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which is better, ADC or littmann stethoscope

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Specializes in acute care then Home health. Has 8 years experience.

I'm looking for a new stethoscope and want to spend around $60. I had a littmann lighweight and I liked it but I want to get your opinion. Which do you like better for comfort and sound quality, ADC or littmann brands?

wondern, ASN

Has 20 years experience.

Littman's are lovely! :stdnrsrck:

notjustanurse

Specializes in ICU, Telemetry, PACU, Med-Surg. Has 9 years experience.

Do you have the option to go to a retailer and check them both out? Personally I prefer Littmanns all the way for comfort and performance, but others I work with prefer other brands.

canesdukegirl, BSN, RN

Specializes in Trauma Surgery, Nursing Management. Has 14 years experience.

I love my Littmann. I have a cardiac Littmann, though. It was fairly expensive, but it has lasted forever!

Is this post for real ? It's whatever you prefer really. Personally Littmann is for me. I like the weight and how it feels in my ears and sound quality. But this post is like asking what do you like better Nike or New Balance Dickies or Cherokee its whatever works for you. These are my thoughts use them as you wish..

DelanaRN, MSN, APRN, NP

Specializes in Various. Has 10 years experience.

I like a Littman, but honestly, I have never tried an ADC. I would try them both and see which worked for me.

lsvalliant

Specializes in acute care then Home health. Has 8 years experience.

Do you have the option to go to a retailer and check them both out? Personally I prefer Littmanns all the way for comfort and performance, but others I work with prefer other brands.

The retailers I've gone to unfortunately wouldn't let me try them out for sanitary reasons. Karma, I am 'for real', if someone has tried both of them out, I thought maybe they would know which one had better sound quality. I seriously dont think someone would PREFER the one with the poorest, DO YOU? If my question is so dumb then why did you give me Kudos? Thanks for everyone's input.

dthfytr, ADN, LPN, RN, EMT-B, EMT-I

Specializes in ER, Trauma. Has 30 years experience.

I always end up with Littman. Work best with my "too many rock concerts" ears. You can't beat their lifetime warranty service either.

Is this post for real ? It's whatever you prefer really. Personally Littmann is for me. I like the weight and how it feels in my ears and sound quality. But this post is like asking what do you like better Nike or New Balance Dickies or Cherokee its whatever works for you. These are my thoughts use them as you wish..

Seems very real to me. And wise to ask for the opinions of others who have been there.

I would say Littmans, but its what you can hear; I dont see why you could not hear out of any littman

tomc5555

Has 2 years experience.

It is a good question. My sister is an RN and says Littman is the best sound quality. Going cheap may mean you cant hear pulses.

jalainec

Specializes in critical care. Has 23 years experience.

I had a sprague Rap stethoscope in nursing school and thought it was cool until I dropped it on the floor of the new born nursery one day and it went into a million pieces.ball bearings everywhere, little rings,bits...losing my dignity crawling around picking up debris! - embarrassing... Since i had already decided to go into cardiac ICU I wanted the best scope I could afford. I've worked in several places where nurses were expected to and took pride in being able to hear different types of heart murmurs, S3s and S4s, fine and course crackles, and wheezes, so I tried out the other nurses stethoscopes. I discovered that I could hear much better with the Littmann Master Cardiology scope. I bought it for my RN graduation and used it for 22 years. The warranty was great. I sent it back every 3-4 years and got it refurbished like new for free. I just recently lost it (I still can't talk about it without getting a little emotional ;)) and I'm buying a new one just like, only dark red with my name engraved. They are a little more expensive, but if you want to hear whats going on in your patients heart or lungs or hear bowel sounds that other people cannot.This is the one. Janice

Littmann all the way