would like opinions

  1. My aunt has agreed to buy me a stehoscope for my graduation/passing nclex present. my question is what kind should i get? I know Littmann are supposed to be good but is that the best one to get? please let me know what you think. :wink2:
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   TazziRN
    Littmans are probably the best, and there are different grades of Littmans. Do a search on here, this is been discussed at length several times and you can get a lot of info.
  4. by   TheCommuter
    You don't need a very expensive stethoscope so early in your nursing career. Additionally, the expensive stethoscopes have the tendency to "walk off". Prestige is a good, inexpensive brand of stethoscope. I also love the NurseMates stethoscopes.
  5. by   Tweety
    Quote from TheCommuter
    You don't need a very expensive stethoscope so early in your nursing career. Additionally, the expensive stethoscopes have the tendency to "walk off". Prestige is a good, inexpensive brand of stethoscope. I also love the NurseMates stethoscopes.

    I lost so many over the years, I finnally surrendered and got cheap ones and for some reason they don't "walk". LOL I do just fine with the cheapos.

    I would get a medium grade Littman if someone else was doing the buying. Not a very expensive one, just a good one.
  6. by   MIA-RN1
    I would go for one that has a single lumen instead of double lumen. the sound is more pure in the single.
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Medium grade Littman definately the way to go, as Tweety stated. It's worth it to have a decent steth, but you don't need to have it be super-expensive. I have found the cheapest Littmans will beat hands-down almost all others. You don't have to spend a lot to get a cheap-moderate Littman. And it will be worth it. Don't waste money on cheap steths. You use them too much to do this!
  8. by   clee1
    I LOVE my Littman Master Classic II.

    $100
  9. by   all4schwa
    Quote from clee1
    I LOVE my Littman Master Classic II.

    $100
    i went through school with a $7 cheapie, and this is the one i got for graduation. i love it! i went to a uniform store with my mom and the lady had wipes so i could try them out on my mom. it was interesting to hear the difference. :wink2:
  10. by   clee1
    Quote from all4schwa
    i went through school with a $7 cheapie, and this is the one i got for graduation. i love it!
    Uh huh....

    I tell patients I can hear through a cinder-block wall with it.
  11. by   flashpoint
    I like my Littman...I can't remember which one I have though! I think it is the one that costs around $60. Prestige is also a good one...that is the one our ambulance service uses and I like it a lot...it seems to muffle out a lot of the background noise. Ultrascopes are pretty and everyone I know who has one likes it a lot.
  12. by   GatorRN
    I love my Littman Master Classic II. It is a middle grade stethoscope of those that they carry. It cost me less than $100.00 even with my name engraved on it. As others have said nice ones can sometimes "walk off." I've not had a problem with that personally. I would recommend spending the little extra to have your name engraved, as a safeguard.

    You can do a search and find sites that sell Littmans for less than Littmans direct site does. I've heard of some ppl getting them on EBay even, I don't know if you could get it engraved through them or not though.
  13. by   jodi_cmsrn
    I also love my master classic II. In fact I just got my second one. Can't live without it.
  14. by   anc33
    I can't hear that well so I needed something with a little more amplification. However, I didn't want one of those bulky electronic ones so I went with a Philips. It is absolutely wonderful.

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