Recently, Samantha (a nursing student from the University of California, San Marcos; who is also a current CNA of mine) asked me “Which Stethoscope should should I get? I need a new one.”
My answer was simple. I highly recommend the 3M Littmann Classic II S.E. Stethoscope, Black Tube, 28 inch, 2201
You really can’t go wrong with a Classic Littman II. I think it’s the best bang for your buck. Being under $100, it’s not too overly expensive against other ones in the market. The stethoscope is light and very well made, so you can certainly see yourself carrying it around for a very long time. I think the classic Littman II works very well, picking up a wide range of difficult to hear assessments; from cardiac to bowel and respiratory sounds. And although many of the highly specialized nurses would brag for more higher end tools, especially those in cardiac units, the Classic Littman II is really a good all around stethoscope. It can be versatile in every specialty; ie. med-surg, ER/ICU, pediatrics, psychiatry, etc.
This goes without saying, I still personally use this stethoscope. Her name is Stephanie. Lol. It has taken me through my time as a medical assistant and nursing assistant. It has taken me through my first day of nursing school clinical and will take me through my shift in about 9 hours…sigh. Lol. And of course, which color to choose is completely up to you!