Product review – Cabeau’s Cool Evolution Pillow

Oh, the site of people with their bead-filled neck pillows swinging from their hand luggage, their tote bag, or a half inflated one poking out of a waistband. It’s a familiar sight at airports, bus and railway stations. You can buy them as little as $10 at some places and double that at the departure point of your trip.

However, I’ve never found any neck pillow to be any good. If I don’t get at least a little horizontal, it just doesn’t work for me. But with 15 countries to visit in a 12 month period, I was willing to try anything to gain some sleep.

The internet was abuzz with the Cabeau and I was willing to fork out what I consider a reasonable amount of money for a high-quality product that everyone seemed to think was what we call in Australia ‘the bee’s knees‘.

On my long-haul flight from Melbourne to Santiago, I got myself ready for sleep and set myself up with a blanket, eye mask, put the earbuds in that are provided and nestled in for sleep.

Did it work? Yes and no. The memory foam certainly helps in supporting the neck and it was good at allowing me to stop flopping my head no matter how I slept.

At first, I felt a bit like Goldilocks.

~ This one’s too soft.

~ This one’s too hard.

~ This one is j-u-s-t- right!

I was going to write pros and cons but this is such a personal issue and depends on generally how you sleep upright. I liked the following features:

  • Can be packed down into a small carry case reducing it by half it’s size so it allows more space in your bag. The dimensions of the pillow are 28 x 23 x 12 cms.
  • Adjustable tightness for your neck using two drawstrings.
  • Fastex buckles mean you can clip the neck pillow in place while wearing it.
  • One size fits all.
  • Nice colours – I know how daggy is that but I do try and keep my stuff all one colour so I know what I’m looking for when packing.
  • Built-in air vents which stops you feeling sweaty.
  • Small memory foam earplugs that do block out some ambient noise, conveniently pack into the mesh pocket on the side.
  • Easily fits headphones even noise cancelling ones.
  • The cover can be removed for washing.
  • If you have long hair, you’ll probably want to tie it up or pull it out from the neck pillow because once you set yourself up, it can be snug and your long hair may be annoying tucked in.

On my return flight from Abu Dhabi, I had four gorgeous seats to myself – woo hoo! I opened the Cabeau pillow flat along with an airline pillow and voila – sleep. Nine hours of sleep!

Material – the cover is 80% cotton / 20% polyester. The pillow itself is 100% polyurethane memory foam

Price – at the time of this review the pillow is $69.95.

Colour options – Black. Purple. Blue. Red.

Price – $44.95 which is pretty good considering the bean ones are $20 from airports.

Where to purchase – I bought mine online from The Travel Universe. You can click here to find more information. But no matter where you are in the world, they are only a click away.

Now it’s your turn.

What is your favourite neck pillow or another way to sleep while travelling?

Leave a comment below.


  1. Georgia on December 17, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    I didn’t like this neck pillow much. Found it a bit bulky and stiff for me. But out of all the ones in the market, it probably is the best.

    • deborah on January 18, 2019 at 10:48 am

      Pillows are so personal aren’t they? Yes, it is a little bulky but like you said, it’s the best I’ve tried to so far.

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