About Copper Fit

Whether you’re a professional athlete, a weekend warrior, or just enjoy gardening in your spare time, Copper Fit is a brand of knee and elbow compression sleeves claimed to help support painful, stiff, and sore muscles, and to prevent the buildup of bacteria.

In order to accomplish this, the compression provided by Copper Fit is claimed to stabilize and support muscles, improve muscle circulation and oxygenation, prevent muscle strain and fatigue, and to help reduce muscle recovery time. In addition, Copper Fit is claimed to be lightweight and comfortable, to wick sweat and prevent chafing, and to feature anti-static and anti-piling (prevents it from bunching) properties.

When compared to other compression sleeves though, Copper Fit’s namesake is in its copper-infused fabric, which is claimed to help prevent the buildup of bacteria that can lead to the appearance of stains and odors, and that can accelerate fabric deterioration. While these copper ions only make up about 4% of Copper Fit’s total materials, the company makes it seem like it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread.

But is this really the case? In other words, can you really expect Copper Fit to works as advertised, and is it worth your hard-earned money? Consider the following:

What’s Different About Copper Fit?

As we mentioned above, the primary selling point for Copper Fit is that these sleeves contain copper-infused fabric, which is claimed to help prevent the buildup of bacteria, as well as the stains, odors, and deterioration this can cause. We’ll talk more about the effectiveness of this copper-infused fabric in a moment.

For now though, keep in mind that once you clear all the marketing hype away, there doesn’t seem to be any significant difference between Copper Fit sleeves and a generic neoprene sleeve you’d find at your local pharmacy or sporting goods store.

Can Copper Fit’s Compression Provide Any Benefits?

As we detailed in our The Science of Compression Wear article, prescription-only compression garments have been used in medicine for many decades, due to their ability to “prevent the occurrence of, and guard against further progression of venous disorders,” prevent the formation of blood clots, improve blood flow, reduce inflammation, and more.

However, when compared to consumer-grade compression wear (like Copper Fit), medical-grade compression garments “use stronger elastics to create significant pressure.” In other words, the amount of compression—and therefore the level of benefits you’ll receive—is much higher with compression wear used in the medical community.

Are There Any Health Benefits Related to the Copper in Copper Fit?

Here’s where you have to tread lightly. This is because the Copper Fit website uses some fuzzy language when it comes to copper’s benefits, claiming it “is known to possess antimicrobial properties and enhancement benefits.” Exactly what these “enhancement benefits” are isn’t made clear. But what about copper’s anti-microbial properties?

In short, the copper-infused fabric featured in Copper Fit may help reduce bacteria buildup, which can help prevent odor and stains. After all, you’ll probably be fairly active in your Copper Fit sleeve, so it’s perfectly reasonable that it will get dirty and sweaty.

Keep in mind though, that Copper Fit claims that their copper-infused fabric has been “tested to remain effective for numerous washes.” In other words, after a long enough period of time has passed, all (or most) of the copper will no longer be present.

See also: Can Copperwear Provide You With Pain Relief?

Are Customers Having Good Experiences with Copper Fit?

Based on 100 HighYa reader reviews for Copper Fit (as of 2/13/15), Copper Fit has an average rating of 2 stars, with common complaints citing:

  • Poor quality products that don’t provide adequate compression.
  • Poor customer service (difficulty processing refunds, numerous upsells during calls).
  • High S&H charges (more about this next).
  • Extremely long shipping times, often lasting 2+ months.

Copper Fit’s manufacturer, Idea Village based out of Wayne, NJ, holds an A rating with the Better Business Bureau, despite holding more than 130 closed complaints. Most of these mirror the complaints noted above.

Copper Fit Pricing & Refund Policy

2 Copper Fit knee or elbow sleeves are priced at $19.99 plus $15.98 S&H, and are available in size S-XXL.

Note: Keep in mind that when you’re asked how many “Buy One Get One Knee (or Elbow) Sleeves” you’d like during checkout, this references the number of pairs, or sets, that you’d like. In other words, don’t be fooled into thinking that you can order 1 elbow sleeve and 1 knee sleeve. If you do something like this, you’ll actually end up paying twice ($35.97 X 2).

Copper Fit comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. This means that if you decide to return your sleeves, you’ll immediately lose nearly $16 in S&H charges, in addition to whatever it will cost to ship them back to the manufacturer. In reality, you might end up losing more in S&H charges than you’ll receive as a refund, which is a tactic many ASOTV products use.

With this said, in order to process a refund you’ll need to contact customer service at 855-818-8300.

Will Copper Fit Provide Improved Mobility & Reduced Pain?

Chopping to the point: If you suffer from minor mobility problems or joint pain, the mild compression provided by Copper Fit sleeves may help provide some relief. However, other than perhaps providing some microbial protection, the copper contained in Copper Fit provides no health benefits whatsoever.

This means that, from a performance perspective, it’s likely that Copper Fit will provide the same level of support as any generic neoprene sleeve from your local pharmacy. In fact, Copper Fit is available at a variety of retailers, so if you’re dead-set on trying it out, this can help you save a ton of hassle if you need to return it, as well as losing a big chunk of change in non-refundable S&H charges.

Related: Common Sports Injuries: Your Guide to How They Happen & Best Ways to Prevent Them

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204 Customer Reviews for Copper Fit

Average Customer Rating: 2.2
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 42 4 stars: 17 3 stars: 6 2 stars: 13 1 stars: 126
Bottom Line: 31% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Doesn't work

    If you have a little weight around your middle, it will roll and not fix flat. Not good for a bad back, but it "may" help support weak muscles.

    It "may" help you a little and $20 isn't a big loss, but don't expect much. Watch the TV ad closely, all of them have flat stomachs, so the belt fits flat on them and doesn't roll. I wouldn't recommend it.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Love my Copper Fit

    • Utah,
    • Jan 15, 2017

    I had tennis elbow because of work, so I bought the Copper Fit sleeve. It works, and after two days of wearing it, I could move my arm with more ease at work. Getting more products ASAP.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Junk

    This is an absolute piece of junk. According to the knee compression sleeve box itself, it's only made of 12% spandex (which in itself spandex is not for compression therapy due to low elastic composition) and 88% polyester, with copper being only 4% of that 88% polyester.

    This company is taking advantage of the elderly and orthopedically disabled. It's all a huge scam. If you want relief, go to a medical professional, where you'll spend less money in the end and have actual joint pain relief by using real medically proven equipment.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 16 out 16 people found this review helpful

    Shady Company

    • Los Angeles, CA,
    • Dec 23, 2016

    Horrible experience. I ordered two ankle sleeves, I never got an e-mail confirmation of my order. They billed my credit card and it took 6 weeks to get my order. When it arrived, the boxes that the products were in were damaged.

    There was no return information enclosed, not even a label. I had to mail it back. Firstly, this was because they did not inform me that my order was confirmed, they took too long to get the product and made me ship it back at my expense.

    They refunded only one of the two items and the refund e-mail indicated they charged me $18.97 for shipping & handling.

    Shady outfit. Besides, there are other copper infused sleeves and supports that work just as well out there. This is a marketing hype and a crummy business to deal with. Sure, they offer a 60-day money back guarantee but what they don't tell you, you will have to incur the cost of mailing and they require tracking.

    This has cost me about $11.00 to send back. I hate shady companies. So next time you see that deceptive commercial, move on.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 9 out 15 people found this review helpful

    Chronic Pain Head to Toe

    I have spinal issues, diabetic neuropathy, and other nerve damage. Frankly I have enough Copper Fit gear to armor myself head to toe. I swear by it, especially the socks. The pain I feel without them frankly is enough to jolt me out of bed and keep me up all night. Compression or copper, I don't give a hoot, it works regardless.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 10 people found this review helpful

    knee and elbow sleeves

    I am a high school bowling coach and have been for 10 years.

    During that time I have suggested to the bowlers with knee problems to use the copper fit to help with the pain.

    I also bowl in two senior leagues and have told many of the older bowlers about the knee sleeves.

    I have found that many of them have thanked me for the info on how well they work, as I wear one on each knee myself.

    I have also noticed that a few of them are also wearing the elbow sleeves, which work well also.

    My problem now is that many of the stores that have been carrying these products don't have them anymore.

    keep up the good work on these items, I will keep telling every body how well they work, I know a lot of the seniors would not still be bowling if it were not for copper fit products.

    Thanks for your time!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Knee support

    • United Kingdom,
    • Dec 4, 2016

    I have bought numerous knee supports that haven't worked but when I was in Florida I bought this knee support and can honestly say the knee support has given me the relief from pain. Now I am back home and have been trying to get one in this country. I paid $19.99 for it in Florida but buying from Amazon they are charging £45 pounds for the same item. So I will be waiting until I am back in Florida in June to get them.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    No Back Support

    I was expecting a tight snug Velcro fit and at least some back support. This doesn't offer any back support and only provides warmth and sweating. If you want back support and some back pain relief don't purchase this item. You get what you pay for. If you want real back support you will need to pay for it.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 10 out 14 people found this review helpful

    Increased Pain

    • Battle Ground, WA,
    • Nov 7, 2016

    Purchased my back brace and it came in a timely manner, made me super happy, that is until I put it on. Within 15 minutes I was in more pain than I started with, after 30 I couldn't take it anymore and I actually tore it off. Thinking maybe that time was just me I tried it twice more and it was a repeat of the first time. Fred Meyers carries one that works much better and is a lot less expensive. Bottom line, don't waste your money or time on this crap.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 11 people found this review helpful

    Works for me

    • Maryland ,
    • Oct 30, 2016

    I had back surgery 2 years ago and continue to have residual back aches. Bending, squatting and even getting up from the sofa can be tricky and painful. I tried the back brace and found it gave great support. Even better, the benefits of the compression stayed hours after removing the brace.

    Even my husband noticed I was walking better and getting off the sofa and out of the car with no issues.

    The copper benefits didn't much matter to me as other than wearing for light walking I won't be doing much working out in it. My eye was on the compression. In that department, it works great. I can barely tell I have it on yet it's giving great support.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 11 out 13 people found this review helpful

    Others work better

    I have had a back injury many years ago. I decided to try this and see. It helped some. But ones you buy in the drug store works much better. Maybe for someone who has a sprain, it may do something. Also got the knee brace. Did nothing except the top of it was so tight that it hurt. Useless.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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