Trtl Travel Pillow

Last updated date: February 3, 2020

DWYM Score
8.9


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Overall Take

This machine-washable travel pillow comes in tons of fun colors and two sizes — adult and junior. It promises to keep your head in an ergonomic position while you sleep upright, and can easily be adjusted to make your trip more comfortable. In our analysis of 195 expert reviews, the Trtl Trtl Travel Pillow placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note October 21, 2019:
Checkout The Best Travel Pillow for a detailed review of all the top travel pillows.

Expert Summarized Score
9.0
23 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.8
4,782 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The wrap comfortably surrounds and supports the neck and head. Easy to put on to use for long periods of sleep.
- BestReviews
July 1, 2019 | Full review
Trtl Pillow’s fleece-covered plastic frame provides unshakeable support to one side of your neck while remaining comfortable to wear.
- New York Times Wirecutter
June 7, 2019 | Full review
Trtl Pillow allows you to maintain an upright position, with all the same comfort of a typical U-shape pillow. Simply wrap it around your neck like a scarf and it will support your chin and neck whilst preventing your head from falling forwards. It's super soft too which is great for long journeys.
- T3
The Trtl pillow has the sort of super soft texture you will fall in love with. It feels so smooth with its fleece fabric and is machine washable, so you don’t need to worry about cleaning it.
- The Wife Choice
December 18, 2018 | Full review
Fleece is soft and plush which makes it comfortable.
- The Hunt Guides
October 8, 2018 | Full review
Due to its lightweight, you will feel great convenience in carrying it with you.
- Best Mattress Reviews
June 20, 2019 | Full review
Trtl Pillow is stylish as well as comfortable and functional. It’s available in different colors, and is soft to the touch thanks to the fleece finish.
- Road Affair
September 28, 2018 | Full review
It uses an innovative design that makes it half the size of a regular travel pillow.
- TenBestProduct
Although it looks thin as a piece of fabric, it contains comfortable inner cushion and strengthened ribs to support your neck. This soft travel pillow is easy to use as well; you wrap it around your neck to have it support your chin and head while taking a nap.
- Best Reviews Today
Excess fabric can conceal mouth hanging open.
- Tuck
The fleece cover is very snugly and warm, which I really do enjoy. I tend to get pretty cold on most airplanes, trains, and busses with A/C, so the fleece wrap is perfect for adding a bit of warmth around your neck during long journeys.
- Armchair Empire
It is much more compact – it’s approximately half the size of a regular travel pillow, and it weighs merely 148 grams. It is easy to carry and won’t take much space in your hand luggage.
- Sleep Advisor
July 2, 2019 | Full review
Lightweight & Compact: The Trtl Pillow weighs just under half a pound and is easily compacted to fit in your carry-on bag or on the outside of your rucksack. For travellers looking to avoid the bulk of a traditional U-shaped travel pillow, this is a good alternative.
- Nest Maven
The Trtl Pillow is a wrap around style pillow made from a soft micro-fleece cloth. Unlike other pillows, this one has no filling, but rather an internal support system that you adjust to fit against your head and neck. When unfolded, it looks like a scarf and is fully adjustable to customize to any body shape and size.
- The Sleep Judge
In my quest to find the best travel pillow, I’ve come across some very unique and quirky designs, but the Trtl Pillow is the first scarf looking one I’ve come across.The Trtl Pillow is like your average scarf, plus a flexible plastic insert for support, called the ISS (Internal Support system). The ISS gives your head something to lean on, even when you’re sitting up straight. To make leaning against the plastic more comfortable, the Trtl Pillow has a thin foam insert between the support system and the user’s neck/jaw/shoulder.
- Thither
April 16, 2015 | Full review
There’s no doubt that the Trtl pillow is an attractive design. It’s a contender for the most stylish pillow in this review because it looks so much like a regular scarf. But it’s also eminently practical.
- Byways
The small size and lightweight of just 148 grams makes it ideal to carry in any mode of transport. You can either put it in your bag or if you are in a rush, then merely fix it on a sling of the pack.
- Pretty Wild World
June 20, 2019 | Full review
The Trtl pillow is easy to wash and dry in the machine.
- Sleepei
January 21, 2019 | Full review
It looked like an infinity scarf and the fleece material looked super cozy.
- Travel Pockets
May 23, 2018 | Full review
Can be wrapped over mouth and nose to protect from germs (yours or your fellow passengers!)
- Mattress Clarity
December 21, 2018 | Full review
We love the Trtl neck support travel pillow because it's totally unassuming (it could easily pass for a fleece scarf). Plus, it's been scientifically proved to keep your head in a better position when sleeping upright.
- Jetsetter
July 3, 2019 | Full review
The Trtl Travel Pillow is a small, lightweight pillow option that fits easily into luggage. Best of all, it’s completely inconspicuous… No one will even know you have a pillow in tow.
- Pillow Picker
Trtl pillow instructions make it easy to use, if you're not sure, check out the Trtl pillow video
- Where is Sarah
November 25, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Doesn't provide direct head support like more traditional travel pillows
- BestReviews
July 1, 2019 | Full review
However, it’s not so great if you tend to shift position while you sleep.
- New York Times Wirecutter
June 7, 2019 | Full review
Restrictive .
- T3
Appropriate if you are 16 years old or more.
- The Wife Choice
December 18, 2018 | Full review
One of the major drawbacks in this design is that the fleece material can be suffocating for hot places.
- The Hunt Guides
October 8, 2018 | Full review
Because of the lower flexibility of its bracket, you would need to take extra care while storing it in other luggage.
- Best Mattress Reviews
June 20, 2019 | Full review
Despite its innovative design the travel pillow is not the most comfortable one that money can buy. It works great but having the hard insert does take away the comfort that a soft pillow would offer.
- TenBestProduct
Not compatible with over-ear headphones or earbuds.
- Tuck
People with longer necks will find that the Trtl to be a little short, and will have to tilt their necks unreasonably far to meet the Trtl’s plastic brace. This can definitely result in fast discomfort for those with taller necks.
- Armchair Empire
Only captures tilting in a single direction
- Sleep Advisor
July 2, 2019 | Full review
The Trtl Pillow retails for $29.99, which is slightly higher than the average cost for a travel pillow online.
- Nest Maven
May need to be adjusted for headphone and earbud use.
- The Sleep Judge
Plastic support can be uncomfortable at times.
- Thither
April 16, 2015 | Full review
The braces only flex lightly so they cannot be compressed and fit into the back entirely.
- Sleepei
January 21, 2019 | Full review
Sadly, this travel pillow wasn't giving me the neck support I had hoped it would.
- Travel Pockets
May 23, 2018 | Full review
The internal neck support system is non-adjustable.
- Mattress Clarity
December 21, 2018 | Full review
Some wish the pillow included a carrying case, while others lament that the pillow doesn’t fold flat.
- Pillow Picker
Can’t adjust the support system but in the Trtl Pillow plus model you can
- Where is Sarah
November 25, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The Trtl Pillow has been strategically designed to prevent a stiff neck while trying to sleep when travelling. Perfect for travel, the Trtl Pillow stops the need for you to lean against the airplane for head support, during rest. If you’ve tried foam airplane pillows, inflatable airplane cushions, travel bean pillows or an inflatable headrest, you’ll know how long it takes to find the best inflight pillow, especially when the provided airplane pillow can be disappointing. The Trtl Pillow is scientifically proven to hold the head in a better ergonomic position than a u neck pillow. A traveling pillow that you can use in the air, on a train, a bus or even on the sofa. The internal Trtl neck support system is combined with the Trtl scarf, a super soft, hypoallergenic polyester fleece wrap designed for optimum warmth and maximum comfort. This plush and fluffy neck pillow is much more cosy than most travel blankets for airplanes. The Turtle neck brace effect is created by the internal support system which designed to fit snugly between your face and shoulder, with strengthening ribs providing cushioned support in a neutral position. The internal support system is combined with a layer of foam, making the Trtl Pillow the best neck pillow for flying if you want to feel comfortable and relaxed. If you’re looking for a head support for air travel, which is also portable, lightweight and machine washable; we think the Trtl Pillow could be perfect for you. It’s also compatible with your favourite sleep mask, ear plugs and headphones. Take some tips from a turtle, and try the Trtl on your next flight.

Overall Product Rankings

1. MLVOC Memory Foam Travel Pillow
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 14
2. J-Pillow Travel Pillow
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 28
3. Dot&Dot Twist Memory Foam Travel Pillow
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 10
4. Trtl Travel Pillow
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 23
5. Dreamtown Kids Toddler Pillow
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 23
6. AERIS Travel Pillow
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 14
7. Therm-a-Rest Compressible Travel Pillow
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 12
8. Travelrest Therapeutic Memory Foam Travel & Neck Pillow
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 9
9. BCOZZY Chin Supporting Travel Pillow
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 19
10. Travelrest Ultimate Inflatable Travel Pillow
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 20

An Overview On Travel Pillows

Whether you travel by plane, train or automobile, chances are your journey is going to last at least a few hours. As long as you aren’t the driver, you’ll be able to rest your head and catch a few ZZZs. Travel pillows are the perfect solution, as bed pillows are just too big to realistically transport. When shopping for a comfortable travel pillow, there are a few things to look for.

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Determine who you’re buying the pillow for. There are pillows for adults, as well as children. The Dreamtown Kids Toddler Pillow is a good choice if you plan on bringing your kids along, as it resembles the bedtime pillow they have come to know and love and consists of hypoallergenic materials.

Kristin Forte/Simplemost Media

Look to see what type of support the pillow offers. You want a pillow that is going to prevent your neck from getting stiff and your muscles from getting sore. There are also models, like the J-Pillow Travel Pillow, that have added chin support to keep your head from falling over as you drift off to sleep.

Kristin Forte/Simplemost Media

Ask yourself what type of material you prefer? The two most common types are cotton and memory foam. Cotton is soft and comforting, while the memory foam is able to conform to your specific body shape.

Review the travel pillows uses. Some pillows are simply made for the neck and head, while others, like the Dot&Dot Twist Memory Foam Travel Pillow, can also be used to support the back or to prop up a leg.

Kristin Forte/Simplemost Media

Consider a travel pillow that comes with a few extras. The MLVOC Memory Foam Travel Pillow also offers customers a handy set of earplugs and an eye mask for quieting the senses. It also includes a travel bag to keep all of the pieces together.

DYWM Fun Fact

  • When we think of pillows today, we picture comfort and softness, but the first pillows used were literally hard as a rock. Back in 7,000 B.C., the ancient Mesopotamians used stone pillows. The Egyptians and Chinese followed suit. It wasn’t until the Industrial Era when pillows began to be used in households, and by this time, the pillows were soft.
  • In Hollywood, filmmakers would incorporate pillow fights into pictures to show conflict. The more feathers that flew out of the pillows, the more conflict was conveyed to the audience.
  • In Korea, Lee Jin-gyu actually married his life-size body pillow with the image of Fate Testarossa on it.
  • One of the more common pillow fillers in Asia is buckwheat.

The Travel Pillow Buying Guide

  • Look for a satisfaction guarantee or your money back clause when purchasing travel pillows online. This is always a good idea, since you can’t visit a store and physically try the pillows out.
  • Always read the product label to locate the cleaning instructions. Many travel pillows are safe to throw in the wash, but some aren’t. You don’t want to accidentally damage the pillow and have to shell out money for a new one.
  • Make sure the travel pillow doesn’t take up too much space so you have room in your luggage for more necessities. Another option is to choose a travel pillow can be attached to your luggage.
  • When it’s time to replace your travel pillow, consider a few alternative uses for it. You can use the pillow as a knee guard while gardening, a pet bed or even simply use the outer fabric as a rag for cleaning.
  • When comparing the price of travel pillows, you’ll need to take into account size and extra features. For example, the Dreamtown Kids Toddler Pillow costs less than the MLVOC Memory Foam Travel Pillow, as the toddler pillow is smaller. It also doesn’t come with a travel case, earbuds and an eye patch like the adult pillow. The Dot&Dot Twist Memory Foam Travel Pillow and the J-Pillow Travel Pillow are similar in price because they both have the same features, even though their design is slightly different.