Tommie Copper is advertised in infomercials as a product which can help a variety of ailments. Today we offer our Tommie Copper review from editors and readers, along with key product information.
About Tommie Copper
Tommie Copper is compression wear founded by Tom Kallish, who claims to have created it after finding traditional products to be uncomfortable. The official website, TommieCopper.com, was registered on January 20, 2010, while TommieCopper.tv – which has been used in infomercials – was registered August 5, 2011.
Originally Tommie Copper was advertised in infomercials featuring Montel Williams and focused on the pain relief properties of their products. By 2014, Tommie Copper infomercials spotlighting their athletic line of products could also be seen.
The rise in popularity of compression wear has been hastened by high-profile athletes who are often seen wearing them. While most compression wear is marketed for athletic use, Tommie Copper is presented as a cross between sportswear and pain relief garments.
Does Tommie Copper Contain Copper?
There appears to be some question as to whether or not Tommie Copper actually contains copper in its fabric. The 2011 version of the website’s FAQ explained that copper is used in the product:
After many months of designing and testing various fabrics, Tom invented a proprietary fabric that met his comfort requirement. At the same time, Tom had been studying the healing effects of copper on the body. He felt that the combination of compression and copper would increase the effective results of the product he was designing. By combining the benefits of this revolutionary compression fabric with patented copper infused yarn, Tom created what is now Tommie Copper’s Cu29 Compression fabric which is used in all of Tommie Copper’s Compression wear.
There was also a discussion in the 2011 FAQ about the user of copper in medicine for thousands of years, and that “Copper is an entirely natural and essential nutrient to human health.”
In early 2013, the FAQ said nothing about copper being used in the fabric or about its medicinal purposes, simply stating:
Tommie Copper compression uses multi-directional support and proprietary fabric to provide supportive relief while being comfortable enough to be worn throughout the day.
It also explained that the name Cu29 is used to help remember the Tommie Copper name, which is certainly a big change from the explanation in the 2011 FAQ.
By 2014, the description had once again changed, as we read:
Activated copper is at the core of every TC garment. By a proprietary process, it is permanently and densely infused into all performance yarns, releasing ions that provide anti-microbial protection, skin benefits and help you feel better.
In early 2013, we called Tommie Copper to verify if copper is contained in their products. A representative by the name of Brandon answered our call:
TC: Thank you for calling Tommie Copper. This is Brandon, how may I help you?
Waffles: Can you confirm that your products actually contain copper in the fabric?
TC: Yes the copper-infused nylon is used.
Waffles: OK I was just trying to find out if there was copper used before I ordered.
TC: There is copper in the fabric, yes. It’s not like a solid sheet of metal but it’s small particles infused in the fabric.
We also emailed Tommie Copper and received the following response, detailing the materials in their fabric:
Thank you for your recent message & interest in our Tommie Copper Products! For your convenience we have provided a listing of the contents our product is composed of.
Tommie Copper Shirt contents:
56% Copper Nylon
16% Lycra (Spandex)
Tommie Copper Sleeve, Shorts and Glove contents:
57% Copper Nylon
14% Lycra (Spandex)
Tommie Copper Sock contents:
27% Copper Nylon
The material used in the bands (found on ankle, calf, elbow and knee sleeves) contain: 54% polyester and 46% rubber.
Tommie Copper Products
In early 2013, the Tommie Copper line consisted of: Elbow sleeve, knee sleeve, ankle sleeve, calf sleeve, wrist sleeve, shirts, gloves, socks, and tights.
By 2014, Tommie Copper had expanded its line to include a sportswear line of compression garments called “Active Fit” which is designed for exercise. The company also added the “Compression Fit” label to their original pain relief apparel.
Our Tommie Copper Review
This review is based on a purchase in early 2013. We felt our tester was a good fit because of chronic knee problems. We ordered the knee sleeve directly from the website for a cost of 24.50 plus shipping, for a total of $32. The item arrived about 10 days after we placed the order. Having worn traditional compression wear and braces in the past, our tester had a good idea of where this product fit among the alternatives. He reported that those traditional compression garments and bracers were heavier and bulkier than Tommie Copper. He reported the Tommie Copper sleeve to be light weight and comfortable, and did not feel as though his knee was being squeezed while wearing it. The amount of actual pain relief was comparable to a $15 knee braces found at any drug store. Considering the lighter, more comfortable fabric, you may find Tommie Copper to be a better solution than less expensive products.
Although our tester wouldn’t swear by the Tommie Copper brand alone, he did feel that compression wear in general helps alleviate pain, and that Tommie Copper offers a product of value in this category. Nearly a year after this article was first written, our tester still wears the Tommie Copper knee sleeve. (Read more here.)
Fake Tommie Copper Reviews
As with any product being advertised, there is always the possibility of fake reviews, especially when you see glowing endorsements which link directly to the Tommie Copper site. Fake product reviews are rampant, not just for this product, but for virtually all products. These are sometimes posted by the forces behind a product to offset any bad reviews which may exist.
We feel that Tommie Copper offers a valid product in the compression wear category. Unlike many of glowing reviews online for this product, however, we believe compression wear only offers moderate pain relief, and is not the magic cure that some claim. For some people, however, moderate relief is more than sufficient.
Those with realistic expectations will probably be pleased with the product, while those believing the hype of the infomercials may be disappointed.
3.5 out of 5 stars
Your Tommie Copper Reviews
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Updated February 22, 2014