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?

174 Customer Reviews for Tommie Copper

Average Customer Rating: 3.5
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 70 4 stars: 18 3 stars: 7 2 stars: 11 1 stars: 68
Bottom Line: 53% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Saved my legs

    • by Deborah,
    • Rehoboth Beach, DE,
    • Apr 18, 2015

    Having been underweight most of my life, and gained over 40 pounds in the past few years, my bones and leg muscles hate me. I research everything that I buy and decided that Tommie Copper was the best for me. I love my leggings because they allow me to walk without pain, when shopping or walking the dogs. Until I lose the weight, I will wear them everywhere! By the way, I'll turn 63 years old in 3 months! Since summer is coming and have a lot of physical projects, I'll be ordering shorter Tommie Copper pants soon!

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Shipping problems.

    • by Mike Grubb ,
    • Las Vegas, NV,
    • Apr 18, 2015

    I ordered the back brace approximately two months ago and just received the shipment on 4/17/2015. I consider that very poor customer service.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    We're very unhappy

    I bought the Tommie Copper socks and shorts for my husband because I have heard good things about them. Not only did they not help him but made matters worse. He had back surgery and has pain in his legs, hips, and feet.

    I was very disappointed that they didn't help. I bought them in January of this year and was told I can not return them.

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

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  • 4 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Tommy Copper, turtle slow shipping, a cheap rip off product.

    • by John Conners,
    • Louisville, KY,
    • Apr 14, 2015

    Tommie Copper is a total rip off. First, It will take you forever to get your product as their shipping is as slow as a turtle backing up. It's amazing how slow they are. They use FedEx SmartPost which ships to a FedEX location then transfers it to the USPS. This adds 3 or 4 days to your order. Although Tommie Copper saves money on the shipping.

    As far as the actual product, I think it's cheap junk made in far the far east and it's a rip off. It does not do what it claims and they should be charged with false advertising. Don't waste your time or money.

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

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  • 4 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Smells bad

    • by Janet Knight,
    • Long Beach, CA,
    • Apr 8, 2015

    I bought a pair of compression leggings.They smell like mildew. I washed them, aired them out for days and they still stink. Waste of money. I also bought the elbow sleeves. They actually help my arms.

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Knee Sleeve

    • by Joe,
    • Los Angeles, CA,
    • Apr 6, 2015

    I wore this for the first time today and I GOTTA tell ya, this thing is the best. I slipped down my stairs about 2 weeks ago and my knee swelled up. I used different braces that restricted my full knee movement and when I took the braces off I could hardly put pressure on my right leg. I put the sleeve on this morning and began to walk regular. So I thought "Ok the pain will kick in after I leave the gym." 4 hours later, no pain and I can walk up my stairs normally.

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

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    No relief yet

    • by Jim,
    • Apr 2, 2015

    No better than an Ace bandage. I tried two of the Tommie Copper braces and experienced no relief.This sort of feels like the old snake oil salesmen of the past years.

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

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  • 3 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Thumbs down.

    • by Daniel ,
    • Apr 1, 2015

    I believe that a panty hose would work just as well! Unfortunately the knee sleeve rolls down and frays at the top.

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    It worked!

    • by Betty,
    • Philadelphia, PA,
    • Mar 31, 2015

    I wore my Tommie Copper recovery and compression shirt for the first time last night to sleep in. I have chronic compression fracture (T-6 and T-7) pain, along with lumbar and bursitis in my hips from Sjogren's and Lupus. It's long enough (since I'm short) to cover hips. I woke up this morning and was actually able to move about without pain. I'm thinking, "is all this is my head?" or "does this really work?!" All I know is that it worked for me and I will continue wearing it to exercise and sleep in, whether or not it was just in my head.

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

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  • 3 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Not so good

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

    I got the Tommie Copper knee braces and they always end up rolling down and don't provide much relief. I personally think that they're not worthwhile at all.

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

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  • 4 out 5 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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