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Last updated by Daniel Barnes 11 days ago
For many elderly people, their home phone represents a lifeline to the outside world. From keeping in touch with friends and family to having something to use in an emergency, these devices are so important. While mobiles can be fiddly and complicated to get to grips with, landline phones are simple and easy to use.
However, not all home phones are ideally suited to older users. Some have buttons which might be too small to work properly, while others can be a little on the quiet side. Thankfully, there are a number of models on the market which have been specially designed with the elderly in mind. These often come with larger buttons, along with a volume booster mode for the hard-of-hearing.
To help you find your next home phone, our team of experts have put together the following list of the top ten best models for the elderly. They all offer excellent sound quality, and many of them include special features. Most importantly, they are all extremely easy to use and take just a few minutes to set up. So, read on to discover our top picks!
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.
Extra loud volume & big buttons make this an ideal choice for the elderly.
Without a doubt, the Gigaset E560A is the best easy-to-use home phone for older users. Featuring the same crystal clear sound you would get from a premium Gigaset phone but with amplified volume, simple feature set, the large font size on a clear monochrome display, and oversized buttons - everything about the E560A has been designed with the user in mind. Further benefits include a user-friendly answer machine, emergency call function, and speed dials. The handsets are also compatible with most hearing aids!
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.
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!
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!
A top-class budget-friendly home phone
The Siemens Gigaset C530A is a customer favourite that is top-rated for sound quality, ease-of-use and is a Which? Best Buy Cordless Phone to boot. Well-equipped with a practical feature set that includes an integrated answering machine, colour display, and large phonebook memory that can be shared across multiple handsets, the C530A is an ideal home phone. It is also available in a long range version with a repeater included so you can enjoy up to double the range!
A stylish new model from our top-rated cordless phone brand.
The Gigaset CL390A Hello Phone, to give it its full name, is the latest handset from our top-rated cordless phone brand. Combining elegant modern design with their trademark HD sound quality, the Hello Phone is another fine addition to the Gigaset range. It includes all the features you would expect from a thoroughly modern cordless phone, including an integrated answer machine and several nuisance call blocking options. Expandable up to four handsets, and with a standalone base station that allows you to place those handsets anywhere you like in your home, this model is an excellent choice for busy households.
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.
The Amplicomms BigTel 1580 big button cordless and cordless phone is the ideal choice for elderly users who may struggle with getting their heads around complex modern cordless phones. Both phones come with big buttons for added ease of use, and jumbo text on the backlit screen makes it easy to read.
At a glance, the main feature of the BT Big Button 200 corded phone is, as one might expect, its big buttons. These exaggeratedly large buttons make this landline phone exceptionally easy to use for the visually impaired. It features amplifiers for both incoming and outgoing calls, making it easy to hear and talk. It also has a hands free mode. Simple but effective.
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