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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253 Consumer Reviews for Tommie Copper

Average Consumer Rating: 3.0
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 102 4 star: 22 3 star: 8 2 star: 18 1 star:  103
Bottom Line: 50% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Copper stopper

    • Ohio,
    • Jun 18, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought an ankle sock for my husband for his arthritis. It didn't help at all! We planned to buy another for his other ankle but never will we buy this product again! You'd be better off with Bengay. At least it provides SOME relief!

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    A welcomed relief

    • Lake placid, NY,
    • Apr 29, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    Me: 30 years old, 135 pounds. Ailments: pain from head to toe swelling in many areas.

    For 13 years I have been fighting to find a diagnosis for the pain and swelling in my body. I wake every morning with my hands swollen three times the normal size with an achey shooting dull pain that feels as though it is deep in my bones and joints. Upper and lower back pain that shoots down my legs with swelling in those joints as well. I am still hoping someone can find a reason for this, but in the meantime, I've been suffering through every year getting worse and more frequent, and for the last two years has been constant. It used to only happen every few months and only last a few weeks. The swelling pushed on nerves that just add to the already deep dull pain. As a person who won't take much more than ibuprofin, I just live with it.

    Since the past two years have been so much worse, I've tried everything; bone broths, adding tumeric to everything I eat, more ibuprofen, cutting gluten, more ibuprofen, and finally Tommie Copper gloves, back support, sleeves for my knees and the socks. I started with the gloves since my hands up to the elbow bother me the most. I did not have any expectations since nothing else has worked. Around my third day of wearing the gloves, I was waking mid-night as usual in panic from severe pain and swelling. Every time, before I was awake enough to even be able to think, my first instinct was to rip those gloves off as fast as possible. I even thought for a while that they were making it worse. I kept wearing them regardless and I started noticing after about a week that the swelling was much much less but the ache and pain was still there. Well, I was happy at least the swelling went down enough to move my fingers.

    Today, I am still wearing them and it has been about seven months. My swelling in my hands is minimal at best, which has stopped aggravating the nerves. The dull throbbing shooting aches that went all up my arm do not wake me in the night as often. When the pain does wake me, it's no long shooting from fingertip to elbow. It's much more localized to mostly my middle, pointer, and ring fingers, which to me is success and when wearing the gloves is minimal. I am no longer waking in the middle of the night crying. They are not a cure-all, but I am happy to sleep better and be able to use my hands (I wasn't even able to text without unbearable pain). It did take some time until things got better, but today I'm ever so grateful to Tommie Copper compression.

    Now, I know that in researching the technology behind it, you will find much skepticism, especially in the benefit of the copper. I cannot comment on what correct and what's not; all I can tell you is that I have tried other compression products. In my experience, the other products become filthy and stinky and hard to use for all day use and eventually stretch out until unusable. My pain is most certainly less with copper-lined products. I don't know much about the positive ion benefits; all I know is the antimicrobial properties of copper make it easy for all day and night use of the products, they do not become stinky and unwearable, and my pain is considerably less with Tommie Copper. Something is working better with copper products rather than just plain compression.

    I ended up also purchasing then back supoort, knee sleeves, and socks and I'm happy to say that, although not pain free, I'm able to do normal things without being miserable, negative, mean, and nasty because I'm no longer constantly battling severe pain that was driving me to a point of near insanity. Thank you so much, Tommie Copper, you've made my quality of life so much better when no one else could help.

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

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Great product

    I had knee issues since January and nothing helped, but as soon as I got Tommy Copper knee brace, in a few days the swelling went down except for a knot. Also, I changed doctors because mine said nothing was wrong with me. Well, I put the walker away, and now all I need is a cane. Thank you so much.

    I will check out their other products.

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

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  • 10 out 10 people found this review helpful

    Disappointed

    Size runs small, so the shirt didn’t fit well and kept sliding up. I didn’t see any improvement at all while wearing it. They asked for my review, and when I submitted this information, they refused to accept it. Apparently, they only accept what they want to see in order to con more people into buying their products.

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

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    • May 12, 2018

      Vicki Nesom

      This is the first time I have heard that they run small, which is good to know.

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  • 10 out 10 people found this review helpful

    Extremely poor service

    • Norway, MI,
    • Feb 14, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I placed an order for the leg sleeve on February 3, 2016, and it was shipped using the company's only offer that wasn't a scam coupon for a future order or a coded discount which did not apply to this item. It is now February 13th and my order is in Illinois, where it has been since last week.

    I tried to email the company to see what was going on but immediately got a message back that email address was incorrect. I just got off the phone with a "service" representative and told him that I didn't intend to keep the product and just asked if there was a return address attached so I could return it unopened if it ever shows up. I did not ask that they pay the return postage, but he immediately told me that if I had read the agreement that I would have known it was my responsibility to pay for the return. Again I did not ask the company to pay anything, just that there was a good return address for it. He then informed me that after it was received, it would be 8-10 business days for return.

    Never once was any mention of explanation of why it was delayed. None of the "No I'm sorry, let's see if I can find it and when delivery might be expected." Pretty much just an attitude of "who cares" and "not my problem."

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

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  • 9 out 11 people found this review helpful

    Not worth it

    • Georgia,
    • Dec 27, 2017
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    I bought some items for my wife. She wore them 4-5 times, and it falls apart. Garbage!

    If I could find a way to post a picture, I would. Never again!

    This stuff just falls apart. I can get better at a thrift store.

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

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  • 12 out 13 people found this review helpful

    Bad customer service - poor quality product

    • Los Angeles, CA,
    • Dec 8, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have been using Tommie Copper for 5 years and recommended it to a lot of people. BUT recently I had to order new knee support.

    1. The sizing guideline online is WRONG. I had ordered Large, but it was too small. They make it very difficult to return and are RUDE on the phone.

    2. I ordered a new XLarge and paid again, but it is still a bit tight. According to the chart, this was 2 inches bigger than what I needed?

    Then once I wore it, I had BLISTERS where the elastic is on the top, and after one day and medication, the blister is not healed.

    NEVER before has this problem came up in 5 years. They have changed their QUALITY; it is not the same as before.

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

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  • 9 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Poorly made wool socks, and even worse customer service

    • Washington,
    • Dec 4, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I ordered a pair of wool compression socks for $39.50 (Women's Pro-Grade Wool Compression Over The Calf Socks, SKU 840001171596). After four washes on delicate cycle and being air dried (like all of my wool clothes), these socks developed a large hole and became extremely pilly.

    I contacted customer service to exchange this pair and they never responded, so I wrote a review about my experience. The review was quickly deleted from Tommie Copper's website. No wonder their website reviews look stellar compared to their reviews on other websites; they are simply deleting any bad reviews.

    If you want to buy a pair of socks for $39.50 and only be able to wear them four times, this is the place for you.

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

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  • 6 out 7 people found this review helpful

    The best product ever

    I have purchased many products from Tommie Copper. Being very skeptical of this product I decided to try it out. To say that this product is a miracle pain reliever is not enough. It works instantly when you put it on your knees or other painful areas. I have sold so many people on this product that I could be a spokesperson! This is definitely money well spent!

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Elbow sleeve review!

    • British Columbia, Canada,
    • Nov 18, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I am a 54-year-old Canadian man who has had two full hip replacements and a spinal fusion. My last hip replacement was just over one year ago, October 31st, 2016. I have been training and doing physio with determination and focus trying to get back to my pre-injury self! I have been making good progress but have been hampered by a tennis elbow with which I have been wearing a tennis elbow strap for the last 4 months with minimal relief.

    I went to a showcase store in Kamloops where I lived and bought one of these elbow compression sleeves. I have had more relief in the last three days than I have had in 4 months. More than just physical relief, it has given me my psychological game back, enabling me to get back on the weights and rejuvenate my efforts regarding my health and wellness!

    Tommie Copper, thank you for your product and what you do! I will be recommending your products to anyone I care about who has nagging age or recovery type injuries. I hope I don’t need any more of your products, but they will be my first source for healing in the future! Once I reach my life health and wellness goals, if you need a ruggedly handsome old Ukrainian to model or endorse your products, I’m in! Thank you.

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Better off ordering from Amazon

    • Virginia,
    • Nov 4, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    While the product itself is great, the customer service stinks, as does their cancellation policy, to which one does not exist.

    I ordered this product on a Friday night to have something shipped via FedEx overnight, paid an additional $24.50, not knowing they are not open on weekends. The family member I ordered the product for expressed serious pain and the compression products would help her knees tremendously. I wanted her to not suffer as badly for any significant amount of time.

    When I found out the product would not get to my house until Tuesday, I called customer service who told me they could not change the order to take the FedEx overnight option off, when the transaction had not even gone through yet!

    By the time I would receive the package, it would be a moot point to use FedEx overnight because it would not get here until a Tuesday. Not helpful at all. So, I called back asking to cancel the order altogether. I was told by a second customer service person who answered that they would take note of my request and put it on her supervisor's desk but could not make any promises. What the heck?

    I wasted $24.50 on shipping. Meanwhile, my family member was in pain waiting around for something to ship that didn't get there until they felt like processing the order. If I called to cancel the order while the order was still pending (as I was told the order hadn't even been processed yet when I called, and they still refused to help me cancel the order), they should have been willing to accommodate one way or another.

    Boo, thumbs down, I will never directly order Tommie Copper products from Tommie Copper ever again, I will use Amazon. Tommie Copper customer service is a joke, and they should be ashamed of themselves. Kudos to the inventors and the manufacturer, but the customer service is AWFUL.

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

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