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Our rigorous review and testing process includes over 50 different checks and measurements as we dig beneath the manufacturer’s hype to discover the truth about the latest cordless phones. We go further in our cordless phones tests than anyone else - thoroughly assessing how far the range will reach, how easy they are to use, making calls to and from a reference phone while our expert panel measures the sound quality at both ends of the line with specialist equipment. Throughout the year we also conduct an extensive reliability survey speaking to thousands of home phone owners to discover more about long term usage from the people who know the phones best. This huge undertaking enables us to identify the top cordless phone brands that you can rely on, and report on those whose standards have raised or are slipping allowing you to make a more informed choice before parting with your hard-earned cash.
Whenever a new cordless phone hits the market, our experts are quick to test out how it performs. We can then give you an honest opinion on whether these new cordless phones are worth your consideration, or if they aren’t quite up to our high standards. Our Top 10 Best Cordless Phones list is the culmination of this review process and is updated several times a year so that you can be sure all of the models on the list are the most current and up to date.
There are a number of things to consider when looking for a new cordless phone for your landline. From the must-have features you couldn’t live without, to the number of handsets needed, or range required for the size of your home. Some cordless phones, such as the Gigaset S700, also offer VoIP functionality. This can be great if you have friends or family living abroad and would like to take advantage of cheaper international call rates using your broadband connection. Most cordless phones nowadays offer some form of Nuisance Call Blocking but some are more robust than others. Getting the best price is simple as we monitor our prices daily to make sure you get the best value. We also offer a Price Match Promise so if you do find it cheaper elsewhere, we’ll match it.
So, read on to discover our top picks for the best landline phones!
Simply the best cordless phone that money can buy.
Our Best Cordless Phone for 2023. Need a new cordless phone and want to know that your money is being well spent? You could spend hours agonising over various choices, reading countless customer reviews and expert opinions. Or you could just opt for the No.1 on our list – the Siemens Gigaset Premium C575A. It will instantly impress with its slim and sleek design, and blow you away with exceptional sound quality on calls and an excellent full-duplex loudspeaker. It is the latest phone to be released by Gigaset and has been hugely popular since its release, garnering high praise from many of our customers. It boasts a beautifully large 2.2” full colour display, base with built-in answering machine and an array of premium DECT features making it the most desirable home phone of the year!
Top quality phone packed with features!
With a whole host of advanced features and one of the most stylish handsets, the Gigaset Premium 300A exudes class. It certainly has the "wow" factor with its black aluminium frame, surprisingly large display and solid metal charging cradle. As you could expect from the highest spec phone, it comes with micro USB (which can be used to import custom ringtones and pictures for Caller ID), a full-duplex HD loudspeaker and exceptionally good audio. We may agree, it's not the cheapest phone on the market but it's worth every penny spent.
Top-class features, design & sound from Panasonic
The Panasonic KX-TGJ320EB is an outstanding cordless telephone, which has been recommended as a Which? Best Buy. We were impressed with the high-class design and impressive features of the TGJ320 including advanced Nuisance Call Blocking, which enables you to block specific numbers (or entire groups of numbers based on the first two to eight digits) as wells as calls from withheld numbers. Panasonic phones typically perform well for sound quality in our tests so it was no surprise that the KX-TGJ320 scored top marks for call clarity. The handset also boasts a duplex loudspeaker so is excellent for hands-free calls. Further benefits include the 1.8” full colour display, integrated answering machine, and shared phonebook (in packs of two handsets or more). Top rated by experts and consumers alike, the Panasonic KX-TGJ320EB is unlikely to disappoint!
Big buttons and extra-loud volume make this ideal for older users.
Who said big button phones can't be stylish? The Gigaset E390A boasts the same design as the No.1 Best Buy but includes some additional features to make it easier for elderly users. From the big button keypad, extra-loud volume booster, larger font size on the 2.2” colour display, and an emergency call button, the E390A is our top choice of cordless phone for elderly and anyone looking for something that scores top marks for ease-of-use. It's even hearing aid-compatible, so everyone can enjoy this sleek, high-end cordless phone. Further benefits include a standalone user-friendly answering machine, call blocking, and large phonebook.
Sheer class - if money is no object then this is our top choice!
One of the most advanced cordless handsets on the market, the Gigaset S700 is ideal for business users, as well as home users looking to add a touch of luxury to their home tech. With a bright, full-colour TFT screen, it's easy to find your way around the menus- especially handy given the plethora of extra features available. As well as working with a standard analogue line, the S700 can work with up to 6 VoIP telephony connections, too. It also includes Bluetooth and a 3.5mm jack for use with a headset, micro-USB charging, vibrating alert mode, and some of the best sound we've experienced from a cordless phone. While it may not be cheap, the S700 gives you plenty of bang for your buck.
A volume-booster mode makes this a great choice for the hard of hearing.
The Panasonic KX-TGH720EB is the latest cordless phone from Panasonic, and lives up to their reputation for producing high-quality handsets. With excellent sound performance, along with a volume booster to make it up to 70% louder than other Panasonic cordless phones, it ensures everyone can enjoy crystal-clear conversations. It also boasts a stylish, modern design, while also being remarkably easy to use. There's an answering machine with up to 40 minutes' recording time, and it even comes with a number of nuisance call blocking features.
A top-class budget-friendly home phone!
The Gigaset A690A is a stylish new budget-friendly landline phone that is top-rated for sound quality, and ease-of-use. Well-equipped with a practical feature set that includes an integrated answering machine, call blocking, and large display, the A690A is an ideal home phone. Further benefits include a generous phonebook memory for up to 100 contacts, excellent handsfree loudspeaker, and unlike most BT phones it is possible to extend the range of these with a DECT repeater (ideal for larger homes or those with thick walls). Excellent value for money!
Built to last, this model is ideal for heavy use.
A robust DECT phone from Gigaset, the E630A is built to withstand anything that life might throw at it. IP67-certified, it is resistant to shocks, splashes, and dust. That makes it the ideal choice for business environments such as restaurants, warehouses, garages, and workshops. The extra level of protection also makes it a solid pick for homes with young children, since the handset can survive a little more rough-and-tumble usage. A separate base station means that you don’t need to keep the main headset next to a telephone point, and the set can be expanded to up to 6 handsets. Lastly, the Gigaset E630A is also repeater-compatible to provide extra range.
With both corded and cordless handsets, this model has it all!
Enjoy the best of both worlds with this Corded & Cordless phone combo from Panasonic. For those who like the reliability of a corded telephone and the flexibility of a cordless handset, the KX-TGF320 provides the benefits of both. The corded phone includes an integrated answering machine (also accessible from the cordless handset), which can record up to 30 minutes of messages, a handsfree loudspeaker, and display screen. Expandable up to 6 handsets in total and boasting excellent sound quality and range, the KX-TGF320 is an innovative solution, which won't disappoint!
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.
When choosing a new home phone, it’s worth thinking about the factors that will be most important to you. Modern cordless phones come with a range of features, some of which will matter more to certain users than others. We’ve identified the four most important features that mark out an exceptional cordless phone from an average one:
First and foremost, a cordless phone needs to provide good sound quality. Unlike mobile phones, which can suffer from deterioration in clarity depending on your signal strength, you should expect much better from your landline phone. We invite our customers to rate the phones we sell for sound quality, and we regularly test and review new models on our blog. So find out which models offer the best call quality and avoid muffled, distorted and crackly phone calls before your place your order. We pride ourselves on being experts on cordless phones and are only a call, email or livechat away if you need us!
Think about the size of your property, and how far away from the base (the part you connect to your phone line) you’d like to be able to take calls. Most DECT phones provide up to 50 metres of range indoors, and up to 300 metres outdoors, which should be adequate for most sized properties. However, if you live in an older property with thick walls or have experienced problems with cordless phone range in the past then a long range cordless phone or one that is repeater-compatible is a good idea. You can find out more in our Buying Guide for Long Range Cordless Phones.
Most modern digital cordless phones have a capacity for up to 6 handsets. Deciding how many handsets you need or might like can help you to narrow down your search. If you are interested in a multi-pack of DECT phones or might like to add extra handsets at a later date then you should check what the maximum number the handsets the model is expandable to. Having more than one handset (in addition to allowing you to place a handset in more than one room) typically offers extra features such as call transfer, intercom (internal calls), phonebook sharing or phonebook transfer, and sometimes more (eg. baby monitor).
If you’re pestered by unwanted sales calls then it may be worth considering the Call Blocking features of your new phone. Most phones now come with some form of Call Blocking but the features can vary in sophistication. At a basic level you should be able to silence and/or block anonymous calls from ringing as well as block from 10-50 specific numbers. The more advanced call blocking phones will enable you to block calls by type eg. international calls or those from withheld numbers. It is worth noting that in order for any call blocking features to work you will need Caller ID enabled on your landline so double check with your line provider whether this has or can be activated and any charges involved.
Not all cordless phones are built equal and manufacturers are constantly looking for new ways to make their phones stand out. Here are some of the best extra features to look out for that might just swing it for you:
Answering Machine: most cordless phones nowadays come with an integrated answering machine as standard. The recording time can vary from as little as 10 minutes up to an hour so think about how much you'll need. Some answerphones boast extra features, such as: remote operation, SMS notification, and the facility to record your own personalised greeting. However, if you'd prefer to do without an answering machine altogether (or stick with the 1571 service) your options are limited and you might need to consider a model with an answer machine that can be switched off. If your reason for not wanting an answering machine is aesthetics then it may be worth considering one of the top range cordless phones that come with a separate base unit.
Link-to-Mobile: this feature allows you to connect your smartphone to your landline phone and receive calls to your mobile on your home phone, and make outgoing calls to use up minutes on your mobile call plan.
VoIP: allows you to connect your base to a router in addition to your telephone line in order to make calls using your internet connection. This will require setting up a VoIP account and line with a VoIP provider, which has a cost attached but provides much cheaper rates for international calls. Ideal if you have friends or family abroad, or if you need to set-up a second line for your home office without the need for any rewiring.
Bluetooth: handsets that come with Bluetooth features enable you to pair Bluetooth headsets and contact details.
Night mode (Do Not Disturb): this feature allows you to programme certain times of the day or night when your phone won’t ring. Perfect for shift workers or if you want to enjoy peaceful dinner times. You can usually assign VIP status to certain contacts so that they can get through even when this mode is activated.
Big Buttons & Hearing Aid Compatible: there are a range of easy to use Big Button phones designed with elderly users in mind. Most of these models are Hearing Aid Compatible and come with an extra loud volume boost, and some even feature SOS call functions.
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