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A few weeks ago, I wrote about the Kickstarter that is going on for the Trtl Pillow Plus

(SEE ALSO: Kickstarter Trtl Pillow Plus – The First Fully Adjustable Travel Pillow)

I reached out to the TRTL company and they sent me 2 pillows – one grey version of the original Trtl Pillow and a blue prototype version of the new Trtl Pillow Plus. I tried them out and wanted to give a brief review of the 2 pillows

Trtl Travel Pillow review

First I tried out the original Trtl Travel Pillow.

a man with a neck pillow

Don’t I totally look like I’m asleep?!?! 🙂 I did want to try it out for a nap but didn’t have the time to do it before the Kickstarter expires (on November 1)

a man with a neck brace

The original Trtl travel pillow has a molded plastic piece inside the fabric that supports your neck. There’s lots of science that says that supporting your neck like this is much better for sleeping (as compared to a traditional neck pillow) and that is what the TRTL pillow is based on.

I will say that it DOES look a little dorky but you shouldn’t care – your eyes will be closed!!! 😀

You can get the original version of the Trtl Travel Pillow on Amazon

Trtl Travel Pillow Plus review

Then I tried out the Trtl Travel Pillow Plus. It was interesting to see some of the improvements that they have made. Probably the biggest one is that in the original Trtl Pillow there was just one large plastic piece that supported the neck. In the new Trtl Pillow Plus, there are a couple of different pieces of plastic that all fit together.  These pieces are adjustable, and you can twist the knob on the side (see picture below) to adjust it and make it more wide or more narrow. This makes the Trtl Pillow Plus fit different head sizes and shapes.

a man with a neck brace

a man with a neck brace

It supports the neck really well and I could definitely see myself sleeping in this on a long flight.

(SEE ALSO: 4 tips to survive a red eye flight in economy)

It’s better than just a neck pillow because it can’t slip down.  One other trick we found on both pillows was that you want to keep your ear INSIDE the pillow as it’s much more comfortable. It’s also pretty easy to just slide around to the other side if you want to lean your head the other way.

What’s the difference between the Trtl Pillow and Trtl Pillow Plus?

As you might imagine, since it has a similar name and is made by the same company, the Trtl Pillow and Trtl Pillow Plus are pretty similar. Here are a few differences between the Trtl Pillow and Trtl Pillow Plus

  • I think the biggest difference is that the Trtl Pillow Plus is adjustable – you can move it up and down based on the shape of your head and neck.
  • The original Trtl Pillow is slightly lighter and folds up slightly smaller, but both of them are pretty compact so I don’t think that’s really a big deal.
  • The Trtl Pillow Plus has a lighter and cooler fabric, while the Trtl Pillow has warmer fleece fabric.

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