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Last updated by Daniel Barnes 12 days ago
BT is one of the oldest and best known telecommunications companies in the UK. There have been many excellent BT cordless phones over the years with all sorts of great features. BT stands out with unparalleled call-blocking technology, and some fantastic designs. However, there are only a couple of entries from BT in our list of the Top 10 Best Home Phones as they are not always consistent in how well they fare in our testing.
BT still offers a huge range of different cordless phones, which are reasonably priced but vary in features and reliability. For Nuisance Call Blocking the brand is right up there with the best of them, as BT phones with Call Guardian built-in allow you to block up to 100% of cold callers. However, customer satisfaction tends to be mixed, and their sound quality isn't up there with the likes of Gigaset or Panasonic. A BT phone probably isn't the best bet, but if you are set on them as a brand, our team of experts have carefully assessed every single BT cordless phone on the market and rounded up the best of the bunch in our list of the Top 10 currently available:
The best home phone for protection against nuisance calls!
Bringing a touch of style to the BT range, the BT Premium cordless phone is one of the best-looking models out there. But it offers so much more than just style - there is some substance to this sleek home phone with a number of great features that set this model apart. BT have been at the forefront of Nuisance Call Blocking features for a while now, and the BT Premium boasts their most advanced features yet. Powered by TrueCall, you can block up to 1,000 specific numbers, prefixes, and configure a wealth of settings to put an end to unwanted disturbances. The BT Premium provides a reliable range of up to 50m indoors and 300m outdoors, and also includes a link-to-mobile functionality that lets you quickly copy over your address book from one phone to the other (and even make and receive landline calls from your smartphone). While the sound quality isn't quite up there with the likes of Gigaset or Panasonic, the BT Premium is a top choice if you want the best phone for call blocking!
With extra-long range and an extremely tough casing, this model is ideal for outdoor use.
If range is an issue or you like to use your cordless phone outside in all types of weather then the BT Elements 1K Weatherproof Cordless Phone is definitely the top choice. This easy to use long range phone offers so many features, but the one that really sets it apart from the rest on this list is its impressive splash and dust proofing. Rated IP67, it can put up with vrtually anything that life might throw at it. The BT Elements 1K is also GAP compatible, meaning you can register any matching handsets to its base station. You can connect up to five handsets this way, making it a great choice for those with larger properties and lots of rooms. Up to 10 hours of talk time and 250 hours charge on standby make this cordless telephone a great choice for casual users, too. If a reliable cordless telephone is what you need, the BT Elements 1K offers that and so much more. With a backlit screen to make for easy reading, and the possibility to save up to 30 numbers on redial, the BT Elements 1K is the perfect telephone for any busy household.
An easy to use home phone with big buttons, extra loud volume, and an inductive coupler, the BT4600 provides added convenience for older users. As with the first entry in our Top 10, the BT 4600 also includes one-touch call blocking and an array of call-blocking features that provide a simple solution to eliminating unwanted and intrusive nuisance calls. Call Guardian can be used effectively to block up to 100% of unwanted calls and the integrated answering machine has a call screening function for added security. This is one of the most dependable phones , and is remarkably easy to use, too. That makes it our top choice for elderly customers looking for a new home phone.
True to its name, the BT Advanced cordless phone comes packed with the latest DECT technology and a whole host of useful features. For one thing, its call blocking features are second to none. As well as award-winning trueCall technology, it also allows you to block up to 1000 individual numbers. That way, you can stop up to 100% of nuisance calls from getting through- leaving you free to enjoy some peace and quiet. It also comes with an answering machine with up to 30 minutes of storage, and a spacious phonebook. This makes the BT Advanced cordless phone a solid choice that undoubtedly earns its place on our Top 10 list.
While the BT Essential might not have such comprehensive call blocking as the BT Advanced, it nevertheless offers plenty of protection from nuisance calls. With just a few presses of a button, you can easily block common types of nuisance calls, such as withheld or international numbers. You also have the option of blocking certain numbers or prefixes, too, to give you an extra layer of protection. The phone itself is also very easy to use, with a 1.8" backlit screen and a streamlined menu setup.
The second big button cordless phone from BT to make it onto our top 10 is the BT4000. An easy to use home phone without answering machine that has proven a favourite with our customers. The orange backlit display is easy to read, and shouldn’t pose issues even for those with slight visual impairments, and the handset has extra loud volume and hearing aid compatible features making this a brilliant choice for older users. The BT 4000 Big Button phone boasts with a dependable 13 hours talk-time battery life, and an impressive 160 hours of standby when it is fully charged. If you are looking for a cordless phone with big buttons, nuisance call blocking features (a great feature of many BT telephones!), and functions specifically geared at elderly customers, the BT 4500 is the perfect solution for you.
Quick to set up and easy to use, the BT Everyday cordless phone includes all the features you'll need. From an answering machine with up to 15 minutes of storage space, to a phonebook with space for 50 entries, casual users should find the BT Everyday fit for purpose. On-screen prompts will help you get your new phone up and running in just a couple of minutes. It also includes a basic version of BT's call-blocking software, with the ability to block up to 20 individual numbers as well as a handy Do Not Disturb mode.
The BT 6500 is a superb home phone, and one that we have a lot to thank for. That's because it was one of the first BT cordless phones to include call-blocking technology. It also comes with the Do Not Disturb mode so that you can programme certain times of day (or night) when you do not want to be bothered by calls. The stylish handset impresses with a backlit blue screen and dependable battery life of up to 12 hours of talk-time, and 120 hours on standby. The phonebook can save up to 200 contacts, and the answering machine is able to record up to 30 minutes of recording time – so you’ll never miss out again, and will always know who has phoned you. The BT 6500 cordless phone with nuisance call blocking is a fantastic choice available at a low price. With visual voicemail and essential DECT features, the BT 6500 is a great buy if you need a new cordless phone for your home.
And just making it into our list of the Top 10 Best Cordless Phones by BT is the practical and easy to use BT2000. This basic home phone might not come with as many bells and whistles as some of the higher entries in our list but that’s partly what we love about this phone. It does what it is supposed to (namely provide good call quality for your landline) very well and is really easy to use. The BT 2000 phone also offers a useful “do not disturb” mode, which you can easily turn on or off during night time or dinner – or any other time when you just don’t want to be called. The range of the BT 2000 is impressive at up to 300 metres outdoors and 50 indoors. Further benefits of this little gem include dependable battery life, and a phonebook memory for up to 50 contacts making the BT 2000 a great, reliable choice, for those wanting a basic cordless phone without answering machine.
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