Let’s face it. There are hundreds of travel pillows on the market these days, each with their own design and unique features. And they can be found almost anywhere, from upscale luggage stores to department stores to budget-friendly dollar stores. But a neck pillow is a neck pillow, right? How much different could this one possibly be?
Well, let’s start with the fact that it’s inflatable. Most neck pillows are solid with a foam base or the same type of fill found in a bean bag chair. No matter how malleable they might be, they still take up a lot of room in a suitcase or carry-on. If carrying them by hand, you run the risk of dropping them, exposing them to dirt and germs, or possibly losing them. With Kmall, you can easily deflate the pillow to neatly fit inside any carry-on or even a big jacket pocket. This makes the product easy to take along no matter what the destination or the mode of travel. Plane, train, or automobile, you can rest easy. Inflating the pillow once again is quick and easy with an auto-fill button that lets you control how hard or soft you want it to be. The auto-fill is a far better option than blowing by mouth, which not only makes you susceptible to germs but can also make you feel dizzy if blowing too long or hard.
Next, the shape is different. The Kmall travel pillow has foregone the traditional U shape in favour of one that squares off and gently curves behind the neck, thereby providing a wider and more natural surface. It cradles the neck in almost the same shape as a bed pillow, as opposed to lying upon a rounded lump. The raised sections on either side protect the head from leaning too far left or right, so it’s kept in a stable, comfortable, and safe position.
Speaking of positions, the pillow can be used for more than just leaning back in a seat. Put it on a table and lean forward for resting face down or place it behind the small of your back for extra support when sitting.
The soft and plush cover is 100% cotton so it’s breathable and washable, and it even features a pocket for storing a small item, perhaps even a convenient eye mask. The inflatable liner is durable PVC. And the product comes with a matching, protective carry case for keeping everything clean, compact and easily portable.
The only feature we feel would make this travel pillow better is a Velcro strap, or perhaps even strings or ribbon that tie at the neck to assist in keeping the pillow in place rather than sliding around due to the open concept. This is a detail that many travel pillows now feature and the Kmall pillow would benefit from it as well. Otherwise, at the reasonable price of $28.95 (CDN) it currently tops our list as one of the best and most convenient travel pillows on the market. You can find the Kmall outlet on Amazon.ca