10 Best Stethoscopes for Nurses

10 Best Stethoscopes for Nurses

Are you looking for the best stethoscopes for nurses? You likely already know that nurses use many important pieces of equipment on a daily basis. Whether you’re trying to obtain a blood pressure, or listening to the chest of a little one with a cough, your stethoscope is a vital piece of nursing gear. Finding the best stethoscopes for nurses can be a challenge. While you want a top rated stethoscope, it can often be difficult to find just the right one and at a great price. However, you now have the advantage of viewing the top ten best stethoscopes for nurses, all of which can be found on Amazon.com for less than the normal retail price!

Best Stethoscopes for Nurses

#1 – 3M Littmann Classic II S.E. Stethoscope, 28″ tubes, 2201

3M Littmann Classic II S.E. StethoscopeThe 3M Littmann Classic II S.E. Stethoscope is available in a variety of colors, including black, purple, Caribbean blue and pearl pink, to match your favorite scrubs. With latex-free tubing and a non-chill rim, your patients will find comfort in this Littmann Classic. It also features high acoustic sensitivity, a dual-sided chest piece and a tunable diaphragm. While this stethoscope retails for $100.58, you can find it on Amazon.com for approximately 30% less!

See our full review of the 3M Littman Classic II S.E. Stethoscope.

#2 – Omron Sprague Rappaport Stethoscope

Omron Sprague Rappaport StethoscopeThe Omron Sprague Rappaport Stethoscope, which has an listed MSRP of $19.00, features a chrome-plated chest piece and latex-free tubing. At Amazon.com, you will find this stethoscope for 31% less, in a variety of colors, including black, blue, dark blue and dark green. The tubing lengths also come in multiple sizes. Included with this stethoscope is a variety of open bells and diaphragms, extra ear tips and a vinyl storage case.

#3 – Lumiscope Blood Pressure & Stethoscope Kit

Lumiscope Blood Pressure & Stethoscope KitWith a low price on Amazon.com, the Lumiscope Stethoscope comes in a bonus kit, including a blood pressure cuff to match. The stethoscope itself is a Sprague Rappaport Style with 22″ tubing, a variety of diaphragms, ear tips and bells. This set is available in purple, hunter green, pink and orchid. If you are a nursing student looking for an economical and reliable stethoscope and blood pressure cuff bundle, this is a great kit for you!

#4 – 3M Littmann Lightweight II S.E. Stethoscope, 28″ tubes

3M Littmann Lightweight II S.E. StethoscopeThis entry-level Littmann Lightweight II S.E. Stethoscope is equipped with double-sided chest pieces and tunable diaphragm. Available in a variety of colors, including black, cell blue, green, lilac and sea foam green, the Littmann Lightweight II S.E. and similar to the Littmann II S.E. stethoscope, features a non-chill rim and diaphragm.This is one of the most popular models of stethoscopes among nurses. It is perfect for a beginning and seasoned nurses alike. This stethoscope has an MSRP of $57.67, but can be found on Amazon.com for 20% less

#5 – 3M Littmann Cardiology III Stethoscope, 27″ tubes

3M Littmann Cardiology III StethoscopeSuitable for both adults and children, the Littmann Cardiology III Stethoscope is the only one in cardiology to feature a dual-sided chest piece. It also features a dual lumen to eliminate interference caused when the tubes rub together and an anatomical headset. Like other Littmann stethoscopes, the Cardiology III also comes with the non-chill bell and tunable diaphragms and is available in many colors, such as black, brown, gray, purple and chocolate. This high-quality stethoscope has an MSRP of $206.33 but usually sells for about 26% less on Amazon.com.

#6 – 3M Littmann Master Classic II Stethoscope, 27″ tubes3M Littmann Master Classic II Stethoscope

The Littmann Master Classic II Stethoscope is known for its award-winning ergonomic design, acoustic sensitivity and outstanding diagnostic performance. As with other Littmann stethoscopes, the Master Classic II is latex free, has a non-chill rim and diaphragm and anatomical headset, making it comfortable for both patients and nurses. Available in Black, blue, pine green and many other colors, this stethoscope has an MSRP of $145.33 but sells for approximately 27% less on Amazon.com

#7 – 3M Littmann Classic II S.E., 28″ tubes, Black-Plated Chest Piece and Ear Tubes

Black-Plated 3M Littmann Classic II S.EThe Black-Plated 3M Littmann Classic II S.E get ride of the chrome look. The only difference between this Littmann Classic and #1 on our list is the black-plated chest piece and ear tubes. Fortunately, the color has no effect on quality and durability, only style. You will find that this stethoscope still provides high acoustic sensitivity, tunable diaphragm, an anatomical headset, non-chill rim and diaphragm as well as latex-free materials. This stethoscope is only available in black and has an MSRP of $105.00,  but it typically sells for approximately 25% less on Amazon.com.

#8 – Prestige Medical Dualheads Stethoscope

Prestige Medical Dualheads StethoscopeWith the lowest MSRP to make our list at only $8.98, the Prestige Medical Dualheads Stethoscope offers a lightweight design, dual-head chest piece with bell and diaphragm sides. On Amazon.com, you can usually find this stethoscope for approximately 25% less than MSRP, complete with an extra set of soft ear tips and in a wide array of colors, including hot pink, stealth, frosted royal, frosted glacier and frosted kiwi, to name a few.

#9 – 3M Littmann Classic II Pediatric Stethoscope, 28″ tubes

3M Littmann Classic II Pediatric Stethoscope

Specially designed for the little ones you care for, this Littmann Classic II Pediatric Stethoscope offers a dual-sided chest piece and floating diaphragm for maximum acoustic sensitivity for both low and high frequency sounds. Again, this Littmann product is made from latex-free materials, features an anatomical design, as well as non-chill rim and diaphragm, providing comfort for all concerned. With a MSRP of $111.92, you can often find this pediatric stethoscope for 22% less on Amazon.com!

#10 – ADC ADSCOPE 603 Stainless Stethoscope

ADC ADSCOPE 603 Stainless StethoscopeThe ADC ADSCOPE features a stainless steel binaural with a reinforcing yoke, non-chill diaphragm/bell combo chest piece and ADSOFT ear tips, which provide the ultimate in comfort and acoustic seal. Available in a wide variety of colors, such as teal, frosted sea foam, purple, orange, royal blue and gray, this stethoscope has an MSRP of $49.99 and can be found on Amazon.com for around 29% less.


So whether you’re searching for a high-quality cardiology stethoscope, an entry-level stethoscope or one that fits somewhere in between, all can be found on Amazon.com for a fraction of the price. Each one offers similar functions and a variety of colors to match your scrubs for a completed look!


  1. Nick DaBrick says

    I love the Littman Master Cardiology. This is the exact one that I have here: http://goo.gl/AmJwnb I’ve been a nurse for 4 years and working on a tele unit for the past two. Most of our cardiologists use the same one and ask to borrow mine when they leave theirs elsewhere. Just be sure you keep an eye on them until they give it back! I would avoid the cheep ones unless you lose thing easily. I hear so much clearer!

  2. says

    @Kidist Beyene Great tips on the engraving. It’s surprising how many physicians will walk always with stethoscopes, even if they’re hot pink! 
    I’m glad you could save some money buying it through Amazon. I’ve found the best deals on nursing gear online. 

    Thanks for all the useful tips. This could make a blog post in itself. If you’re interested, I’d love to have you a quest blogger writing a blog that’s “10 Stethoscope Tips You MUST Know.”
    What do you think?

  3. Kidist Beyene says

    – I’m an RN working in Med/Surge.  I did quite a bit of research before buying my first good stethoscope.  Littmann was highly recommended by the doctors I asked.  They liked the Cardiology stethoscope, but said I wouldn’t need it for Med / Surge Nursing.  And, choosing the Classic saved a lot of money.  At local stores, the Classic cost $125.  I got it on this website for $70.
    – I love burgundy so I got that one.
    – I recommend buying the Prestige Medical Clip (only $5) to use at work so the steth isn’t around your neck for 12 straight hours.
    – Regarding the engraving.  Absolutely do it.  It looks great.  I got my name on the hose, and my name on the chestpiece.  I was told steths “walk” away a lot.  And, if you engrave only one, then it can be replaced.  I also got the medical symbol engraved on the chestpiece.  If I had it to do over, I wouldn’t do that.  They do it over the center and it looks strange with the whole in the middle.
    – I recommend buying a stethoscope cover. It protects the hose from scratches, sunlight, bodily fluids, and day-to-day grime.  Replacing hoses costs a lot, a cover costs 5-10 dollars.  I couldn’t find one on Scrubs and Beyond.  I had to go to Etsy and eBay.  I wanted a burgundy or wine colored cover.  I wished they would have had a deal to stitch on my name or email address on the cover, but it wasn’t possible.
    – I also recommend buying the Littmann ID Tag.  This is in case I legitimately leave my steth somewhere and someone finds it and wants to return it.  I put my email address on it.  It costs about $10.  It attaches to your steth and will cover over your Scrubs and Beyond hose name engraving.  That’s the only negative.  But, it will come with the little metal plate that can be engraved.  You can send it away for $7, or take it to a jeweler for $15.  The mailing option only allows 14 characters.  My email is 18 characters. My jeweler did a great job.
    – I store it at home in my study. I have a small nail in the wall, I hang the Prestige Medical Clip on that, and have the stethoscope hanging down from that. I put two pins at the bottom so that the chestpiece rests slightly on them, so that all the weight isn’t hanging on the hoses. But, it’s still straight down against the wall to prevent any crimping of the hoses.

  4. says

    @John We tried to make sure we included a variety. Nursing students and new nurses don’t often have a lot of money to spend but want a good stethoscope. :)Thank you for your comment.

  5. Sheila097 says

    I’m guessing these were primarily females who submitted their fav’s…as others have commented, color seems to be the top criteria when selecting the “best” stethoscope. Like most of us girls choose our cars…who cares about performance, just as long as it comes in cool colors!

    Littman is over-rated. The only thing I liked about mine was it’s lightweight. If you’re going for fashionable, Littman is a suitable choice. If quality and acoustics are important to you, then buy a German-made Riester. Patients don’t particularly care for my Riester…especially when their BP #’s are the only thing standing between them and the Dept. of Transportation.

    “We can’t clear you for your CDL license, Sir…your BP exceeds Fed guidelines. Hang tight, let me see if anyone has a Littman…”

    Now, you’re traveling with your family on vacation, and it’s 2am. Nearly every truck on the highway at that time are “overnight shipping” services, and they’re all pulling double trailers at 90mph. Your children are sound asleep in the back seat, and as you’re keeping an eye on your rearview mirror at the semi barreling up behind you, you see the second trailer swaying back and forth as it swings out from the truck’s rear and crosses the center line. As the medical condition of the semi’s operator flashes through your mind, are you thinking…”I wonder what color stethoscope was used when the medical examiner qualified the operator fit to hold a CDL license…?

  6. says

    I really liked your list. Sometimes when we search for “top” or “best” lists, they throw us very expensive equipments. At your list, we can find that some of this stethoscopes are not the “best” at technical specifications, but suits very well to nurse, who sometimes only need to do basic assessments and have a low budget too.

    • Kristin Stephens says

      I have the MDF 747. Its amazing. Comparable to Littman. It comes in a variety of colors. It has amazing sound quality and it comes with free replacement parts for life.

  7. blueAnts says

    I’m not sure how you came up with how these are the best, because you don’t give a review or opinion with any of them, but at least a few of these are junk. Plus, many really good ones available on Amazon are not even listed.

    • says

      blueAnts “best” might not have been the best choice of words. These are the most popular stethoscopes for nurses. I have had many nurses tell me that they have used and liked most of the ones on this list. I cannot give a personal review for them all because I have not used them. 
      I have had the pleasure of using the http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CCINO0/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&tag=thenerdynurse_freelance-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001CCINO0, http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000F4SP1W/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&tag=thenerdynurse_freelance-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000F4SP1W, and http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000F4SP1W/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&tag=thenerdynurse_freelance-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000F4SP1W with excellent results. :)

      What stethoscope do you feel is the best?

  8. charissarenee says

    I’m sorry, but how is this helpful? Telling us the features and prices of a stethoscope tells us NOTHING about the quality! The Prestige Medical you have listed above is one I was given, and used it ONCE before it went in the trash…the sound was impossible to hear ON MY OWN HEART! What a disappointment this article is. :(

    • says

      charissarenee I am sorry you feel this way. These are the most popular stethoscopes, and general the most popular are the best. I’ve gotten excellent feedback from nurses who have purchased most of the models listed. I can’t give personal insight on all of them because I have not used them all. :)

      • charissarenee says

        TheNerdyNurse charissarenee Fair enough, but I’d love to hear, from the nurses who told you they liked all these, about what makes them so great. Are they great for a basic starter? Are they best for beginners? Perfect for pros? The best ever, so awesome you can hear a flea jump from a mile away?  One you can hear S1 and S2 through a sweater? A little more “meat” in the reviews would be fantastic.
        Thanks for the reply. Glad to know you take the time to read the comments!

  9. Ro says

    I have to disagree. This might as well have just read “According to Littman the top 10 stethescopes are:”
    This article really only compared color length and tubing size. I would like to see an article regarding quality of sound. In a busy ER or in the back of an ambulance nothing has come close to giving me sound quality like my ultra scope. Also they work really well on patients with significant amounts of adipose tissue through which to auscultate. Littman is the “classic” the “go to” but I think it has a real contender in Ultra Scope.
    Additionally, the most use I ever got out of my $8 Prestige stethescope was giving it to my toddler. Because it basically is just a toy.

    • says

      Ro, I suppose you are right. It should probably say “Most popular” or “Best selling”. These are the top sold stethoscopes. This post was not intended to review each one, but rather provide some highlights of the popular models.
      Sorry for the confusion.


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