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The Best Travel Pillows on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written before about products for decking out your bed, like the best cooling pillowsheadboards, and mattresses, here we’ve rounded up the best weighted blankets, according to the people. Like the Gravity blanket, a runaway Kickstarter success that spawned the weighted-blanket boom, these are designed to feel like a comforting hug. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best U-Shape Travel Pillows

AERIS Travel Pillow for Restful Sleep
$23 at Amazon

“My husband bought this for our last overseas trip and I bought one filled with beanbag material. We ended up fighting over his the entire trip because it was so much more comfortable. I didn’t think I would like the memory foam (even though my pillows are memory foam) because it would be too stiff, but it was so very comfortable and I actually got some much needed rest on our long flights. For our overseas trip this year, I will be buying another!”

Travelrest — Therapeutic Memory Foam Travel & Neck Pillow
$11 at Amazon

“After years of traveling and spending hours in a very uncomfortable environment, the Travelrest pillow is by far the absolute best product for the neck. Not only for long flights but just resting at home on the sofa is pure comfort. We go nowhere without it. If it’s comfort you want, this is the product you need. I was skeptical at first that this would be like all the others, but it didn’t take longer than a few minutes to realize that this is the best there is.”

Best Travel Pillow With 360-Degree Support

Bcozzy Chin Supporting Travel Neck Pillow
$30 at Amazon

“I bought three of these. One each for my husband and me, and one for a gift. We just flew across the country twice and loved using this travel pillow. It wasn’t too hot around our necks and kept our heads supported while we slept on the plane. I wore mine during the entire flight, even when awake. I was able to comfortably read and watch a movie on my tablet while wearing the pillow. Rotating the pillow around your neck adjusts the thickness, so you can customize the fit and support. The pillow has a handy snapping strap on the back, so you can hook it to your backpack, luggage, purse, or belt loop for hands-free carrying. I have bought lots of different travel pillows, and in my opinion, this one is the best!”

Best Memory-Foam Travel Pillow

Cabeau Evolution Memory Foam Travel Pillow
$40 at Amazon

“I ordered this pillow for a 28-hour series of flights to South Africa. It was very comfortable and the best neck pillow I’ve ever used. I slept for hours at a time and experienced minimal neck pain despite being crammed in economy class. I took off one star because I had an issue with the pillow being a little too large. I’m a five-foot-four female and found that the pillow was too high for my neck and made my noise-canceling headphones ride up, either pinching my ears or making the headphones slide off completely. I realize this is the ultimate first-world problem, but it would have been nice to be able to wear the headphones and neck pillow at the same time. My taller male colleague did not have the same issue with the pillow. Get the pillow, but if you’re petite you may have to choose between the pillow and your yuppie headphones.”

Everlasting Comfort 100% Pure Memory Foam Neck Pillow and Travel Kit
$23 at Amazon

“I’ve never had a neck pillow that I actually like, but this one was honestly a lifesaver. I bought this for a trip to India. Happy to report: I slept like a baby on both 15-hour flights, there and back. On one flight, I fell asleep after I boarded, woke up, and the plane was in the air — and had been for nearly a half-hour. Yes, this pillow was literally so comfortable that I slept through takeoff. Also, I got pretty bad food poisoning in India, so much so that my neck was so stiff I couldn’t turn or swivel my head. This neck pillow was so supportive that I was able to wear it like a neck brace and it provided a lot of relief. The eye mask is very comfortable, and the carrying sack helped to make it small enough to fit in my carry-on tote. I also took off and washed the cover when I got home and it came out of the washer and dryer looking brand-new! Can’t wait to use this again! I’ll never travel internationally without it!”

Best Microbead Travel Pillow

Cloudz Microbead Travel Neck Pillow
$10 at Amazon

“My wife recently had major shoulder surgery that forced her to sleep in a recliner for over six months. We tried all sorts of neck pillows, including the memory-foam ones. This one is the best. The memory-foam ones are impossible to use in cars here because we live in such a cold climate. They turn into a rock when it’s cold. This pillow has little beads that move when you want them to, but hold their form and support you perfectly when you don’t want them to move. It’s nice because you can actually have this pillow behind your neck. Most are too bulky. I would highly recommend this pillow! It is by far the best we purchased and the cheapest as well!!”

Best Microfiber Travel Pillow

World’s Best Feather Soft Microfiber Neck Pillow
$11 at Amazon

“Perfect thickness and softness. I bought two for a family trip … when my mom tried it, I had to order one for her. I also ordered one for my father-in-law who falls asleep in his chair! This pillow is great for car trips, but I actually sleep with it every night, too. I had neck pain when I woke up for almost a year … and I started sleeping with this and it cured me! I’m not endorsing this just for neck pain, but it apparently did help me keep my neck or head from doing whatever it was doing that was causing me pain! So it goes everywhere with me now.”

Best Inflatable Travel Pillow

Daydreamer Inflatable Neck Travel Pillow
$19 at Amazon

“My brother is a commercial airline pilot. He flies for work, and commutes back and forth to his hub. He is also the hardest person on the planet to buy a gift for. Recently, he rode coach on a flight and tweaked his neck while napping. His plight on the flight provided me with a gifting idea. It had to be inflatable/deflatable to fit in his flight case, but I couldn’t visualize my brother ‘blowing up’ a neck pillow, so an auto-fill feature was necessary. This pillow also has support spines to assist neck and head alignment. I gave him the pillow for his recent birthday, and actually got a call from him after a flight telling me how much he likes his gift. He is also happy that is folds flat, so that it takes up nearly no additional room in his bag. He is happy with it, which thrills me.”

Best Compressible Travel Pillow

Therm-a-Rest Compressible Travel Pillow
From $16 at Amazon

“My husband kept telling me we needed to get these for our camping trip and I kept telling him he was silly for wanting to pay $20 for this tiny, weird pillow. Well, he bought them anyway and we took them camping, and while I wasn’t the biggest fan then, I became a believer when we took a flight with them and I opened mine up and leaned against my husband to take a nap. I have NEVER … I mean NEVERRR slept as good as I did during that trip with this pillow. Dude. Buy it. So worth it! And if you don’t have a husband to lean it on, become really good friends with the person next to you. Or get a window seat.”

Compact Travel Pillow
$24 at Amazon

“After six total flights with layovers totaling approximately 17 hours, I am so happy with this pillow! It is very comfortable and the memory foam lets you mold it around you as needed. Being the pleb that I am, I always travel economy, making flying one of the least comfortable ways to get from point A to point B. This pillow made it possible for me to sleep on most of my flights, and at the airport terminals. I crammed it into all sorts of positions, and it held its ground, always scrunching comfortably to the curves of my head/shoulder/side/back/face/leg and then instantly bouncing back. Once, I arrived at my destination, it became an extra pillow to sleep with, and it was perfect for that too — the fabric is supersoft and cozy. Save yourself the time and just order this now.”

Best Travel Pillow for Kids

Critter Piller Kid’s Travel Buddy and Comfort Pillow
$12 at Amazon

“My kiddos love these! I got them for a 16-hour car ride over the summer and they got plenty of use. My boys even use them around the house. Plus they are super cute!”

Bcozzy Kids Chin Supporting Travel Neck Pillow
$25 at Amazon

“We bought this for our road trip down to Florida. Our 4-year-old passes out in the car after a bit and always ends up with her chin down, which I’m sure makes her neck ache. The pillow has definitely helped with it. We bought one for our 9-year-old, too, but it may be a little on the small side for him. No complaints here or from the kids!”

Best Travel Pillow for Lumbar Support

Therm-a-Rest Lumbar Travel Pillow
$30 at Amazon

“This is my favorite lumbar support pillow! It’s perfect. Cars, vans, airplanes … it goes everywhere with me. The same amazing Therm-A-Rest inflation valve that’s been keeping me comfortable camping for years is perfect for this pillow. It has a snap to inflate and deflate. It never leaks. When traveling, it’s easy to deflate it. It fits in my backpack, no problem. I can’t say enough good things about this lumbar support pillow!”

Huzi Infinity Pillow
$36 at Amazon

“Listen to me. Buy it. Buy one for everyone you know. It is a miracle pillow that feels like home. I bought it for a long flight from Texas to London and ended up using it where we were staying, on the flight home … and it’s literally on my bed as we speak. Sometimes it comes into my home office with me, sometimes to the living room … I took the whole ‘travel pillow’ idea very seriously. Here’s what I love about it: The fabric is luxurious and feels like my most expensive Egyptian-cotton sheets. It twists and turns and cuddles right back with you. The U- or C-shaped neck pillows push your neck forward, this one does what you want it to do.”

Best Travel Pillow That Looks Like a Scarf

Trtl Scientifically Proven Super Soft Neck Support Travel Pillow
$30 at Amazon

“After I first used my Trtl travel pillow, I declared it to be one of the great travel inventions of the 21st century. Having used it on four more flights, I stand by my original declaration. The Trtl is not only lightweight and supersoft, it works like no other travel pillow I’ve tried. And believe me, I’ve tried them all. It supports my neck at an extremely comfortable angle and keeps my head and neck swaddled in comfort. The Danish have a word — hygge — that means a feeling of coziness and warmth. The Trtl is definitely hygge. I travel a lot for both work and pleasure, and I will never take another trip without my beloved Trtl. I’ve now purchased seven more of them, an extra for me and six as gifts for my friends and family who travel.”

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Best Travel Pillows on Amazon, Based on Enthusiastic Reviews