Choosing an AED - Which AED is best?

HeartSine

350P
  • Low price
  • Unique Pad Pak
  • Monthly self-tests
  • Compact and lightweight
$1,295.00

ZOLL

AED Plus
  • Provides CPR feedback
  • One-piece pad
  • Virtually no maintenance
  • High price
$1,699.00

Philips

HeartStart Onsite
  • Competitive price
  • Daily self-checks
  • Pre-installed battery/pads
  • Higher maintenance costs
$1,275.00

Defibtech

Lifeline
  • Low Price
  • 7-Year battery
  • Affordable maintenance
  • No carrying case included
$1,245.00

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Our Top 4 Favorite AEDs:

If you're reading this you've most likely struggled to pick out an AED. With the sheer volume of different brands, functionality levels, durability scores, and other specifications, it's really no surprise. That's why we've picked out our favorite AEDs and summarized what we love about them in the simplest way possible. If you're still unsure of which AED is right for you, please contact us and we'll discuss your needs and help you decide!


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HeartSine 350P

Reliable and cost-effective

The HeartSine 350P epitomizes the term "bang for your buck" and is one of our favorite AEDs. This semi-automatic* AED (upgrade to fully automatic with the HeartSine 360P) is immediately appealing thanks to its low cost, plus it has a few bonuses: It performs monthly self-tests, it's lightweight and durable, and it features a unique product called a Pad Pak. Typically, AEDs have a set of defibrillation pads and a battery; the Pad Pak is both a battery and a set of defib pads combined into a single unit. This is quite useful because it simplifies how you purchase replacements; instead of replacing the pads every 2 years and the battery every 4 years like similar AEDs, the Pad Pak only needs to be replaced once every 4 years.


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Zoll AED Plus

Feature-rich and low maintenance

If you want the leader of the pack, go with the Zoll AED Plus. The price tag can be a little scary, but with the lowest cost of ownership in the market** you will actually save money in the long run. It can be configured to be either semi-automatic or fully automatic* for no additional fees and features a one-piece adult defibrillation pad. Other defib pads come in two pieces that need careful placement - otherwise you run the risk of a shock not travelling through the heart. But with the Zoll AED Plus, the one-piece pad is placed directly on a patient's chest and it's ready to go! As a bonus, the pad sends feedback to the AED while you're performing chest compressions, and it will coach you if your compression rate is too fast or too slow. It’s truly the best device for saving lives.


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Philips HeartStart OnSite

Popular and well-rounded

The Philips HeartStart Onsite is one of those happy middle ground AEDs. Priced similarly to the HeartSine 350P, this semi-automatic* AED features a convenient front-facing window so you can check the expiration date on your defibrillation pads with a quick glance. Another very useful feature for this popular AED is its daily self-checks, giving you peace of mind knowing that the AED is ready for use at any time. And as a nice bonus, the pads and battery come pre-installed, which saves on setup time. The only downsides to this AED are higher maintenance costs and the lack of a fully automatic* version.


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Defibtech Lifeline

Competitive and long-lasting

Do you need a durable AED? The Defibtech Lifeline AED comes with a long-lasting 5-year battery, besting the 4-year batteries of its competitors. Additionally you can upgrade to a 7-year battery, giving it the longest-lasting AED battery. This makes long-term maintenance costs pretty cheap, and the upfront cost is economical as well - even though you’ll have to replace the secondary 9V battery every year. Another major win is that the upgraded, fully automatic* version is cheaper than the automatic counterpart of the 350P: the 360P. Still, we wish the Lifeline came with a carrying case - as every other AED does.


Additional Information

* Every AED is configured to be semi-automatic or fully automatic. If the AED determines that a shock is necessary for the patient's survival, a semi-auto AED will ask the user to push a button to deliver the charge. An automatic AED would instead ask the user to step away from the patient and deliver the charge on its own. This is important because the idea of pushing a button to electrocute someone can be scary, even if it's with the intent of saving a life. That fear could make the AED user hesitate - wasting precious seconds that could make the difference between life and death.

** With batteries and pads that only need replacing every five years, the Zoll AED Plus has the lowest cost of maintenance on the market. Over the course of 10 years you'll only spend $244 maintaining your Zoll AED Plus, but with other AEDs you could spend upwards of $1,000 on maintenance. Head to our Zoll category page to see a detailed breakdown of these costs.

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