Inflatable Pillow – 2017 Buyer’s Guide

Inflatable Pillow Selection– Are they worth it? Which one should I get?

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WINNER: Onwego Camping Pillow

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This is my current favorite, and I’ve tried over 20 different brands in my time.

  • Awesome color selection (I’m partial to the camouflage).
  • Great customer feedback (Just look at what people are saying).
  • Super compact and light weight.
  • Comes with a convenient carrying case.


Long story short: They’re all going to deflate over time. I’m still waiting for a better technology to emerge, but for now I’ll just deal with replacement my inflatable pillow every few years. They are relatively cheap, and I get a lot of good use out of them, so it’s definitely worth my time.

Runner Up: Outsmart Inflatable Pillow

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Some people swear by the unique design of this one, which supposedly creates unmatched comfort.

Unfortunately, it only comes in one color, which is not my favorite… so I have to recommend the Onwego instead.

I first learned the value of a good inflatable pillow on a long haul trip from the New York to Kuala Lampur Malaysia.

Just in case you wanted to know, that’s a brutal 21 hour trip with a short stop in Amsterdam.never again without a inflatable pillow

Economy seating is no joke, which you probably know if you’ve ever been on an international flight. I frankly don’t know how they can even sell those seats to an adult human. It just seems cruel and inhumane. I could swear that the amount of room on those things seems to be decreasing over time as well. I don’t know if it’s my imagination, but I think that for the past 20 years airlines have been slowly and subtly decreasing legroom.

Don’t even get me started on the ‘reclining seats’! What does that little button push give you? Maybe 2-3 inches tops, which really does not do anything to your overall comfort level. It’s all about the illusion of control, the illusion that the airline cares about your comfort and you’re not just some piece of cattle-class livestock.

The pillows that they hand out on these flights are an absolute joke, for those long haul flights where they still do hand out pillows. That 21-hour trip was the one that finally made me snap, and I broke down and bought an overpriced and cheaply made inflatable pillow from a Schipnol airport (Amsterdam) gift shop. From that day on, I would never again travel without one.

The best flight pillows make the best inflatable pillows for cars.

Either of these two recommendations will work well. You could also just stick to the included inflatables if you are looking for a car mattress, although in my experience these aren’t as good. It’s worth shelling out a couple extra bucks to get a dedicated place to rest your head, as that makes a world of difference when it comes to your overall comfort level on a long haul car trip or camping stop.

Has anyone ever seen these out in the wild? I’d love to find out where I can get a pair.

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