12 Best Airplane Pillows in 2017

One of the hardest things to do when you are flying in coach?

Get comfortable.

The more you fly, the more you realize that a pillow is an essential travel companion in order to sleep or rest comfortably during a flight.

Whether you tried quite a few types of travel pillows that haven’t worked or this is the first one you’ll be buying, we have plenty of useful info for you in our guide below!

What one person considers the best airplane pillow may not be that comfortable to another, so compare and contrast all of the great travel pillows below in order to find the one that meets your definition of comfort.

Top 12 Airplane Pillows Table

Design Name Type Removable Cover Rating (1-5)
   1. AirComfy Daydreamer Inflatable Neck Pillow and Airplane Travel Packsack  Inflatable  Yes  4.6
   2. Travelrest All-In-One Premium Travel Pillow  Inflatable (with memory foam inserts)  Yes  4.4
   3. J Pillow Travel Pillow  3D filling  No
(but machine washable)
 4.3
   4. Neck Support Travel Pillow by Wybrance  Silk, Cotton, 220-gram Bag of Bamboo Charcoal  Yes  4.3
   5. JetComfy Travel Pillow  Memory Foam  Yes  4.3
   6. Smarterlife Products Travel Neck Pillow  Memory Foam  Yes  4.3
   7. Cabeau Evolution Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow  Memory Foam  Yes  4.2
   8. Trtl Pillow  Polyester Fleece & Plastic Insert  No
(but machine washable)
 4.2
   9. AirComfy Inflatable Neck and Back Lumbar Pillow  Inflatable  No  4.2
   10. Travelmate Memory Foam Neck Pillow  Memory Foam  Yes  4.1
   11. World’s Best Air Soft Microbeads Tube Pillow  Microbeads  No  3.8
   12. Skyrest Travel Pillow  Inflatable  No  3.4

What’s Inside the Pillow

Here are the main types of filling options for airplane pillows:

  • Memory Foam – A nice memory foam pillow will have you feeling like your sleeping on your own bed at home rather than in an airplane seat.

Usually U-shaped neck pillows are the ones made of memory foam, and if you have room for them in your handbag or carry-on, they are definitely one of the most comfortable options when you’re flying.

  • Air – Yes, that’s right: inflatable pillows. These are quite travel friendly since you can deflate and store them in your bag when they’re not in use.

They offer firmer support than some of the other pillows, but the fact that you can regulate the amount of air inside gives you control over the level of firmness. If you’d like to a little bit more support, just inflate the pillow to full capacity. If you’d like it a little bit softer, just release some of the air until you hit your sweet spot.

  • Microbeads – This is just like a small beanbag.

You have quite a bit of control over the shape and the amount of firmness they provide since the pillow is filled with thousands of tiny microbeads. Just move them around in order to create your own custom shaped pillow that is just the right firmness for you.

They can be a bit bulky to carry around the airport or between flights, but it’s worth the hassle if you’re able to sleep!

  • Other Materials – There are other types of pillows out there that you can take on an airplane; some of them stuffed with shredded memory foam and others with polyester fiberfill.

Out of all of the options, we’d say that the first three are the most convenient when it comes to flying.

Top 4 Best Airplane Pillow Reviews

1. AirComfy Daydreamer Inflatable Neck Pillow

We’re sure that many seasoned travelers who have tried quite a few different styles of pillows would agree that this is the best airplane pillow on our list. They’ve thought of all of the little details when it comes to design and convenience, which is why it is so travel friendly and comfortable, too.It comes in its own storage sack that has a drawstring and even a carabiner clip so you can hook it onto your luggage or a bag.While this is an inflatable pillow, you won’t have to put your mouth on the valve and inflate it manually (thank goodness!). Instead, it has a push-button inflation system that will allow you to pump air inside to the desired firmness level.

You can wear it both behind the neck and even in front of the neck if your head has a tendency to fall forward and the unique contour at the back of the pillow provides you with comfortable support for the neck.

The cover just zips right off for cleaning (you can throw it in the washing machine).

This is very travel-friendly pillow that makes it easy to deal with on the plane and between flights.

2. Travelrest All-In-One Premium Travel Pillow

An alternative to the previous inflatable pillow would be this one from Travelrest.The original Travelrest pillow was a little bit simpler: just inflate and use.This one, on the other hand, comes with comfortable memory foam inserts so you can combine the feel of a firmer, inflated pillow with the softness of memory foam.

Just make a loop with the cord at the top (there is a hole you can hook it into) and then place the loop around the wings of the built-in seat pillow/seatback.

To inflate, you will have manually blow air into it. If you want to adjust the firmness after you’ve inflated it, just push the button in the middle to release small puffs of air.

We love the cover: it’s made of a soft velour and it is completely removable so you can wash it in the washing machine, but be careful not to throw the memory foam inserts in there, too.

Overall, a great pillow that is very comfortable and versatile for many travelers!

3. J Pillow Travel Pillow

This J Pillow revolutionized the airplane pillow industry thanks to its simple, yet effective, design.This offers you support from all angles: it provides cushioning for the back of your head and the side of your head, it supports your neck and it also offers your chin support in order to prevent your head from falling forward while you sleep.

The 3D filling they used is just a fancy name for polyester, but even with this type of filling, it still compresses down well for easy storage.

If you don’t like inflatable pillows and you’re looking for support from all angles, this is definitely the right pillow for you.

4. Wybrance Neck Support Travel Pillow

How refreshing to lay your head down on a pillow like this at a cruising altitude of 36,000 feet.The design is quite simple: it has a fabric-covered elastic band on the backside that allows you to hook it right over the top of the headrest of your seat.The manufacturer claims that the pillow can:

  • Emit negative ions to help you feel relaxed
  • Radiate far-infrared rays to promote blood circulation
  • Purify the air around you thanks to the bamboo charcoal air purifier pouch inside the pillow

We’re not entirely sure if it does all of those things, but we do know that it does purify the air around you and provides you with a fresh surface to sleep on.

It’s a great little pillow that provides you neck support from behind and the cover zips off so you can wash it.

This would be great for someone who has the ability to recline more in their seat (business or first class passengers).

In coach, this doesn’t really provide you any side support, but it certainly does make flying a fresher experience thanks to that bamboo charcoal!