1. MAGISTER double head stethoscope – Black
This versatile stethoscope is suitable for general practitioners, interns and medical students for all types of examinations on adult or child patients thanks to its double chestpiece with multifrequency stainless steel membrane.
This Spengler Magister stethoscope is ideal for auscultation due to its great versatility . No settings are necessary to listen to high frequency and low frequency sounds. Simply adjust the pressure on the stainless steel chestpiece equipped with a multi-frequency diaphragm to pinpoint the patient’s body sounds. This equipment can be used to auscultate adults and children without having to change stethoscopes.
In terms of design, the thin edges of the stethoscope make it more convenient for taking blood pressure in a blood pressure cuff. The flag indicator also shows you the active head of the stethoscope, which simplifies its use. The material also offers optimal comfort thanks to its easily adjustable anatomical aluminum lyres and its silicone ear tips that attach easily. For the patient, the anti-cold ring allows a more pleasant auscultation.
2. Best Stethoscope – LAUBRY® Single Head Stethoscope – Black
Providing good ergonomics and a good grip, this stethoscope is ideal for rapid auscultation. But as it only has a simple pavilion, this equipment is more suitable for nurses than for general practitioners.
Laubry is the leading cardiology stethoscope series from the manufacturer Spengler. This model is equipped with a good quality receiver for auscultations for its affordable price. The one-piece chest-piece is made of chrome-plated die-cast brass with an anti-cold clip ring. With its high-resolution acoustic diaphragm, it allows you to listen to high-frequency sounds easily for auscultations and blood pressure measurements.
Its user will also find it ergonomic thanks to its adjustable lyre with several listening angles. In addition, its TPE screw ear tips are flexible and provide excellent comfort and great acoustic sealing. In terms of performance, the Laubry stethoscope offers excellent acoustic transmission and reproduction . Amplified heart and lung sounds are undistorted and audible.
3. Stethoscope Best – 3M Littmann Stethoscope of Diagnostic Cardiology IV
Guaranteeing exceptional acoustics even in critical environments, this high-end stethoscope from Littman is a model that allows you to perform more advanced auscultation on any type of patient.
This version IV of the 3M Littman diagnostic stethoscope brings more advanced acoustic performance with its new design and new materials. It has an integrated dual-frequency membrane for each side of the bell which provides an even more advanced acoustic quality. It is ideal for identifying changes in a patient’s condition in a critical environment such as intensive care or the emergency room .
This stethoscope can be used on adults, but is also suitable for pediatric patients thanks to an adjustable stainless steel chestpiece with an open or closed funnel. Its anti-cold protection ring also provides more comfort to auscultated patients. Its lyre can also be easily adjusted to enjoy optimal comfort during use. Finally, this Cardiology IV version is resistant to skin fluids, but also to alcohol, and its lifespan is longer.
4. Best Stethoscope – MDF® MD One® Premium Stainless Steel Dual Head Stethoscope
The MDF MD One stethoscope is the brand’s best-seller. Its solidity, its ergonomics and the sensitivity of its membrane make it an ideal medical instrument for auscultating patients with precision.
The MDF 777 stethoscope has been manufactured with first quality stainless steel, which explains its great robustness. Thanks to its ultra-sensitive diaphragm, its headset ensures a very clean acoustic sound from 100 Hz to 1000 Hz. Moreover, the Acoustic Pyramid Chamber technology avoids compression or twisting of the tubing, which guarantees you clear sound for every auscultation you perform.
In terms of ergonomics, it is one of the most comfortable thanks to its ErgonoMax lyre. You can adjust it easily so that the instrument fits your ears perfectly. Plus, like all MDF products, you can take advantage of the brand’s lifetime free spare part program . So, if one of the parts of the instrument were to be damaged, you will have no problem replacing it.
How to choose your stethoscope
Before buying a stethoscope, the best way to find a good model for yourself is to test different models. But as trying several instruments is not always easy, you can nevertheless base your choice on the following criteria.
Criterion n°1: The type of pavilion
The pavilion is the part of the stethoscope equipped with an anti-cold ring that is brought into contact with the patient’s body during auscultation. The quality of this small block guarantees good sound propagation and makes it easier to take tension when it is under the bra. There are mainly two types of stethoscope chestpieces:
The one-piece horn : If it is mainly for taking voltage measurements, models with a one-piece horn are preferable. Indeed, it can slide easily inside the cuff during a diagnosis of blood pressure.
The double chestpiece : A double chestpiece stethoscope is best suited to general practitioners who auscultate both adults and children. Indeed, one of the sides of the pavilion is smaller for more precise auscultation of the child or infant.
The models with double horn provided with a bell are easier to use than those having a double membrane to listen to the sounds at low frequency. It is especially essential to listen to carotid sounds to diagnose a stroke.
Criterion n°2: The type of membrane
The membrane of the stethoscope is located on the auricle. This is the receiver of the tool, as it directly picks up the high and low frequency sounds that the human body emits. Stethoscopes can have a single or dual frequency diaphragm :
Single frequency : As its name suggests, it offers a limited listening spectrum.
Dual frequency : Stethoscope models with dual frequency diaphragms are much more practical and more common on the market. Low pressure allows listening to high frequencies such as physiological noises (shortness of breath), and firm pressure low frequencies or pathological noises.
The shape of the membrane is also an element to take into account. For general auscultations, a round membrane is preferable. Oval membranes, on the other hand, are more suitable for pediatric auscultations.
Criterion n°3: Ear tips
The tips are the two rubber earpieces that will be housed on the auditory pavilion of the practitioner. They are used to listen to sounds coming from inside the patient’s body. These tips should be comfortable enough, especially for prolonged use. You can find them in large and small sizes depending on the type of eye-catcher you want. See-through designs also let you know when to clean or change tips.
Criterion n°4: Tubing
The tubing is the element of the stethoscope generally made of PVC which is located between the chestpiece and the lyre. The tubing is used to propagate the sound to the lyre and it comes in two versions:
Simple tubing : Less expensive, it is thinner and offers correct internal sound quality.
Double tubing : It offers better sound quality thanks to stereo listening, unlike single tubing which splits the signal at the Y passage.
Criterion n°5: The lyre
This is the metal part of the stethoscope that ensures the propagation of sound from the tubing to the practitioner’s ear. The lyre is the support for the two ear tips and it can be adjusted via a tension spring. There are mainly two types of lyres in stethoscopes:
Simple lyre : it is present on all conventional stethoscopes.
Double lyre : it equips the stethoscopes two in one to allow patients or doctors to auscultate at the same time as a student.
In general, they can be purchased separately when that of the original stethoscope is damaged.