Sitting on an airplane for hours can result in stiff, sore legs and feet, as well as swelling from lack of the good circulation that comes with exercise. Fortunately, footrests made specifically for flying can help reduce fatigue and make your flight more comfortable, so you can land feeling refreshed. To ensure you find the perfect in-flight footrest, we did some research and rounded up a few of our favorite models on the market. There’s a variety of inflatable options as well as ones that attach to the seat in front of you and act as a cozy hammock for your feet. Each of our picks is engineered to be easy to use and convenient for traveling.
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1. Sleepy Ride Airplane Footrest
This footrest simply hangs on the arms of your tray table and features adjustable straps that allow you to get the perfect length.
Pros: It’s crafted with thick memory foam and comes with a handy drawstring carrying bag. It’s available in black, purple and royal blue.
Cons: Some users may find the straps create stress on the arch of the foot over time.
2. Basic Concepts Footrest
This hammock-style footrest features plush memory foam and straps that adjust from 17 to 34 inches, allowing you to get the most comfortable position.
Pros: A double-reinforced construction ensures this style will last a long time. It comes with a convenient travel bag.
Cons: It may be better for shorter flyers.
3. Flypal Inflatable Footrest
This comes with two PVC cushions, one smaller and one bigger, to fit various legroom spaces on planes. They also feature Velcro details so they can be combined into one unit for extra height.
Pros: Sizeable air valves enable manual inflation in minutes and deflation within seconds.
Cons: These styles may be too bulky for super small spaces.
4. Visson Inflatable Footrest
This inflatable foot pillow is made with soft PVC. A double valve design lets you blow it up easily without needing an air pump.
Pros: A bag, eye mask and earplugs are included. The height is adjustable.
Cons: This style may be too bulky in plane rows with limited legroom.
5. Plane Mate Footrest
This footrest also attaches to the tray table in front of you. It’s equipped with thick memory foam, adjustable straps and a plastic insert that helps create a solid, flat surface to prevent feet from sliding together.
Pros: It comes with a carrying bag, compression socks, earplugs and an eye mask.
Cons: Some users may not find it big enough.
6. West Bay Footrest
Unlike the other hammock-style footrests, this one has a split design to prevent feet from getting squished together. It’s made with soft memory foam and breathable mesh for ultimate comfort.
Pros: This also comes with an eyemask and storage bag. It has thee strong nylon straps with rivet stitching.
Cons: It may not work for taller users.