About Tommie Copper

By HighYa Research Team
Published on: Sep 30, 2013

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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Average Customer Rating: 3.0
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 96 4 star: 19 3 star: 9 2 star: 22 1 star:  90
Bottom Line: 48% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 62 out 70 people found this review helpful

    Order system is all messed up

    • Illinois,
    • Jul 8, 2013

    I called to put in an order but never received an email confirm. I called back two days later to check, they claimed they never received the order. I placed the order again, they said it would be shipped overnight. It's 4 days later, and they can't tell me if it has been shipped or not. They blame it all on a new web site, but they have no clue.

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

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  • 75 out 83 people found this review helpful

    Bought ankle sleeve, pants and shorts

    • Lakewood, CO,
    • Jul 17, 2013

    I had high hopes for this product. I have pain all over my body. Put the products on when I got them, slept with them on. By a couple days later, my pain was worse. The compression made my pain worse than it was, sorry, these are going back.

    If I could give it no stars I would, but you have to rate it, one star lowest i could go.

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

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  • 54 out 86 people found this review helpful

    Tommie Copper mad me boo

    • San Diego, CA,
    • Aug 12, 2015

    I'm a 26 year old male and experience gluteal pain. My bum has been exposed to severe heat and therefore I have developed bum bum pain. I decided to try the Tommie Copper bum hugger, as I was interested in providing compression to my inner bum bum. Tommie Copper made my bum hurt more that it did before I started using it.

    The compression feels good on my bum for a little bit, but after a while its just too much.

    Hope that helps.

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  • 99 out 108 people found this review helpful

    Bogus, No Relief!

    • St. Paul, MN,
    • Jun 11, 2015

    Montel must be in need of money to hack this stuff. It did absolutely nothing for me but drain my wallet.

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  • 96 out 105 people found this review helpful

    Stains cannot be removed!

    • Forestville, CA,
    • Sep 11, 2013

    The stains on the bottoms of my feet are not removable from one day. When I washed the ankle socks in the sink and the water turned dark purple. I have taken photos of the dye in the sink with the sock and the bottom of my feet.

    If any one is interested, I will email the photos to you.

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

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  • 42 out 52 people found this review helpful

    Waste of money

    • Boston, MA,
    • Jun 23, 2015

    After the sales pitch, I spent over $200 worth of Tommie Copper product. I had pain from opening the package. None of the products provided relief. Customer service lines are busy. I hung up after waiting 25 minutes in hold. Will try again when my pain subsides and have an extra hall hour to wait on the phone. Save Your money, don't buy these products!

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  • 23 out 29 people found this review helpful

    Don't waste your money

    • Florida,
    • Jan 14, 2014

    I purchased several products and to be honest none of them worked. I was really hoping for something that was going to help and all I got was a headache.

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

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  • 23 out 26 people found this review helpful

    Incompetent Shipping System

    • Powder Springs, GA.,
    • Jun 11, 2015

    I had previously enjoyed the benefits of Tommie Copper products. So I ordered additional compression products on 1/3/14 which were claimed to have shipped on 1/6/14 with a tracking number provided. UPS or USPS responded that they had never received a parcel. Walked customer service through the adventure and they agreed that the products were never shipped and now one item is out of stock until May. They have no means or concern to have a system that would recognize delivery or alert you or themselves to a problem in delivery.

    Recommend trying to purchase from other than tommiecopper.com

    They have a great product, but unfortunately have not developed a consistent way to get it too you. So disappointed in Tommie Copper.

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  • 9 out 11 people found this review helpful

    Worst Shipping Still Not Arrived

    • California,
    • Jan 23, 2014

    I can not rate it because it is in delivery for over 10 days with expedited shipping. Tracking shows it delivered to post offices all over central and southern California. I wonder when it will finally arrive at my zip code.

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

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  • 18 out 19 people found this review helpful

    Gloves are worthless

    • Poulsbo, WA,
    • Apr 2, 2014

    I bought my son two pairs of gloves for Christmas. Open finger and full glove, my son just told me they have fallen apart. Literally, open seams, just falling apart. I wrote to Tommy Copper requesting an exchange or refund. The letter I received back was, your exchange period of 60 days is no longer valid. I did shopping early. If they are so proud of their products, maybe they should have a bit longer warranty time.

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

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  • 25 out 27 people found this review helpful

    Not worth the money

    • Long Island, NY,
    • Jun 26, 2015

    Bought two of the knee sleeves hoping they would help knee discomfort. Had one knee replacement which resulted in extreme stiff knee and scar tissue problems. Other knee has torn meniscus. Neither knee was at all helped by the Tommie Copper sleeve. They did not stay in place and were very uncomfortable. Perhaps someone with mild knee problems may find these helpful. For me the were useless.

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