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.

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

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: Tommie Copper Lawsuit: Overstated Claims or Intentional Misrepresentation?

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242 Customer Reviews for Tommie Copper

Average Customer Rating: 3.0
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 98 4 star: 22 3 star: 8 2 star: 17 1 star:  97
Bottom Line: 51% would recommend it to a friend
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  • It worked for me.

    Just before work, I twisted my knee. The aching was unbearable. At work, I was very uncomfortable and didn't know if I was going to work the shift. Then I recalled that a friend wears head to toe Tommie Copper and she loves it. She doesn't go anywhere without it. So I went straight to the showcase. From being in pain for 2 hours and wearing Tommie Copper for 20 minutes, the pain eased up and disappeared.

    Thank you Tommy Cooper. I will promote the product. My mother has already tried it on.

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

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  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Design flaw causes poor sizing

    I am a woman and weigh 125 pounds. I wear a size 7 and a 1/2 Medium shoe.

    I purchased an ankle sleeve in size Medium. It was too big. I sent it back. I reordered a size Small. It was too small.

    I would like to suggest that these items are poorly designed. The sizing simply does not work. I don't mean that the Medium was too big (ok, that can happen) but the opening to accommodate the heel on the Small was ridiculously small. It was probably fine around the ankle (I don't now for sure as I took it off within seconds before my foot lost circulation). I assure you that I have a normal sized foot, not swollen but the sleeve cut into the sole of my foot really deeply.

    I recommend buying Acme or Champion ankle braces. I have been using them for years and just reordered another one since this purchase did not work out.

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

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  • 3 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Knee sleeve

    I shattered the inner plateau on my left tibia back in March and had surgery. Therapy followed and is continuing. There was considerable swelling in the knee. After two days of wearing the sleeve, the swelling has all but disappeared. The support that it provides is invaluable to me. Thank you Tommie Copper.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    It works

    I have arthritis in my left elbow and I put on the Tommie Copper sleeve and had instant relief. It's only the first day, but it's good so far.

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

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  • 4 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Waste of money

    I bought the knee sleeve. It won't stay up. It keeps sliding down until I have this uncomfortable mass of material just below my knee. I don't believe it's supposed to work this way. It's a piece of junk and certainly not worth the $30 it cost.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Symptoms of RSD and Tommie Copper compression glove

    I purchased a pair of the Tommie Copper compressions gloves for the swelling in my hand from the Symptoms of RSD. The swelling also caused tingling in my hand and fingers from the compression of the nerves. As soon as I put the glove on, my the tingling almost completely went away. The swelling was more under control.

    I would quickly recommend this product for what it has done to help me.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Truck wreck

    • Calgary, Alberta, Canada,
    • Apr 20, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    In March of 2014, I was in a major truck wreck and I hit black ice with my 2007 Peterbilt. I lost control at 60 mph and went into the ditch with frozen snow bringing me to an abrupt halt. The 60,000-lb load of pipe came crashing forward pushing me through the dash of my truck. After 2.5 hours they finally pulled me out of the wreck. I sustained extensive damage to my body, from the partial amputation of my lower right leg to soft tissue damage of my right hip, de-gloving of my right leg, a piece out of my left calve muscle, broken ribs, shattered sternum, and two broken shoulder sockets.

    I went through several surgeries to put me back together. I'm living proof that the Tommie Copper compression wear works. I used the socks to keep the swelling down after they put my leg back on, the knee brace for swelling in my left knee, and the compression shorts for the damage to my hips. This was very helpful for the past three years as I went from learning how to walk again to walking 5 to 7 miles a day. For the past year, while having my shoulders replaced, I've been using the compression wear t-shirts to help with speeding up the healing and keeping the swelling down.

    I'm living proof that Tommie Copper wear works. I would recommend it to anyone injured in a major accident.

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

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  • 9 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Disappointed

    I tried the Tommie Copper T-shirt. It did nothing for me. I left an honest review, and they refused to post it. Their response was "Our staff has read your review and unfortunately we cannot post your comments as they did not meet all of our regulatory requirements. Please resubmit your review by abiding by our writing guidelines."

    My review was this, "I so badly wanted this to help me. I have numerous issues with my back (according to the guidelines I'm not allow to list them. I'm guessing because if you have the same issues, you won't buy this product after reading my review). Unfortunately, this didn't help in the least little bit. However, it is very comfortable. The length is perfectly long, so you're not yanking at it all day. Also, the fit was as expected."

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

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    • Jun 17, 2017

      CeCe Coleman

      Karen, thank you for sharing your testimony. I read another review where the person actually shared the details of their ailments and they were pretty specific. I'm not sure why you didn't get to post your complete testimony, but I appreciate what you did post. Thank you!

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Finger gloves

    • Martintown, Ontario, Canada,
    • Feb 8, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I purchased the Tommie Copper gloves for my rheumatoid arthritis, and I love them. They really do help with the pain, so I ordered two more pairs (the full finger gloves and the half gloves). Then I ordered the T-shirt, and again I love this product. I even sent a pair of gloves to my daughter in British Columbia.

    Thank you, Tommie Copper. Now I'm going to order the knee ones for my husband (he suffers from pain in his knees). I love your products; they do help me with the pain I suffer from.

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

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  • 9 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Yes, they work!

    • Alabaster, Alabama,
    • Jan 30, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    Getting older ain't for wimps, and Tommie Copper has given me back the use of my hands.

    I just got in from the doctor, having had sonar on my hands to see what was causing me so much pain and such limited use of my hands. I had a pair of Tommie Copper gloves in the drawer, so I pulled them out and put them on. Well, I am speechless at how fast the pain left, and the strength and dexterity came back. Nothing (and I mean nothing!), has given me the astonishing relief I am experiencing with these Tommie Copper gloves. No pill, no rub, nothing!

    I know it sounds like I am being paid or exaggerating how dramatic my results are, but, I'm not! I am (right this very minute) going to order two more pairs so as to always have a clean pair around.

    I can't thank Tommie Copper enough for coming up with something so simple to help with something so debilitating to so many!

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

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Tommie Copper knee sleeves

    • New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada,
    • Jan 25, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I love my knee sleeves. I bought one at a showcase store at my local mall, not knowing what to expect. What you need to realize is, compression wear will not stop the pain, but it will reduce the swelling that causes the inflammation and pain. It also increases blood flow, so more oxygen is circulated decreasing downtime and increasing healing time. Wearing the right size and placing it correctly is vital.

    I have osteoarthritis and sciatica (I'm in my early 40's) and the pain may not have disappeared, but it lets me function and participate in more life activities. Before Tommie Copper, I was in so much pain and dreaded even going for simple walks with my family, and often needed a cane for assistance. It collects dust now. I love that this product helps me enjoy life with A LOT less pain!

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

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