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Cordless phone reviews

We test 21 cordless home phones plus one corded landline, priced from $55 to $399.
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Landline Phones

We review 21 cordless phones along with one corded model, priced from $55 to $399.

We've rated each model for:

  • ease of use
  • sound quality
  • battery life

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For more information about home phones, see phones and mobile devices.

Trying to find the best cordless phone can be daunting, particularly if you want to buy one with features such as extra-loud ring volume or the ability to use it hands-free. This test looks at models that work with an extra handset, providing extra versatility. All models were tested with an extra handset.

Phones staying home

Landline phones remain an important part of many homes. The latest models are keeping relevant by forming stronger links with smartphones as well as providing peace of mind in case of an emergency, with many working in a blackout.

We also tested the answering machine on the models that have them but did not include this score in the overall performance score, so that you can easily compare the performance of phones with and without answering machines.

Brands and models tested

  • Gigaset S820 + 1
  • iDECT Eclipse 8035 + 1
  • Panasonic KX-PRS120
  • Panasonic KX-PRW120
  • Panasonic KX-PRX120
  • Panasonic KX-PRX150
  • Panasonic KX-TG1612
  • Panasonic KX-TG2722
  • Panasonic KX-TG6822
  • Panasonic KX-TG8562
  • Telstra 12250 Twin
  • Telstra 13950 Twin with video doorbell
  • Telstra Slim Touch 12950 Twin
  • Uniden DECT 1635 + 1
  • Uniden DECT 2130 + 1
  • Uniden DECT 3115 + 1
  • Uniden DECT 3135 + 1
  • Uniden DECT 3136BT + 1
  • Uniden SS E35 + 1
  • Uniden SS E37 + 1
  • Uniden XDECT 8115 + 1
  • Uniden XDECT 8155 + 1

Can't find the model you are looking for? Take a look at our results from our test in 2013 or even 2012 as many of these models are still available. The results are not directly comparable to our most recent tests, but it'll give you a good idea of their performance.

How we test

Ease of use Our testers consider factors such as the quality of the instruction manual, the feel and comfort of the handset, whether the screen is easy to read, and any other special features. 

Sound quality A panel of users makes calls in a moderately noisy environment and assesses speech clarity, speech loudness, line noise and background noise reduction on each model. 

Battery life After fully charging each phone’s battery, our testers set the phones to talk, and record how long each takes to be discharged.

Maximum ringer volume Ringer volume measurements were conducted using a decibel meter placed 1m horizontally away from the base or handset under test. 

Answering machine Our testers look at the ease of use when creating a message and managing calls, as well as sound clarity and quality for both the message recording and the message left by the caller.

What else you'll get in this report

As well as the test results for 22 models you'll also get:

  • Our interactive database with test results, prices, specs, and features for all cordless phones.
  • Invaluable buying information, plus practical tips on how to choose the right plan for your needs. Read this before you buy!
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