Best Littmann Stethoscope in 2019
We have already talked about the best ADC stethoscope, ADC being the only one other stethoscope manufacturer that comes close to the level of quality and prestige that Littmann has achieved. Therefore, we decided the time has come to talk about some of the best Littmann stethoscopes too.
The only problem is that, as was the case with the ADC stethoscopes, there is no one product that is the best for every specialist and for every situation. In fact many doctors will have at least 2 stethoscopes in their office and some may even carry them to wherever they need to work.
Some of the top end Littmann stethoscope approach being universally useful, but they are also very expensive so, from that perspective alone, there may be some professionals for whom a top end product is not a viable solution. So the following Littmann stethoscope reviews were created to give you an idea about what you can get, and for what price in each category.
The Best Littmann Stethoscope If Price Is Not an Issue
- The only dual-sided chestpiece in the Cardiology line provides versatile auscultation for both adult and pediatric patients
- Two tunable diaphragms respond with a simple pressure change to capture low and high-frequency sounds
- Expand versatility by converting pediatric side to open bell for low frequencies, using the nonchill bell sleeve (included)
- Two-in-one tube design (dual lumen) eliminates noise interference from two external tubes rubbing together
- Anatomically designed headset is angled to meet the path of the ear canal
Perhaps the most recognized stethoscope among medical practitioners is the Littmann Cardiology III stethoscope. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most expensive stethoscopes on the market today so we are actually discouraging medical or nursing students from buying it. The Littmann Cardiology III stethoscope is designed to be used by specialists whose hearing has been trained to the point where they can actually make use of the many functions and features of this stethoscope.
To give you just an example, the Cardiology III stethoscope has a dual sided chest pieces, adult size and pediatric size. So even doctors do not need to purchase this particular stethoscope unless they actually get pediatric patients. Still, the pediatric side those have another advantage in that the stethoscope comes with a non chill sleeve that can be attached to it and thus the doctor can listen to the really hidden murmurs of the heart.
More important than that, though, is the fact that the 3M Littmann Cardiology III stethoscope uses an extremely sensitive, expensive set of diaphragms and, if you do not know what to listen for, or you do not need that level of clarity there is no point in spending the extra money if you are student.
The Best Littmann Stethoscope on a Budget
- Longer Tubing for Veterinary Professionals
- Stainless Steel Binaurals and Chestpiece
- Latex-free PVC Tubing
While talking about the Cardiology III we did not go too much into its technical specifications because, in fact, it shares many of those specifications with all the Littmann stethoscopes. So now that we are going to look at one of the most affordable Littmann stethoscopes, instead of telling you what parts it is missing or are of lesser quality than the Cardiology III, we can focus on the good parts.
Before we do that, though, we need to point out that the 3M Littmann Lightweight II S.E., our pick for the best stethoscope on a budget, does not have a dual sided chest piece. Instead, it uses a teardrop shaped chestpiece so it is very easy to slip it under the blood pressure cuff.
The 3M Littmann Lightweight II S.E. actually has a lot of things in common with the Cardiology III, particularly in the anatomically angled headset and in the patented Snap Tight Soft Sealing eartips. As a student you will grow to appreciate very fast how important it is to be isolated from any exterior sound sources while doing an auscultations.
As a doctor you already know how uncomfortable some stethoscopes can become, especially if, for some reason, you need to go through several auscultations one end. So these two features of the 3M Littmann stethoscopes are both essential and incredibly useful.
The Best Littmann Stethoscope Overall
- High acoustic sensitivity in a dual-sided chestpiece combines with durable, compact design to deliver versatile auscultation and rugged dependability
- Tunable diaphragm responds with a simple pressure change to capture low and high-frequency sounds without the need to turn over the chestpiece
- Anatomically designed headset is angled to meet the path of the ear canal and provide optimal listening
- Latex-free materials for allergy sensitive users
- Non-chill rim and diaphragm provide welcome patient comfort
If you need the best of both world, an incredible level of sound detail during your auscultations, and you cannot afford to pay full price on a Cardiology III, your best bet would be the 3M Littmann Classic II S.E. It has the high quality diaphragm of the Cardiology III set, but it has only one so the price is much lower. In fact, the biggest problem with the 3M Littmann Classic II S.E. is that it looks so much like a dual side chest piece that some people do not realize that what looks like a pediatric side is actually a bell piece.
So make sure you understand that before rushing to buy it, because you are certainly to have an unpleasant surprise. Still, the sensitivity of the diaphragm, coupled with the anatomically correct and soft sealing eartips, makes this an excellent tool for all professionals.
The 3M Littmann Classic II S.E. is particularly useful for any type of medical practitioner who deals with a lot of patients that he does not know, because the entire stethoscope is made from latex free materials so it is unlikely to cause any allergies in your patients. It, like all Littmann stethoscopes, uses the tube in tube or dual lumen design that minimizes any sounds caused by the friction of tubes.
We have tried to come up with 3 great contenders for the best Littmann stethoscope title, and we have done so with the understanding that different specialists will have different needs. However, you would like to get an even better idea about the best stethoscope for your profession, make sure to check our comprehensive articles as there we also took into consideration more than just the 3M Littmann brand.