Car Neck Pillow Ratings: Our Testing Process
Each car neck pillow we recommend in this article underwent two rounds of reviews. We started by searching Amazon for top products, looking at customer ratings, Amazon superlatives, and prices.
To test car neck pillows, our review team affixed each pillow according to the manufacturer’s directions. Our tester wore each pillow for an hour while seated in a cloth-upholstered car seat. While wearing each pillow, our tester assumed various postures that included sitting upright and trying to rest with his head inclined.
We also removed the cover from each neck pillow and gave it a run in the washing machine (except for the Aeros pillow, which you must wash by hand in warm water).
We ordered several pillows and tested each, focusing on support, comfort, adjustability, and portability. We also washed each neck pillow to ensure it held up in a washing machine.
Support: A saggy neck pillow will do little to ease neck strain. Products that scored best in this category offered stable neck support and didn’t bow under the weight of the tester’s head.
Comfort: A scratchy or overly firm neck pillow can be uncomfortable. We gave the highest marks in this category to pillows that use soft cushion material and keep the head in a comfortable posture to maintain for long periods of time. Pillows made of breathable materials that don’t get overly hot also scored well in this category.
Adjustability: Everyone’s head is different, so the best neck pillow should be adjustable to fit snugly and securely. Pillows that scored best in this category feature easy-to-use mechanisms for finding the perfect fit.
Portability: Car neck pillows typically serve as travel pillows, so portability is essential. Pillows that are easy to carry and stow scored highest in this category.
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Each year, we test over 350 auto products on vehicles and in our testing lab. Our team of product testers thoroughly researches top products, unboxes and puts our hands on each component, and tests the items on real vehicles before making recommendations to readers.
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