck, which gives your neck better stability.


SHO YOUR Pillow!

3. SHO YOUR Pillow!

OUR RATING: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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This colourful and funky inflatable travel pillow by SHO doesn’t just look nice, but it feels nice too with its soft polyester cover. There are a few things that sets apart the ‘YOUR Pillow!’ by SHO from other inflatable pillows (aside from its fantastic design of course).

The foremost is that it self-inflates to around 50% of its size (its optimal comfort level) but can also be inflated even more by blowing into its valve. Secondly, the center of the pillow has a slight ditch for better support for your head and lastly, it comes with a lifetime guarantee for peace of mind.

The ‘SHO Your Pillow!’ is not ideal for when you’re trying to sleep in an upright position but it’s perfect for when you’re laying down. It even includes a handy travel bag.


TRTL Sleep Scarf

4. TRTL Sleep Scarf

OUR USER RATING: 4.4 out of 5 stars

Buy the TRTL Sleep Scarf - £180.00

While this product is technically not a pillow, we’ve decided to include it on our list simply because it’s a sleeping device that’s designed for travelling. It’s not inflatable but yet it’s still the most portable ‘travel pillow’ on our list.

The TRTL Sleep Scarf is a scarf designed in a such a way that it’s able to support your neck in an upright position thanks to its Internal Support System (ISS). As one user puts it, the ISS acts like a hammock which creates a cradle effect when you rest your neck on it.

The actual material itself is a hypoallergenic polyester fleece which is soft and comfortable without any irritations. The cleverly designed TRTL Sleep Scarf is a tad bit more expensive than other travel pillows but it’s definitely one of the most ideal travel companions you’ll ever have.


Travelrest Pillow

5. Travelrest Pillow

OUR RATING: 4.3 out of 5 stars

Buy the Travelrest Pillow - £19.95

The Travelrest Pillow is more than just a pillow. As a matter of fact, it’s a full upper body rest that’s shaped like a large cat leg and paw (I think…), and supports your body in various lateral positions.

You’re supposed to wear it like you would wear the shoulder strap of a bag on one side or across your body. You can then rest your head on it without worrying about slipping due to your upper body stabilising it.

While it’s big when inflated, it’s actually very compact when deflated and folded away, and it can easily wrap onto the handle of your luggage or just stored away.