MonsterMed Product Battle: Midmark Ritter 204 Exam Table VS. Clinton 8870 Exam Table March 20 2014
We at MonsterMed.com are excited to introduce a new blog segment entitled “Product Battle!” In these posts, we will take two or three items from the same product family and compare them in three different categories: Price, Aesthetics, and Features.
The clear winner in this category is the Clinton 8870 Exam Table. Coming in at under $700 (as of 3-18-2014), this table is the most economic exam table you will find on the market today. Don’t think that this table is “cheap” though. As you will read later on, it has the features and durability of a $1,000+ Exam Table.
Though the 8870 was the clear winner in pricing, the category of Aesthetics clearly goes to the Midmark Ritter 204 exam table. When it comes to style and look, no one can even compete with the Midmark Ritter line of tables. The Midmark 204 crumples up and throws away the “box” style of traditional Exam Tables with its sleek rounded edges and stylish color choices that coordinate well with any exam room.
While there has been a clear winner in each of the previous categories, table features are a bit trickier. The Midmark 204 and the Clinton 8870 standard features include stirrups, a pullout footrest, a manually adjustable backrest, a roll paper dispenser and seamless upholstery (though an upgrade on the Midmark 204). Where they differ is in the base of the tables. The Midmark 204 has an 115VAC electrical outlet giving the user additional outlets for their medical devices during an exam. The Midmark 204 also features an enlarged pullout footstep allowing the patient easier access to the table. While the Clinton 8870 does not have either of these features, it does offer an inexpensive footstep, which has the advantage of portability. Not having the footstep built in does gives Clinton the advantage of adding an additional drawer at the foot of the table while there are only two on the Midmark 204. The Clinton 8870 gives you a storage door on the patient’s right with an adjustable shelf inside while the Midmark 204 provides three pull out drawers on the side of the exam table with a pass-through design allowing access from either side of the table.
And The Winner is…
This battle is too close to choose a winner. Each table has advantages and disadvantages when compared to each other. If you are willing to sacrifice an electrical outlet, a built-in footstep and a sleeker design, then the 8870 will save you some money and still meet or exceed your needs. If those options are important to you, then buying a Midmark 204 Exam Table is likely your better option.
You cannot go wrong with either of these tables, so please call us and let us provide you with a custom price quote today or visit our Exam Tables online at MonsterMed.com. Also, if you would like to see a product battle between a few products, please email us your ideas at Sales@monstermed.com