A positive electronic stethoscope review isn’t hard to find, but a negative one usually isn’t very far behind. You see, electronic stethoscopes are pretty divisive in the medical industry. Older doctors, unsurprisingly, are opposed to them. They view them a needlessly complicated and unnecessary take on the traditional stethoscope which they learned to use in medical school.
However, a lot of younger doctors see electronic stethoscopes as the tool of the future. They can often times provide a more accurate reading of the patient’s pulse and many have the ability to record sound, making it possible to review heartbeats in greater detail and reducing the risk of a condition going undiagnosed.
Yes, electronic stethoscope reviews are mixed, but regardless of which side of the fence you’re on these following models are pretty impressive.
Here are our comparison of the five most popular electronic stethoscopes on the market today.
If you have done any research on electronic stethoscopes in the past, you are no doubt familiar with the Littmann brand. Littmann is arguably the most popular manufacturer of stethoscopes in the world today and has something for everybody, including tech junkie doctors.
The Littmann 3200NB is considered by many to be the best electronic stethoscope ever produced, with some even going so far as to declare the single best electronic stethoscope in history, electronic or otherwise. It comes equipped with bluetooth technology, which allows you to record the sound of your patient’s heartbeat for further study, should that be necessary.
This electronic stethoscope also has the capabilities of 24X sound amplification, making it possible to hear your patient’s heartbeat even through their clothes.
The Thinklabs one may not look like much, but it has a loyal and large following of people who consider it to be the best electronic stethoscope ever produced.
The purists who have trouble accepting electronic stethoscopes really aren’t going to like this one as it looks and operates drastically different to the traditional stethoscope. Rather than using tubing and eartips to carry the heartbeat from the chest to the ears, it relies on headphones, which can be plugged into a headphone jack located on the chest piece itself.
With a high quality pair of headphones, it is possible and definitely not cheap to achieve over 100X amplification, which admittedly is way more than you’ll ever need but still pretty cool.
Affordable and easy to use, MDF stethoscopes have proven extremely popular among doctors and students alike. The fact that each MDF stethoscope is handmade means the chances of factory error going unnoticed are extremely slim, so MDF products are usually very high quality.
That being said, there may be some dispute as to whether or not the Pulse Time from MDF qualifies as a fully electronic stethoscope. It may be the best option for anybody who is considering a move to electronic models but doesn’t want to jump straight into it.
The MDF Pulse Time really gives you the best of both worlds. It features a regular, straight forward chest piece which requires precisely zero technological know-how to operate. However, it is fitted with an LCD clock that makes it possible to take measurements without constantly looking at your watch. Some physicians prefer to buy this as it allows them to converse and build a relationship with their patients rather than having to concentrate on the passing of time.
I mentioned already that Littmann is perhaps the most popular brand of stethoscope in the world. If you like the idea of owning a Littmann stethoscope but weren’t exactly sold on the 3200BK27, you may want to take a look at this model.
The Littmann 3100 is one of the finest electronic stethoscopes on sale in the market today. It promises an 85% reduction in ambient noise and 24X sound amplification, so you can always be sure of the clearest possible auscultation, even through your patient’s clothing. An LCD interface makes it possible to monitor the subject’s heart rate without constant checking of your watch.
In preparation for this article, we went through every electronic stethoscope review we could find, so we can say with confidence that the five models covered on this list are the five most popular BPMGuide recommended electronic stethoscopes of 2018.
We can’t declare any one of them to be the absolute best electronic stethoscope on the market, but we can say that each one is of a fantastic quality and has something unique to offer. One of these electronic stethoscopes is the best stethoscope for you. To figure out which one it is, you’re just going to have to listen to your heart.
That was a great ending and you know it.
Last updated on June 9th, 2020