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Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow

Est. $20 to $40, depending on size
Reviewed
September 2013
by ConsumerSearch
Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow

Best travel pillow

Pros
  • Three sizes available
  • Lightweight
  • Machine-washable
Cons
  • Not adjustable for firmness
  • Larger sizes aren't as compact
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Bottom line

The Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow comes in three sizes and a variety of colors and fabric choices. With the ability to compress down to a fraction of the original size, the Therm-a-Rest is ideal for traveling. However, if packing space is tight, the small size is the best option. Covers are removable and machine-washable for ease of cleaning, and reviews indicate that this is one of the most comfortable compressible pillows available.

Performance

Comfortable and compact. The Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow comes in three sizes (small, medium and large) with a variety of pillow case covers and fabric choices. It's lightweight, and while it's not inflatable, it does compress down to a compact size for convenient traveling.

Editors at MyBackpackerGuides.com say the Therm-a-Rest is "great for people who do not like to sleep on air" and ideal for activities like camping and backpacking. The Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow is backed by a limited lifetime manufacturer's warranty. A user posting feedback to REI.com says, "This is by far one of the more comfortable compressible pillows on the market."

Ease of use

Slow to fluff up. When the Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow is constricted, it fits into an average-sized pants pocket, according to reviewers. It requires no inflation, so it's easy to set up. However, users posting feedback on Amazon.com say that this pillow takes a while to fluff up to its full potential -- some report that it takes a few minutes or hours, while others complain that it remains flat for several days after being packed tightly.

The Therm-a-Rest's cover is removable and machine-washable, so maintenance is simple. Users point out that the larger sizes don't compress as compactly as the small.

Where To Buy
Therm-A-Rest Comp Pillow, Night Sky, Medium

 
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Our Sources

1. BBC

Sean O'Neill discusses the pros and cons of five travel pillows after getting feedback from editors serving as flight testers. However, editors test just one pillow, so comparisons are indirect. The Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow is "hands down the best travel pillow," according to its tester.

Review: Five Flight-tested Travel Pillows, Sean O'Neill, June 7, 2012

2. MyBackpackerGuides.com

The Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow is one of three recommended travel pillows in this brief review. Feedback is based on a backpacking enthusiast's personal experience on hiking and camping trips. The author says the Therm-a-Rest is "great for people who do not like to sleep on air."

Review: Travel Pillow Fight: The 3 Best Travel Pillows in the Spotlight, Alex, Feb. 14, 2013

3. Amazon.com

More than 440 owners weigh in with feedback on the Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow, contributing to an average rating of 4.3 stars out of 5. More than three-fourths of reviewers give this travel pillow a rating of 4 stars out of 5 or better, noting its ease of use and comfort.

Review: Thermarest Compressible Pillow, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2013

4. REI.com

About 120 owners contribute to an average rating of 4.3 stars out of 5 for the Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow. Owners say it's extremely comfortable and offers excellent head support, even in the small size. In the larger sizes, backpackers say "the extra weight is well worth the comfort."

Review: Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow, Contributors to REI.com, As of September 2013

5. TheFunTimesGuide.com

The Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow is among five recommended travel pillows in this review. The recommendations are based on pillows that most closely match the features and functionality of a pillow she's owned and used for years. The Therm-a-Rest shares the same memory foam outer core with an inflatable interior bladder.

Review: This Is the Best Travel Pillow… Ever!, Lynnette Walczak, August 2011

6. TripAdvisor.com

The Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow is one of a few products recommended in this discussion of the best travel pillows. One user says, "They obviously take up a bit more room than a blow up -- but apparently they can be rolled or squished quite small into a handbag."

Review: Neck Pillows, Contributors to TripAdvisor.com, As of September 2013

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