About Tear Doctor
Tear Doctor claims to be a miracle adhesive that permanently fixes rips and tears in fabric, leather, upholstery, canvas, and more, in just 3 minutes. Because the bond created by Tear Doctor is as strong as the original fabric, the manufacturer claims that it’s ideal for fixing shoes or boots, mending a ripped jacket, repairing a broken baseball glove, or even patching up a painting.
In order to use Tear Doctor, the company claims you’ll just need to apply it to the edge of the tear and press the fabric together. Then, after 3 minutes, Tear Doctor is claimed to create a permanent bond that is soft and flexible, yet super tough. Despite this, Tear Doctor is claimed to be non-toxic and safe for kids to use.
You’re here because you want to know if Tear Doctor is worth the money, and if it can ultimately help you save money by hanging on to otherwise good clothes. We’ll get to that in a second, but first, consider the following:
What is Tear Doctor Made Of?
Although Tear Doctor is claimed to be highly effective and to be non-toxic, there’s no indication on the product’s website exactly what it’s made of, so there’s no way to confirm if this is actually the case.
However, one of the more popular fabric adhesives is Tear Mender, which also claims to be non-toxic, and is made primarily of acid-free latex. As such, assuming this is what Tear Doctor is made of, unless you have a latex allergy, you should be fine.
How Well Does Tear Doctor Repair Rips & Tears?
Tear Doctor is a very new product, and didn’t have any online consumer reviews available at the time of our research, although the product is manufactured by Telebrands, who also makes popular ASOTV products such as Copper Hands, Hurricane 360 Spin Mop, and Amish Secret.
Based on nearly 180 HighYa reader reviews for these products, they hold an average rating of 2 stars, with some of the most common complaints citing failure to work as advertised, poor quality products that begin breaking soon after opening, difficult customer service, and excessive S&H charges (we’ll talk more about this next).
With this said, referencing similar fabric adhesive products from mainstream manufacturers, most consumers appear to have been pleased with their purchases, although many stated that the bond isn’t as strong as it’s claimed to be, and that it becomes weaker the more heat it’s exposed to. As such, Tear Doctor may not be ideal for outside fabrics, especially during the summer months.
Regardless, keep in mind that this doesn’t necessarily mean Tear Doctor will perform as well.
Watch Your Edges
On top of this, whichever brand you choose, keep in mind that you need to have an edge in order to make Tear Doctor work. In other words, Tear Doctor is ideal for fabric seams, where you’ll have a small area of overlapping fabric that can be used to adhere the two sides together.
As such, Tear Doctor might be useful in pant and shirt seams, but may not be as useful for “clean” puncture wounds in fabrics.
Tear Doctor Pricing & Refund Policy
Although there is no indication as to the size of each bottle, 1 regular sized and 1 travel sized bottle of Tear Doctor is priced at $10 plus $6.99 S&H. The website indicates that you can also purchase a second set of Tear Doctor for an additional $6.99 S&H, although we weren’t presented with this option when attempting to check out.
Tear Doctor comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges, which means that if you’re dissatisfied, you could lose more money in S&H charges than you’ll gain as a refund. Most ASOTV companies recognize that this is a strong deterrent to processing a refund, which is something we discussed in detail in our 6 Things You Should Know Before Buying Your Next “As Seen on TV” Product article.
Regardless, if you’d like to process a refund, you’ll need to contact customer service at 855-668-1655.
Can Tear Doctor Help You Save Money?
Chopping to the Point: Considering the fact that Tear Doctor is a new product without any online customer reviews, and that numerous manufacturers offer very similar products (often for less money), we might recommend purchasing your fabric adhesive from a local retailer. If nothing else, this could help prevent you from losing money on S&H charges in the event you’re dissatisfied.