About Tommie Copper

Tommie Copper is a clothing manufacturer that specializes in helping their customers relieve persistent aches and pains through copper infused compression-oriented shirts, shorts, gloves, and socks. According to the company, their unique clothing line helps support muscles, joints, and surrounding tissue, which ultimately decreases swelling and increases mobility.

Tommie Copper is based out of Kisco, NY, and has been in business since 2010. The company holds an A- rating with the Better Business Bureau, based on 19 closed complaints over the past three years. Online reviews appear to be mixed, with the most common complaints citing long shipping times and failure to work.

Tommie Copper Features & Products

Similar to Copper Wear, Tommie Copper manufactures “Pro+ Ionic” copper-infused compression wear that is claimed to release ions that “may help reduce the oxidants in the body and is a natural, permanent anti-bacterial agent with skin benefits.” Additional benefits include increased oxygen transport, improved muscle tone, “free radical” neutralization, relief from muscle soreness and stiffness, and much more.

With numerous compression and non-compression products for men and women, in addition to several accessories, the Tommie Copper brand has a wide target audience. These include everyone from high-level athletes to grandmothers who enjoy gardening—essentially anyone who experiences fluid buildup in their joints, muscle stiffness, or sore, tired legs.

In addition to its health benefits, Tommie Copper claims their compression wear is designed using “3D compression” technology, and is the most comfortable on the market; because after all, if people aren’t wearing their clothing, they won’t be able to reap the benefits. However, the company admits that not all customers will immediately experience the benefits of their compression wear, as some will take longer due to their individual physiology.

Tommie Copper Pricing & Refund Policy

Due to the wide variety of Tommie Copper products available, prices can vary widely. However, based on our research, most products range between $24.50 and $169.50.

All Tommie Copper products come with an unrestricted 60-day return policy. If you’re dissatisfied for any reason within this time, you can send your clothing back to the company—used or otherwise—and will only be responsible for shipping and handling fees. Simply contact customer service at 855-692-8291 to begin the process.

Does Copper Even Work For Pain Relief?

There is no known scientific evidence available demonstrating that copper infused compression wear will provide constant and reliable relief. In fact, according to a study done on 70 patients at NCBI, the conclusion drawn was that magnetic copper bracelets (mixed with other placebos) do not provide much pain relief to the individuals who were suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, after looking through the Tommie Copper website, we were unable to find any clinical evidence supporting that copper works for everyone.

Pros

  • Claims to help relieve persistent aches and pains through compression-oriented clothing.
  • Reduces swelling and stiffness, while increasing mobility.
  • Can be worn by anyone—not just athletes.
  • Some individuals may experience immediate relief.
  • 60-day unrestricted return policy.

Cons

  • Instead of instant relief, some individuals may experience results over a longer period of time.
  • Most common complaints cite long shipping and failure to work.
  • No scientific evidence available that copper actually provides relief including on the company website.

Bottom Line: Should you buy Tommie Copper?

Since our original review, more than 160 HighYa readers have chimed in and offered their reviews on Tommie Copper compression wear products. What do they have to say?

Overall, HighYa customer reviews appear to be evenly split, with most negative reviews referencing high price, failure to work, poor quality construction (insufficient compression, garments will not stay in place, that quickly fray at the seams, etc.), and negative reactions or stained skin/clothing from the copper content. On the positive side though, it appears that many people have found pain relief from less severe conditions such as arthritis, inflammation, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

However, one question we kept asking ourselves when reading several of the positive reviews from individuals with severe medical conditions requiring professional medical attention: Had they previously tried any medical-grade compression garments, such as those sold through RejuvaHealth? We bring this up because if they claimed to have tried everything, it would seem that their physician would have already made this recommendation based on their symptoms. With this said, several HighYa readers wrote very detailed reviews, and although they gave Tommie Copper high marks, they claimed that they were going to try other brands prior to ordering additional garments from the company.

Nearly all HighYa Tommie Copper reviewers appear to have been seeking pain relief, which is a positive sign. This is because, as we mentioned in our Science of Compression Wear article, compression wear has been shown to provide clear medical benefits, including increased circulation, improved blood flow, hastened wound recovery, reduced risk of forming a blood clot, and improved venous function. However, other than reducing the buildup of lactic acid and decreasing post-exercise recovery times, they have not been shown to provide any sports-related performance benefits, which is a claim that many consumer-grade compression wear manufacturers make.

The Final Take on Tommie Copper Compression Wear

With evenly split HighYa customer reviews, it would appear that you have a 50/50 chance of experiencing benefits from Tommie Copper compression wear, which may be increased slightly if you experience mild to moderate pain related to arthritis, inflammation, and carpal tunnel syndrome. It really depends on each individual's personal circumstance.

From our perspective, it appears that an individual who is suffering from severe arthritis or other major pain would have decreased chances of experiencing substantial relief using Tommie Copper or other branded copper compression wear alone without doctor prescribed medication.

However, if you’re looking for any kind of enhanced sports performance, Tommie Copper may be good fit for you assuming you don't have any other major medical conditions. You probably see a lot of athletes in the NBA constantly wearing compression wear.

See also: Can Copperwear Provide You With Pain Relief?

165 Customer Reviews for Tommie Copper

Average Customer Rating: 3.5
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 67 4 stars: 18 3 stars: 7 2 stars: 9 1 stars: 64
Bottom Line: 54% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Not so good

    • by Jill ,
    • Clovis, CA,
    • Mar 23, 2015

    I got the knee braces and they always end up rolling down and don't give much relief. Not worthwhile at all.

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

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  • 0 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Bicep Strain

    • by Elliott ,
    • Ventura, CA,
    • Mar 19, 2015

    I strained my bicep during training my back. I was looking for place on the Hammer Strength machine and I felt a pop. The next day my arm swelled up and I had an excruciating pain in my bicep. I went for three days with this pain. With the redness and swelling and pain persisting, I decided to purchase the Tommie Copper sleeve. Maybe it's just me but within minutes I felt a cooling sensation on my arm. Within the next hour I was able to fully extend my arm. I have to say it does work but I believe that some people may not experience the same effects but I did. I don't believe it was a serious strain nor do I think it's a miracle.

    I do know I feel 80% better.

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

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  • 4 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Stretched Out - Failed Return

    • by Donny,
    • New Hampshire,
    • Mar 17, 2015

    Tommie Copper would not accept a return due to a dispute over a couple of days. No good faith at all at Tommie Copper when it comes to backing product. The product was questionable at best and I think it's in your head due to an infomercial overload. Now I see that with proper exercise and education, my pain went away.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Knee sleeve

    • by Allie,
    • Canada,
    • Mar 13, 2015

    The knee sleeve seemed to provide relief while walking. However, after the second use it no longer stayed in place. Disappointed.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    V neck shirt and short

    Both of these are great products. I definitely have less pain in my shoulders and back with my Tommie Copper shirt and it's long enough to tuck into the Shorts which helps relieve the pain in both of my hips. I would recommend any of the Tommie Copper products to anyone who has pain, especially arthritis.

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

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  • 3 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Back relief with not enough support

    • by Anne Rupert,
    • Columbiana, OH,
    • Mar 10, 2015

    Just purchased the Tommie Copper back support for both pain relief and support. It does not provide enough support in my opinion. It's flimsy after wearing and gets wrinkles in it, taking on a form of it's own. I plan to add vertical stays to it to keep it straight. It may be ok after that but should not have to do anything to it.

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

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  • 5 out 7 people found this review helpful

    My whole order was too small.

    • by Mary Graves,
    • Medford, OR ,
    • Mar 5, 2015

    I ordered four of the knee sleeves and two elbow sleeves. I think you folks are all wrong about returning merchandise that has been opened. How do we know if it fits without trying it on? Two packs of knee sleeves and an elbow sleeve hasn't been opened. I don't have bugs. I guess I spent all that money for nothing. I'm on a fixed income amd I can't afford to just throw money out like that.

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

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  • 6 out 9 people found this review helpful

    It is fake

    • by Jacqueline Coleman,
    • White Plains, NY,
    • Mar 4, 2015

    The Tommie Copper Gloves I wear have no magnets inside or out. It's fake in my opinion. Sure they give you back your money. However, it's for fashion only and I still have pain.

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

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    The return policy

    This company has the worst customer service when it comes to returns that I have EVER encountered. I placed a first order using their sizing guidelines and received 15% off. I received the item and it was too big. I wanted to exchange for a smaller size and was told I had to return my item and place another order but I would not get the 15% off because I had already used it originally. Today I received my refund and was still charged for the $4.95 shipping. So I paid a total of $7.27 shipping at my expense for an item I was unable to use that I purchase using their guidelines. I won't know if the product ever works because I don't do business with a company with such poor policies.

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Tommie Copper Sucks

    • by Anthony Silvestro,
    • Hamilton Square, NK,
    • Mar 2, 2015

    I purchased the largest size knee supports thinking I was doing a good thing. I put them on only to find them rolling down my leg and I was unable to keep them on due to the cutting off if the circulation in legs. Believe me this is not a product I would recommend.

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Tommie Copper Knee Sleeves

    • by Marianne Distefano,
    • Omaha, NE,
    • Mar 1, 2015

    I love them. I do get relief from my arthritis pain. I really need them. I will be having knee surgery soon. I feel they do help ease the pain.

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

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