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Cordless phones without answering machines review

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01 .Introduction


Test results for 11 cordless phones priced from $50 to $180

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 added versatiliy. All models were tested with an extra handset, while models that were only available as a single handset were tested using an additional handset of the same model or brand.

This article contains our test results for a range of cordless models without answering machines, as well as general information on what to consider when buying a cordless phone. We rated each model for:

  • ease of use
  • sound quality
  • range
  • battery life
  • extra handset performance 
  • durability

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Models tested

  • Siemens Gigaset A580ip
  • Siemens Gigaset C380
  • Siemens Gigaset AS280
  • Panasonic KX-TG2512ALT
  • Uniden XDECT 7015+1
  • Panasonic KX-TG4382ALT
  • Oricom ECO70-1
  • Oricom ECO80-2
  • Uniden DECT 3015 + 1
  • Uniden DECT 1015+1
  • Telstra 9000 Twin

What else you'll get in this report

As well as the test results for 11 models you'll also get:

  • Our interactive database with test results, prices, specs and features for all models
  • 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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How we test

All models were tested at an external lab following a method developed by CHOICE, meeting strict quality standards.

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

Sound quality They assess speech clarity and loudness, line noise and background noise reduction on each model, with a panel of three users making calls in a moderately noisy environment.

Range They take the phones outside a brick house while the base still has a direct line of sight, to measure how far they can still have an intelligible conversation.

Battery life They set the phones to talk and standby (with a 10 day limit on the standby test), and time how long each setting runs from a full battery. They also time how long the phones take to recharge.

Extra handset They test how simple and easy is it to follow instructions and set up the extra handset, as well as locating the base station.


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