Product Battle: Midmark 223 Barrier-Free Power Exam Table vs. UMF ProGlide300 Power Exam Table July 25 2016
Welcome back readers to another exciting installment of Product Battle! Today's match squares up two Midmark Ritter Power Exam Tables: the 222 model and the 223 model, against the UMF ProGlide300 Power Exam Table. Let's ring the bell and see how these two challengers compare!
It’s a close call when comparing the price of these two state-of-the-art tables. The UMF ProGlide300 Power Exam Table is slightly more expensive at a cost of just under $6000, while the Midmark Ritter 223 Power Exam Table costs just under $5,500. For a real deal, the Midmark Ritter 222 Power Exam Table costs just under $5,000! So, Midmark wins this round.
Ooooh…ahhhhh!, just Look at the fine upholstered top on that Midmark Ritter Power Exam Table. Not only is it firm and lush to allow for complete comfort for the patient, but it is offered in an assortment of captivating colors: Pebble Grey, Perfect Plum, Moss, Navy, Shadow, Dusty Blue, Clay and Black. And it’s barrier-free, so as the healthcare industry continues to change and caters more and more to the elderly, expectant mothers, and patients with disabilities being seen in offices, this table can continue to accommodate them. Plus, its low height of 18” allows for patients to get themselves out of the chair rather than requiring for the patient to be helped out of the chair. Is this chair not one of the greatest on the market?!? It’s definitely a contender in this aesthetics competition. But hold on to your hats, folks. It looks’ like the UMF ProGlide300 Power Exam Table comes out of nowhere with a knockout. Designed to optimize the patient and caregiver experience, the ProGlide300 helps protect your patients from infection, helps protect your facility from damage and helps protect your staff from injuries. The integrated central-locking wheelbase enables staff to easily move the table for cleaning. And it too comes in an assorted of beautiful colors: River Rock, Mocha, Sand Grey, Adobe, Sage, Midnight Blue, Steel Blue and Onyx. It’s comfortable, soft, and is offered with either manual back or power back.
With the score tied 1-1, it all comes down to the features. The UMF ProGlide300 Power Exam Table features a 650 lb. weight capacity, hand and foot control, front storage drawer, 4 lateral position stirrups with adjustable length, pelvic tilt, drawer warmer and stainless steel drain pan. The Midmark Ritter 222/223 Power Exam Table is offered with two different tops: the soft touch stitch upholstery top or premium seamless upholstery top. These Midmark Ritter tables feature length with footrest extended: 76.7" (194.7 cm); height: minimum 18" (45.7 cm) maximum 37" (94.0 cm); patient weight capacity: 400 lbs (181.4 kg); a hidden paper roll holder: it holds 21" x 3.5" paper roll (53.3 x 8.9 cm); standard stirrups; and a standard drawer heater (35 watt). At the end of the day, these are ALL great features and it’s impossible to choose a winner!
So… the winner overall is…A TIE!!! Both are designed with the patient in mind and either will do an excellent job of improving look and functionality in your office. Weigh the pros and cons and buy one today!
Product Battle: Midmark Soniclean Ultrasonic Cleaner vs Tuttnauer Clean and Simple Ultrasonic Cleaner May 11 2016
Welcome back readers to another exciting installment of Product Battle! Today's match squares up two Ultrasonic Cleaner Systems: the Tuttnauer Clean & Simple Ultrasonic Cleaner and the Midmark Ritter Soniclean Ultrasonic Cleaner. Let's see how these two challengers compare!
The Tuttnauer Clean & Simple Ultrasonic Cleaner wins by a big margin with a price point just above $500, that is over $800 less expensive than the Midmark Ritter Soniclean Ultrasonic Cleaner! Tuttnauer Clean & Simple Ultrasonic Cleaner is clearly the round 1 winner!
When it comes to Aesthetics, both units feature a simple, clean design. But the Midmark Ritter Soniclean Ultrasonic Cleaner takes this round! It glows with its classic design, its blue-and-white color scheme, and its curved corners. Though the Tuttnauer Clean & Simple Ultrasonic Cleaner is also appealing to the eye, the Midmark product takes the cake in this round.
With a tied score, it all comes down to the features. And we’re not sure if we can pick a winner! Both products clean instruments using cutting-edge cleaning technology, and both work quietly so as not to be a distraction for their owners.
The Midmark Ritter Soniclean Ultrasonic Cleaner uses small cavitation bubbles to produce a high frequency in order to penetrate smaller crevices; it is capable of reaching 12-15 watts per square inch (this is generated by the stack transducer combined with the Soniclean's Overlapping Wave Frequency technology). Plus, it is also offered in three sizes; 1.5 gal, 2.5 gal and 5.5 gallons.
The Tuttnauer Clean & Simple Ultrasonic Cleaner embodies its name, Clean and Simple. They are constructed with the highest quality components and provides 60 khz of cleaning power. This means that the product is less aggressive to instruments while continuing to remove all surface contaminates. There are two sizes available, 1 gallon and 3 gallon, to meet the needs of your office.
Both system are chock full of features which are important depending on each practice’s individual needs. This back and forth battle has left the judges undecided in this category.
And the winner is...A TIE!!! Both units are clearly designed with the user in mind. The most important feature in this product category is efficiency and both products offer accuracy and speed when cleaning instruments. Get one today!
Welcome back readers to another exciting installment of Product Battle! Today's match up squares two PT/INR monitoring systems against one another: The Roche CoaguCheck XS System and the Coag-Sense System. Let's see how these two challengers compare!
The Coag-Sense PT/INR Monitoring System wins by a big margin with a price point just above $600, that is over $500 less expensive than the CoaguChek XS. The strips used in both machines don't even the playing field either. The Coag-Sense Strips sell for around $180 per box of 50 strips while the CoaguChek strips are over $230 for a box of 48 strips. Both systems offer starter kits at various price points but Coagu-Sense is still less expensive when comparing equivalent kits. Coagu-Sense is the round 1 winner!
When it comes to Aesthetics, both units feature a simple, clean design. But the Roche CoaguChek takes this round! The Coaguchek shines with its attractive blue-and-white face, easy-to-use buttons, and light-weight design. Plus, the CoaguChek has an easy-to-read digital face that surpasses its Coagu-Sense equivalent.
With a tied score and only a little time left on the clock, it all comes down to the features. And this one’s close! Both products measure blood-clotting time using the prothrombin time (PT) test and provide reliability in their readings. The Coag-Sense is more of a desktop unit, giving you the stationary feel and security of always knowing where it is, whereas the Roche Coaguchek XS is has more of a mobile feel giving you more flexibility in your practice. Both features have their own pros and cons, which are important depending on each practice’s individual needs. This back and forth battle has left the judges undecided in this category.
And the winner is...A TIE!!! Both units are clearly designed with the user and patient in mind. The Coag-Sense might be more affordable in the long run, but the CoaguChek is more mobile which is important for many medical practices. The most important feature in this product category is usability and both products offer accuracy and speed when finding PR/INR results. Get one today!
Product Battle: The Battle of Exam Room Packages August 20 2015
It’s a battle of the Exam Room Packages! Both are designed to save you time and money, but does one do those two things better than the other? There is only one way to find out…Let’s battle!
Clinton clearly wins this round on pricing. At just under $2,500.00, the Clinton Ready Room saves you close to 10% off the standard online prices for each item separately. That means you save time not having to choose between four different side chairs, ten different stools, twenty different combinations of cabinets and so on and so on. It also means you save money by purchasing everything you need in one package.
Midmark is the industry leader when it comes to design and aesthetics and they are the champs in round two. The Midmark Complete Exam Room Setup gives you more options than Clinton’s Ready Room in both upholstery and laminate colors making it easier to match your office interiors. Clinton Ready Room allows you to choose an upholstery color for the table, stool and chair only. While the Midmark Complete Exam Room Setup gives you the choice of upholstery color as well as cabinet laminate color. You can even choose different colors for each upholstery if you decide, which cannot be done with Clinton’s Ready Room.
Let’s look at the packages as a whole to determine a winner. The Clinton Ready Room gives you one package, without substitution, that is perfect for remodeling or setting up a new exam room. The only decision to make is the color. This package focuses on quick, easy and inexpensive buying. Midmark’s Complete Setup provides more options including a basic exam room setup, a power exam room setup and a minor procedure room setup while offering more customizable options in color and design.
This fight has gone the distance and now its up to the judges…
DRAW! If you are looking for the fastest way to outfit your entire exam room the best value, Clinton Ready Room is the way to go. If you still want an easy way of filling your exam room, but would like a little more customization, look to Midmark Complete Exam Room Setup. Either way, contact MonsterMed Customer Service today for more information.
This fight is going to be one for the record books. The more experienced Summit Lifedop Doppler seems to have brand recognition in their corner. But the newly designed Newman DigiDop II Doppler has a few tricks up its sleeve to possibly steer those followers away. Let’s see what happens in this edition of Product Battle.
Currently sitting, this category might have a draw for the first time. With an identical price point for the base, non-display models (Summit Lifedop L150 Doppler and Newman DigiDop II Doppler), we have to look at the prices on the display models, which are virtually the same. Slight advantage goes to the Newman DigiDop II Doppler with a slightly lower price on replacement probes and display models.
The simple design of the Summit Lifedop Handheld Doppler gives it the edge in this category, but not by much. The Newman DigiDop II Doppler has a more stylish body, but it is the simple design that appeals to the users of these devices.
As always, this bout will come down to the features. Each device has it’s own unique skill-set but is basically used for the same thing. Both the Newman DigiDop II Doppler and the Summit Lifedop Handheld Doppler offer a wide range of Doppler probes from 2Mhz to 8Mhz while also offering the option of a Recharger to save on batteries. Each unit offers a economic non-display version as well. Let’s dig a little deeper though. The Newman DigiDop II Pocket Doppler features an interesting magnetic probe holder. While it is nice to know that your probe holder cannot break off it is believed that the Summit Lifedop Doppler’s clip style probe holder is more secure for the probe itself. The Newman DigiDop II does have a 5-year warranty, which beats the pants off the Summit Lifedop’s 2-year warranty.
These two fantastic devices are just to close to choose a winner, but someone has to be declared the winner. We went back and reviewed the fight film and our judges have reached a decision. The winner is you! Purchase either of these units and you win!
Product Battle: Exergen Temporal Scanner Thermometer vs. Welch Allyn CareTemp Touchless Thermometer April 16 2015
The battle for infrared thermometer superiority is about to begin. How will the well know heavyweight Exergen Temporal Scanner Thermometer compare to the newcomer Welch Allyn CareTemp Touchless Thermometer? Let’s not draw this out any longer, Let’s get it on!
Welch Allyn thought of everything with their New CareTemp Touchless Thermometer, including the price point. More than $100 less than the Exergen Temporal Thermometer, the CareTemp certainly wins this category. Don’t let that low price fool you though. Welch Allyn is known for quality with all of their products.
While some may enjoy the sleek look of the Welch Allyn CareTemp Thermometer, many feel the Exergen Temporal Scanner Thermometer looks like a more complete unit. The black display backdrop allows the bright red digital letters to really stands out for easy readings. With two categories down and still no clear winner, this contest will come down to features.
Both of these units use an infrared sensor for their readings and offer quick, accurate results. The difference is in the distance needed away from the patient. The Exergen Thermometer needs to be placed on the patients forehead and swiped across a temporal artery but is gentle enough to be used while the patient is sleeping. The Welch Allyn CareTemp Thermometer needs to be between 4-6 cm away from the center of the patient’s forehead. While no skin contact will eliminate cross-contamination and the need for disposable covers, the user needs to concentrate on the distance that they are away from the patient. Another difference is in the warranty with each product. While the Welch Allyn CareTemp offers a generous 2 Year Warranty, the Exergen Temporal Thermometer offers an even more generous Lifetime Warranty.
You cannot buy a bad unit if you go with either of these, which is why it is impossible to choose a winner. We have given you the differences, now it is up to you on which ones you feel are more beneficial to you and your facility.
Product Battle: Littmann Master Cardiology Stethoscope vs. ADC Adscope Platinum Cardiology Stethoscope March 19 2015
Do we know how to pick em’ or do we know how to pick em’? The battle for Cardiology Stethoscope supremacy is more like a war. Top contenders have been brought together for this must read battle. We are throwing the ever-popular Littmann Master Cardiology Stethoscope and the sleek looking ADC Adscope Platinum Cardiology Stethoscope, into the ring. No more jawing, let’s rumble!
Boom! The ADC Adscope Platinum Cardiology Stethoscope delivers the first devastating blow. With a significantly lower price, the ADC Adscope takes an early advantage. Gaining the early advantage in a battle like this can prove very useful later on. You will receive no argument from anyone on the winner for this category.
So close in design, these two stethoscopes can only be separated in this category by their color options. Squeaking past their counterpart, the Littmann Master Cardiology offers a few more color options, which includes a sleek black finish head with an olive color tube. The Littmann Master Cardiology also features a short tube option. While the short tube offers no detectable difference in acoustical performance, some practitioners prefer either/or. These two options give the Littmann Master Cardiology Stethoscope the advantage in aesthetics.
Similarities between these two stethoscopes are staggering, so let’s start there. Both Stethoscopes are pressure sensitive. The user simply presses lightly for low frequency sounds and more pressure for higher frequencies. This important feature removes the need for removing the chest-piece to turn it and gives the user complete control. The tubing on both stethoscopes will retain their shape and flexibility and is resistant to skin oils and other harmful liquids. Differences are subtle but there are some present. As mentioned above, the Master Cardiology offers a 22” short tube option. This option is strictly personal preference and has no bearing on the sound quality, but the option is not there with the ADC Adscope. In regards to warranty, the ADC Adscope offers a Lifetime Warranty that covers all parts, compared to the Littmann Master Cardiology offering 7 years.
How can you choose a winner when two stethoscopes have so much to offer? The only differences lay with their Warranties, Colors and Lengths. Most of which can be considered personal preference. The most important characteristic about a stethoscope is quality of sound. Both of these units are leaders in that feature with years of experience. You cannot go wrong with either the Littmann Master Cardiology or ADC Adscope Platinum Cardiology Stethoscopes. Get yours today!
Product Battle: Midmark Ritter 253 LED Exam Light vs Welch Allyn Green Series IV Exam Light June 13 2014
Welcome fight fans…its time for another exciting product battle! Today we have two awesome LED Exam Lights and only three categories to separate them. Who will come out on top in this Product Battle between the Midmark Ritter 253 LED Exam Light and the Welch Allyn Green Series Exam Light IV...Let’s see who comes out swinging!
PriceAll of our product battles have had a clear-cut winner in this category, until now! The Welch Allyn Green Series Exam Light IV is priced slightly less than the Midmark Ritter 253 LED Exam Light for the Wall/Table mounted option. Add a mobile stand, and the 253 LED Exam Light squeaks in by a slim margin. Either way you go, both units are within $50.00 of each-others price.
AestheticsUsually when we get to the aesthetics of a product battle involving Midmark, they are always the clear winner. But hold on folks, the Welch Allyn Green Series Exam Light IV may have just knocked them off their pedestal. Both units have a sleek and slender design specifically designed for the OBGYN and specialty applications. Their highly flexible necks make maneuverability easy and make hard to reach areas non-existent. The sleek black finish on the Welch Allyn Green Series Exam Light IV gives it the edge and the advantage going into the final category.
Both of these LED Exam Lights share one important feature, LED Illumination! LED lighting gives you cooler, brighter, whiter, cleaner and longer-lasting illumination. Plus LED lighting consumes approximately 67% less energy than other medical lighting, saving on energy costs. They also both feature a variety of mounting options to meet specific offices needs, including wall, table and mobile stand mounting. The controls for the Midmark Ritter 253 LED Exam Light are located on the head of the Exam Light, placing function right at your fingertips. The game-changer is in warranty. The Welch Allyn Green Series Exam Light IV carries a 5 year limited warranty versus the Midmark Ritter 253 LED Exam Light’s 1 year limited warranty.
Both of these units will eventually pay for themselves with the savings in electrical costs. Either way you go, you are getting an LED Exam Light that produces cooler, brighter, whiter, cleaner and longer-lasting light making you and your patients the winners in this battle.
It’s time for another Product Battle! This time we are pitting Midmark’s IQSpiro Digital Spirometer against NDD’s EasyOne Diagnostic Spirometer. Both of these units have a couple of tricks up their sleeves, so let’s get to it….Fight!!!
NDD EasyOne Plus Diagnostic Spirometer is far less expensive then the Midmark IQSpiro Digital Spirometer. Keep in mind, price does not always dictate a products quality. One thing that does stand out is NDD’s warranty. The EasyOne carries a three-year warranty vs the IQSpiro’s one-year warranty. Combine the length of the warranty with the unit price, and the NDD EasyOne Diagnostic Spirometer takes the price category, hands down!
Midmark has a talent in the art of making their products look forever young. The Midmark IQSpiro Digital Spirometer has a sleek and vertical design. This vertical design is important because it also makes the Spirometer easier to use with one hand. Because of the NDD EasyOne’s elongated horizontal design, one-handed use is not as easy as the Midmark iqSpiro. The Aestetics category has to go to Midmark.
Now lets have some fun! The features of these two devices are where they really differentiate. While the function of Spirometers are basically the same for all devices, features make a huge difference in how the device is used. To reduce cross contamination, the spirometer mouthpiece should not be touched once a patient has used it. The IQSpiro has a quick mouthpiece release to avoid contact with used mouthpieces. The NDD EasyOne Diagnostic Spirometer offers more portability than the Midmark IQSpiro since it does not have to be connected to a PC for use. Both devices have incentive programs for patients, making it easier to understand what they are suppose to do. This is especially useful for children.
These two landed some heavy blows to one another, but in the long run you cannot go wrong with either unit. If you are looking for a more inexpensive device that gives you a better warranty and is more portable, choose the NDD EasyOne Diagnostic Spirometer. For something that is more computer based with user friendly software,the Midmark IQSpiro Digital Spirometer is the device for you.
The Tuttnauer EZ10 Autoclave is less expensive than its Midmark counterpart, but that is no indication of its quality. Some customers believe that Tuttnauer’s price is less than Midmark, simply because Tuttnauer focuses solely on Sterilization while the Midmark offering consists of other item categories such as exam tables. Others believe the price difference is explained by Midmark products being manufactured in the United States. Keep in mind, besides the price difference, Tuttnauer currently offers a 2-year warranty on the EZ10 while Midmark offers 1-year. For these reasons, when it comes to Price, Tuttnauer wins.
This could come down to personal preference, but in our opinion the Midmark M11 Autoclave is more pleasing to the eye. It’s smooth front door and handle are almost seamlessly built into the unit, making it look like a more complete Autoclave. Let’s not forget about the size difference in these two units. The Midmark M11 has an internal chamber size of 11” in Diameter by 18” in Depth while the the Tuttnauer EZ10 is a bit smaller with an internal chamber size of 10” Diameter by 18” in Depth. This gives the Midmark M11 increased area for more or larger instruments. M11 wins hands down.
The biggest difference between the Midmark M11 and the Tuttnauer EZ10 Autoclaves are found within the features. The Tuttnauer EZ10 Autoclave features a closed-door drying cycle, whereas the Midmark M11 Autoclave has an open-door drying cycle. According to Tuttnauer, the EZ10 features a “Closed door active drying system to maintain sterility and ensure efficient drying of packs and pouches”. Once the sterilization cycle is complete the drying cycle will start blowing heated air onto the instruments, drying them quickly. Midmark claims the M11 has “Patented automatic opening door for efficient instrument drying”. The M11’s automatic door will open once the sterilization cycle is over allowing the steam to dissipate into the room. Instruments are dry within seconds.
And The Winner is…
Once again, we cannot choose a winner. Both of these units are designed to be the best in the industry. One thing we can say is customers are very loyal to their brand. If a customer has been a Midmark user for some times, they will most likely stay loyal to Midmark even if there are less expensive brands. The same goes for Tuttnauer users. That says a lot about the high quality from both manufacturers.
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