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Top 10 Best Cordless Home Phones Comparison 2017

Compare the specifications of our top 10 best cordless home phones for 2017 in our comparison table below.

The sheer volume of cordless phones available on the market can seem overwhelming to the unprepared consumer. In the end, a reliable and easy to use cordless telephone is a must for every home. Good number storage, easy to press buttons, caller ID and blocking, clear sound and an answerphone are just some of the features seen in the top 10 best cordless phones for 2017.

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Panasonic
KX-TG6822EB

BT
8500

Panasonic
KX-TG6812EB

Panasonic
KX-TG8062EB

BT
4500

BT
4000

BT
6500

BT
1000

Panasonic
KX-TGC222EB

BT
2000
 
Panasonic
KX-TG6822EB
BT
8500
Panasonic
KX-TG6812EB
Panasonic
KX-TG8062EB
BT
4500
BT
4000
BT
6500
BT
1000
Panasonic
KX-TGC222EB
BT
2000










Avg. Usr Rating
4.4 Stars
4.6 Stars
4.3 Stars
4.5 Stars
4.2 Stars
4.3 Stars
4 Stars
4.2 Stars
4.2 Stars
4 Stars
Avg. Usr Rating
Available SetsSingle / Twin / Trio / QuadSingle / Twin / Trio / QuadSingle / Twin / TrioSingle / Twin / TrioSingle / Twin / TrioSingle / TwinSingle / Twin / Trio / QuadSingle / TwinSingle / Twin / Trio / QuadSingle / Twin / TrioAvailable Sets
Answer Machine30 mins60 minsNo18 mins60 minsNo30 minsNo18 minsNoAnswer Machine
RangeN/A300 metresN/AN/A300 metres300 metres300 metres300 metres300 metres300 metresRange
Screen1.8" white back-light 1.8" full graphic colour 1.8" white back-light1.45" TFT LCD colour1.6" amber backlit1.6" amber backlit1.8" full graphic1.6" amber backlit1.6" amber backlit LCD1.6" blue backlit dot matrixScreen
Talktime15 hrs21 hrs15 hrs12 hrs13 hrs13 hrs12 hrs12 hrs16 hrs12 hrsTalktime
Standby170 hrs310 hrs170 hrs250 hrs160 hrs160 hrs120 hrs120 hrs200 hrs120 hrsStandby
Phone Book120 entries200 entries120 entries200 entries100 entries100 entries200 entries50 entries50 entries50 entriesPhone Book
Contact SharingContact Sharing
Hands-Free SpeakerHands-Free Speaker
Text MessagingText Messaging
Caller IDCaller ID
Call BlockingCall Blocking
Silent ModeSilent Mode
Alarm ClockAlarm Clock
Handset LocatorHandset Locator
Backlit KeypadBacklit Keypad
Extra Features• Noise Reduction (NR) key reduces surrounding noise by up to 75%
• One touch Eco modes lowers the power consumption
• Key fob & key finder function can be detected up to 200 metres from the phone
• Expandable up to 6 handsets
• Call Guardian means that any caller not on your contact list or already blocked is required to announce their name prior to getting through
• 3-way call
• Call diversion to mobiles or other numbers
• Noise Reduction (NR) key reduces surrounding noise by up to 75%
• One touch Eco modes lowers the power consumption
• Key fob & key finder function can be detected up to 200 metres from the phone
• Expandable up to 6 handsets
• One touch Eco modes lowers the power consumption
• Expandable up to 6 handsets
• Wall-mountable Base Station
• Big and easy to press buttons
• Low battery alert & indicator
• Hearing aid compatible
• Keypad lock
• Big and easy to press buttons
• Low battery alert & indicator
• Hearing aid compatible
• Keypad lock
• Visual voicemail to see who has left a message
• Uses a low energy power supply
• Parental control
• Good value cordless phone
• Eco credentials
• Call transfer
• Internal calling
• Noise Reduction (NR) key reduces surrounding noise by up to 75%
• One touch Eco modes lowers the power consumption
• Call diversion
• 3-way calling
Extra Features
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Table Info

Average User Rating – This is based on our own research in product testing and user feedback. Clicking on each product takes you to Amazon’s product page where you can read customer reviews on the product you’re interested in.

Best Value / Top Rated / Top Specs / Best Choice – Products that we consider to excel in a certain area such as value for money, reputation or technology have been given one of our aforementioned labels of recognition.

Answer Machine – Does the cordless phone have an answer machine built-in, and if so, what’s the maximum record time of messages on it?

Screen – What’s the size and screen display type of the handset?

Contact Sharing – Are you able to easily transfer contacts that’s stored on one handset to another handset?

Hands-Free Speaker – Does the handset have a loudspeaker function that enables others to join into the conversation?

Text-Messaging – Certain models allow you to send text messages just like you would from a mobile phone, but from the handset instead.

Caller ID – Many cordless phones display the caller name and number that’s derived from the most recent caller logs (the call log storage differs for each phone), but this feature may require signing up to a call ID subscription.

Call Blocking – You can reject incoming calls from specified phone numbers with this feature. Certain cordless phones allow you to also bar outgoing calls such as to premium rate numbers.

Silent Mode – Does the handset allow you to deactivate sound at certain periods of time such as during your sleep hours?

Handset Locator – If you’ve misplaced your phone and cannot find it, you can activate the handset locator function which signals ringing to notify you of the whereabouts of your handsets.

Backlit Keypad – Does the keypad on the handset light up when the buttons are pressed?

Price – If you want to know the price of any of the models, just click on the Buy Now button or Check Price and you’ll be redirected to the product page on Amazon.co.uk. The reason we don’t put prices is because they constantly change and there are so many sellers offering different prices.

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How to Buy the Best Cordless Phone

This section will outline the features that you should be looking for when buying cordless house phones – helping you make the best decision about what you require of your telephone and then purchase the best cordless phone for you. So, what criteria make up ideal cordless home phones?

 

Location Within the Home

If you have limited space available, or don’t want a large cordless telephone interfering with the aesthetic of your space, you may wish to consider a small, less obtrusive wall mounted cordless home phone.

Unfortunately, these models are rare (cordless phones usually tend to sit on a horizontal surface, and you’ll still have to run power and telephone cables up to the base unit. Also, a smaller base unit can limit certain features.

 

Sound Quality

As I previously mentioned, the price is not necessarily an indicator of sound quality. It is possible to buy a phone at a low price point and still have crystal clear sound – although you may miss out on other features.

Be sure to check different cordless phone reviews for objective opinions on both the quality of the handset and the speakerphone (although feel free to disregard negative reviews of the speakerphone feature if that’s not something you’ll use). If you plan on using your phone outside or far away from the base unit, check that the sound quality of the phone you’re interested in isn’t affected by such issues.

 

Answering Machine

There are few cordless home phones nowadays that come without an answering machine as standard, however, you can decide whether or not you’d like full controls built into the base of the phone, or just in the handset.

The former option can add unnecessary bulk to your cordless phone, so if you’re not expecting many messages, this might be the best way to go.

If you require a high recording capacity, you may have to select a cordless phone with the answering phone in the base. The cheapest cordless telephones may only have around ten minutes of recording capacity – that’s no good if you need an hour.

 

The Number of Handsets

This will depend on the size of your house (you may wish for one in the kitchen, by the bed, etc.), and how likely you are to remember to put your cordless phone back on the base (you may need a spare…). Cordless house phones usually come in packs of one, two or four.

If you have one or two functioning phones already, bear in mind that all modern cordless telephones are GAP (generic access protocol) compatible, meaning that you once you have one base unit connected to the telephone socket, any brand of modern cordless home phone handset (with a power socket) will work with it.

 

Range

Manufacturers usually state that their cordless house phones can function over a range of around 50m inside (or 300m outdoors), but it is important to mention that they fail to take into account obstructions you may have that could impede the signal.

The worst offender is thick walls, so if this might cause a problem for your phone, consider a repeater (a signal booster) that doubles the range of your cordless phone. How effective individual phones are in homes with thick walls is best discovered by reader reviews of cordless phones.

 

Price

Due to the vast array of cordless phones, you may find it easiest to first narrow your search by the price you’re prepared to pay for your telephone. Although you may not be able to get all of the features mentioned below, as long as you get the ones that you require, you’re fine. There’s no need to spend the extra money on features such as Bluetooth or Skype if you’re unlikely to ever use them.

The price will vary depending on whether you buy one, two or four handsets, but you can buy a single cordless home phone for as little as £10, depending on the brand. For a mid-range phone, you’d be a looking at price tag of around £50, but the best cordless phones can set you back as much as £100 – it really just depends on the features.

If you rarely use your landline, a budget option may be best: it will likely include a mono display, decent battery life and a phonebook. A cheap phone doesn’t necessarily mean low sound quality – just be sure to check budget cordless phone reviews to ensure you good value.

Mid-range cordless home phones may include features such as data synchronisation, Bluetooth and call-blocking technology. There is also more attention paid to their design and style.

Cordless phones in the £100+ price bracket tend to have similar features to their cheaper counterparts, but they are made of higher quality materials and are more ergonomically designed. They also usually have a higher capacity for contacts and answering machine messages.

Panasonic Cordless Home Phone

With the amount of varying features there are on cordless home phones, it can be overwhelming, so pick the ones that you know will come of use.

 

Additional Features

– Call Blocking

Consider buying a cordless phone with a call blocking feature if you’re plagued with nuisance callers. If this feature is important to you, make sure you check how your cordless phone’s cell blocking feature works: some allow up to 50 specific numbers to be blocked, others block international calls, and some block all calls from withheld numbers.

It is also possible to buy a cordless phone that requires all callers to leave their name, so you can screen them before accepting the call.

 

– Sim-Card Reader

Allows you to quickly transfer your contacts from your mobile to your house phone, without having to do the tedious task of typing each number in one by one.

You can also buy phones that allow you to copy the phonebook from one handset into another, without having to type in every single one. Some also have shared phonebooks, so the phonebook is automatically updated on every handset when one is edited.

 

– Night Mode

If you’re sick of your cordless phone ringing at night, you can buy a model that flashes silently rather than ringing.

 

– Hearing Aid Compatible

If you wear a hearing aid, look for a cordless phone that has an inductive coupler (this creates a clearer sound), and make sure your hearing aid is switched to the “T” setting whenever you’re using it. This inductive coupler in the phone means that the hearing aid doesn’t cause interference in the phone, unlike older, analogue models.

 

– Larger Buttons or Display

Most modern technology tends towards smaller, sleeker buttons which can be problematic for those with dexterity issues or problems with their sight. It is, however, possible to buy high-quality cordless phones with larger buttons and displays.

 

– Skype

Skype-enabled phones are available for those with friends and relatives abroad. You simply plug your router or modem into the base of the phone (as well as plugging the phone line into it too), giving the choice of using Skype or your landline.

 

– Durability

If you work outdoors or in a workplace that might require a more robust handset (for example in a garage), there are several models available that offer this capability. Again, read up on specific cordless phone reviews to ensure that you buy a phone that meets your requirements.

 

Final Word…

Now that you know what features you should be looking for, you should be able to narrow down your search for the perfect phone – pick your price point, then narrow down the resulting cordless phones by searching for the which features your ideal phone will possess.

Certain brands specialise in certain features (for example Clarity offer phones that are specially developed to help visually impaired people or people with hearing problems), so if you have a particular issue, it may be worth seeking out these brands so you can get the best cordless phone for you.

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