There are variety of places that sell stethoscopes both online and at physical locations.
The price of a stethoscope will depend largely on its features, its brand and where you choose to purchase the stethoscope from.
In most cases you can expect to pay between $40 – $80 for a quality stethoscope, however there are also less expensive options that are great for beginners or those who work in general fields and don’t necessarily need a high end stethoscope.
You can research and purchase a stethoscope on popular eCommerce websites such as Amazon.com, eBay or Overstock.com, however there are also a number of dedicated medical websites that provide a variety of stethoscope brands and models such as Allheart, and Scrubs and Beyond.
If you’d prefer to go a more direct route you can find direct online stores that sell their own personal stethoscopes directly such as Littmann, 3M and MDF Instruments, all of which are brands that make and sell their own products.
One of the best online websites for researching and buying stethoscopes is Amazon.com due to their huge customer base that often leaves comments and opinions about the products they purchase.
Reading “confirmed purchase” reviews and looking at the best sellers is a great way to narrow down your stethoscope choices and get specific insights into what makes a particular stethoscope a great or horrible experience.
Even if you choose to purchase a stethoscope on another website you should consider the power of reviewing the product on a site such as Amazon so that you can get some good feedback before making your purchase.
If you’d rather purchase a stethoscope at a physical store there are a variety of popular stores that also provide stethoscopes for sale.
Some of these stores may include Walmart, Target, Walgreens, CVS, Staples and Office Depot.
One of the easiest ways to find a local store that sells stethoscopes is to do a quick online search through Google or your preferred search engine.
Once you get to the search engine type in “stethoscopes” followed by “store near me” or just “near me”, and you should be able to pull up a number of stores that either sell them at their physical location or offer stethoscopes online and have a store pick up service.
While there are a decent number of physical stores that sell stethoscopes you’ll always want to call up and check with them first to see if they offer the product at the location before you get in your car and go for a long drive as some websites might not make it clear that they only offer the product online.
If you can’t find a stethoscope at a smaller psychical store near you then check with your local large retailers and see if they carry them or can suggest a place that does, and also see if they do allow for in store pick up/return if you make a purchase online, which can make things easier for you if you’re apprehensive about or unfamiliar with online sales.
You may even be able to make the purchase at the physical store and have it shipped to them rather than buying it through their online counterpart.
If you do choose to purchase through a physical store also make sure you do your research about the stethoscope before you purchase it at the store.
Make sure the stethoscope is from a well respected brand and has decent reviews from those who have purchased it through websites such as Amazon or on trusted blogs that have reviewed the stethoscope.
You may also be able to get recommendations from coworkers and friends that have purchased their stethoscope at a physical store.
Buying tips and advice
When it’s time for you to purchase a stethoscope don’t be afraid to shop around and do some comparison checking.
In some cases you may find that the same stethoscope is marked at a completely different price because of where it’s being sold or because of who’s selling it.
Amazon.com is a great starting place for doing price, model and feature comparisons as many different brands sell their own products on the website, which provides a level of competition that can positively impact the price for the buyer.
When reading or basing your opinion on a review that has been written about a product look for reviews that seem genuine and well thought out.
As stated earlier check for verified purchases and reviewers that have a good review history as it is possible for some people to leave fake positive reviews.
In fact you can filter out products by their rating and whether or not they’ve been verified so play around with the review tools to get the most accurate overview of how well a product really is performing.
Also be sure to read the negative reviews of the products and see if the same common issues keep coming up, and if they do determine if it is a deal breaker or just a minor nuisance.
Some people might not like the stethoscope simply because it doesn’t come in a color they like.
Others may like the stethoscopes color but have an issue with the adjustablility of the diaphragm or not like the single-head/dual-head functionality of their stethoscope, so make sure you find out what it is that they don’t like in order to make a more informed purchasing decision.
You may end up realizing that the complaints others have about the stethoscope may not be as big a deal to you as it is to them, and the features that it has significantly outweighs its faults.
Lastly, check to see if the seller or manufacturer offers a warranty or satisfaction guarantee for the stethoscope in order to limit your personal risk when buying their product.
Some manufacturers may even offer a limited lifetime warranty which will cover specific parts of the stethoscope and/or offer free lifetime tuning as long as you own it, which can come in really handy and save you money down the line in replacement costs.
- What type of work will I be doing? (EMT/paramedic, emergency care, pediatric care, doctors office, cardiology)
- Do I have trouble hearing sounds? (Maybe an electronic stethoscope is a good choice)
- Is price a factor and how much am I willing to spend on a good stethoscope?
- Is the weight of the stethoscope important?
- What type of options do I need with my stethoscope? (bell, diaphragm, dual-head, tune-ability, electronic)
- What would be a deal breaker for me in regards to buying a stethoscope?
By asking these questions you’ll be able to narrow down your search to the factors that are most important to you so that you can make a more satisfying buying decision.
Knowing what you need/want in a stethoscope prior to buying one can save you both time and energy, which is always a good thing.