What We Like
Innovative button inflation system
Deflates and packs into carrying case
Removable, washable cover
What We Don't Like
Stiff neck support
Slides around a lot
Squeaks as you inflate it
The AirComfy Push Button Inflatable Daydreamer aims to solve your travel pillow woes with an easy-to-inflate design that requires no huffing and puffing. After testing the Daydreamer in real life, we found that while this travel pillow does stand out in one area, it falls short in a few more. From durability and comfort to price and competition, we tested everything you need to know about this travel-friendly pillow for neck support.
Design: Ingenious inflation
The best part about this travel pillow is the way you inflate it. There’s a large button located next to the valve on the pillow. To fill it with air, you open the valve and repeatedly press the button until you reach your desired level of firmness. To deflate, push the button in the center of the valve, and in just a few seconds, you’ll have it flat and ready to pack up.
A note about inflation: we noticed a distinct squeak nearly every time we pushed down on the inflation button. It did stop once in a while, but it’s not a silent process and could become an annoyance.
The best part about this travel pillow is the way you inflate it. There’s a large button located next to the valve on the pillow. To fill it with air, you open the valve and repeatedly press the button until you reach your desired level of firmness.
Once you’ve inflated the pillow, the fun is pretty much over. It’s easy to overinflate the AirComfy Daydreamer, meaning it’s tough to settle into it once it’s on your shoulders. It has a tendency to slip and slide around rather than conforming to your neck. Of course, you can let a little air out, but this guess-and-check strategy isn’t the quickest way to total relaxation. The velvet cover doesn’t help much, only adding to the slipperiness. One positive note is that cover is removable, which makes for easy washing.
Portability: Quick to inflate and deflate
It takes less than a minute to inflate and deflate this pillow, which is a big plus. It easily fits into its matching travel bag, which has a clip that makes it easy to attach to your luggage. But once you have it on, don’t travel too far. There’s no adjustment clip to keep it snug on your shoulders.
Comfort: Leaves a lot to be desired
This isn’t the travel pillow for you if you’re looking for the contouring comfort of memory foam or the squishy support of bead-filled travel pillows. The stiff, air-filled chamber offers basic neck support with little opportunity for your neck and the travel pillow to become one. We could see a rough bout of turbulence causing your head to bounce against this pillow instead of it absorbing the motion. To get the best comfort from this travel pillow, sleep facing straight forward with the headrest of your seat acting as the main support of the pillow. This position will offer the least amount of sliding and the best shot at sleep.
The stiff, air-filled chamber offers basic neck support with little opportunity for your neck and the travel pillow to become one.
We also thought that the velvet pillow cover is soft but not very breathable, which is something to take note of if you’re a hot sleeper. And, while velvet is a nice tactile design touch, those with longer hair may find the pillow slipping and sliding around on their shoulders.
Overall, when it comes to comfort, you’re best off looking elsewhere. While this will certainly work in a pinch, it might be tough to get any substantial shut-eye with this travel pillow.
Durability: Machine-washable cover, but puncture-prone pillow
The velvet cover is removable, which means it’s much easier to wash than other options with non-removable fabric covers. Not only will this add to its overall lifespan, but it will also make it easy to wash that musty airplane smell off after each use.
Keep in mind, however, that the velvet cover is hiding a thick, air-filled plastic chamber. As with any inflated plastic, there is a risk of puncture. If it gets tossed around in your travels, you might find that it springs a leak or becomes torn, rendering it useless. The inside of the velvet travel pouch is a silky material that won’t snag or catch the plastic tube, but we still wouldn’t suggest leaving this neck pillow inflated when not in use and keeping it separate from sharp objects like pens or other objects in your bag that pose a puncture risk.
Price: Mid-range price for minimum comfort
There are many other options out there for the same price or lower that will give you more comfort than the Daydreamer. At about $20, this travel pillow isn’t quite a steal and might deprive you of shut-eye if you can’t get it situated on your shoulders. If the easy-to-inflate feature is a big deal to you, you might consider shelling out the bucks to buy it, but otherwise there are less affordable budget travel pillows or more expensive (and much more comfortable) options to splurge on.
Competition: Packs a punch for portability, but gets knocked out for comfort
When it comes to portability, the Daydreamer does rank higher than some of the other popular travel pillows on the market. Not only does it deflate to save space, but it includes a pouch to stash it in that can also be clipped onto your carry-on. Other inflatable travel pillows, such as the Comroll Travel Pillow, lack the push-button inflation and included travel pouch—meaning you’ll have to shove it in an empty spot in your bag then dig it out when it’s time to get cozy.
Both the BCOZZY and Trtl are better options if comfort is your biggest consideration. While these travel pillows aren’t inflatable and take up a little more room when traveling, they offer better neck and chin support. They’re more expensive than the Daydreamer, but the extra dollars are well worth it.
Better than nothing, but not a best buy.
If you’re in a pinch and this is your only option, the AirComfy Push Button Inflatable Daydreamer is slightly better than not having a travel pillow on-hand when you really need some sleep. But we wouldn’t make this our first pick for a supportive, go-to option since its balloon-like air chamber lacks the ability to conform to your shoulders and has a tendency to slide around.
- Product Name Push Button Inflatable Daydreamer Travel Pillow
- Product Brand AirComfy
- SKU 5937249
- Price $18.95
- Weight 8.8 oz.
- Product Dimensions 11 x 11 x 3.5 in.
- Color Blue, Dark blue, purple, pink, grey
- Included Inflatable pillow, travel pouch, tag with instructions