Time for another inflatable travel pillow!
This one has a super cool inflation mechanism that I really enjoyed playing around with, and is much more comfortable than your standard inflatable pillow.
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What’s the Daydreamer travel pillow made out of?
Unlike most inflatable travel pillows, AirComfy’s Daydreamer pillow is actually comfortable.
The typical inflatable travel pillow will have some mildly scratchy material glued directly on to the inner “bag” that you inflate, and that’s one of the reasons that I almost never use inflatable travel pillows.
Thankfully, the Daydreamer solved this problem with a removable, micro-velvet cover.
You usually only see removable covers with memory foam travel pillows, but all other inflatable travel pillow manufacturers should definitely take a page out the Daydreamer’s book.
The cover itself does its job well. The company describes it as a “micro-velvet” material, but I think it’s definitely closer to a plush velour.
It’s not quite as soft as a true velour cover would be, but it’s miles better than anything else I’ve seen on an inflatable travel pillow.
As a bonus, the cover is machine washable! I put it through a test cycle with a standard washing/drying machine, and it actually held it’s softness remarkably well.
The entire pillow feels sturdy – I don’t see this pillow popping or leaking air anytime soon.
- INFLATE WITHOUT BLOWING: Inflate in 30-60 seconds by repeatedly pressing built-in inflation pump. Press air release valve to deflate in seconds.
- SUPERIOR ERGONOMIC NECK SUPPORT: Unlike memory foam, gel or microbeads, you can adjust the size to your preferred inflation level and firmness.
- ENJOY A GERM-FREE SLUMBER: Your removable micro-velvet pillowcase is washable! Now you can always travel with a fresh, clean pillow!
Is the pillow easy to inflate and deflate?
This is by far my favorite thing about the Daydreamer.
You inflate the pillow via a low profile “button” that’s hidden near the deflation valve.
It’s basically a small air pump built into the pillow, and it works much better than I expected.
It took me 30-45 seconds to inflate the pillow completely, which isn’t bad at all. Especially when the alternative is putting your mouth directly on a grubby plastic inflation valve…I’ll take the Daydreamer’s inflation button any day of the week.
Beyond the inflation button, they made the pillow with a very neat deflation valve as well.
It’s basically another “button” that lets air escape whenever you press it. You get complete control over how inflated the pillow is, which is absolutely fantastic for extensive travel.
If you’re using a normal inflatable pillow and you decide to let some air out of it, you have to take it off, unplug the stupid plastic valve, and then awkwardly squeeze it while guessing how much air you’ve let out.
With the Daydreamer’s deflation button, you can simply reach up and tap it while you’re still wearing the pillow.
This way, you can actually feel how much air you’re letting out of the pillow, which makes it infinitely easier to find that perfect level of inflation.
You can sort of inflate the pillow while wearing it, but it’s not as practical as the deflation method is.
What I usually do is inflate the pillow to its capacity, and then slowly let air out once I’m wearing it and settled in to my plane/bus/car seat.
You get such precise control with the deflation button that it’s almost impossible not to find the perfect level of inflation.
You can see a video by AirComfy demonstrating the inflation mechanism below:
What does it come with?
The Daydreamer travel pillow comes with a “fitted packsack” and a complimentary carabiner clip.
This was a little odd to me because most inflatable pillows are so small when deflated that you don’t really need a storage bag.
I’m not complaining, though, and the packsack really does make it easy to clip the pillow to your luggage.
Pros of the Daydreamer
- The deflation button. Really, it’s that fun to mess around with.
- It’s incredibly light – as are most inflatable travel pillows.
- The micro-velvet cover is, to date, the most comfortable cover I’ve ever seen on an inflatable travel pillow.
- AirComfy uses a very cool design that provides extra head and neck support while using the Daydreamer pillow. The back of the pillow is slightly raised and does a fantastic job of preventing your head from lolling around while you sleep.
Cons of the Daydreamer
- It’s still an inflatable pillow, and I’m almost always going to prefer good old memory foam to air.
- If you like sitting very upright, the back of the pillow does tend to push your head forward just a little bit.
- I did get a bit hot after extended use of the Daydreamer. I think this is a problem with most inflatable pillows, because you’re basically resting against a piece of plastic that doesn’t allow for any air circulation at all. The pillow’s cover, while comfortable, definitely traps even more body heat.
You can check the current pricing of the Daydreamer travel pillow here on Amazon.
It’s definitely a league above the $5 inflatable pillows you can buy in any airport, and the price range reflects that.
On the whole, I’m impressed with the Daydreamer.
Like I’ve said, I really tend to dislike inflatable travel pillows. Air just can’t compete with true memory foam, as far as I’m concerned.
However, I know some people do enjoy inflatable pillows, along with the unparalleled portability and easy storage they bring to the table.
The Daydreamer is definitely the most impressive inflatable pillow I’ve tested out, and I’ll be using it whenever I’m tight on packing space for sure.
The bottom line: The inflation and deflation mechanisms alone make the Daydreamer a fun purchase. I don’t have any major complaints about the pillow, and it’s definitely a huge step in the right direction for inflatable pillows as a whole.