The average price of a stethoscope will vary depending on the features of the stethoscope, the material it is made out of and the brand of the stethoscope.
Beginner, general use and/or student stethoscopes can often be purchased for a reasonable price of around $20 – $50. These stethoscopes generally offer decent sound quality and may/may not be made with heavier or lower qualities materials.
For those who need a little extra sound and build quality a professional / specialized stethoscope may offer better sound for the user and be constructed of higher-end lightweight metals. For example there are specialized stethoscopes designed for pediatrics, cardiology and EMT/paramedic work.
Each of these stethoscopes features unique benefits that make them ideal for working with different patients and in environments.
Some of these features may include lighter weight components, increased durability, special diaphragms and/or bells, wider frequency ranges, enhanced sound oscillation and limited lifetime warranties on specific components among other features.
Because of the additional features that these stethoscopes provide they may be priced at a higher range of around $50 – $200 or more when compared to general use or beginner stethoscopes.
Electronic stethoscopes can cost several hundred dollars, however they offer users significantly enhanced sound levels and allow professionals to tune into specific sound ranges so that they can quickly diagnose their patients condition.
Some electronic stethoscopes also allow users to observe sounds visually through a digital display, which allows for even better health observations and makes it easier for doctors, physicians and other medical professionals to show their patients what they are listening too.
Here are some prices an individual might expect to pay for a good stethoscope.
These price ranges provide a rough estimate on the cost of a different stethoscopes, however you may find models and/or brands that sell stethoscopes for prices outside of these ranges.
- Beginner / general use stethoscope $20 – $50
- Professional/specialized stethoscopes $50 – $200
- Electronic stethoscope $150 – several hundred dollars
Please keep in mind that these are just estimates for what you might expect to pay for a particular stethoscope. It doesn’t gaurentee that other stethoscopes won’t fit into a different price range. For example you may find a specialized stethoscope for more or less than the prices listed here, however many of these stethoscopes may be found within this price range.
If you’re interested in learning more about about stethoscopes or need to buy the best one for your particular needs be sure to check out these pages.
- How to choose a good stethoscope
- Where to buy a stethoscope
- 5 Best stethoscopes for EMTs/paramedics
- 8 Best stethoscopes for nurses
- Common stethoscope (FAQ) frequently asked questions
- Stethoscope anatomy
These articles should help provide you with additional information on choosing a good stethoscope, where you can buy one and answers to some of the most common questions people ask about stethoscopes.
You can also read our opinions of what we consider to be the best stethoscopes for EMT’s, paramedics and nurses.
Finding a good priced stethoscope
When it comes to getting a good price on your stethoscope there are several things you can do to ensure you’re paying a fair price.
As stated earlier the price of a stethoscope may be strongly influenced by its features, material and the brand that makes the stethoscope.
Although prices for certain stethoscopes may not vary a lot from one place to another you can still do some due diligence to find the least expensive price for the stethoscope you want.
In order to do some comparison shopping you’ll first need to find out what stethoscope is right for you.
Once you have one or a few stethoscopes in mind you’ll then want to comparison shop on websites such as Amazon.com, Allheart and Scrubs and Beyond.
You should also directly check the websites of the brands that make these stethoscopes such as 3M, Littmann and MDF Instruments to see if they are offering lower prices or special discounts.
Lastly, check with some of the large retailers such as Walmart, Target, CVS and Walgreens as they may offer competitive pricing on the products they sell.
If you don’t mind purchasing a used stethoscope you may be able to find one at a discount price on a website such as eBay, Craigslist or Facebook. Just make sure you are buying a stethoscope from a credited seller that has a trustworthy history.
Buying a stethoscope may seem like a bit of a challenge if you don’t know what to look for.
Figuring out how much you should spend on a stethoscope, where you can buy one and deciding what factors are most important are important for making a good selection so that you get the most out of your device will make it easier for you to make a good choice.
Hopefully we’ve helped answer some of these questions in this article and in our other posts, however we’d like to share a few more suggestions with you to improve your buying experience.
To help you in your search to buy a good stethoscope we’ve put together these quick tips so you can make a better buying decision.
- Choose a stethoscope that’s designed for your area of specialty
- Determine what factors are most important to you (weight, material, single or dual-head design etc.)
- Ask fellow students, coworkers and other medical professionals what they use and why
Choose a stethoscope based on your needs
As we mentioned earlier there are a variety of stethoscopes that are designed to serve different purposes.
There are stethoscopes designed specifically for cardiology, pediatric care and EMT/paramedic work among other specialties.
Each of these stethoscopes offer unique functionality in order to provide more precise and accurate readings for a given situation, so start your search by reviewing stethoscopes that are designed for your specific needs in order to make a better buying decision.
Decide what factors are most important
Aside from purchasing a stethoscope based on its work related features you should also consider factors such as the weight of the stethoscope, the material its made out of (durability / allergy free components) and other specialty factors such as whether it has a dual-head and if you need a double diaphragm or a diaphragm / bell combination.
By determining what is and isn’t important to you it will be easier to eliminate the wrong stethoscopes while narrowing down the right ones based on your real needs.
For instance you may not like the color of a particular stethoscope or the tubing may not be as long as you’d want, but it offers greater benefits in other areas than other stethoscopes that might have those features.
In this case a few minor nuances may be better to deal with than a stethoscope that has those features but isn’t as well equipped for the job or the task at hand.
Last buy not least make sure you ask others around you who are in the same line of work what they think about the stethoscopes the use.
What factors do they love about their stethoscope and what are some trouble points they experience when using it.
Getting clear and concise feedback from other people who use similar stethoscopes is a great way to help you decide what’s important and what’s not.
It can also help you narrow down your choices when you have several stethoscopes to choose from.