About Copper Fit

Whether you’re a professional athlete, a weekend warrior, or just enjoy gardening in your spare time, Copper Fit is a brand of knee and elbow compression sleeves claimed to help support painful, stiff, and sore muscles, and to prevent the buildup of bacteria.

In order to accomplish this, the compression provided by Copper Fit is claimed to stabilize and support muscles, improve muscle circulation and oxygenation, prevent muscle strain and fatigue, and to help reduce muscle recovery time. In addition, Copper Fit is claimed to be lightweight and comfortable, to wick sweat and prevent chafing, and to feature anti-static and anti-piling (prevents it from bunching) properties.

When compared to other compression sleeves though, Copper Fit’s namesake is in its copper-infused fabric, which is claimed to help prevent the buildup of bacteria that can lead to the appearance of stains and odors, and that can accelerate fabric deterioration. While these copper ions only make up about 4% of Copper Fit’s total materials, the company makes it seem like it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread.

But is this really the case? In other words, can you really expect Copper Fit to works as advertised, and is it worth your hard-earned money? Consider the following:

What’s Different About Copper Fit?

As we mentioned above, the primary selling point for Copper Fit is that these sleeves contain copper-infused fabric, which is claimed to help prevent the buildup of bacteria, as well as the stains, odors, and deterioration this can cause. We’ll talk more about the effectiveness of this copper-infused fabric in a moment.

For now though, keep in mind that once you clear all the marketing hype away, there doesn’t seem to be any significant difference between Copper Fit sleeves and a generic neoprene sleeve you’d find at your local pharmacy or sporting goods store.

Can Copper Fit’s Compression Provide Any Benefits?

As we detailed in our The Science of Compression Wear article, prescription-only compression garments have been used in medicine for many decades, due to their ability to “prevent the occurrence of, and guard against further progression of venous disorders,” prevent the formation of blood clots, improve blood flow, reduce inflammation, and more.

However, when compared to consumer-grade compression wear (like Copper Fit), medical-grade compression garments “use stronger elastics to create significant pressure.” In other words, the amount of compression—and therefore the level of benefits you’ll receive—is much higher with compression wear used in the medical community.

Are There Any Health Benefits Related to the Copper in Copper Fit?

Here’s where you have to tread lightly. This is because the Copper Fit website uses some fuzzy language when it comes to copper’s benefits, claiming it “is known to possess antimicrobial properties and enhancement benefits.” Exactly what these “enhancement benefits” are isn’t made clear. But what about copper’s anti-microbial properties?

In short, the copper-infused fabric featured in Copper Fit may help reduce bacteria buildup, which can help prevent odor and stains. After all, you’ll probably be fairly active in your Copper Fit sleeve, so it’s perfectly reasonable that it will get dirty and sweaty.

Keep in mind though, that Copper Fit claims that their copper-infused fabric has been “tested to remain effective for numerous washes.” In other words, after a long enough period of time has passed, all (or most) of the copper will no longer be present.

See also: Can Copperwear Provide You With Pain Relief?

Are Customers Having Good Experiences with Copper Fit?

Based on 100 HighYa reader reviews for Copper Fit (as of 2/13/15), Copper Fit has an average rating of 2 stars, with common complaints citing:

  • Poor quality products that don’t provide adequate compression.
  • Poor customer service (difficulty processing refunds, numerous upsells during calls).
  • High S&H charges (more about this next).
  • Extremely long shipping times, often lasting 2+ months.

Copper Fit’s manufacturer, Idea Village based out of Wayne, NJ, holds an A rating with the Better Business Bureau, despite holding more than 130 closed complaints. Most of these mirror the complaints noted above.

Copper Fit Pricing & Refund Policy

2 Copper Fit knee or elbow sleeves are priced at $19.99 plus $15.98 S&H, and are available in size S-XXL.

Note: Keep in mind that when you’re asked how many “Buy One Get One Knee (or Elbow) Sleeves” you’d like during checkout, this references the number of pairs, or sets, that you’d like. In other words, don’t be fooled into thinking that you can order 1 elbow sleeve and 1 knee sleeve. If you do something like this, you’ll actually end up paying twice ($35.97 X 2).

Copper Fit comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. This means that if you decide to return your sleeves, you’ll immediately lose nearly $16 in S&H charges, in addition to whatever it will cost to ship them back to the manufacturer. In reality, you might end up losing more in S&H charges than you’ll receive as a refund, which is a tactic many ASOTV products use.

With this said, in order to process a refund you’ll need to contact customer service at 855-818-8300.

Will Copper Fit Provide Improved Mobility & Reduced Pain?

Chopping to the point: If you suffer from minor mobility problems or joint pain, the mild compression provided by Copper Fit sleeves may help provide some relief. However, other than perhaps providing some microbial protection, the copper contained in Copper Fit provides no health benefits whatsoever.

This means that, from a performance perspective, it’s likely that Copper Fit will provide the same level of support as any generic neoprene sleeve from your local pharmacy. In fact, Copper Fit is available at a variety of retailers, so if you’re dead-set on trying it out, this can help you save a ton of hassle if you need to return it, as well as losing a big chunk of change in non-refundable S&H charges.

Related: Common Sports Injuries: Your Guide to How They Happen & Best Ways to Prevent Them

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Average Consumer Rating: 2.2
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5 star: 48 4 star: 20 3 star: 6 2 star: 16 1 star:  142
Bottom Line: 32% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 6 out 11 people found this review helpful

    I love my elbow sleeve.

    • Palmdale, CA,
    • Aug 5, 2015

    I purchased my elbow sleeve from Collections Etc. It has been worth every penny I spent. I bought one for myself and one for my daughter-in law. She loves her's, also. I put it on and it was like night and day. The pain was gone and the swelling in my elbow, wrist and hand was dramatically reduced. It was the first time in over a year that I had a good nights sleep. Thank you.

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

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  • 6 out 17 people found this review helpful

    Good customer service

    • Key Largo, Florida,
    • Aug 26, 2014

    Marie in customer service answered my call in 2 rings. She was pleasant and professional and took care of my issue to exchange the product to a different size immediately.

    The reviews here are opinions and too extreme on one side at best. Obviously, these people who had such a hard time with customer service didn't CALL them. You can't please everyone I guess.

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

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  • 7 out 14 people found this review helpful

    BUY AT RETAIL STORE

    • CHICAGO,
    • Sep 1, 2014

    It works very well, reduced swelling, gave my knee extra support, i slipped down wood steps, used it the next day speeded up my flexibility, i was surprised, runs small unless you are very skinny, get 2 sizes bigger, band rolls down in the back, nerve wracking, larger size will not roll.

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

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  • 10 out 15 people found this review helpful

    Purchased at Walgreens

    • Oct 10, 2014

    I have fibromyalgia and for months within 5 minutes of going to bed, my right knee is hurting terribly and the pain runs down my shin to my foot. Sometimes I must get out of bed for it to stop hurting. Yesterday I purchased the copper fit knee sleeve and wore it for the first time last night. OH MY. My knee did not hurt one little bit. I wore it all day today and my knee only hurt for about one minute all day. It might not work for everyone, but for $10 it's definitely worth a try.

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

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  • 4 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Great Product

    • Texas,
    • Nov 12, 2014

    I bought the knee copper fit at Walgreens and worked great during a bicycle workout and will be buying another for the other knee. Thanks for making a product that works!

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

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  • 3 out 5 people found this review helpful

    I think they work great

    • Baraboo, WI,
    • Nov 29, 2014

    My arms and hands were falling asleep at night and I had a lot of pain from years of doing masonry work. I bought an elbow sleeve and wore it at work and to bed. My elbow pain at work is almost gone and arms and hands do not go numb at night. The overall pain is almost gone. I have one for each elbow and they work great!

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

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  • 11 out 13 people found this review helpful

    Knee pain gone.

    • Illinois ,
    • Jul 9, 2015

    Just got my copper fit from Walmart a few days ago and after having it on for an hour I already felt a huge pain and inflammation difference. I read all the reviews before getting it but all the bad I hear is because of ordering online or TV. This product is a amazing and will be getting a elbow and another knee sleeve as soon as they restock.

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

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  • 6 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Works like a charm

    • Buffalo, NY,
    • Dec 12, 2014

    I bought the elbow sleeves for my husband who suffers greatly with pain and they totally work. He is very satisfied and I will be sending for ones for his knees now! Thank you.

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

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  • 12 out 14 people found this review helpful

    Copper Fit Socks

    • Noblesville, Indiana,
    • Jan 7, 2015

    Saw on TV with Brett Favre. Found at Walmart for $10. Have a lot of foot pain from long hours in retail. Put them on and the pain is gone. They are padded, very warm, not sure why but the pain is gone. Works for me. I will buy more. See how they do at work.

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

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  • 9 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Buy them at K-Mart

    • North Carolina,
    • Jan 10, 2015

    I bought mine at K-Mart for 9.99 with no shipping charges! I like it because it keeps my knee warm and free from pain. I bought 4 of them and passed them on to my friends who have knee pain. I was walking with a cane before I started wearing my knee sleeve. I would buy the other products if I needed them. I thank God every night that I am pain free.

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

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  • 13 out 23 people found this review helpful

    Pain free after 33 years of pain

    • Flowood, MS,
    • Jan 15, 2015

    I'd heard about this copper fit stuff and was skeptical, but considering the low price, thought I'd have nothing to lose if it did work. It worked. IT WORKED! Boy, did it work! I am amazed how good my knee feels. I'm ordering a spare. I don't ever want to be without this thing! To clarify my situation, I lost my kneecap when a baseball player jumped up for a ball and came down on my leg. I've had pain for years, arthritis and bone to bone pain, but I don't anymore!

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

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