Top 5 Stethoscopes for Paramedics
If this is your first Stethoscope or if you are looking for an upgrade, below is a list of our top 5 picks for the best Stethoscope for Paramedics, EMTs and First Responders.
A Quick Look at the Best Overall Stethoscopes
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The 3M Littmann Classic lll is most likely the most popular Stethoscope in the field. The quality and utility of this Stethoscope hits 5/5 is most areas.
The main benefit it of the 3M Litmann Classic is that it covers all the features. Two-sided chest piece for both adult and pediatric patients. Underneath the pediatric side includes a traditional open bell for diagnostics.
It is comfortable to wear and lasts a long time. From Paramedics I’ve worked with in the past they have all recommended this model.
The only draw back is the price. For around $100 – $150 the cost of replacing one after losing it during a call can be frustrating.
Overall I would give it a 5/5.
Lets talk about price. The MDF is the most affordable Stethoscope on the market. It comes with multiple ear pieces which is nice if you are a student looking to save money. There is a good chance you will misplace the other ear pieces so be sure to keep the ones that fit your ears properly.
The MDF Acoustica can become uncomfortable with long periods of use due to the cheap plastic. But overall the quality is adequate for majority of First Responders and very cheap to replace if you lose or break them during a call.
For those reasons the MDF Acoustica takes home a rating of 4/5.
For roughly $250 – $300 you can have the Rolls Royce of Stethoscopes.
The high quality material and simple design makes the 3M Littmann Master Cardiology perfect for listening to subtle differences and focus on real diagnostics.
Since there is only an adult side chest piece, it is typically easier to hold than over types of Stethoscopes. In addition, there is no need to switch between pediatric and adult which keeps the tubing sturdy in place and avoids twisting around to a different setting while in use.
This Stethoscope is great for Advanced Life Support crews or Specialists that require greater precision.
Twins tubes, extra parts and Lifetime Warranty. The MDF Sprague Rappaport is going to last a long time. Even though there are a lot of parts, the durability and lifetime warranty makes this a great choice for people that want to “set it and forget it”.
In addition to the quality, the price is also very attractive with a price usually below $50.
The only downside is the dual tubing can become bulky and hard to fit into pockets or small carry cases.
For those reasons the MDF Sprague Rappaport receives a 3/5.
Do you want to stand out? Luckily there’s a Stethoscope for those with an edge. With the MDF Classic Rose Gold you can stand out while maintaining quality of care. There is no sacrifice in quality and will measure up to most models on the market.
In fact, the MDF Classic Rose Gold is cardiology grade.
You will have to pay a premium for your good looks though.
Great style, however this Stethoscope receives a 3/5 for it’s price.
Which Stethoscope is right for you?
Whether you are looking for a good deal, the best quality, a stylish look or simply the most recommended Stethoscope for overall value, I hope these reviews can assist you in your choice and make your job easier.