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Last updated: 17 December 2018

The latest cordless home phones are staying relevant by working better with smartphones and providing peace of mind in case of an emergency – with many working in a blackout. 

Our cordless phone buying guide will help you understand the many features on offer, and how we test cordless phones explains how we get our results.

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We review more than 30 cordless phones and two corded models priced from $45 to $399. We rate each model for:

  • ease of use
  • sound quality
  • battery life.

All models are tested with an extra handset and while we test the answering machine on the models that have them, we don't include this in the overall performance score so you can easily compare the performance of phones with or without answering machines. 

Our Recommended list will help you see the best performers at a glance.

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    Operates during power outage

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    Cordless phones being the only option in the home is a concern for some home owners, because a power outage means you can't make an emergency call for help. Unfortunately, the arrival of the NBN has confused the situation somewhat for many owners of home telephones. You may be able to power your cordless phone when using the NBN but it still may not allow you to make a phone call as the connection depends on the NBN modem and router working. Check out our NBN FAQ for more information.

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        • Battery life score
        • Answering machine score
        • Talk time (hr)
        • Good points
        • Bad points
        • Text to speech
        • Price
        • Brand
        • Model
        • Availability
        • Bluetooth handset support
        • Standby time (days)
        • Charging time (hr)
        • Power consumption base only (W)
        • Power consumption base and phone (W)
        • Handset ringer loudness (dB)
        • Maximum volume for handset speaker (dB)
        • Maximum earpiece volume (dB)
        • Base ringer maximum volume (dB)
        • Operates during power outage
        • Backlit keypad
        • Colour display LCD
        • GAP compatible
        • Headset port
        • Night mode
        • Call barring incoming
        • Call barring outgoing
        • Conference calling
        • Hearing aid compatible
        • Cord and cordless combination
        • Hands free
        • Wall mountable
        • Handsets supported
        • Intercom
        • USB charging port
        • Baby monitor
        • Minimum rings
        • Maximum rings
        • Total phonebook
        • Total ringtones
        • Polyphonic ringtones
        • Battery type
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        • Digital system (GHz)
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