Top 10 Best Corded Phones – 2019

Having developed a renowned reputation in the phone systems industry during our 25+ year tenure in business, PMC Telecom is well placed to chime in on the best corded phones in the UK.

Subjecting each model to rigorous testing, which involves close to 100 thorough checks and measurements, we offer a deep, insightful analysis on the main features, advantages, and flaws of every product, looking well beyond the manufacturer’s promotional materials. We also speak directly with thousands of phone owners in compiling our list of the top 10 best corded phones. By collating such a vast amount of data, we’re able to discover what folk love about their corded telephones, and equally as important, what they don’t like.

Our research also affords us a decent gauge of the best and most reliable corded phone brands, in comparison with some that could be deemed less trustworthy. Therefore, you can have total confidence in your purchase decision even before having made it. Audio quality and usability are amongst the most prominent elements to be closely inspected, always undertaken with top quality specialist equipment.

We’re always ahead of the curve regarding the very latest corded telephones on the market, and our expert team are rapid off the mark to scrutinize the performance credentials of any new product launch within the industry. As such, PMC Telecom can provide an informed and considered assessment on which corded phones represent the best option for you. Our top 10 best corded phones list is sure to point you in the direction of an ideal phone system to suit your requirements.

BT Converse 2200 – Black

Image of a black BT corded phone

The first entry on our list is the BT Converse 2200, which offers an immense level of versatility that makes it suitable for any setting. Operating with low energy consumption to remove the need for additional batteries or a power supply unit, this corded phone is PABX compatible and wall mountable. It also features a headset port and a hands-free option.


  • Handset volume control
  • Hands-free speakerphone operation
  • Wall mountable
  • Headset port (RJ11 Socket)
  • 10-number speed dial memory
  • Inductive coupler (hearing aid compatible)

Interquartz Gemini 9335 CLI – Black

Interquartz gemini 9335 cli black

At number two, the Interquartz Gemini 9335 incorporates the outstanding build quality you would typically associate with the brand. Boasting a large three-line LCD display in addition to a sizeable call list, the system can be linked with PABXs, smaller systems or single-line connections. Perfect for Centrex or feature link users, the corded phone offers triple standard message waiting, five-number redial, a memory project switch and handsfree functionality, amongst an array of other features.


  • Calling Line Identification
  • Hands-free speakerphone
  • Headset Port (RJ11)
  • Large, three-line LCD display

Gigaset DX800A All In One Telephone 

Gigaset DX800A

The Gigaset DX800A All In One Telephone is a brilliant option for small or home offices. Incorporating attractive modern aesthetics and executive business functionality, this hybrid phone offers an excellent degree of flexibility. It is configurable to either IP with ISDN, or IP with fixed line, and can support up to four parallel calls. Three integrated answering machines with a combined recording time of 55 minutes further exemplify the suitability of this system for busy working environments.


  • Dect Compatible
  • 55-minute answering machine
  • large 3.5 TFT colour display
  • Multiline desktop phone: fixed, IP and ISDN line

1950s American Diner Phone Black

image of a 1950's style american diner phone

More of a fun selection a number four. Brimming with retro appeal, this 1950s American Diner Phone incorporates legitimate coin slots, but you don’t need to worry about paying for calls – your money is simply deposited into the in-built bank. Wall mountable with push-button dialing, the handset will make for a lovely vintage addition to any household.


  • Wall Mountable
  • Push Button Dialling
  • Earpiece Volume Control
  • Retro design

Wild & Wolf 746 Retro 1960s Telephone – Box Red

image of a red retro phone

Another superb home phone option. The Wild & Wolf 746 Retro 1960s Telephone exudes classic charm, yet incorporates a modern twist in the form of push-button number keys. With an original mechanical bell ringer, this corded phone is ideal for adding a touch of retro designer style to any interior, as well as providing an effective call solution.


  • Push button dialling
  • Authentic 1960’s styling
  • Redial button
  • Plugs into a standard phone socket
  • Original style mechanical bell ringer

Cisco 9951 Unified IP Phone – With Camera

Cisco 9951 Unified IP Phone - With Camera

Featuring an integrated camera, the Cisco 9951 Unified IP Phone represents a brilliant corded phone solution for those with friends or family living abroad. Boasting wideband audio and a colour display, the handset also incorporates an industrial design and an excellent user interface to ensure simplicity and impressive usability.


  • Four programmable soft-label keys
  • Dual standard USB 2.0 ports
  • Large backlit, vibrant high-resolution 640 x 480-pixel color display
  • Five tri-colour illuminated LED line/feature keys

Cisco 8861 Unified IP Phone

Cisco 8861 Unified IP Phone

A fantastic corded phone solution for a busy workplace, the Cisco 8861 Unified IP Phone is extremely user-friendly and offers wideband audio to ensure premium quality voice communications. Cisco Intelligent Proximity enables the user to integrate specific telephony features with their personal mobile devices, whilst both USB and Bluetooth support afford several options in terms of accessories. Cisco EnergyWise and Wi-Fi further outline the value of the system.


  • Share contact lists and call history with your smartphone
  • USB and Bluetooth support
  • 5-inch high-resolution (800 x 480) widescreen VGA backlit color display.
  • High-quality wideband audio

Cisco 8961 Unified IP Phone (Slimline)

Cisco 8961 Unified IP Phone (Slimline)

For a truly enhanced user experience, look no further than the Cisco 8961 Unified IP Slimline Phone. Boasting an eco-friendly ergonomic design, this corded phone incorporates a high-resolution VGA colour display, in addition to a USB port, Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, and high-definition voice support. An ideal option for the likes of administrative staff and office professionals, the system provides a top-end user experience for multimedia application engagement.


  • High-definition voice (HD voice)
  • Gigabit Ethernet switch ports
  • Ten tri-colour illuminated LED feature/session keys
  • Large 5-inch, backlit high-resolution color display
  • USB 2.0 port supports USB wired headsets

Maxcom KXT 480BB Fixed Line Phone – White

Maxcom KXT 480BB Fixed Line Phone - White

This Maxcom KXT 480BB Fixed Line Phone is suitable for a home or office desk and features a large, legible display. Hearing aid compatible, the corded phone system also offers hands-free functionality, caller identification and an array of memory types, as well as a visual ringer and speakerphone function. It’s a great choice for visually or hearing impaired customers especially.


  • Extra Large 3 Line Display
  • 10 Number Memory and 3 Picture Key
  • 20 Outgoing Call Log Record
  • Hearing Aid Compatible
  • Speakerphone Function

Yealink T54S Smart Media SIP Phone 

Yealink T54S Smart Media SIP Phone

With a compact colour screen, user-friendly interface and unique design, the Yealink T54S Smart Media SIP Phone delivers excellent audio quality for crystal clear communications. Incorporating gigabit Ethernet technology, a USB port, and Bluetooth for call recording or accompanying headsets, this corded phone system is an outstanding call solution for yielding enhanced productivity.


  • Wi-Fi via WF40
  • Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC)
  • HD Voice, HD Handset, HD Speaker
  • Built-in Bluetooth 2.0
  • Up to 16 VoIP Accounts