As I was
wasting spending time on Pinterest as usual, I came across this bizarre sleeping contraption. No it wasn’t the Trtl Pillow, but in essence you could consider it the Trtl Pillow’s great-grandfather.
The Trtl Pillow (pronounced as ‘turtle’) is basically like that neck brace sleeping contraption above, except not half as weird looking.
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. The scarf also has a velcro strap to fasten it in place.
Watch this video to see how it works:
Note: In the photos and in the video, I left the removable stickers on the scarf for demonstration purposes.
Read more of the reviews of the other best travel pillows here.
- Doesn’t look as weird as other travel pillows
- Lighter and more compact than most pillows
- Soft and comfy
Unlike the Travelrest pillow, the Trtl Pillow doesn’t look like a demented banana. In fact, it looks somewhat normal. From a distance the Trtl Pillow looks like a scarf, except when you look more closely, you’ll see that one side is a bit higher and larger than the other. I’d imagine it would look more like a scarf if I had longer hair covering the side of the scarf, like in the official product photo.
This is the lightest and least bulky sleeping device I’ve come across, making it easy to travel with. The internal support system really helps to make the Trtl Pillow support your head and can be placed either forward supporting your jaw, or at the sides of your face, allowing you to lean sideways.
- Plastic support can be uncomfortable at times
After testing the Trtl Pillow (pronounced as ‘turtle’) out, I’ve noticed that if you don’t get the fit right, the plastic support system can dig into your neck and ultimately be uncomfortable. I like wearing the Trtl Pillow loose, giving my neck some space and making it less restricting.
I also prefer not to use the Trtl Pillow when wearing collared shirts and turtle neck shirts, because I’ve felt that they can get in the way and make the Trtl Pillow feel restraining.
Since it is practically a scarf, the Trtl Pillow is very warm which can be both a blessing and a curse. Planes are known for being cold, so the Trtl Pillow would be perfect for that situation, but if you’re planning on using the Trtl Pillow in hotter climates, you may want to try another pillow.
The Trtl Pillow (pronounced as ‘turtle’) is a refreshingly innovative product in a generally mundane space. Some stand out features of this scarf are it’s supportiveness and compactness. Compared to some of the other travel pillows I’ve tested, the Trtl Pillow isn’t the most comfortable, but it’s compactness makes it the ideal choice for anyone looking to travel light and wanting a good night’s sleep on a plane.
Compare the Trtl Pillow with the other best travel pillows.
Trtl Pillow Review Ratings
Where to Get It:
- You can find the Trtl Pillow here on Amazon.co.uk and here on Amazon.com.
- And here on the Trtl Pillow’s website
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The Trtl Pillow was provided for this review. As always, this Trtl Pillow review contains only my honest views and opinions. 🙂