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3M Littmann Master Cardiology Stethoscope

Pros: Extremely durable construction. Comes with a special procedures adapter for extra versatility. Sound quality is great, thanks to ergonomic ear tubes that block out ambient noise.

Cons: It can take extra time to attach the adapter; relatively expensive, but you are paying for quality and precision.

Summary: This is the Cadillac of stethoscopes. It is sturdy and durable, and it provides superior acoustic quality in both high and low frequency ranges.
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Omron Sprague Rappaport Stethoscope, Black

Pros: This dual-tubing stethoscope comes with three sizes of open bells, two diaphragms and extra ear tips, along with a case. The tubing is latex-free and sounds are very clear.

Cons: The dual tubing can be inconvenient when the tubes bump during use.

Summary: The price is low, but so is the quality. We recommend going with the 3M models.
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MDF® MD One Stainless Steel Premium Dual Head Ste...

Pros: Has flexible, long tubing and a non-chill diaphragm. Two extra sets of ear tips are included. Sounds are clear, and practitioners can block out extraneous noise during use.

Cons: Practitioners may not be able to hear murmurs or bruits as well with this stethoscope.

Summary: MDF offers a lifetime warranty on parts for this stethoscope, making it an affordable choice for students as well as professionals.
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ADC Adscope 609ST Stethoscope, Stealth Black

Pros: Features single tubing and has a non-chill diaphragm for patient comfort. Caregivers can hear well, and the instrument is both lightweight and comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

Cons: The instructions may not be clear for some users. Acoustic quality is not always good.

Summary: This stethoscope is good for EMTs, nurses, or anyone who needs a lightweight, less expensive stethoscope that still delivers quality acoustics and durability.
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3M Littmann Lightweight II S.E. Stethoscope

Pros: Very lightweight, making it ideal for caregivers who have to wear one for several hours at a time. The tubing is sturdy and does not tend to break down.

Cons: The diaphragm may degrade after minimal use; sounds are sometimes muffled.

Summary: This is a good entry-level stethoscope for a caregiver who needs a stethoscope but can't afford to spend a lot of money.