Tommie Copper is a clothing manufacturer that specializes in helping their customers relieve persistent aches and pains through 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.
See Also: The Science of Compression Wear: Is it Hype or Hope?
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 13 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 CopperWear, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Bottom Line: Should you buy Tommie Copper?
Tommie Copper has been heavily promoting themselves through infomercials and other advertising media, and has even moved out of the “As Seen on TV” arena. In addition, their products are now endorsed by some physicians and athletes, which has helped further legitimize their products.
Also, you’ll read some negative reviews below from people who claimed that they experienced medical issues and allergic reactions as a result of using Tommie Copper products. While this may be true, remember that not everyone will experience these side effects. As with most products intended to help alleviate medical symptoms, you can reduce your risk of experiencing similar side effects by consulting with your physician beforehand.
And the Final Take
If you’re looking for high-quality compression and non-compression clothing, Tommie Copper appears to provide a solid line of products. However, keep in mind that it may take a while to receive your order, and just like any other product where age, current health, diet, and other factors can play a role, not all users will experience results.
Customer service is a joke...excuses and delays. 60 days being railroaded in regards to my exchange since Jan.10, 2014
the shorts are awesome....
The shorts have given us great pain relief AFTER ONLY 3 WEEKS. Have recommended them to several people.
Helped my broken ankle pain.Love crew socks. I wear them 24 hours a day. Take them off to wash every couple of days.Also wear ankle support. My wife wears knee support and had relief within hours of starting to wear it. Unbelievable product. Give it a try. Best money I ever spent on pain relief.
Validation of product claims
I am a 70-year old “weekend warrior” and I play basketball several times per week in addition to traveling to various basketball tournaments conducted as part of various Senior Olympics and Senior Games organizations. I am not an employee of Tommie Copper and have no interest – financial or otherwise – in promoting or representing the potential benefits of their products. In fact, I am a scientist and so am highly oriented to observation, measurement, cause-and-effect (outcome) analysis. That said, this review is based on my casual observations as a user of the product, not a scientific analysis of the materials and not a statistically-based blind study. However, I do have some insights that may be useful to some that are considering the use of the product.
I almost never watch infomercials, let alone buy anything from them but I just happened to see this one and decided that for the benefit of my long-term prospects of continuing to play basketball, these products were at least worth a try.
My review addresses the following key points:
- Are the Tommie Copper products high-quality garments from a manufacturing viewpoint? (fit, form, function, and longevity);
- Their function as purely compression garments vs the potential benefits of the use of copper-infused yarn vs normal yarn;
- Is the potential leaching or absorbing of copper into the body a potential problem?
My review of Tommie Copper claims is based on my personal use of the Tommie Copper products for about a year. I have, and regularly wear, a short-sleeved shirt, shorts and knee sleeves. I chose these products because I have had recurring bouts with shoulder pain (rotator cuff), back pain (herniated discs and sciatica), and knee pain (osteoarthritis).
Prior to my purchase of the Tommie Copper products, I had undergone extensive treatments over several years including physical therapy for my shoulders and spinal decompression (plus daily inversion) for my back. I regularly take joint supplements containing Hylauronic Acid (HA) for my joints. In addition, I lost some weight to help relieve the strain on my back and knees. (I am 6’2” and dropped from 210 down to 190). So, I had actively pursued lifestyle changes previously and had good results from these efforts. The decision to purchase TC products was just as an experiment to see if there would be any detectable benefits from their use.
Quality of Products: The products appear to be of high quality – at least equal to other top products such as Under Armour. However, I did notify the company that for the first month or so after starting to wear them, at each washing (which I do by hand in a plastic basin with cold water followed by air drying), the water would have a dark tinge to it as though either the dye or the copper were washing out. I have not noticed a change in color so it does not appear to be the dye. I cannot detect the copper content so I am not sure if the dark water is from the copper or just from the sweat from my body (I do sweat a lot). After about a year of wearing, I have noticed that the shorts do not fit as tightly as when I ordered them and the waistband has stretched significantly. It is not enough to affect my use of them but it is something to be noted. The video on the TC website that presents the manufacturing process indicates that good quality processes are used in the manufacture of the products (I am familiar with the fabric finishing industry).
The claims of comfort, dryness and temperature moderation all seem to be true based on my wearing. I do not always wear them 24x7 but I have on occasion worn them for over 24 hours and find them very comfortable in all temperature/humidity conditions and particularly beneficial during heavy exercise such as basketball. The UPF rating does not concern me even though I live in So. California.
Benefits of Copper in fabric: As TC points out in their claims, copper has been used for medical purposes for thousands of years – both as a treatment and as a preventative. Today, there are many products available which contain copper such as necklaces, bracelets, and anklets which purport to help reduce the effects of arthritis. The copper in the fabric of their products is claimed to offer improvements over these age-old methods due to the increased contact between the copper and the skin of the wearer. So, the question is: Does the wearing of copper of any sort really benefit the wearer? There have been research studies of copper bracelets but other than the testimonials on the TC website, there do not appear to be any direct studies of the TC products. The studies on bracelets have not shown any statistical proof of benefits from the copper. So, does that mean TC products containing copper likewise have no benefit? I think it depends on the wearer. I have recommended the products to some of my teammates in the basketball circuit and they have reported back good results to me. I cannot verify that the copper in the TC garments will improve oxygen transport, neutralize free radicals, or improve muscle tone (independent of my exercise regimen).
Benefits of Compression: My personal comparison is based on wearing the TC garments exclusively for about 6 months and then alternating between TC products and other high-quality compression garments. When I first started wearing the TC products, my sense was that I felt progressively more stable and pain-free over the first 3 months or so. Then things stabilized and have remained in the improved condition since then. When I alternately wear other non- copper compression garments I do not notice any difference in my condition. Whether that is because the primary benefit is in the compression and not in the copper, I have not been able to conclude. One possibility is that if the copper is, in fact, a significant benefit, I would need to stop wearing the TC products for, maybe, 3 months to notice a decline. I have not stopped for that long a period so perhaps the change is not detectable in a short-term period.
Possible leaching of Copper: I think this issue is highly dependent on an individual’s body chemistry. Copper is the main ingredient in various metal alloys including brass and bronze. Some jewelry, including native American and inexpensive costume jewelry contain copper or brass and many people will experience black or green color rubbing off when wearing such jewelry on their skin. Similarly, some musicians who play brass instruments may see discoloration on their hands and pitting on the instrument. This is due to acidic body chemistry. I do not experience discoloration from touching brass (I am a trumpet player) so I have not had any problem with copper leaching from the TC garments. However, someone with more acidic chemistry may have an issue. I don’t know that the copper content in TC is high enough to be a problem – after all, they claim that a key benefit is absorption of the copper in the body – so that is something that may need to be evaluated in more detail by those that have a concern about this.
Overall Conclusion: I find that I enjoy wearing the TC products – they are comfortable, good quality and my physical condition is better now than a year ago. How much of the improvement is due to TC vs other good quality (and less expensive) compression garments is hard to say. I will continue to try the others for awhile before I decide to re-order any TC products.
Been suffering with a painful ankle for nearly a month. Was having a very difficult time walking because of the pain. Purchased Dr. Scholls shoe inserts thinking that would help but got minimal relief. I also scheduled an appointment with a Podiatrist until I saw an infomercial about Tommie Copper and decided to try the ankle sleeve.
About 15 minutes after putting the ankle sleeve on I could actually feel the pain going away. I kept looking at my foot because after being in so much pain for so long , it really was hard to believe that my pain was no longer there.
I've been wearing the Tommie Copper ankle sleeve for nearly one week and I am still pain free ! The product is very comfortable and I wear it under my socks with my shoes. I've not taken it off since I purchased it except to shower and to give it a rinse.
Thank you Tommoe Copper - It really works!
After reading other reviews, I had to post my own. While I would agree that the shipping for my item was a little slow, it was posted on the website that my item was out of stock. I returned one of my items that I ordered because I ordered the wrong size, and I was sent the correct size within a reasonable period of time.
What I want to say really is that I ordered the tights because I have constant pain in my legs due to working long hours, being over weight and having varicose veins.i didn't expect to want to wear them when I slept but I don't like to take them off ever.
After wearing them for about three months, I am so much more productive at work because my legs feel so much better. They have helped improve my overall mood so much because I no longer feel like I am dragging around "dead legs". They may seem pricey to some people but I know for me, they are worth it.
Works well, but it's a bit expensive.
I work at The Vitamin Shoppe as an assistant store manager. Our store is one of the selected test stores for Tommie Copper. Tommie Copper gave us some free knee/elbow sleeves of various sizes to try out, and pass feedback on to the customers. Tommie Copper also gave us a special discount for one week (We were able to buy directly from them and receive a 25% off discount), which I paid no mind to because I had literally no faith in this product. I just took my free knee sleeve, and never expected to sell any of the line. We aren't paid on commission, so there is no reason to ever deceive a customer into buying a product that would not benefit them.
I have a bodybuilding and powerlifting background. I have the state records for my weight class, so I take it pretty seriously. My knees, elbows, and back are all in pretty poor shape from competition. I started wearing the knee sleeve underneath my slacks at work (I didn't really want to work out in them. I have $80 Inzer Knee Sleeves for that). Something I noticed within hours of wearing the sleeve was my posture. I always lean slightly to the left, and put a lot of weight on my left leg. This causes a lot of pain in my hamstrings, and around my knee. I could feel an even weight distribution between my legs for the first time in... Probably five to six years.
Overall, I really like the knee sleeve. I'd love to buy more of the line, and I'd love to sell it to customers. The problem for me is the price, especially from a selling point of view. When someone comes in looking for an anti-inflammatory for their joints... I can either sell them Tommie Copper apparel for $40-$80 each, or I can sell them fish oil for $7. I'd personally buy more of the line, but I can't afford it. I feel like if they could address the astronomical price of their products, it would be a much easier sale for people like myself whom believe in their products, but just can't bring themselves to spend $80 on a pair of pants.
All the best -Abel
Tommie Copper is helping me
I recently purchased a pair of Tommie Copper bicycle- style shorts and separate knee support. I missed most of this last summer because I was lying flat on my back for two months getting IV antibiotic therapy to clear up a nasty infection in my right hip.
I previously had the hip replaced in 2000 and recently damaged it and it became infected so I had to wait till the IV antibiotics cleared things up before the surgeon would put in a new replacement hip prosthetic. He told me my recovery was going to take many months because there was such significant dissection of the muscle tissue surrounding the hip during the surgery. He made me promise that I would not try to push my recovery because there was so much damage to the muscle tissue and it needs time to regrow and reattach to the prosthetic.
I turned to Tommie Copper because I read so much good press about your product. I wear the shorts and the knee brace every day and sleep in them, only taking them off to wash them. My recovery is going very well and I am no longer on the walker, crutches or even the cane. I believe your product is making a big difference in my life. I used to be 185 pounds and very well built and I want to get back into the gym and get back to that level of muscle development.
I think Tommie Copper is helping me to get there and just wanted to tell you so and thank you.
Works great, however.....
I have been using the TC elbow band recently and my tendonitis in my left arm has all but disappeared! Totally sold on this product until I started reading the reviews on this website stating the leaching of copper (and possibly lead!) into my bloodstream! I have only used the product for a short time but I would like a professional and legal statement to allay my fears of this side effect and ANY others. For the record, I am construction worker and physical labour is mandatory every day, all day. Please tell me that this product is safe- no sales pitches!
I have lived with cronic intolerable hip pain for 5 years. After 5 specialists, expensive MRIs and injections, i had recieved no answers and no relief.
I saw the tommie copper info-mercials many times but just didnt believe it could help. Finally this last christmas, My daughter who is a bio-chem major rattled off all of the reasons that copper should help so i ordered it. The very first night i wore it i slept through the night. The next day i realized that the cronic pain was gone. I still hurt when i walk too much but, the all-day every day pain is absolutely gone.
Do yourself a huge favor and try this stuff. I am a WALKING testiment to the ability of copper compression wear.It has changed my life.
It worked for me but.....
I have had issues with my IT band and knee for a while. There are nights when the throbbing pain in my knee wakes me from my sleep. I tried the Tommie Copper knee sleeve and it provided relief as soon as I put it on. I slept through the night and only started to feel some aching around 5 am which was a vast improvement before I wore the knee sleeve. Unfortunately, I developed a severe reaction around the band as per the package indicated may happen due to the silicone. I had to return the product. I followed the instructions in their policy and received my refund today. It took about 3 weeks from the time I mailed the package, but I I am shipping from Western Canada to Orange County, so I think that is not bad. I regret that I had to return the product as it did seem to work for me. It was worth the try. I have since found another compression sleeve without silicone that also seems to do the trick.
Worst Shipping Still Not Arrived
I can not rate it because it is in delivery for over 10 days with expedited shipping. Tracking shows it delivered to post offices all over central and southern California. I wonder when it will finally arrive at my zip code.
I purchased a pair of the leggings, I was looking forward to the extra support. I do have circulation problems and veracious veins problems. I wore these for one dayand had to take them off because I could not imagine sleeping in them, I have NEVER had so much pain, my legs throbbed and felt like they were on fire. Too think I payed extra to have them shipped quicker... I can not wait to send them back.
Tommy Copper products are great
I ordered a set of the fingerless gloves for my husband and a set of the knees for him and myself. I am very pleased with the results so far and with the company. I do plan to order more of their products. My husband and I do not like to pass on products we do not use ourselves and believe in, but these are good products and do work.
Incompetent Shipping System
I had previously enjoyed the benefits of Tommie Copper products. So I ordered additional compression products on 1/3/14 which were claimed to have shipped on 1/6/14 with a tracking number provided. UPS or USPS responded that they had never received a parcel. Walked customer service through the adventure and they agreed that the products were never shipped and now one item is out of stock until May. They have no means or concern to have a system that would recognize delivery or alert you or themselves to a problem in delivery.
Recommend trying to purchase from other than tommiecopper.com
They have a great product, but unfortunately have not developed a consistent way to get it too you. So disappointed in TC.
I purchased several products and to be honest none of them worked. I was really hoping for something that was going to help and all I got was a headache.
After the sales pitch, I spent over $200 worth of Tommie Copper product. I had pain from opening the package. None of the products provided relief. Customer service lines are busy. I hung up after waiting 25 minutes in hold. Will try again when my pain subsides and have an extra hall hour to wait on the phone. Save Your money.. don't buy these products!
One in a million top of the line!!!!!
I had severe pain in my lower calf knee and arm. After receiving my Tommie Copper sleeve, the pain in my leg, knee and arm is no more. After several hours I noticed my digestive system benefited as well.
Thank so much for such an awesome product.
I bought these products for my bf..... Tshirt, for his shoulders, elbow sleeves , and socks.... ALLLLL BBAAADDDD.....
We have SO MANY Dr. appointments for Heavy Metal poisoning.... because I tried to give my bf some comfort, I nearly killed him by him using these products. The copper and other heavy metals leach into the skin, and underlying tissue.... causing sores,,, itching, red painful rashes...Who knows what other metals are incorporated into these products. Some even contain mercury and lead. Thank God we have a GREAT doc... who recognized the issue straight away.... I will NEVER recommend these to anyone.
It worked for my knee pain
No one is more skeptical about a product than I am .. I watched the infomercial on this several times and laughed..then I decided to read the reviews on this product on amazon.com. They were all good except one so I thought, I am trying this...today was my first day wearing the knee sleeve at work..on my feet for 7 hours a day...my knee did not hurt me all day, it felt wonderful ! This might not work for everyone, but worth a try !