If you’re looking for the best cordless landline phone, our comprehensive guide is here to help you choose.
Although most people seem to spend more time on their tablets and smartphones than they do on actual landline phones, there are still situations and scenarios where landline phones are better. For instance, if you are looking to have a long chat with a friend or relative at home and want to enjoy it without worrying about the signal cutting out or if you run a business and want an option for your office.
Landline phones are still incredibly useful communication devices to own. If you don’t want large buttons and dials to deal with and want the freedom to walk around the house or office without being tethered to the base, then you will want a cordless phone. Fortunately, thanks to the availability of Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications technology, or DECT for short, the majority of landline phones tend to be cordless too.
We appreciate that there are a lot of options out there and looking for the best landline phones might be quite intimidating. That’s where we come in. We have done the heavy lifting, so to speak, and looked at what’s available on the market, tested it and made a concise list of what we feel are the top 10 best cordless phones available right now.
Before we dive into our list, we also wanted to provide you with a buying guide to help you figure out the model that’s best for your own specific needs and preferences.
Things to Consider When Buying Cordless Phones
When faced with buying a new cordless phone, you may be tempted to just pick the cheapest one. Although this may seem like a great way to get a bargain, it’s worth noting that cheapest doesn’t always mean best. In fact, it is rarely the case that it does.
There are more things than the cost that you need to consider when looking at cordless landline phones. Let’s look at some of the most important.
You don’t want to throw good money at a bad product. Therefore, it is important to make sure that the landline phone you choose is made to a very high standard using quality materials. This is why we mentioned earlier that price isn’t always indicative of a quality product. If you purchase one that is on the cheap for instance, the quality might not be up to much. After all, there is a reason why the manufacturer can afford to retail it for such a low price.
Reliability and Durability
It can be frustrating and time-consuming dealing with an unreliable telephone. Particularly if it is when you are at work and you have important clients or customers to speak to. You want a cordless phone that will work every time without fail. You also want one that will stand the test of time and not fall apart within weeks.
Another aspect of any cordless phone you are looking at is the range it offers. If you have a relatively small workplace or home, this won’t be too much of a concern. However, if you need to be able to walk around freely and have a larger property, investing in a phone with long-range capabilities is a must.
Cordless telephones are rechargeable, which is why you should be interested in the amount of talk time you get per charge. Think about the phone calls you make and consider how long you ever spend on one individual call. Use that number as a benchmark and find the phone that provides that talk time. It can be annoying, to say the least when your phone cuts out when you least expect it, so always make sure you buy a cordless phone with a battery life indicator.
Just as smartphones do more than just make voice calls and send text messages, modern landline phones often come with a selection of interesting features. Some are more practical and usable than others, depending on your needs. For instance, some offer VoIP capabilities. Voice Over Internet Protocol is a feature that means you can use your broadband line to connect your phone to other phones with VoIP capabilities to save money on the traditional call charges associated with your landline provider. This is excellent for speaking to friends, family and colleagues who are based abroad but is also useful for making domestic calls too.
Another great feature to consider that many models benefit from is some kind of nuisance call blocking, so you never need to deal with cold callers and phone scammers again.
Our picks are as follows!
Now that we’ve looked at some of the important considerations you need to make when choosing a cordless phone, let’s take a look at what we consider to be the best of the best on the market right now.
Gigaset E630A Robust DECT Cordless Phone With Answering Machine
The fact that Gigaset is featured twice in this list is testament to the company’s reputation and ability to manufacture some of the best telephones available.
If you have a busy household with a lot of small children or work in an environment where there are is lots of tools and the potential for things to fall onto the phone, then this might be the ideal choice. It has a robust construction that is dust, splash and shock resistant with an IP65 rating. It flashes and vibrates to alert you to incoming calls and range of 300m outdoors and 50m indoors.
It offers a stunning array of extra features, the most noteworthy of these though are the generously sized phonebook with space for 150 entries, the 14-hour talk time, answering phone and the fact that up to 6 handsets can be used together.
Gigaset C430A DECT Cordless Phone With Answering Machine
It’s fair to say that the C430A shares a lot in common with the model above. It provides you with a phonebook with space for 150 entries, has 14 hours’ worth of talk time on a single charge with the exact same range indoors and outdoors.
The major difference is the fact that this is not made to withstand the same amount of shocks, dust or splashes. Which isn’t a problem if you are just going to use it in the office or a home where all the kids are older or have moved on.
This model does boast excellent HSP sound quality and features an answering machine that is capable of recording up to 30 minutes. Therefore, if you have a relative that misses you and has a lot to tell you or a client needs to request something, they can leave as full and detailed a message as they desire.
BT 4000 Big Button DECT Cordless Phone
The first of many BT products we are going to discuss in this guide is the 4000 Big Button DECT cordless phone. We highlighted this particular model because, as its name suggests, it has oversized buttons which make it perfect for not just elderly users, but anyone with a dexterity, hearing or vision impairment. It also benefits from a very clear display and crisp sound quality.
As it’s made by BT, it comes with another great feature that is ideal for the vulnerable, elderly and if you are just sick to the back teeth of dealing with nuisance calls. You can block all of these and with the phone, you have full control over the calls you choose to take and those you just want to block. With the same outdoor and indoor range as the others in this guide, this is a must-have, particularly if you are not looking to spend too much on a good quality cordless phone.
BT Premium Phone With Answering Machine
Next up we have the BT Premium cordless phone, which utilises the same trueCalls tech included in the above model to help give you greater control over your call management.
The Virtual Assistant with this feature announces all unknown calls and allows all to decide whether to block them or not, while saved contacts get through automatically. As you’d expect from a BT phone, the call blocking features are very comprehensive.
One of the big selling points this has over many of the other models is that it offers a total of 21 hours of talk time on a single charge, with a standby time of 240 hours. That plus the fact it can record a total of 60 minutes worth of messages makes this a great choice if you find you are always on your phone and even when you are not, people constantly contact you.
BT Everyday Phone
For the budget-conscious consumer who is just looking for a good quality phone and is not so worried about special features, we have the BT Everyday phone.
Despite its low price tag and very basic design, it still offers a phonebook with space for 50 entries, a respectable talk time of 10 hours and the same range as others in this post. You also get the benefit of the BT call blocker button and it has an easy to read screen that shows a) if you have messages and b) who is calling and whether or not they are from your contacts.
BT Diverse 7410 Plus DECT Cordless Phone
Although the BT Diverse 7410 Plus is definitely a cordless phone that has been designed for use in the office, it will function just as well as your main landline phone at home. It has an extremely stylish design with a black body and black screen that make the white characters on its display easy to read.
What makes this model stand out from the other great BT options is the 200 entries phone book and the hands-free speaker option, which means you can do other things while speaking on the phone.
It offers the standard range of 300m outdoors and 50m indoors and even features an out of range indicator. Admittedly, for the price, the talk time is a little on the short side, but when you take the other great features into consideration such as the choice of ringtones, both standard and polyphonic, the various call management tools and its slick design, it’s easy to see why this is a popular option.
BT Advanced Phone With Answering Machine
Another great BT model that utilises the true calls tech for blocking unwanted and nuisance phone calls is the Advanced option. This can actually block a total of 1000 calls and you can use the excellent Do Not Disturb option to silence all calls. These are particularly useful if you need a phone you can use for work purposes but don’t like to be disrupted throughout your day.
Like the above model, you have the benefit of hands-free calls with the Advanced phone and it offers a more practical 22 hours’ worth of talk time on a single charge. As far as mid-ranged, feature-filled phones go, this is ideal for many different users.
Panasonic KX-TGC210EB/KX-TGC212EB/KX-TGC213EB DECT Cordless Phone With Nuisance Call Blocker
The first of two models from Panasonic now, this has a relatively low price tag, and build size to match. This is by far, one of our best landline phones in our guide and that is one of its key USPs. With a speakerphone option, you don’t need to stop what you are doing to take a call and with the much needed these days nuisance call blocker, your day doesn’t need to be interrupted and potentially ruined by cold callers and scammers.
We really like the ECO mode that can be selected with the simple touch of a button. This reduces the signal output by 90% and means the power consumption of the phone is lowered by 3.5%.
Panasonic KX-TGC220EB DECT Cordless Phone With Answering Machine
Another great option from the electrical goods giant Panasonic is this model with an attractive black design and a large 1.6 screen with backlighting. Although it is not a sophisticated as many of the others in our guide, it still offers many of the standard features like call blocking, an answering machine with space for 18 minutes of messages and nuisance call blocking of up to 50 numbers. It does, however, also offer 20 hours of talk time and can be used with a total of 6 handsets.
BT Essential Phone With Answering Machine
Last on our list is the BT Essential phone and is another by the telecoms company that offers their cutting-edge call blocking technology. It also benefits from high-quality sound, as do all BT phones and 30 minutes of answer machine messages. For a mid-priced model, though, it does what it says on the tin so to speak and provides a reasonable talk time length, the same standard range indoors and out as others and as it’s made by BT you know it will be a reliable product.