3 Best Inflatable Travel Pillows

When you get on a plane at 2 in the morning, all you want to do is sit down and go to sleep. Few of us have the privilege of traveling business class, and coach seats are near impossible to recline to a comfortable angle.

Early inflatable travel pillows were a simple U-shape, which would push your head forward and offer little support. Newer pillows range from wrap-around to constructions that support your head, torso, and even your arms.

The new designs of inflatable pillow make inflating easier, the support thorough, and material softer. So, after a few long-haul flights, we have decided to try out the 3 best inflatable travel pillows to see if we can sleep on a plane for a change.

JYSW Inflatable Travel Pillow

An ingenious design that makes the most of the little space you have when trying to stretch out. The pillow can rest on your lap or the fold-down table in front of you, to offer a place to rest your upper body. The PVC material is lined with a felt flocking and has several holes for various positions of sleep. There are also two side holes to fit each of your arms through.

Facts

Color: Grey

Accessories: Pair of Earplugs, Eye Mask, Bag

Material: PVC Flocking

Weight: 11.7 oz

The pillow also provides a level of privacy that you do not get when using a traditional U-shaped pillow. Your neck is supported, and no one wants to see you sleep in a chair with your mouth open. The void in the middle is a great place to set up your tablet or smartphone to watch movies on, without your fellow passengers trying to watch it with you.

The pillow comes complete with an eye-mask and earplugs to help you block out everything that is going on around you. The size and weight of this pillow are both greater than other pillows, but the comfort is far better. It also provides some comfort to your children, that tend to use you as a pillow on long journeys; the pillow can function as a substitute parent.

Pros:

-Comfort
-Privacy
-Support
-Strength

Cons:

-Size
-Weight

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BCOZZY Inflatable Travel Pillow (Editor’s Choice)

This travel pillow weighs so little that you would take it with you in a coat pocket. The design follows that classic neck pillow, that we all know but, wraps around the whole neck instead. This basic design supports your neck, regardless of the way you sleep. The PVC pillow is covered with a washable fleece liner, giving you a warm hug as you drop-off to sleep.

Facts

Color: Grey, Red, Blue, Pink, Green

Accessories: Washable Fleece Cover, Bag

Material: PVC

Weight: 6.1 oz

Friction between the pillow-halves helps it to stay in the form you set. If you need more support on one-side, you can rotate the pillow to its’ larger side. The pillow can also be tightened or relaxed, to fit different neck sizes. It is possible to use it as a single-sided pillow by folding it in half.

For a small pillow, it offers a lot of support. The BCOZZY also weighs the least of the 3, an important consideration, with carry-on restrictions. This pillow comes in a variety of colors and smaller versions for children, and extra-large necks. To inflate or deflate, there is a large valve hole, making the process quick either way.

Pros:

-Folds in Half
-Light
-Simple
-Quick to Inflate

Cons:

-No Shoulder Supports
-Small

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Purefly Inflatable Travel Pillow

The Purefly follows the more traditional airplane pillow, U-shaped. But, Purefly has made some significant design improvements. The PVC pillow comes with a removable fleece liner for when you want to wash it. The ergonomic shape keeps the neck straight while still giving your head something to rest against.

Facts

Color: Grey

Accessories: Washable Fleece Cover, Bag

Material: PVC

Weight: 8.5 oz

To inflate, Purefly has installed a pump into the side of the pillow that inflates the pillow by squeezing it. And to deflate the pillow, there is a large valve that activates on pressing, makes hardness adjustments, or for packing away fast. The travel bag crushes the pillow down to the size of a soda can.

Though small and lightweight when packed in its own travel bag, the pillow inflates to a near wrap-around size. It depends on how you sleep on a plane, and the lack of chin support is an issue that will not apply to everyone. This is a good choice for those that do not like to sleep with their face or neck covered.

Pros:

-Support for Neck and Head
-Washable Cover
-Lightweight
-Pump

Cons:

-No Chin Support
-No Torso Support

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The Best Travel Pillow – Conclusion

The Purefly is a good pillow; seasoned travelers may prefer the older styling. The weight is good, and the liner is easy to take off and wash between trips in a sink. The pump is a great idea giving you some dignity, over struggling with a small nozzle and having other passengers stare at you.

The BCOZZY will fit a younger market, children falling asleep in the back of your car, will bob around against the seat belt or the car door. Adults do the same thing, and if you are looking for something small, lightweight, and incognito, this is a great pillow to have at hand. It takes little space in your cabin bag that there would be no contemplating whether to take it or not.

The JYSW is the most comfortable, by a long way. The full support for the top half of your body is not comparable to any neck pillow. And long-haul flights are full of bored passengers looking around at everyone else’s devices. You do not have to share what you are watching, and this pillow gives you some quiet time away from the roaring engines and constant chattering on a plane.

JYSW gives you some extras such as the earplugs and eye-mask, and the material is easy to wipe down with a wet-wipe. The packed size is a little larger than the other two pillows, but for less sleep stress, it is worth making a bit more space in your carry-on. You make get some stares with the JYSW, but then you will not care, because you will not be able to see anyone.

Winner – BCOZZY Inflatable Travel Pillow