Travel Pillows: Ratings of Sources
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by Editors of Which? magazine
Our AssessmentForty members of the Which? magazine staff test 10 travel pillows during a 1,264-mile bus trip. Editors discuss in detail their seven favorite pillows, most of which are not available at stores in U.S. but can be ordered through U.K. websites. The best-reviewed pillow is the L-shaped JetRest pillow, which editors say provides good support with its asymmetrical design. The Putnams Inflatable Window Sleep (which must be ordered through British websites) uses a suction pad to attach to a window; testers think it has a great design and molds well against the head.
Pillow Fight! Catching Some Sleep on a Flight
by Reb Stevenson
Our AssessmentFreelance travel journalist Reb Stevenson, whose work appears in several major Canadian newspapers, tests four travel pillows (Eagle Creek Comfort Travel Pillow, inflatable Komfort Kollar, Neckii and TravelRest) on flights. She lists the pros and cons of each, as well as a pithy verdict. She names the Komfort Kollar as her favorite because it "eliminates the dreaded forward head-bob."
Searching for a Travel Pillow That Is Comfortable, Stylish
by Rafer Guzman
Our AssessmentIn this article, which originally appeared in The Wall Street Journal, reporter Rafer Guzman takes to the skies to test five travel pillows made by Tempur-Pedic, TempUForm, Travelsmith, Bucky, and Komfort Kollar. Pros and cons are reported for each of the pillows. The best pillow is the inflatable Komfort Kollar, which "keeps the head snug and upright thanks to a Velcro strap that secures it around the neck," so that the tester is able to sleep without any other support.
Practical Traveler: Flying in Comfort; For Peace and Quiet in the Air, Some Balms
by Susan Stellin
Our AssessmentSusan Stellin tests five inflatable pillows (1st Class Sleeper, Eagle Creek Comfort Travel Pillow, Magellan's Cloud-Soft Inflatable Pillow, Flight 001 Travel Pillow and the Samsonites Travel Pillow) on a flight. She says the most comfortable pillow is the Eagle Creek Comfort Travel Pillow, although it is bigger than the others and thus loses points for portability. Her favorite is Flight 001's neck pillow, which collapses to the size of a wallet and has a removable cotton-polyester cover.
We Test It: Therapeutic Pillows
by Denise Foley and Tanya Beers
Our AssessmentPrevention magazine reviews nine therapeutic pillows, including two travel pillows. Each pillow is tested by three people for two nights, and all receive positive comments. Testers say the Bucky Fuzzy Wuzzy Travel Pillow "allowed [them] to slumber on a plane or in the car without getting a neck cramp." A tester with chronic back pain calls the Foot Levelers Pillo-Pedic Travel Pillow "a miracle" because it avoids the need for her usual pain medication.
Camping Pillows: Which Are Best?
by Hugo Mart’n
Our AssessmentHugo Mart’n reports on a test of four small, rectangular pillows made for camping: the Coleman Fold 'N' Go, the Pacific Outdoor Si pillow, the Sea to Summit Luxury pillow and the Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow. The favorite is the Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow, which is "so lofty and soft that you wouldn't mind sleeping on it at home." This pillow comes in three sizes; the small one (16 inches by 12 inches) is tested here. Mart’n states that it may be too bulky for a long backpacking trek, but for the price and comfort, the Therm-a-Rest is the best camping pillow we tested."
The Best and Worst of Travel Neck Pillows
by Rachel Pickett
Our AssessmentRachel Pickett evaluates six different travel pillows (HappiNeck Therapeutic Pillow, Eagle Creek Comfort Travel Pillow, Mood Neck Pillow, Fun Fur Utopia, inflatable Komfort Kollar and the Travel U-Neck Foam Pillow). Pickett's two favorite pillows are the HappiNeck Therapeutic Pillow, which she says is larger and thicker than the other pillows, and the Eagle Creek Comfort Travel Pillow, which she describes as comfortable and light. The Komfort Kollar, which receives great reviews elsewhere, is one Pickett's least favorite pillows; she says it "looks like a cervical collar."
It's A Shame For You Not To Use A Travel Neck Pillow To Help You Sleep While Traveling -- When Other People Do It So Easily
by "Pilot Paul"
Our AssessmentAn airline pilot offers his personal recommendations for travel accessories. In this article, he describes the pros and cons of four types of travel pillows: inflatable, memory foam, polyester- and buckwheat-filled. His least favorite travel pillow is the inflatable U-shaped version, although he recommends the inflatable Komfort Kollar as the best of these. His favorite travel pillows are those made out of memory foam, and he recommends the Memory Foam Komfort Kollar. He also likes the DreamTime Convertible Pillow, which is filled with buckwheat hulls.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com sells many different travel pillows. The TravelRest receives the most reviews by far. Users give it a nearly perfect score, saying it is comfortable and easy to use. This long, tube-like pillow is designed to be attached to a seatback for stability, but one reviewer says this cannot be done on some airplanes because the cord will block the screen or tray of the person sitting behind you. Other well-reviewed travel pillows include the Bucky Utopia Neck Pillow With Buckybag, the Obus Forme Memory Foam Travel Pillow and the RestUpRight Pillow for Children.
Pillows and Blankets
by Contributors to Magellans.com
Our AssessmentTravel retailer Magellans.com sells nearly a dozen neck pillows, about half of which are reviewed. The inflatable Komfort Kollar is reviewed by about 40 people, most of whom agree that it is comfortable. Several users complain that the pillow is difficult to inflate and can leak. The Memory Foam Komfort Kollar receives overall positive reviews, but several people comment that the one available size does not fit well.
Our AssessmentThis retail website for outdoor gear sells about 20 pillows. Most of them are rectangular and designed for camping, but they can also be useful for air travel and car trips. The Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillows receive the best reviews. These rectangular pillows come in three sizes and can be compressed to fit into a backpack. The foam inside the pillows expands when they are unpacked.
FlyerTalk Forums: What's a Good Blow Up Travel Pillow?
by Contributors to FlyerTalk.com Forum
Our AssessmentAt this website for travelers, about 30 participants contribute to a thread about the best travel pillows. Favorites include the inflatable and memory foam Komfort Kollar and the Eagle Creek Comfort Travel Pillow.
Travel Pillow for Airplane
by Contributors to RickSteves.com
Our AssessmentIn response to a question about travel pillows, about 20 people offer suggestions in this user forum. The Eagle Creek Comfort Travel Pillow is a favorite.
TravelRest Travel Pillow Keeps Head Supported During Airline Flights
by Lois Friedland
Our AssessmentLois Friedland, the About.com guide to adventure travel, and a friend test the TravelRest pillow during a long drive and an economy-class international flight. In this detailed review, Friedland says the pillow provides good support for the head and neck and rolls up for easy storage, though she complains that air can leak out while the seal is being closed. She finds the TravelRest pillow to be "much more comfortable than the comparably priced, conventional travel pillows," although it may take some time to find a comfortable position. Two other reviewers at About.com -- James Martin, guide to European travel, and Heather Cross, guide to New York City travel -- also discuss the TravelRest pillow and reach similar conclusions. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
The Incredible Anti Drool Inflatable Neck Pillow for Travel
by Kathleen Crislip
Our AssessmentIn this brief review, Kathleen Crislip describes her favorite travel pillow, the Walkabout Travel Gear Inflatable Neck Travel Pillow. She calls it "good, solid and cheap." (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Inflatable Travel Pillow Makes for Comfort and Convenience
by Laurie Goering
Our AssessmentLaurie Goering praises the TravelRest for providing "a delicious sense of snuggling up with one of those full-body bed pillows." She also likes the inflation valve, which "eliminates the usual problems with the valve popping out and deflating the pillow just as you start snoring." One disadvantage, she says, is that changing the pillow from one side of the body to the other means "you've got to wake up and fiddle with the strap."
Review: TravelRest Pillow
by Peter Ha
Our AssessmentPeter Ha discusses the TravelRest travel pillow, which he has been using for a couple of months on long flights. He says, "It's pretty low-tech, but works surprisingly well. The reason I'd take this over a neck pillow is that there's more surface area where your head can rest on."
Review: TravelRest Pillow
by Joel McLaughlin
Our AssessmentThis long review of the TravelRest travel pillow contains photographs of the pillow in use. Joel McLaughlin tests the pillow during a bus trip, where he says it works well. He says that the pillow is "small, comfortable and light."
Gadget to Go: Odd-Shaped Pillow Great for Travel
by Ann Tatko-Peterson
Our AssessmentReporter Ann Tatko-Peterson uses the TravelRest pillow during a six-hour trip. This comfortable pillow "keeps your head more upright, eliminating neck stiffness common when using travel pillows," she says, noting that it can be used in tight spots like the middle seat on an airplane. Her one complaint that the "valve for blowing up the pillow is difficult to raise; it felt like I might tear off the rubber tab used for lifting it."
Gearing Up: A Nice Way to Nap
by Lylah M. Alphonse
Our AssessmentLylah M. Alphonse tries the TravelRest on a trip and finds that she can "nestle into it and rest in a more natural position." She also says it works well for children, though she doesn't discuss specifics of how the pillow was tested or who tried it out.
Komfort Kollar Neck Pillow
by Phil Marsosudiro
Our AssessmentBlogger Phil Marsosudiro provides a brief review of the inflatable Komfort Kollar, which he has been using for two years. He says it is "indispensable." He also offers some criticisms, stating that "the part that goes behind your neck is too thick" and that "even the correct-sized collar doesn't get under your chin as much as it should."
Head Lice on Pillows, and Strategies to Make a Small Risk Even Less
by Rick Speare, Christine Cahill and Genelle Thomas
Our AssessmentThis scientific study examines how often lice transfer from a person's head to his or her pillowcase. Out of 48 pillowcases, live lice were found on two, leading the study authors to conclude that risk of getting lice from a contaminated pillow is low.
Our AssessmentThis blog is dedicated to anything and everything that can be purchased for $29.99 or less, with an emphasis on quirky gadgets and novelty items. Blogger "Jen" reviews the Neckii, a travel pillow that resembles a barbell. She likes the Neckii's lightweight foam construction and the removable, washable cover. However, she says the Neckii isn't comfortable and it's too big.
The Greatest Gifts Ever for Globe Trotters
by Charles Passy, Noah Rothbaum and Wilson Rothman
Our AssessmentThe inflatable Komfort Kollar is named one of seven greatest gifts for travelers in this online slide show. However, the writers don't say anything else about this travel pillow, and there's no information about how they reached their conclusions.
Gifts for Travelers: Think Local, Edible, Useful
by Beth J. Harpaz
Our AssessmentReporter Beth J. Harpaz says that the TravelRest "just begs you to snuggle up and take a nap." She also says the pillow will appeal to children, but she doesn't elaborate on her opinion or discuss whether she considered other travel pillows.
Personal Headrests Take Flight
by Jayne Clark
Our AssessmentThis article describes 12 travel pillows, although there is no evidence that they were tested, and the reporter offers no discussion of how she arrived at her conclusions.