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Trtl Pillow Plus Review – is this really the best travel pillow you will own? We say yes.

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Is the Trtl Pillow Plus all it’s cracked up to be? We investigate in this Trtl Pillow Plus review. We also provide readers some information about how to use the Trtl Pillow Plus and where to buy it.

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The Trtl Pillow Plus

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Disclosure: After seeing this on an airplane, we actually reached out to Trtl and asked for a Trtl Pillow Plus so that we could review it. Trtl was gracious enough to provide us one, gratis. However, no guarantee on the nature of the review as asked for, offered or committed to. Thus, this review is unbiased. As always, we call ’em like ;em.

Trtl Pillow Plus Review

In our Trtl Neck Pillow Plus Review we examine this innovative and groundbreaking neck pillow from several different perspectives. Specifically, we will cover:

  • Buying Recommendation
  • What problem the Trtl Pillow Plus solves
  • Background on how it was reviewed
  • Trtl Pillow vs Trtl Pillow Plus
  • Trtl Pillow Plus Review itself
  • How to use the Trtle Pillow Plus
  • Where to buy the Trtl Pillow Plus

Buying Recommendation (should I buy the Trtl Pillow Plus?)

We are starting this Trtl Pillow Plus review at the end with a buying recommendation. We all know time is short and so for those with little time, let’s cut to the chase.

Should you buy the Trtl Pillow Plus? The answer is yes.


It solves a unique problem (more on this in a moment) for travelers regarding where to rest your head while sleeping upright. It’s well made, relatively affordable, and is the most unique travel pillow on the market today. Oh, and it works. You can actually sleep on a plane without a stiff neck.

So, yes, if you are looking for a quality travel pillow, the Trtl Pillow Plus not only fits the bill, it’s going to be best travel pillow you’ve ever owned (it has been for us).

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The Problem with Travel Pillows (and how the Trtl Pillow Plus Solves it!)

Travelers of all sorts have loathed the state of the travel pillow offerings. Two words: U-Shaped. Or maybe, a donut with a bite taken out of it. LOL

A large, puffy, u-shaped mess that is awkward to carry and doesn’t really do a lick of good when you actually need to sleep with it.

Classic U-Shaped / Donut Shaped Travel Pillow

The problem with most travel pillows is that they don’t really address the core challenge of sleeping upright (which is, of course, what you do on a plane).

Traditional travel pillows never really truly support the back of your neck. No matter what you do, there’s still a small spot of uncomfortable-ness behind your neck that can easily stiffen, not to mention make it hard to truly get comfortable. Which makes it hard to get to sleep.

Where U-shaped Travel Pillows have tried (and largely failed) to solve this problem, the Trtl aimed to correct this by simply allowing you to rest your head where it already is…upright…by adding a padded exoskeleton in the form of a scarf-life product.

Some airlines have added wings to the headrests of seats that adjust so travelers can lean their head against them trying to address the neck-gap problem. While this is a step in the right direction, it’s imperfect.

The Original Trtl Travel Pillow was invented by two mechanical engineers, Michael Corrigan and David Kellock back in 2013.

During their studies they were traveling quite a bit and realized there was a problem waiting to be solved. After 80+ prototypes and a tremendous amount of research the Original Trtl Travel Pillow (below) was born.

The Original Trtl Travel Pillow (widely lauded)

Later, after much success, Trtl released it’s second major product, the Trtl Pillow Plus, below.

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The Trtl Pillow Plus

Trtl Pillow Plus vs. the Original Trtl Neck Pillow (Trtl Pillow vs Trtl Pillow Plus)

We’ve compared the Trtl Pillow Plus and the Original Trtl Neck Pillow in the table below.

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How we reviewed the Trtl Neck Pillow

It’s only fair readers get a glimpse into how we reviewed the Trtl Neck Pillow. Here’s the tale of the tape for our review.

  • About Me
    • I am tall (6’1″)
    • Male
    • In general, I have difficulty sleeping on a plane
    • Getting comfortable enough to sleep is a challenge
  • How we reviewed the Trtl Pillow Plus
    • I took the Trtl on an early morning flight (5:30 am, to be precise)
    • Southwest Airlines
    • Window seat
    • And I was tired…very tired
    • Ordinarily, I’d have done a small takeoff nap and then slugged back some coffee and watched a movie
  • What model we tested
    • The Trtl Pillow Plus model was what we tested – their newest model (Trtl now has a Trtl Travel Pillow Plus model available which
    • Note: the box we received contained compression socks. These were not reviewed.

Here are some pics of packaging the Trtl Pillow Plus came in:

Did it work?

We were surprisingly happy with the Trtl Plus. Given my difficulty sleeping on planes I didn’t expect this to make much of a difference.

However, being able to rest my head in more of an upright position not only made my neck more comfortable, but also allowed me to get to sleep.

The comfort of the pillow was also superb. No unnecessary padding, but just enough.


Curious where to find those hotel pillows from your last stay? Check out our Guide to Finding the Best Hotel Pillows. 


What I liked

  • I loved the vertical neck / head support
  • I loved that it is adjustable (I am taller and so I was able to dip the back of the pillow a notch and find the perfect position for my head)
  • I like sleep! Something that almost never happens for me on a plane

What I didn’t like

  • Wrapping the pillow around my neck while seated next to someone on a plane was a little tight (although not too bad). Not a huge issue but it wasn’t quite the wide sweeping image you see (later, below) in Trtl instructions.
  • I felt (although did not confirm) that your neck might get a little hot after extended wear. The material is breathable.

A note: My wife made an observation when I first showed her the pillow – “Oh women’s makeup will smear on that” – I’ve no idea if that’s true, but it was an interesting observation. 

After we arrived out our destination, I toyed with the Trtl a bit more including testing it in the couch in our hotel room. Took a little vertical power nap on the couch of my hotel. Again, it came through for us.

Overall opinion?

I liked this thing. It’s the best travel pillow I’ve ever used. And now the only one I will bring with me on my trips.

How to use the Trtl Pillow Plus

The Plus Pillow is pretty easy to use. Simply remove it from it’s waterproof travel bag and wrap it around your neck like a scarf.

Image of Women Putting the Trtl Pillow Plus On

There are two buttons on the Plus Pillow that allow you to raise or lower the front or back part of the exoskeleton for maximum comfort and fit.

Image of woman adjusting the TRTL Pillow Plus

There’s a video on Trtl’s Website that explains how to use and adjust the Trtl Plus.

It took me a minute or two to figure out how to turn them (I wanted to twist them, but you actually have to push them a bit and then twist).

But the Plus Pillow can be nicely adjusted to fit taller or shorter neck or adjusted to compensate for any unique seat back adjustments that need made (e.g. reclining your seat slightly versus it’s complete and upright position).

Where to buy the Trtl Pillow Plus

The Trtl pillow is sold at a variety of different locations including many prominent retailers.

Of course, sells the Trtl Pillow Plus (click to see price).


Should I buy the Trtl Travel Pillow?

As we noted earlier, we are big fans of the Trtl Neck Pillow. It checks all the boxes for comfort, functionality and affordability.

Image of a Woman with Trtl Pillow Plus On and Eyes Closed

It’s easily stored during transport, is easy to use, and most importantly, it does it’s job. Which is the first neck pillow to actually do that.

Our recommendation is the Trtl Travel Pillow is a solid buy!

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Check out our Top Travel Pillows of 2019 Post

We’ve analysed several different travel pillows  beyond just the Trtl Pillow Plus and captured our thoughts in this post.

Here you will find a comparison and contrast of key features, price points, etc as well as information about what makes a great travel pillow.

Top Travel Pillows

Final Thoughts on the Trtl Pillow Plus

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Refs: All Images are sourced directly from Trtl with their permission.

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2 comments on “Trtl Pillow Plus Review – is this really the best travel pillow you will own? We say yes.

  1. Matt B

    I have the original and am not a fan. Way too hot with the fleece-type material wrapped around my neck. I much prefer a standard U-shaped memory foam.

    1. The C Boarding Group Post author

      The material used in the Pillow Plus is different than the older model. Is lighter and more breathable. But, I could see how that might be problem. I’ve never been able to find a good U-shaped pillow to work for me though. The neck gap is always an issue and I just end up with a stiff neck.


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