J-Pillow Travel Pillow Review

This pillow is a winner for comfort, but its larger size may dissuade super-light packers.

J-Pillow Travel Pillow Review

Price and Where to Buy J-Pillow Travel Pillow: $25 on

Pros: The pillow is extremely soft and feels nice against the skin. It has just the right amount of firmness, and holds its shape without pushing the head too far forward when in place. It didn’t lead to any post-flight neck pain or headaches (a not uncommon occurrence) even though it doesn’t hold the spine in a neutral position. Best of all, it actually facilitated sleep.

Cons: It’s not a small travel pillow, and since it’s not inflatable, it doesn’t get any smaller for transporting. Also, it looks vaguely phallic, which could draw looks from sleep-deprived fellow passengers. Because it was so soft, it didn’t grip the seat fabric at all and caused minor position adjustment issues during the otherwise-pleasant drift into sleep.

How J-Pillow Travel Pillow Rates:

  • Usefulness: 9/10. This is one of the best neck pillows I’ve used. And it was great to emerge from a long flight with no sleep-related neck pain.
  • Value: 8/10. The Amazon price of $25 (rather than the J-pillow suggested retail price of $53) still puts it at the higher end of the travel pillow spectrum. But it earns its place by being one of the most comfortable travel pillows available.
  • Durability: 7/10. Since it doesn’t fold up (and has no stuff sack or protective case), the J-Pillow can’t be tidily stashed when you’re not using it. It does have a loop so it could be hung on a bag strap for the trip through the airport. But simply because it’s a larger pillow that doesn’t get smaller for transport, it’s more exposed to wear while accompanying you on your travels.
  • Cool Factor: 8/10. The power to sleep on a plane is cool. End of story.

Final Verdict: For anyone looking for comfort above all, this is one of the best choices we’ve found. But if you’re trying to travel very light, its larger size may be a problem.

(Photo: J-Pillow)

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By Christine Sarkis

There's a 95 percent chance Senior Editor Christine Sarkis is thinking about travel right now. Follow her on Instagram @postcartography and Twitter @ChristineSarkis.

Christine Sarkis is an SATW-award-winning journalist and executive editor at SmarterTravel. Her stories have also appeared on USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, Huffington Post, and Business Insider. Her advice has been featured in dozens of print and online publications including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, and People magazine. She has also shared travel tips on television and radio shows including Good Morning America, Marketplace, and Here & Now. Her work has been published in the anthologies Spain from a Backpack and The Best Women's Travel Writing 2008. She is currently working on a travel memoir.

The Handy Item I Always Pack: The Trtl Pillow. It's easy to pack and comfortable, and makes it so I can actually sleep on flights.

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