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.
- 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.
- 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.
1 out 1 people found this review helpful
Compression knee sleeve
The product was expensive and had slow shipping. I wore it one work day and by the end of the day my leg hurt. My leg was severely burned from the chemical in the latex band. This was three weeks ago and the scar is still there.
3 out 3 people found this review helpful
Customer Service with Tommie Copper
I ordered ankle brace on the phone and told them specifically what I wanted the performance brace. Instead, they sent me the recovery brace. When I called to tell them I received the wrong brace, customer service (Brian) told me I got what I ordered and then hung up on me. When I called back and asked to speak with a supervisor, I was told they were in a meeting and I would receive a call back (which I never got). I've been ordering from Tommie Copper for two years and this type of service is unacceptable for the price of the product. Perhaps I need to find an alternative.
7 out 10 people found this review helpful
Order not received
I placed an order from Tommy Copper on May 29th. It is now July 4th, and my order is no where to be found. Even the tracking number provided is not valid. I just want the items I paid for.
4 out 15 people found this review helpful
Way to expensive and didn't help much. I'm sure it all causes cancer.
7 out 8 people found this review helpful
Calf Perfomance Sleeve
I'm 24 and recently had pulled a calf muscle. A month later it felt like I was never going to be 100% again as I still felt discomfort. With the sleeve I feel like I'm back to my regular self.
12 out 13 people found this review helpful
I order the bundle package of Recovery shorts in black. The site defaulted to the grey. Instead of sending them back, I decided to give them a try. I opened all three packs to check sizes, wore one to the gym. The fit was extremely tight and the waist band rolled down. Well now I'm stuck as they do not take back opened shorts or socks. I have myself to blame by not returning when I received the package. Will I buy again? Nope.
16 out 21 people found this review helpful
Medical Problems from Tommie Copper are WORSE
As another person stated, if she could give a ZERO, or below for a rating she would, as would I, but we don't have that choice. My reaction is described on the very last portion of these comments on this website, under "Extremely disappointed with the product and reaction from Tom Kallish, owner of Tommie Copper" and "Tommie Copper Allergic Reaction - Follow Up Review" and also the Review Titled "BAD Reactions" which sounds just like my reaction.
Several other people have had the same reaction as I have had with the oozing sores, swollen extremities, itching and INCREASED PAIN. My reaction happened in January 2013 after wearing the clothing in December 2012. I was walking every morning BEFORE I wore the Tommie Copper clothing, but now I can hardly walk around my own home. September 2013, I was diagnosed with Sensory, Axonal Polyneuropathy, Toxic Metabolic Etiology and Peripheral Neuropathy and live in HORRENDOUS PAIN daily. My skin feels like it is wrapped in plastic on my feet and legs and they feel abnormal, like they are not part of my body. When I stand, I have to get my bearings before I can start to walk and people ask what is wrong with me. I tell them a REACTION to Tommie Copper clothing. I NEVER experienced this kind of pain in my legs that is CONSTANT. I can no longer stand for very long lengths of time, cannot walk very far, if I do, I become faint and have to lie down.
I miss my sports activities, miss my family gatherings, MISS my life from the extreme pain in my legs that developed after wearing Tommie Copper clothing. I PRAY every day that this pain in my legs could be transferred to Thomas Kallish. Thomas Kallish professes to be interested in peoples health, but he is NOT, only in his FINANCIAL GAIN. If he was interested in a person's health, he would have paid for me to be treated for the toxic metabolic reaction I had to the elevated levels of copper in my body and the elevated lead from the clothing. Detoxing from Heavy Metals is NOT covered by insurance, but Thomas Kallish refused to pay for the Detoxing from his clothing that destroyed my legs. If anyone would like to see pictures of my reaction to the clothing, they can contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.orgView all 1 commentsHide comments
Jun 25, 2015
Being a clinical laboratory technologist, the exposure to copper and lead would have to be overwhelming to require any detoxifying and I would feel it impossible to get this through clothing of any kind.
14 out 14 people found this review helpful
Back relief, not enough support
There's not enough support. I think they need stronger material. Plus a few stays added for better support. After first use, it was taking on all the cracks and folds of my waist and rolled up my back. Had to keep pulling it down and repositioning. Nothing like the photo of girl running!
37 out 38 people found this review helpful
Beware of this product!
After using the Tommie Copper sleeve for two days, I developed a permanent red mark around my thigh. Weeks later, it is still there and doesn't appear to be fading at all. I assume it has something to do with the sticky material they use at the top of the sleeve to make it stay in place. So, unless you want your leg to be permanently disfigured, I would highly recommend staying away from this horrid product.
By the way, I tried to post this exact review directly on the Tommie Copper website. Their moderator rejected it and won't post it. So don't believe the reviews on this company's website. They obviously only allow positive reviews to be posted to their site. So, the ratings that you find there are absolutely false and misleading. I am highly disappointed in not only the product, but how the company operates.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
24 out 25 people found this review helpful
This copper is rusted.
I have used copper bracelets and rings in the past to treat a number of martial arts related joint pains. These have usually afforded moderate to good relief; not so with Tommie Copper. The amount of copper metal in these poorly constructed paper thin products is negligible. And so is the intended effect. I have no idea if Copper Fit is any better, but it couldn't be worse than the overpriced, easily torn Tommie Copper in my opinion.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
15 out 25 people found this review helpful
My husband will not go to work without Tommie Copper. He has the knees and tee shirt and swears by them. He doesn't take them off until bed time. They really do work. I'm getting ready to order the shoulder Tommie Copper as well.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend