Ostrich Pillow Go vs Trtl Pillow Plus

If you’ve every tried snatching forty winks mid flight, on a train, in a car or while waiting for your delayed flight to be announced, you’ll know how uncomfortable it can be resting your head against a hard, cold surface like glass or the bulkhead of an aircraft. It's even worse when the seat in question doesn’t even have a headrest.


There are a number of travel pillows on the market – from soft bead-filled models to cheap plastic blow-ups – but we wanted to try something that provides a bit more neck support for those times when a seat doesn’t have any kind of headrest. And so, after a great deal of research and digestion of a myriad user and professional reviews, we alighted on these two models which are said to provide decent head support no matter the seating situation.


First out of the blocks is the Ostrich Pillow Go, a slightly bulky but undeniably comfy memory foam pillow that wraps around the neck, preventing the head from bobbing about. Covered in soft, smooth, washable ‘viscolastic’ tracksuit-type material, the Ostrich Pillow Go provides great head support. Simply wrap it tightly round your neck and attach the velcro tabs. One side is higher than the other which is great for those who sleep with their head to the right but not so good for those who sleep to the left. We still can’t work out why this should be. Whatever, the memory foam does help support the head but not quite as successfully as its direct competitor, the new Trtl Pillow Plus. 


The Trtl Pillow Plus incorporates a plastic head-brace that can be adjusted in height to suit different neck lengths. To use, position the brace on the collarbone area, adjusting its height if necessary, and wrap the super soft fleece it’s incased in tightly round the neck as you would a scarf. Now attach one end of the fleece to the other using the velcro strips. This model is really comfortable and holds the head in a better position than most. Granted, some travellers may find the brace digs too much into their shoulder, making it feel uncomfortable. However, with some fine adjustment of the height adjustment toggles you should find a happy medium. Alternatively, if you have a small head, perhaps consider the newly launched Junior Trtl Pillow Plus which is designed for kids and small adults.


We tried the Trtl on a recent train journey and can vouch that it does the trick. Yes, it does look like you’re wrapped up like a mummy on a winter's day but at least it lets you grab a few winks and stops your head from nodding about. You can also position the fleece to cover your mouth in case it drops open or even dribbles. The Trtl is also much easier to travel with since it all packs down into a curved but relatively flat package.


One shouldn’t discount the Ostrich Pillow Go because in many ways it’s a more comfortable product to use. However, it is quite bulky to travel with and it doesn’t support the head as well as the Trtl. For my money, the Trtl Pillow Plus wins the contest simply because it’s easier to transport, it’s perfectly comfortable, it supports the head really well and I can cover my mouth lest I start dribbling.