Best Cordless Telephones in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 28, 2017
A wired phone leaves a lot to be desired in terms of mobility and a mobile one seems unreliable? Well, why don't you take a look at this review of the best 5 cordless telephones that we have carefully compiled for you and choose your favourite? ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Range
Frequency Band
Display
Functions
Battery
Package Contents
Warranty
 
PROS

The Talking Caller ID provides you a caller's information via the voice command without having to look at the aforementioned handset. An advanced answering machine with up to 40 minutes of messages will prove useful if you're not home often.

CONS

Over 100 quids for a home phone is not a price everybody will be willing to pay.

OUR VERDICT

Panasonic brand of the device with their characteristic quality that comes with four handsets makes this item a great choice for anyone who's looking for a quality cordless phone and lives in a crowded household.

detailed parameters
Range

up to 45 meters

Frequency Band

250 entries

Display

4.5-centimetre illuminated LCD colour display

Functions

Nuisance Call Block, Talking Caller ID, Do Not Disturb, Power backup Operation, 40 minutes Advanced Answering Machine, Eco Mode Plus

Battery

15 hours of talk time and 250 hours of standby time

Package Contents

One base unit with a charger, Three additional chargers, Four KX-TGJ32x handsets, Four PSU's, One line cord, 8 AAA rechargeable batteries, A quick start guide

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The device comes with a beautiful and vibrant 5-centimeter TFT coloured screen through which you can access the intuitive icon-driven menu system. The contact list allows for up to 250 entries with 3 numbers each.

CONS

Some users reported that they have found the ringtone volume to be too quiet.

OUR VERDICT

Thanks to the advanced call blocking technology and the battery life of up to 26 hours of talk time, this telephone is a great choice for anyone who loves to talk for hours and doesn't wish to be disturbed in the process.

detailed parameters
Range

up to 45 meters

Frequency Band

up to 250 entries each with 3 numbers

Display

4.5-centimetre colour TFT display

Functions

Nuisance Call Blocking, Time Controlled Call Silence, Eco Mode, Baby Monitor

Battery

26 hours of talk time and 530 hours of standby time

Package Contents

One base station, Two additional chargers, Three handsets, Three power supplies, One phone cable, 6 AAA batteries, A user guide

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Thanks to the advanced call blocking technology powered by trueCall, the horror of having to deal with the telemarketers is a thing of the past. A Do Not Disturb function will prevent anybody from calling unless they're added to the VIP list.

CONS

The buttons are of low quality so you're going to have to press them firmly in order to dial.

OUR VERDICT

The model boasts an optimal range of up to 50 meters indoors making this item a perfect choice for anyone who doesn't like to sit still and instead roams around the house during phone calls.

detailed parameters
Range

up to 50 meters

Frequency Band

up to 200 entries

Display

4.5-centimetre colour screen

Functions

Visual Voicemail, Parental Control, Extra Answer Machine, Premium Call Blocking, Do Not Disturb, Call Waiting

Battery

21 hours of talk time and 310 hours of standby time

Package Contents

One base unit, One charger or more, Power plugs for any extra handsets, One telephone line cord, One handset or more, Rechargeable batteries, A quick start guide

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The model offers a great noise reduction feature that is able to block up to 75% of the surrounding noise. If you're the type to forget where you left your handle, all you have to do is press 1 button on the base station and that handle will ring.

CONS

The battery life of no more than 15 hours can cause slight inconvenience if you're the type to talk a lot for prolonged periods of time.

OUR VERDICT

The Panasonic KX-TG6822EB is a great choice for anyone that is looking for a great sound quality first and foremost and doesn't particularly care about the unnecessary features.

detailed parameters
Range

up to 45 meters

Frequency Band

up to 120 entries

Display

4.5-centimetre illuminated LCD display

Functions

Automatic Name and Number Sharing, Clear Sound Technology, Call Barring, Caller ID, Noise Reduction Key, Smart Function Key, One Touch Eco Mode Button

Battery

15 hours of talk time and 170 hours of standby time

Package Contents

One base unit, One charger, Two handsets, 4 batteries, One power supply, One telephone line cord

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The Philips XL4951S/05 comes in a slick silver casing with white backlight. Since the majority of people have a mobile phone as well as a home phone, every contact on this cordless phone has a two-field entry for both of them.

CONS

The contact list is limited to 70 entries and it only comes with 1 handset.

OUR VERDICT

Thanks to the hearing aid compatibility and a large array of features, this phone is a great choice not just for an average user but also for people who suffer from hearing issues.

detailed parameters
Range

up to 40 meters

Frequency Band

up to 70 entries

Display

4.8-centimetre display with white backlight

Functions

Two-Field Entries, Caller ID, Keypad Backlight, Volume Boost, Hearing Aid Compatibility, Eco Mode, Answering Machine

Battery

16 hours of talk time and 185 hours of standby time

Package Contents

One base unit, One handset, One charger, One telephone line cord

Warranty

1 year

What Is a Cordless Telephone?

Now, unless you are a time traveller from the Renaissance era or the Age of Discovery, you probably don't need an explanation on what a telephone is. These devices have managed to become one of the most common household items ever since their invention in the latter half of the 19th century. A regular home phone used to have a wireless connection but has since been replaced with a cordless counterpart. Of course, a cordless telephone offers a variety of advantages over his older, wired brother, one of the most important of which has got to be its mobility. No longer do you have to deal with the nuisance of a cable constantly getting in the way or the inconvenience of being stuck to a predetermined location and being unable to move for the entire duration of the call. Naturally, with the introduction of a mobile phone, some have started to lose their faith in a landline, but a cordless phone offers a variety of seemingly inconspicuous advantages that we're going to delve into later in this review.

What Features to Compare

Naturally, the obvious and fundamental advantage of a cordless phone over a wired one lies in the mobility the latter one provides. With this kind of phone, you're longer tied to the base station for the entire duration of the call and are free to roam around the house. How free, however, will be determined by the optimal range of your device. Different models work in a different frequency range. The higher the frequency is, the higher the range will be. Your average modern cordless telephone generally offers a frequency of somewhere around 1900 MHz and that is going to provide you with an optimal range of somewhere around forty to forty-five meters. Of course, any possible interference may distort the signal, so try to be wary of the closed quarters with an overabundance of objects getting in the way.

Another thing to consider when looking for a cordless phone is the contents of the package that comes with it. Virtually every cordless phone comes with a base station, a charger, and a telephone line cord. Some of them include a multitude of handsets if you're living in a large house with plenty of people in it. In that case, you should confirm the number of power supplies and whether the batteries required for those handsets come with the package.

One of the most important aspects of a cordless phone lies in its features and functions. Aside from the obvious ability to make a phone call from a variable distance of your base station, different models may or may not provide some of the following features:

  • Caller ID - a function that allows the user to establish the identity of the caller before even lifting the handset.
  • Digital Answering Machine - records the incoming calls, generally up to an hour, along with notifying the caller that the respondent is not in a position to answer the call at the moment.
  • Do Not Disturb - an option that allows setting a specific period of time during which the phone won't ring unless the person calling has been added to a particular group.
  • Nuisance Call Block or Blacklist - a function that provides the user with the ability to restrain a single caller or a chain of numbers from being able to call you at any given time.
  • Noise Reduction - a feature that allows you to block all of the unnecessary incoming and outcoming noise resulting in a much clearer sound quality.

The last but not least element to consider when buying a cordless phone has got to be its battery life. The cordless handset that allows you to operate your phone wirelessly around the house always works of batteries and if you're the kind of person that loves talking for hours, you might want to look into a phone that supports a longer battery life.


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Panasonic KX-TGJ324EB

A Century of Quality

Whenever you go looking for a new piece of equipment, one of the first things that you need to figure out is what company is worth receiving your hard-earned money. Some corporations may be massive and have an outstanding reputation, but your personal experience with them wasn't always pleasant. On the other hand, sometimes the companies' reputation leaves too much to be desired but your own history with it could be stellar. Of course, that raises another question on the subject of whether you should trust your own experience, no matter how limited it may be or adhere to the companies reputation and make your decisions based on that. Gladly, there are some companies that boast that kind of stellar reputation and with whom very few people can attest to having bad experiences. Now, if one were to look for an example of such company, Panasonic would probably be one of the first ones to come to mind. Since the founding of the company almost a century ago in 1918, Panasonic has been improving living conditions of their customers. And the Panasonic KX-TGJ324EB, a quad handset cordless phone with answering machine, certainly doesn't seem to be the one to walk away from that tradition.

Review of Panasonic KX-TGJ324EB

Every Function You Need

What you get when you purchase the Panasonic KX-TGJ324EB is a simple yet refined digital cordless TAM Quad DECT telephone which has a substantial, sturdy designed handset that sits comfortably on the base unit. The package includes 1 base unit with a charger, 3 additional charges, four KX-TGJ32x handsets, 4 power supply units, one line cord, 8 triple A rechargeable batteries and a Quick Start guide. The device comes with a Do Not Disturb Mode that has the option to program each handset to avoid ringing during whatever time period you want. Nevertheless, you can allow some of the callers to go through this mode by creating a specialized contact group in your phonebook. Of course, like the majority of modern phones, it comes with a block function that provides an option of blocking specific numbers or entire groups of them based on the first two to eight digit. The Panasonic KX-TGJ324EB also offers you a Talking Caller ID, a function that allows the base unit and the handset to provide you caller's information via the voice command without having to look at the aforementioned handset. If for some reason you're still wondering whether this is a phone for you, know that the device boasts a sizable illuminated LCD colour display and guarantees 15 hours of talk time and 250 hours of standby time.

Panasonic KX-TGJ324EB in the use

Panasonic KX-TGJ324EB
Panasonic KX-TGJ324EB
 

Gigaset C620A

A Veteran With the Face of a Newcomer

One of the most common ways of singling out a potential acquisition is, of course, taking into consideration the kind of company that is behind the product's manufacturing and distribution. People tend to trust big names that have managed to accrue some kind of a reputation over the years, even when that reputation is far from being impressive. It may sound like an idea at least slightly devoid of any logical reasoning behind it, but that's just how we are at our core. People have always been afraid of the new things and experiences, no matter how alluring they may be. Even though Gigaset Communications is a European market leader in the field of cordless telephones and other means of communication, some people aren't willing to put their trust in them simply because the company is seemingly new. And that couldn't be further from the truth. Even though the company is, indeed, new, the people behind it separated from Siemens AG, a company that's been founded over 170 years ago in a now nonexistent Kingdom of Prussia and that's been one of the pioneers in the world of communications. So if you were looking for a cordless phone but didn't want to put your trust into a new company, the Gigaset C620A is exactly the kind of model you ought to take a look at.

Review of Gigaset C620A

Simple Access to Every Feature

When you acquire the Gigaset C620A, you may reckon what you're getting is simply a quality cordless phone. And while that notion is not entirely incorrect, it is also just a small part of the deal. Your delivery will contain a base station, a couple of additional chargers, three handsets, three power supplies, a phone cable, a user guide and six AAA batteries. One of the first things that will strike you first once you decide to put this cordless phone to a test is the beautiful and vibrant 5-centimeter TFT coloured screen. Through it, you can access the intuitive icon-driven menu system via a finely backlit keypad that runs the many features of this phone like the digital answer machine or the address book up to 250 entries, each with 3 numbers, email address and reminder dates. If you're one of many people that can't stand the telemarketers annoying you virtually 24/7, this phone offers a variety of features that will allow you to block or even blacklist their numbers or simply silence the phone if you wish not to be disturbed during a specific period of time. It also provides an incredible HSP sound quality that allows you to enjoy up to 26 hours of talking and 530 hours of standby. All in all, the Gigaset C620A is simply the kind of device that provides the kind of functional and comfort that is more than worth its price.

Gigaset C620A in the use

Gigaset C620A
Gigaset C620A
 

BT 8600

The Perfect Middle Ground

The regular dilemma that generally encompasses shopping for whatever kind of item you're interested in at the time has always been the one of choosing between the quality, functionality, and price. The majority of us aren't made of money so the issue of cost is always there. You have to find that perfect middle ground between the price that you aren't willing to pay and the one that seems too suspicious if you aren't looking for the cheapest option on the market. Of course, not a single one of us is interested in said item fracturing or breaking altogether after a few months of service, so you can't quite skimp on the quality either. And unless we're talking about a new pair of underwear or a plain old T-shirt, you have to put into consideration the kind of features you're in need of and the ones you are willing to pay for. Naturally, this entire process can be exhausting, to say the least. Which is why we went ahead and did that job ourselves for those of you that are looking for a new cordless phone. The BT 8600 Advanced Call Blocker Cordless Home Phone is one of the closest options to that perfect balance that exists on the market.

Review of BT 8600

Control Your Calls

The BT 8600 Advanced Call Blocker is powered by trueCall, a multi-award winning technology that provides consumers a complete control over which calls they are willing to take and the ones they would rather block. Their premium call blocking technology screens every incoming call. The numbers that are added to your contact list pass right through while the numbers you have blacklisted are instantly declined. For every unknown number, their call blocking technology requests the name of the caller and then asks the user whether he would like to receive the phone call or block it without having to talk to the person calling. Speaking about blocking, this phone does that via a feature called One Touch Call Blocking. All you have to do is just push one button if you don't feel like taking the call and the caller will be transferred to the answering machine. The device additionally provides a Do Not Disturb function that instantly wouldn't let any call pass through during a set period of time unless they're a part of the VIP group in your address book. The BT 8600 boasts a respectable range of up to 300 meters outdoors and 50 meters indoors. The fact that you get all that and more for less than 80 quids makes this phone one of the best overall options on the market.

BT 8600 in the use

BT 8600
BT 8600
 

Panasonic KX-TG6822EB

A Panasonic Through and Through

If you were to describe a modern world to a time traveller that managed to visit us from no further than 200 years ago, to him it would probably sound a cheap science fiction novel. We mean, just the part that we are able to connect with any person on the face of the earth sounds ridiculous if you put it out of context of our day and age and into the one of the 19th century. To us, however, the ability to talk to any person on the planet in a matter of seconds seems trivial and mundane. Of course, some people are still excited about the advancements in the world of communication, especially the kind of people that are closely following the smartphone industry, but the majority of us aren't that interested in it. While some are willing to drop hundreds of pounds on a new piece of communication technology that doesn't seem particularly different from the previous models, more people are simply looking for a quality piece of technology that will provide the standard functions at a modest price. They're looking for reliability. And when it comes to that, Panasonic devices never failed to deliver. If you aren't the kind of person that isn't interested in flashy and unnecessary features and is looking for a quality cordless phone, the Panasonic KX-TG6822EB is the kind of model that will more than satisfy your needs.

Review of Panasonic KX-TG6822EB

Quite and Peaceful

Although this cordless phone from Panasonic seems like an orthodox model without the unnecessary array of features, don't think for a second that this phone is simple. The base station of the telephone comes with a built-in answering machine that automatically receives a message from the caller when you are unable to do so yourself. The device offers a limit of up to 30 minutes of messages that can be recorded. With a bunch of noises in the background, trying to have a decent conversation with somebody can be tricky. If you live in the environment where a sufficient level of quite isn't always an option, all you have to do is press the Noise Reduction key and the surrounding noise will be reduced by up to 75%. If you're the type that always leaves your handset somewhere and manages to forget where exactly you put it, this model offers a solution to that. All you have to do is press the locator button on the base station and the handset will ring. Of course, all of the regular functions like Caller ID, the ability to block a number or a chain of numbers, a hefty address book, and a night mode are presented here as well. The Panasonic KX-TG6822EB is the kind of cordless telephone that will suit anybody looking for a quality piece of technology that will not fail them when it's needed the most.

Panasonic KX-TG6822EB in the use

Panasonic KX-TG6822EB
Panasonic KX-TG6822EB
 

Philips XL4951S/05

A Device for Everyone

People, in general, tend not to have that many issues with understanding the basic differences in abilities and talents that we all possess to a certain extent. But the idea that we quite often end up assuming is that every one of us is capable of the same fundamental skills. And while that isn't that far from the truth if you think about the majority of human population, that is also quite far from being entirely correct if you put into consideration every person currently living on this planet. Children, elderly, people that were born with disabilities and the ones that became partially handicapped later in life often aren't entirely capable of some of the more fundamental proceedings that most us tend to take for granted. People behind the Philips XL4951S/05 are aware of these differences and although this cordless phone wasn't designed specifically with differently abled people in mind and is more than capable of serving as a great tool for anyone, those customers that may have some of the less orthodox requirements should take an even closer look at this model.

Review of Philips XL4951S/05

A Cordless Phone With a Little Extra on Top

At first glance, this device may seem like a regular, albeit stylish cordless phone. You get a 4.8-centimeter high-contrast graphical display with white backlight with a slick silver casing. The device features an answering machine that is capable of providing up to 30 minutes of space for messages. It also features a Caller ID that will allow you to always possess the knowledge of the identity of the person calling you. These days, the majority of people have multiple contact numbers. Developers of this phone thought of that and provided every contact with a two-field entry. While every person that's calling you clearly wants something to do with you, that isn't always a mutual feeling, especially when the person in question is a telemarketer. Which is why this device features an advanced blacklist that is capable of restricting calls from specific numbers or numbers starting with certain digits. However, what truly sets this cordless phone apart from the rest is its compatibility with hearing aid devices. Thanks to a technology that carefully removes the unwanted noise, the customers that are forced to use these kinds of devices can enjoy a phone talk without facing any kind of issues with it. The Philips XL4951S/05 is the kind of cordless phone that will satisfy the majority of the customers, but if you happen to have any issues with your hearing, this model is an absolute must-have.

Philips XL4951S/05 in the use

Philips XL4951S/05
Philips XL4951S/05
 

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Comparison of  Cordless Telephones

Did you know?

When the first telephone was invented and how people used to communicate before this invention.

Ever since its invention in 1876 by a Scottish immigrant Alexander Graham Bell, the telephone has become the primary mean of communication all over the world. Of course, in hindsight, the device's rapid growth in popularity doesn't seem particularly surprising. Before this invention, the only way of communicating over a considerable distance that was available to people was the written word and the aid of different kinds of delivery services in order to, well, deliver those written messages. While that kind of method had an advantage or two, ultimately it was far too slow and unreliable. Your letter could always get lost somewhere or delivered too late in order to remain a relevant source of information. Not to mention the fact that you always had to rely on the person responsible for delivering your letters not to invade your privacy and take a peek inside. Compared to that, a phone didn't just provide an opportunity to deliver messages at a previously unimaginable speed, but it also implemented an ability to take to a person in real time.

A cordless phone vs. a smartphone

Now, as we all know, with the rise in popularity of mobile phones, especially in the form of smartphones recently, the necessity and popularity of a regular phone managed to decline over the past few years. Some are even going so far as disconnecting their home phones entirely and relying solely on their mobile phones in order to communicate with the loved ones and stay in touch with the world. But why is that? Has a regular phone become such an obsolete piece of technology that it's now time to bury it along with the pagers and the typewriters? Well, in order to do that, first we're going to have to figure out the differences in which they operate. A regular home telephone has a wired connection that connects it to the telecommunication network and transmits the signal using a network of cables, all of which are either buried or suspended along the poles. A mobile phone, also known as a cell phone, uses radio waves in order to transmit calls. Your mobile device gets access to a cellular network through your mobile phone operator. Of course, this kind of system grants you almost unlimited mobility since you're not connected to the wire the same way even a cordless phone's base station is, but you have to remember that you have to be able to connect to your provider's network. If you happen to be located in an area where your provider's reception leaves a lot to be desired, you may fall victim towards dropped calls or even get no service whatsoever. That, along with a few other reasons, is why we think the time to permanently disconnect your landline hasn't come yet and a cordless landline phone still remains a necessary tool and a great acquisition.

FAQ:

Q: Why should I get a cordless phone instead of a wired one?
A: Of course, one of the main advantages of a cordless phone over a regular has got to be its mobility. Your average cordless phone has a range of about 45 meters thus allowing you to walk around the house and even leaving your home in favour of having a nice old chat while roaming around your backyard or your apartment building. Obviously, not having to constantly worry about the wire getting in the way provides a certain amount of comfort on top of it all as well.

Q: What are some of the disadvantages of a home phone?
A: Although a regular wired phone is an overall inferior technology to his younger, cordless brother, that doesn't mean that the latter doesn't have any drawbacks to it. A cordless phone requires batteries in order to use it so you're always going to have to worry about charging those batteries or buying a set of new ones. Furthermore, a wired phone usually boasts better reception than your average cordless one.

Q: What are the advantages of a cordless phone compared to a mobile one?
A: While a mobile phone may seem like a much better alternative to a regular phone if you don't delve too much into details, it does have an array of disadvantages compared to a regular phone, be it cordless or wired. The first one is the reliability of reception. While people behind the mobile phone industry have implemented drastic improvements to their services over the past few years, a regular landline still tends to beat his mobile counterpart when it comes to reliable connection and clear reception. Furthermore, your average cordless home phone boasts a much better sound quality which can be important if you suffer from hearing loss, your household is noisy, or you spend a lot of time on the phone, especially in a home office. On top of that, due to the design of the typical smartphone, your regular home phone offers a much more comfortable structure allowing to you place it between your ear and your shoulder and have both of your arms free to engage in whatever kind of activity you want. Last but not least, since the information is transmitted using a fixed medium, regular home phones are more secure than their mobile counterparts. Special equipment can easily intercept mobile phone conversations, given that they are transmitted with no restrictions through the air via radio waves. However, if you wish to intercept landline's communications, you'd need a specific bugging device that would have to be physically placed in the phones or the phone wires.

Q: How many simultaneous phone calls can I make from/to my cordless telephone?
A: That number is based on the total number of connections you have in your phone system to the base station. Some base stations allow for multiple cordless devices; however, how many physical connections indicate how many concurrent calls you can make or take.


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Publish Date: 2017-11-02 16:27:16