About Tommie Copper

By Anthony Dugarte, M.D., C.S.C.S
Updated on: Feb 11, 2020

What is Tommie Copper?

Tommie Copper states that the combination of compression and copper included in their apparel line will offer many benefits related to enhancing performance and expediting recovery from physical activity.

Founded in 2010, Tommie Copper’s mission includes “helping people live comfortable, healthy, happy lives.” To accomplish this goal, they engineer their garments with a multi-directional weave and Copper Znergy® technology.

Specifically, Tommie Copper claims that everyday use of their products can result in:

  • Enhanced muscle recovery
  • Added support for your muscles and joints
  • Improved circulation
  • Reduced pain and swelling

As a dietary supplement, copper is thought to have a variety of benefits and may even support heart health. But can you expect the results promised by Tommie Copper only by wearing it, or should you seek relief somewhere else?

In this review, we’ll answer these questions by shedding some light on the available support for Tommie Copper’s claims.

What Does Tommie Copper Offer?

Tommie Copper’s proposed benefits seem to go above and beyond of what can be expected from standard compression apparel.

The company states that their “Wearable Wellness” should eliminate odor and provide protection from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, in addition to their other loftier claims.

They aim to offer these benefits through an apparel line that includes sleeves, socks, and other clothing items. Tommie Copper states that though the suggested use for some products may differ, all can benefit activities related to work, sports, or daily life.

The wide variety of available products are distributed among 7 main categories:

1. Sleeves

Tommie Copper offers an array of ankle, knee, wrist, arm, and elbow sleeves for daily use day or athletic performance. Each type of sleeve aims to provide targeted compression and relief for muscle aches and pains.

2. Back Support

Mid and lower back support is offered through wraps, undershorts, and tights, as well as short and long sleeve tops with built-in compression. Again, these garments can be worn under clothing as base-layers or as workout clothes.

3. Gloves

Their gloves come in half and full-finger models. They’re designed to support the muscles of the hands and fingers all day, or during physical activity.

4. Tops

Tommie Copper offers short and long-sleeve models that provide compression over your shoulders, core, and back. Again, these garments are good for everyday use or working out.

5. Bottoms

Also suggested for use as a base-layer or as workout apparel, their compression shorts and tights support your hips, thighs, and calves.

6. Socks

Tommie Copper offers no-show, ankle, and over the calf options. Their socks provide targeted support at the arch, heel & Achilles tendon.

7. Accessories

Their accessories include items like wrist wraps and hot/cold gel packs.

Tommie Copper offers most of these products in 3 different lines:

  1. Core is recommended for light activity at work or around the house.
  2. Performance line offers support for moderate to intense activity.
  3. The Pro-Grade line offers maximum support.

Sizing is straightforward and available from S-6XL. These sizes are based on circumference measurements; instructions are offered here to ensure the best fit.

Lastly, all products are machine washable though they suggest not using bleach or fabric softener. All products can be gently dried, though gloves should be air-dried.

Copper Compression: Is There any Science Backing The Proposed Benefits?

Do compression garments actually serve a purpose? Does adding copper to the equation offer additional benefits?

In this section, we’ll highlight the available support, if any, for these questions.

Compression Garments

Compression is not a recent phenomenon. Medically speaking, the idea of compression has been around for centuries and was likely an important part of wound healing in ancient cultures.

In more recent history, compression has been used to treat disorders related to the dysfunction of veins. These vessels, unlike arteries, lack muscular walls that are capable of transmitting blood. They instead rely heavily on the surrounding muscles of the leg to ensure blood returns to the heart.

Those with poorly functioning veins can develop pain and swelling from the blood that pools in their legs.

Compression stockings apply the greatest amount of force at the ankle and gradually decreases as you move towards the knee. This creates a pressure gradient that reduces the diameter of veins and increases blood flow.

Compression has also been studied in relation to athletic performance. A review of 12 studies found that both upper and lower body compression garments speeded recovery and reduced soreness after intense exercise. They also noted that those who were treated with compression had better muscle strength and power during the next workout.

More recently, compression garments improved strength recovery and also enhanced next-day cycling performance in a review of 23 studies.

What about Adding Copper?

Though the use of copper in compression garments has gained popularity, it has not been studied extensively.

In 16 patients with chronic vein disease, those treated with copper compression did not experience any benefit in symptoms when compared to traditional compression.

In 70 patients with rheumatoid arthritis, the use of copper bracelets did not affect pain, inflammation, physical function, disease activity, or the use of medication. Keep in mind, these were not compression garments.

The proposed odor eliminating effects of Tommie Copper’s apparel may be related, in part, to copper’s antimicrobial effects.

Are Tommie Copper Garments Safe to Use?

While compression garments are typically safe to wear, they are not without risk.

Though beneficial for dysfunction in your veins, they can be dangerous if used with dysfunctional arteries. In this instance, compression would likely limit flow, not promote it.

Compression may worsen nerve dysfunction, or make it even more challenging to sense the presence of wounds.

If wounds are present, covering with restrictive materials can prevent or delay healing.

Even if you don’t have one of these conditions, it is still safest to speak with a physician before using as you may be unaware of certain risk factors.

How Much Does It Cost?

Tommie Copper offers moderately expensive pricing for their products.

  • Sleeves: $29.50 - $44.50
  • Back Support: $59.50 - $89.50
  • Gloves: $29.50
  • Tops: $39.50 - $89.50
  • Bottoms: $34.50 - $89.50
  • Socks: $24.50 - $39.50
  • Accessories: $24.50 - $69.50

There is currently a sitewide 30%-off sale, though back support tops, adjustable knee sleeves. However, this sale doesn't apply to socks.

At checkout, you have the option to select Afterpay for purchases totaling more than $75. Upon approval, you may pay over 4 equal payments spaced 2-weeks apart at 0% interest.

Shipping for orders over $75 is free. They offer 4 methods of shipping:

  • Standard Shipping - $4.99
  • 2-3 Day Shipping - $9.99
  • Next Day Shipping - $24.99
  • International Economy - $24.99

Lastly, Tommie Copper offers a 60-day guarantee for unsatisfied customers. To process your return, visit www.tommiecopper.com or call Customer Service at 855-851-5100.

Are There Any Alternatives?

You can find compressive copper garments online or in stores fairly easily. Prices vary vendor to vendor, though beating Tommie Copper prices does not take much effort.

The Pro Series Compression Knee Sleeve from Copper Fit is available through Amazon. It’s prime eligible and priced at $19.72.

At their site, Copper Compression offers a number of products comparable to Tommie Copper, for a fraction of the price. For example, their Recovery Back Brace is $30; Tommie Copper’s is $59.50.

If you prefer shopping in person, the CVS Health Brand Copper Compression Knee Sleeve is available in stores at $15.49.

The Bottom Line

While the medical and performance-related benefits of compression garments have been well studied, the support for adding copper into the mix is lacking. Much more work is needed to identify any real reason to weave copper into compression fabric, and the currently available research is not promising.

Tommie Copper is not the most heavily reviewed brand on Amazon, though plenty are available to click through. Their knee sleeve is rated 3.8 out of 5-stars on over 130 reviews - about half are 5-star ratings.

Happy customers mention pain relief and added support, while those that are unsatisfied believe the fabric is too thin and wears easily.

You can certainly find more cost-effective copper compression garments, but why would you given that there really is no support for its use? Traditional compression garments are proven effective and often cost less.

Either way, these garments are typically safe. You should avoid use if you have a lot of swelling, arterial issues, nerve dysfunction, or open wounds.

Regarding physical activity and sport, compression is likely to offer benefits.

If you have chronic muscle and joint pain, however, you may want to speak with a physician first. These issues may be caused by an underlying condition that requires more than compression garments to manage properly.

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  • Comfortable, Supportive, Relief

    • By Jessie,
    • New York ,
    • Jun 9, 2015
    Overall Experience:

    I am so happy I found this product. I purchased 2 knee sleeves and a pair of the women's and men's shorts. My knees and lower back, had gotten so bad I could no longer do my exercises and I love doing exercises, so it meant putting on extra weight, which only made the knees and the back worse.

    With the help of Tommie Copper Knee sleeves and the shorts, I am back doing exercises every morning and with comfortable all-day stability. They aren't a cure product, but they are definitely a way to ease the pain. My lower back now allows me to stand longer and clean the house. As soon as I am able, I am going to purchase the Women's short sleeved shirt, for my shoulders and neck. When I buy another product if it is not working for me (which i doubt) I have 60 days to make my decision because there is a money back guarantee. Perfect! Thank you Tommie Copper, your products, your company and your customer service is the greatest. The agents answer all your questions and have the upmost respect for their customers. Great job, and I wish you nothing but success always.

  • I won't leave home without it

    • By Jerry Willis,
    • Los Lunas, NM,
    • Sep 24, 2013
    Overall Experience:

    My wife saw the TV commercial and purchased the knee compression sleeve. I don't usually believe in these copper things but since she bought it I decided to try it. I have had pain in my knee for several years and have considered surgery.

    I put the sleeve on and within half an hour my knee did not hurt anymore. It is not a cure but the uniform compression really works. I have recommended it to my mother-in-law and her friend.

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

  • It worked for my knee pain

    • By Cindy Schutte,
    • NW Indiana,
    • Jun 11, 2015
    Overall Experience:

    No one is more skeptical about a product than I am. I watched the infomercial on this several times and laughed and then I decided to read the reviews on this product on amazon.com. They were all good except one so I thought, I am trying this. Today was my first day wearing the knee sleeve at work on my feet for 7 hours a day. My knee did not hurt me all day, it felt wonderful ! This might not work for everyone, but worth a try!

  • Changed my life

    • By Sherry,
    • Plainfield, IL,
    • Jun 8, 2015
    Overall Experience:

    I have lived with chronic intolerable hip pain for 5 years. After 5 specialists, expensive MRIs and injections, I had received no answers and no relief. I saw the Tommie Copper infomercials many times but just didn't believe it could help.

    Finally this last Christmas, My daughter who is a Bio-Chemistry major rattled off all of the reasons that copper should help so I ordered it. The very first night i wore it I slept through the night. The next day i realized that the chronic pain was gone. I still hurt when i walk too much but, the all-day every day pain is absolutely gone.

    Do yourself a huge favor and try this stuff. I am a walking testament to the ability of copper compression wear. It has changed my life.

  • Tommie Copper is helping me

    • By Steven Reimel,
    • Jun 9, 2015
    Overall Experience:

    I recently purchased a pair of Tommie Copper bicycle- style shorts and separate knee support. I missed most of this last summer because I was lying flat on my back for two months getting IV antibiotic therapy to clear up a nasty infection in my right hip.

    I previously had the hip replaced in 2000 and recently damaged it and it became infected so I had to wait till the IV antibiotics cleared things up before the surgeon would put in a new replacement hip prosthetic. He told me my recovery was going to take many months because there was such significant dissection of the muscle tissue surrounding the hip during the surgery. He made me promise that I would not try to push my recovery because there was so much damage to the muscle tissue and it needs time to regrow and reattach to the prosthetic.

    I turned to Tommie Copper because I read so much good press about your product. I wear the shorts and the knee brace every day and sleep in them, only taking them off to wash them. My recovery is going very well and I am no longer on the walker, crutches or even the cane. I believe your product is making a big difference in my life. I used to be 185 pounds and very well built and I want to get back into the gym and get back to that level of muscle development.

    I think Tommie Copper is helping me to get there and just wanted to tell you so and thank you.

  • Works well, but it's a bit expensive.

    • By Abel Chambers,
    • Illinois,
    • Jun 8, 2015
    Overall Experience:

    I work at The Vitamin Shoppe as an assistant store manager. Our store is one of the selected test stores for Tommie Copper. Tommie Copper gave us some free knee and elbow sleeves of various sizes to try out, and pass feedback on to the customers. Tommie Copper also gave us a special discount for one week (We were able to buy directly from them and receive a 25% off discount), which I paid no mind to because I had literally no faith in this product. I just took my free knee sleeve, and never expected to sell any of the line. We aren't paid on commission, so there is no reason to ever deceive a customer into buying a product that would not benefit them.

    I have a bodybuilding and powerlifting background. I have the state records for my weight class, so I take it pretty seriously. My knees, elbows, and back are all in pretty poor shape from competition. I started wearing the knee sleeve underneath my slacks at work (I didn't really want to work out in them. I have $80 Inzer Knee Sleeves for that). Something I noticed within hours of wearing the sleeve was my posture. I always lean slightly to the left, and put a lot of weight on my left leg. This causes a lot of pain in my hamstrings, and around my knee. I could feel an even weight distribution between my legs for the first time in probably five to six years.

    Overall, I really like the knee sleeve. I'd love to buy more of the line, and I'd love to sell it to customers. The problem for me is the price, especially from a selling point of view. When someone comes in looking for an anti-inflammatory for their joints I can either sell them Tommie Copper apparel for $40-$80 each, or I can sell them fish oil for $7. I'd personally buy more of the line, but I can't afford it. I feel like if they could address the astronomical price of their products, it would be a much easier sale for people like myself whom believe in their products, but just can't bring themselves to spend $80 on a pair of pants.

    All the best.

  • Great product.

    • By Dom,
    • Staten Island, New York,
    • Jun 11, 2015
    Overall Experience:

    Helped my broken ankle pain. I love crew socks. I wear them 24 hours a day. Take them off to wash every couple of days. Also wear ankle support. My wife wears knee support and had relief within hours of starting to wear it. Unbelievable product. Give it a try. Best money I ever spent on pain relief.

  • the shorts are awesome....

    • By Janice,
    • Kingman, KS,
    • Feb 28, 2014
    Overall Experience:

    The shorts have given us great pain relief AFTER ONLY 3 WEEKS. Have recommended them to several people.

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

  • Works for my Carpal Tunnel

    • By Katie,
    • Arizona,
    • Mar 14, 2014
    Overall Experience:

    I got a set of the compression wrist bands after reading about how they have helped others. I got them in the mail swiftly and with no issue. I put them on and they were nice and snug around my wrists. So far after wearing them for only 3 days I have had no pain! I type a lot so there is a lot to be said about these.

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

  • Calf sleeve experience

    • By hh,
    • Portland, OR,
    • Apr 3, 2014
    Overall Experience:

    Due to some back issues leading to slight pelvic tilt (and being a little heavier than I'd like), I experience shin splints which tends to limit my running to a couple of time per week, and no more than 4 miles at a time. I want to do a triathlon and perhaps a 1/2 marathon, so I want to build mileage.

    Though somewhat skeptical, I took a chance on the calf sleeve product. I've run 3 times in the last 6 days - 4 miles each run, and to my surprise have had a complete absence of pain. As long as I continue to get good results, I'll stick with the product.

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

  • Would refer to others

    • By Julie Shaw,
    • Denver CO,
    • Apr 5, 2014
    Overall Experience:

    I have now ordered three products from Tommy Copper and their shipping is always ahead of schedule. I never get overnight or second day air because the standard shipping is surprisingly fast.

    The product I ordered speaks for itself. Nice compression as advertised. Size chart is right on and am extremely happy with the shipping, product and customer service.

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

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