Best Footrest for Plane Travel 2022

Best Plane Footrests
Best Plane Footrests (Image credit: Econo High)

If you fly often, it's worth investing in the best footrest for plane travel. This will mean you don't have to keep your legs in the same stiff position for your entire flight. A decent footrest can help align your feet and legs into a more comfortable position. There are a variety of footrest shapes and sizes for every need; here are some of the best you can buy.

Which one should you choose?

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A footrest can help you feel more comfortable while flying. Perhaps it can help you get comfortable enough to sleep on an airplane. There are plenty of options to choose from here; it depends on your individual use case and what kind of angle and height you find most comfortable for your feet.

If I had to pick just one, I'd go for the Angemay Airplane Footrest (opens in new tab). This foot hammock is the best intersection of price, portability, and comfort. It takes up very little space in your carry-on luggage. Since it's adjustable from 17 to 32 inches, anyone from a child to a tall adult can use it comfortably. In addition to an airplane or other modes of transportation, it can also be used for long hours at your office desk to alleviate fatigue.

An entirely different kind of product, the Maliton Inflatable Foot Rest Pillow (opens in new tab) inflates into a 17-inch-by-12-inch-by-18-inch block. It may take up the entire space between your feet and the seat in front of you. This makes it ideal for a toddler to stretch out and sleep, or just a different way to fold your legs. It's important to note that not every airline will allow the use of this kind of pillow, so be sure to check before you fly. A travel pouch is included with the Maliton. Since it's just a simple block, it can be used as an ottoman or extra seating anywhere, not only on an airplane.

Karen S Freeman

Karen is a contributor to as a writer, social media manager, and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for AppAdvice and WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is a wife and mom (and dog mom) who is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to travel the world and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.