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Which ADC Stethoscope Is Right for Me?

Written By: 
Marc Blitstein / President & CEO

One of the most common, if not the most common question we get is how to choose the stethoscope that’s best for you. In general there is no one scope that’s “right” for any particular healthcare professional. It’s more of a well choreographed dance – one that balances performance, comfort, technology, budget, and style.

Not everyone needs a top-of-the line electronic or cardiology scope. And even those who could use the enhanced acoustic performance, versatility, or feature set of our finest scopes might not be able to justify the premium price. Some professionals are particularly sensitive to a scope's weight, while others have a specific design they prefer.

I wish I could say there is a single right answer, but it really comes down to personal choice. In the end, we always suggest you test drive a few scopes and choose the model that provides the performance you need, that is comfortable for you to use and wear, and that's within a budget that makes sense for you.

ADC scopes carry an MSRP from about $299 for our top-of-the-line Adscope 658 Electronic Stethoscope, to under $2 for a single patient use disposable scope, made entirely of plastics. With dozens of models to choose from, there’s bound to be an ADC scope that’s right for you.

We’ve taken two approaches to our recommendations: The first is a list based on your profession or the environment in which it will be used. The second is a list based on popular groupings.

Without further ado, here then is guide we've developed based on more than three decades of delivering the most comprehensive line of stethoscopes in the world.

Scope Recommendations by Profession:

Application Recommended Models
Anesthesiologist 600601, 606615603608
Cardiologist 658600601, 606615
Emergency Physician 658600601606615, 612603608
EMT/EMS 658600601606615, 612603641, 647655
Family Practitioner 600601606, 615612603619
Hospital 603608619660662670675676665664
Internist 600, 601, 606, 615, 612603608
Medical Assistant 600601606615, 612603619
Medical Student 600601606615612603608641
Nurse 601606615612603608619641647655
Nursing Home 660, 662670665664
Nursing Student 606615612603608619641647
Pediatrician 658601604605614618, 641
Physician 601606615612603608
Physician Assistant 600601606615, 612603608619
Respiratory Therapist 658600601606615
Teacher/Professor/Instructor 658600601606615612603608613671
Veterinarian 658601603608604605619641

*Bold selections are the most popular.

Scope Recommendations by Feature or Design:

If you want: Then consider these models:
Cardiology style (for unsurpassed acoustic performance - mechanical) 600601606
AFD (multi-frequency) Technology 600601612615614, 618
Convertible (for versatility) 601641647
Ultra-light weight for maximum comfort 606619
Stainless Steel for maximum durability 600601603, 604605
Unusual appearance (to express your style) 600GP600ST601ST603COP619ST, 615ST, 618645655
All Black (tactical) 600ST 601ST603ST619ST615ST
Printed Tubing Adscope LE
Gold Plated (makes ideal gift) 600GP645
Sprague Design (for traditional performance and versatility) 641647
Top-of-the-line (for unsurpassed acoustic performance – mechanical or electronic) 657600601606
Mid-priced (balances acoustics/weight/and price) 606615612603
Entry level (emphasis on value) 619641647
Budget (for institutional buyers) 660662670
Single Patient Use (disposable) 664665

Good luck with your purchase. We’d love to hear from you on the product you selected!