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The Best Travel Pillows: Which One is Right for You?

For frequent fliers, a comfortable travel pillow is a MUST—not an option. With hundreds of varieties listed for sale on Amazon, at Target, and in every airport in the nation, it’s hard to figure out which is truly is the best travel pillow. So we’ve stacked Cabeau’s best contenders against the most popular travel neck pillows in the market. Check out the stats of the top 4 to see if you’ve got a match!

The Generic U-Shaped Pillow

SCORE: 27 of 100

PROS:

  • Better than no support
  • Less bulky
  • Cost-effective

The Generic U-Shaped Pillow provides some standard padding for your head and neck while you travel – much like a small, normal pillow would. It’s also not as bulky as some of its modern-day counterparts and is certainly better than traveling with nothing.

CONS:

  • Very limited support
  • Too soft or hard (depending on the brand)
  • Cheap material

Although this classic travel accessory is the first of its kind, the U-Shaped Pillow is definitely not the best travel pillow when it comes to comfort. Whether they lack filling or are made with rock hard material that is not comfortable, these neck pillows are made with a shape that offers little to no support for your head or neck. On top of that, they are generally not well made and will not last more than a year or so, whereas more expensive pillows have warranties and can be used for several years.

Trtl’s Travel Pillow

SCORE: 53 of 100

PROS:

  • Good support to one side
  • Lightweight and packs small
  • 60-day warranty

For frequent travelers, the Trtl Travel Pillow is very lightweight and easy to pack between trips. While it only provides support to one side, that side does offer solid support for the head and chin. It is also machine washable and comes with a 60-day money-back warranty.

CONS:

  • Only supports one side of the head
  • Okay chin support
  • Gets very warm – like a scarf

If complete head and chin support is your forte, this might not be one of the best travel pillows for a long flight or car ride. While dynamic in design, this travel pillow only allows you to rest your head to one side – if you want to lean the other way, you will have to turn it around each time and readjust it. And thanks to its fleece heavy material and the fact you wrap it around your neck like a scarf, travelers are likely to overheat during their journey.

BCozzy’s Travel Pillow

SCORE: 53 of 100

PROS:

  • Offers decent chin support
  • Comes in multiple sizes
  • Washable

BCozzy’s Travel Pillow is generally sized larger than most neck pillows, providing a durable cushion for your commute, and comes in multiple sizes (kids, XL, etc). The pillow also offers above average chin support for most travelers, if you can fit the front lobes under your chin just right and are using an XL size. After your trip, you can also pop the cover into the washing machine for a germ-free trip next time.

CONS:

  • Higher price, average material quality
  • Requires constant adjusting
  • Bulky and takes up bag space

The BCozzy Travel Pillow is the U-Shaped Pillow’s bulkier and bigger, so make some room in your bag. And while some are able to get the chin support they need, many are left to constantly readjusting the frontal lobes as they continue to loosen and come apart. At this price, the pillow doesn’t quite live up to the hype as the best travel pillow when it comes to quality or support.

Cabeau’s Evolution S3

SCORE: 92 of 100

PROS:

  • Great head and chin support
  • Compacts and straps to luggage
  • High-quality memory foam and material
  • Two-year warranty

The Evolution S3 neck pillow is a fan favorite in the travel community. However you prefer to travel—by air or ground—this quality pillow hits all the A, B, C’s of comfort. It’s the only travel pillow with adjustable straps that actually connect the pillow to the airplane seat wings to keep your head up and allow for an uninterrupted, bobble-free journey. The innovative memory foam filling provides a cozy, bedlike experience, and the breathable cover can be removed and washed. Also, this neck pillow rolls up to half its size and fits in a small travel bag that attaches to your luggage. On top of all that, it comes with a 2-year money-back guarantee and warranty making it worth the price and easily one of the best travel pillows available.

CONS:

  • Memory foam can get warm for some
  • Higher price

For some, memory foam can feel a little warm, even though the new breathable cover helps. Also, this is a higher priced travel pillow, which begs to question do you get what you pay for?

Cabeau’s Evolution Cool

SCORE: 92 of 100

PROS:

  • Cooling memory foam design
  • Compacts and straps to luggage
  • Works with headphones
  • Two-year warranty

Meet the Evolution Cool – one of the best travel neck pillows available that is sure to have you snoozing before take-off. It’s specifically contoured with 360 degrees of premium memory foam comfort and has adjustable front toggles and pivots to support your head and chin from every side. It’s got an all-new air ventilation design to keep you cool and make room for you to wear your favorite over-the-ear headphones while you rest. The cover can be removed and machine washed, and the pillow compacts to half its size to fit in an included premium travel bag that includes two extra small pockets. Just like the Evolution S3, this one comes with a 2-year money-back guarantee and warranty too.

CONS:

  • Tricky getting cover off/on
  • Higher price

The cover can certainly take a few minutes to get off, as you have to disconnect the toggles to remove it. And, of all the pillows on this list, this one is the most expensive but seems to be worth it for most people.

Think you’ve found the one travel pillow that will make your dream journey come true? Talk to us on Twitter to let us know which you think is the best travel pillow.