Let’s Talk Stethoscopes!

Close up of stethoscope

There's nothing quite like a good stethoscope... maybe an amazing pen! Seriously, a good stethoscope can be an expensive investment but man is it worth it! We want to hear from you! What is your stethoscope of choice? How much did you spend? Was it worth it? What recommendations would you give your fellow nurse looking to buy a good stethoscope? Thoughts on some of our favorites including Littman, Kila, Eko? Share your thoughts in the comments section below and check back to see what other nurses recommend!

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Julie
2 months ago

Littmann Master Cardiology is the stethoscope that I have been using now for 8 years.

Dee
2 months ago

I had been happy with the $20 sprauge-rappaport stethoscope for most of my nursing career, even in ICU when lung sound changes were really the most important thing I tracked in my particular patient population. Later, I needed to be able to distinguish the various grades of heart murmurs, and I found I needed to upgrade. The Littmann Master Cardiology does the needful –much easier to hear and distinguish! It runs $200 but well worth the price.

Kathy Tweed RNC
1 month ago

The key to making a stethoscope better is to shorten the tubing. Less tubing makes heart sounds more pronounced.
Littmann is my brand. Well worth the money.

Mark Murdock
2 months ago

When I was a student nurse, I helped change the options that the student nurses association gave to the incoming students. I still believe that if you don’t know what you’re listening for and you do not have equipment that will clearly help you hear it then you have two strikes against you. I am considering the Eko. I have a ThinkLabs One and a Littmann Master Cardiologist. I suggested that the Littmann Classic was the entry level / bare minimum. To each their own. One thing – I have learned how to hang into my equipment.

Cathy
1 month ago

Littman Master cardiology is the stethoscope I have had for years and would recommend to anyone. In fact, this was my second stethoscope I purchased in my 38+ years of nursing. I know some of my colleagues feel it is a little pricey but it is well worth the price in my opinion.

Jane
1 month ago

My husband and I both have Littman cardiology scopes that were purchased for us by the ER physicians group maybe 20 years ag. We used to be able to send them back to Littman for refurbishing. Funny thing though, just the other day my husband decided to clean the ear pieces out and he did it with the air compressor and all kinds of junk came out! He says it works better than it has in a long time. HA HA.

Garth
1 month ago

I used a Littman 3200 but a pediatric patient wanted to help me and washed it. I now use a think labs and LOVE IT

Susan
1 month ago

I had a Litman at one time but hated it so I went back to my nice cheap Prestigue cost about $20.00 and love it.

Sharon M
1 month ago

Littman Master Cardiology. Worth every beat and murmur!

Sharon M
1 month ago

Pittman Master Cardiology. With every beat and murmur!

Mary Cunningham
1 month ago

Stethoscope – only one is Littman

Angela
1 month ago

I have an MDF that I bought in nursing school for $60-80. I could hear better with it than the others I tried. They replace all parts for free, which I didn’t know at the time. There’s a particular doctor that comes through and never has his stethoscope and always asks for mine. I’ve had to chase after him a few times to get it back. Thinking of getting an Eko. A coworker has one and she loves it. The Littman isn’t compatible with iPhones.

Cheryl Kaupa
1 month ago

Littman Master Cardiology is worth every penny

Eugenia
1 month ago

Littman Cardiology

Jeanie Mikels
1 month ago

I’m a Peds Nurse so a Littman Pediatric is my choice

Debbie
1 month ago

Bought a Litman 41 yrs ago when I graduated. Paid $60! (My wages were $3.25/hr). Couldn’t hear a thing. Bought a double lumen $25 stethoscope with super soft, very flexible ear pieces and tons of replacement parts and attachments (think pedi) at Wear Guard and never looked back. Fast forward to 4 yrs ago. Massive, unilateral ear infection. Facial paralysis. 1 month of max Cipro, Augmentin, and Prednisone. Multiple months of steroid challenges. More ear drops than you can imagine. The best care you can imagine and I still lost my hearing in that one ear. Now I had serious… Read more »

Carole
1 month ago

I’ve used a Philips electronic stethoscope since the beginning of my nursing career almost 20 years. At the time it was more reasonably priced compared to the Littman electronic stethoscope. I think Philips no longer manufactures this type of stethoscope. There is a digital noise cancelling stethoscope by a company called Eko priced around $250. Still a little more reasonable than the Littman. The same company also manufactures a digital attachment you can use on your existing stethoscope for around $200. Two main points: 1)don’t let any resident or fellow borrow your stethoscope because they’ll walk off with it and… Read more »

David H
1 month ago

Save yer money, 2 tin cans and some string works fine for me….