Littmann Classic III Raspberry Rainbow Stethoscope Review

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The Littmann classic III is like Queen Elizabeth The II - been around for a long time but still kicking goals! 
This stethoscope was the first Litmann I ever had. It was dark green and not much to look at bit boy did I love it!
When it was eventually stolen (to this day I think it was a Doctor! I will find you and I will kill you, jokes!) I was devastated. 
I really think this stethoscope is a great all-rounder. Suitable for the student Nurse but also the seasoned Nurse. 
This is my personal honest review of the Littmann Classic III. I hope you will enjoy it and that it may help you in your search for a new stethoscope. 
As usual, don't hesitate to drop me a line if you have any suggestions of stethoscopes that you would like me to review I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have about this stethoscope or any other stethoscopes that I've reviewed in the past. 
Remember guys, Queen Elizabeth The II still rides a horse for goodness sake! 
May you have a good shift 

ACOUSTICS (4 STARS)

Now I've taken this stethoscope to work and I've tried it out and the acoustics are really, really good.

It's got a single lumen tubing.

No, the cardiology stethoscopes, most of them have dual lumen tubing and that is what makes them so good when it comes to the acoustics, but I can tell you this one is not far behind.

So it's got the single lumen, but it's still really good, and I think it's because of the chest piece and the design of it.

No air is escaping anywhere, and when I put it on .... and you know you get that rubbing noise from most stethoscopes from the tubing, like if you rub it against a bed or anything like that, it's there, but it's not as bad as other stethoscopes that I've tried.

And for that reason, I've given it a four out of five.

 

EAR TIP COMFORT (5 STARS)

Now I give all the Littmann stethoscopes a really good score for the ear tip comfort.

And the reason being, is because they're soft enough to not hurt my ears, but they're firm enough to create a really good seal.

So I give it a five out of five.

WEIGHT (4 STARS)

This stethoscope weighs 158 grams, which is 5.5 ounces. And it's a nice weight.

If you're like me, and wearing a stethoscope around your neck all day, you can feel it in the end. It's ... you can feel it sitting there, but it is quite a nice wight and the chest piece isn't too heavy for the binaurals so it doesn't do that or anything.

It sits quite nicely, and for that reason, I've given it a four out of five.

 

PRICE (4 STARS)

I bought this stethoscope for $100 USD, and I think that is really good value for money considering I get the nice raspberry colored tubing and the rainbow finish.

So I've given that four out of five.

 

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TUBING LENGTH (4 STARS)

This Littmann stethoscope is 71cm long which is 27 inches.

It's a good length, but if I'm going to be really picky, I would like it to be a little bit longer.

That's just me.

I like to not have to crouch my back at all.

But it's a good length really and I've given it a four out of five.

TUBING FEEL (3.5 STARS)

Now, if this was the first stethoscope that I ever tried and ever used, I would probably be really happy with this tubing feel.

But the truth is, I have reviewed other stethoscopes, where the tubing feel is nice and soft.

It's got a smooth texture and it just sits nice on the neck, and this stethoscope has got ... it's a little bit sticky and it sort of gets stuck on my neck a little bit, so ... you know, it's really good, but because I've tried better, I'm giving it a three and half out of five.

 

STETHOSCOPE DESIGN (5 STARS)

Well I've got this stethoscope and there were no scratches on the binaurals.

The tubing is really clean.

It has no marks on it which is really good.

A really big plus for me.

The chest piece is turnable which is really good.

I always look for that in a stethoscope.

The chest piece has got this really cool rainbow finish to it, which is really, really, really pretty.

The chest piece comes with both a diaphragm on the pediatric side and the adult side.

If you want to, the pediatric side can turn into an open bell.

And the ear tips are ... they're pull on and push on.

You know it's really good.

I don't like the screw on's that much because they can screw off and you lose them at work.

But these one's are not loose at all.

So they're not going to just fall off at any time, you actually have to put a bit of force on it, so, that's really good.

It's a really nice stethoscope design, and I've given it a five out of five.

 

SPARE KIT (2.5 STARS)

So when I bought this Littmann Classic III, I got an extra set of small ear tips which are also as nice and soft as the ones that come on the stethoscope, so you can choose which ones you prefer for your ears.

And you will get a non chill rim that you can put on the pediatric side if you want to turn it into an open bell and you will get a manual.

So, I've given it a score of two out of five.

 

WARRANTY (4 STARS)

With the Littmann Classic III, it says on the box, you will get a five year warrantee. And I've given it a four out of five.

 

BUYING EXPERIENCE (3.5 STARS)

I received this Littmann Classic III stethoscope in this box.

And I received it and I read here on the label, 'Caribbean Blue Tube', and I thought, oh dear, I've gotten the wrong color, but inside was the right color.

So I got the raspberry color that I ordered, so that's great. Inside it comes displayed in this black foam, just like that.

You get the manual and the spare kit in there.

And also guys, I have actually made an unboxing video of the Littmann Classic III, so if you're interested in watching that, the link will be down in the show notes.

Now the overall buying experience ... obviously doesn't change the functionality of the stethoscope at all, but for the purpose of a full review, I like to include it.

So I've given the overall buying experience a three and a half out of five stars.

 

OVERALL (39 OUT OF 50 STARS)

So overall, I've given the Littmann Classic III a score of 39 out of 50.

And, what faults it, is the spare kit and the buying experience.

Now the spare kit only comes with one set extra, which is a small pair of ear tips, and what's on here, I think medium.

I do like to include three different sizes of the ear tips, because everyone's ears are different, and you know, you need to find your fit and what is good for you.

And also, diaphragms do fall off and they do go missing, so I would like to see an extra set of those in the spare kit as well.

But I can't can't fault the acoustics, I love the design.

The ear tips are the best ear tips out there, so I love this stethoscope.

I used to have a green Littmann Classic III stethoscope when I was a new nurse.

But unfortunately it got stolen.

I was devastated, and I still think about that stethoscope.

I love the Littmann Classic III, and I would be proud to wear it around my neck, at work.

This stethoscope is a true all rounder.

I believe that even a cardiology nurse ... a new cardiology nurse, could start off with the Littmann Classic III if they didn't want to invest in an expensive cardiology stethoscope.

I think this one would do just as well.

It's perfect for a nursing student, the CNA, a veterinarian, a physiotherapist, anyone could use this. It's got great acoustics, you can't fault it.

Thank you for watching my video.

If you have any more questions about the Littmann Classic III, or anything that you would like to add, don't hesitate to ask me please.

I would love to hear from you.

Just put it in the comments below, and I will answer any questions that you have.

See on my next video and as always, remember, listen with your heart.

Nurse Jenny

  

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Jenny, RN is a Registered Nurse working in Sydney Australia. She received her degree in 2013 in Sydney as an international student from Sweden and graduated with a Distinction. She has a passion for Nursing and helping other Nurses and student Nurses in the field, looking at life from the positive side and always giving back where possible. She is the Founder of Bjorn Hall Stethoscopes, a company she created when she saw a need for more personality in the workplace.


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