The slim RestAHead, soft Kuhi Comfort, and headband-style Travel Halo are the top portable pillow choices of Peter Greenberg, travel editor for CBS News. Testing site The Wirecutter also recommends the space-saving REI Self-Inflating Travel Pillow or the AirComfy. Travel pillows aim to provide a compromise between comfort and portability.
The small Travel HoodiePillow and Cabeau Evolution Pillow also receive positive reviews from Peter Greenberg. The inflatable SkyRest pillow is unique in that it provides support for sleeping while lying forward rather than leaning back in the seat.
The Wirecutter notes that REI's Self-Inflating Travel Pillow is partially foam-filled and is small enough to fit into a fist-sized drawstring bag, making it an ideal tiny support for those needing to save luggage space. The slightly stiffer AirComfy comes with a strap to attach around a seat back.