- Rating of the best cordless phones for home
- Best Inexpensive Cordless Phones
- The best single handset cordless phones
- The best cordless phones with an extra handset
Despite the total entry into our lives of cellular communications, landline telephones still retain their stable market share. The choice of worthy radiotelephone models for fixed lines in 2020 is not as varied as in the mobile phone segment, but it is still there. The editors of Simplerule magazine offer you, as a guide, a fresh review of 2020 on the best radio telephones available on Russian trading floors, the functionality of which is sufficient for full-fledged and comfortable home use.
Rating of the best cordless phones for home
|Name of product
|Best Inexpensive Cordless Phones
|1 400 ₽
|1 620 ₽
|2 290 ₽
|The best single handset cordless phones
|3 450 ₽
|7 590 ₽
|3 490 ₽
|5 450 ₽
|The best cordless phones with an extra handset
|Alcatel E132 Duo
|2 150 ₽
|Gigaset A415A Duo
|3 400 ₽
|3 790 ₽
|4 400 ₽
Best Inexpensive Cordless Phones
The first short selection is dedicated to the most inexpensive models. All of them assume the presence of one base and one handset in the delivery set, without additional considerations of the same cost minimization. If necessary, an additional handset for any model can be purchased separately.
Let’s start with the radiotelephone brand Alcatel – the once famous French company, which in the early 2000s was famous for high-quality mobile phones. After merging with Lucent Technologies in 2006, the company became American and slightly changed priorities, while maintaining sufficient confidence in its products.
The Alcatel E192 is a handset form factor cordless telephone with a mechanical alphanumeric keypad and a miniature backlit monochrome LCD display. Tube dimensions – 151x46x27mm, base – 83.5×40.8×82.4mm. The case is dark gray in color with a matte surface texture. Hereinafter, almost all presented radiotelephones will have such a design as the most successful one. Two body color options – white or black. Further, about the colors, the options may be different, but not all may be available for sale, and these points will need to be clarified at the points of sale.
The handset works according to the DECT standard, and all further models in the review will support the same standard. The operating frequency range is 1880 – 1900 MHz. The radio coverage radius indoors is about 50 meters, in open space – up to 300 meters.
The functionality of the phone includes the following. Built-in 10 ringer melodies, the volume is adjustable within 5 levels, including complete mute. You can also lock the keyboard or mute the microphone. The call log is designed for 10 numbers. Up to 5 handsets can be connected to one base. Local internal communication (intercom) is supported, as well as conference calls for three parties – one external call and two internal ones. You can set different melodies for external and internal calls. Built-in caller ID. There is a speakerphone mode.
The phonebook contains up to 50 numbers. They are displayed on a single line monochrome LCD. The display is extremely simple, not graphic, and this would not be a problem if it were not for the extremely poorly implemented character display – the screen font is poorly readable. Many users complain about this circumstance, but at the same time they put up with it, since otherwise the model shows itself from the best side.
The handset is powered by three rechargeable AAA nickel-magnesium batteries. Charging occurs automatically as soon as the handset is placed on the base. When the charge is exhausted, the handset beeps. In the same way, the handset signals the exit from the coverage area of the radio signal.
Another inexpensive, solid and high-quality radio telephone for the home is the A220 model manufactured by the German company Gigaset, a subsidiary of the famous technology giant Siemens AG. The model is slightly more expensive than the previous one, but in almost all key characteristics it is slightly better and more functional.
Tube dimensions – 151x47x31 mm. The body of the base and the handset are made of durable black plastic with a matte finish. The shape and slight inclination of the base are well thought out, so that the tube laid in it lies steadily, noticeably more confidently than in the previous solution. The LCD screen is also single-line backlit, but with a normal readable font. Up to 4 handsets can be connected to the base.
The radio works according to the DECT standard with the Generic Access Protocol (GAP) extension, which provides compatibility with other DECT devices. The radius of stable reception of the signal by the tube is the same as that of the model described above – 50 meters indoors and 300 in open space. There is a special “environmental” mode Eco Mode Plus, which implies minimal radiation and equally minimal power consumption.
The radiotelephone is equipped with caller ID, including Caller ID technology. Phone book for 80 numbers, call log – for 25 numbers, memory of dialed numbers – up to 10. You can set up a quick call with one touch to 8 numbers. The speakerphone is turned on with one touch. Intercom and conference calls are supported between an outside party and multiple extensions.
The handset runs on the same nickel-magnesium AAA batteries, but not three, but two. The capacity of the kit is 450mAh. If desired, the kit can be replaced with more capacious elements, and many users do this, considering the autonomy of the standard configuration of the handset to be insufficient.
In general, this model would be an almost ideal inexpensive radiotelephone, if not for annoying little things that are not too critical individually, but in the mass can be annoying. This, for example, is the inability to completely turn off the sound, but only lower the volume to a minimum; the already mentioned lack of autonomy; weak information content of the instructions, when the answer to a very important question has to be searched on the Internet. But in general, this is a very good, reliable, durable and convenient radio telephone for the home.
Finishing the selection of the best budget cordless phones for the home according to Simplerule is a brand model that needs no special introduction – Panasonic. It is a little more expensive, but also significantly better, more functional.
The format of this radiotelephone is almost similar to the two previous models in everything – a convenient handset, a mechanical keyboard, a backlit monochrome display. Only the screen is already much better – the information is displayed in two lines. The body of the base and tube is made of plastic, the possibility of wall mounting is provided. The range has five options for housing shades within the “gray scale” – from white to black.
The operating frequency range of the radiotelephone is the most common – 1880 – 1900 MHz and the same standard – DECT with GAP support. There are no differences in the available coverage radius – 50 and 200 meters for indoors and outdoors, respectively. A more capacious call log – for 50 numbers, a less capacious phone book – for 50 numbers versus 80 for the previous model. The phone remembers the last 5 numbers dialed. There is a caller ID that works on two technologies – analog ANI (Automatic Number Identifier) and digital Caller ID.
The autonomy of the handset is slightly better than that of the previous model, although only two nickel-magnesium AAA batteries are also used here. The capacity of the standard kit is 550 mAh, which, according to official information, is enough for 18 hours of talk time or 170 hours of standby.
The general conclusions on this model from Simplerule experts are strictly positive, with the exception of the rather weak microphone sensitivity. It’s not that the microphone is completely “deaf”, but the audibility for the subscriber will change significantly when the tube is removed from the sound source.
If you want to buy an additional handset, you should know that the handset of the KX-TGA250 series is specifically suitable for this model.
The best single handset cordless phones
In the second selection of the review, we will also consider sets of radio telephones for the home with one base and one handset, but without regard to the low cost. In any case, most of the quality and functional home models on the 2020 market are not too expensive.
We continue again with the Gigaset trademark, which will be many in our review. The reasons for this are quite natural – the “daughter” of Siemens confidently broke into the market and still occupies an impressive share on it.
The C530 model has a more advanced “twin” – C530A, where the differences are mainly concentrated around a more functional base. At the same time, the price is at least 30% higher, and you can decide whether it is worth it by reading the characteristics of the set with two C530A Duo tubes below.
Tube dimensions – 156x48x27mm, base – 107x89x96mm. The design of the handset is close to push-button mobile phones, especially the color graphic LCD screen. There is even backlit keys, which was lacking in the previous model. A suitable additional handset is the Gigaset C530H, plus the Gigaset L410 headset is supported. The peculiarity of connecting this model is not only in a larger number of potentially connected handsets – up to six, but also in the ability to connect up to 4 different bases to one handset.
The operating frequency, standards, the radius of the zone of reliable reception, the presence and type of caller ID – all this is exactly the same as the models described above. Hereafter, we take this as a general standard, and will only indicate such characteristics if they differ.
In this model, we see a significantly larger volume of the phone book – up to 200 entries. A good capacity of the call log is 20 numbers. The same size of the dialed number log. You can choose from 30 polyphonic melodies for an incoming call.
To power the handset, almost the same AAA nickel-magnesium batteries are used in the amount of two pieces, but more capacious – 800 mAh of the kit capacity, which gives up to 14 hours of talk time or up to 320 hours of standby.
Additional functions: auto answer by picking up the handset from the base, key lock, alarm clock, microphone mute, night mode. A separate useful mode – “Baby Monitor”, involves the transfer of a call to a programmed number as a reaction to a certain noise in the room.
As for the shortcomings, they are small in the Gigaset C530, and may seem insignificant to some, and may annoy others. For example, a large number of polyphonic melodies is illusory, since, in fact, these are all ringtones, and there are few melodies, and they sound quite quiet. Then, there is the effect of “inertia” displaying an incoming call. So, if the caller does not wait for an answer and hangs up, the receiving Gigaset C530 phone will display the call for some more time, although it is actually gone.
The next Gigaset home radiotelephone is even closer to the form factor of a push-button cell phone. This is expressed in the form of buttons, the screen and some features of the functionality.
The most important difference between this radiotelephone and many similar ones is the separation of the base and charger. So, the base is a rectangular transmitter in a plastic case, which is most often mounted on a wall in an inconspicuous place. And the handset of the phone is installed in a “glass”, which serves exclusively as a charger and part-time stand that can be placed anywhere without being tied to a telephone line outlet. The suitable extension tube model is SL450H. Add. the handset is also equipped with a color graphic LCD display and a comfortable keypad.
The functionality of the phone is largely the same as the previous model, but there are improvements. For example, the caller ID immediately writes the determined number to the address book, so that the owner only has to sign this number. The capacity of the address book is huge, compared to previous models – as many as 500 entries. The call log is much more modest – 20 numbers. It supports internal communication between the handsets, speakerphone, conference calls with one external caller, and even a short text message service – the well-known SMS. Up to 6 handsets can be connected to one base.
Additional functions: vibrating alert, Baby Call mode (Baby Monitor), alarm clock, keypad lock, Bluetooth connection, headset connection via a standard connector.
Another feature of this model, which makes it similar to cell phones, is a lithium-ion battery of its own format. Its capacity is 750mAh, which should provide up to 12 hours of talk time and up to 200 hours of standby time.
Now let’s move away from the line of maximum similarity to cell phones, and at the same time from the Gigaset trademark. The proposed model from Panasonic is a classic radiotelephone, but with important additions in terms of functionality, first of all, an answering machine.
But, let’s start with the basic characteristics and their differences from the above models. There is no longer any imitation of mobile phones in the external performance and design of the handset. The screen is also without special requests – color, but small and two-line. The phone book is quite capacious – 200 numbers. Memory of dialed numbers for 5 entries. You can program a quick call for 8 buttons. The call offers as many as 40 ringtones and polyphonic melodies. Intercom between handsets and conference calls with one external caller are supported. There is an auto-identifier with voice pronunciation of the determined number by the speakerphone.
An important addition to the Panasonic KX-TG8061 is a built-in digital answering machine. Its time capacity is 18 minutes. Buttons for listening to recordings and control are located on the base. In addition, the answering machine supports remote control – just call your home number from anywhere, and then follow the instructions of the voice answerer.
Additional useful features of this radiotelephone: keypad lock; alarm; auto-answer when removing the handset from the base; night mode; the ability to connect a headset; night mode.
The handset is powered by two complete AAA nickel-magnesium batteries. The capacity of the kit is 550mAh. This is enough for up to 13 hours of talk time or up to 250 hours of standby. In addition, the base itself is equipped with an emergency power supply in case of short-term power outages.
The selection will be completed by another Panasonic radiotelephone with the highest price in this section – Panasonic. The cost is due to advanced functionality and some almost unique features, but some users still consider it overpriced.
The tube dimensions of this model are 159x47x28mm, weight is 120g. The design is classic, but with an attractive expressive style. Color graphic LCD display, comfortable backlit mechanical keyboard. The handset even comes with a belt clip.
The functionality of the phone is generally similar to the previous advanced models, but with some extensions and improvements. So, there is an auto-identifier of numbers and an answering machine with the possibility of remote listening and control by a call from any other phone. High-quality noise reduction has been implemented, which works not only in talk mode, but also for recording a message from a caller to an answering machine. The capacity of the answering machine is 40 minutes.
Logging capabilities have also been expanded: the address book is designed for 250 entries, the memory of dialed numbers – 5 entries, the call log – 50 entries. Up to 9 numbers can be programmed for quick call.
Up to 320 handsets can be connected to one Panasonic KX-TGJ6 base, and up to 4 bases can be connected to one handset. Speakerphone, intercom to local handset numbers and conference calls with one incoming and several internal subscribers are supported. The tube model KX-TGJA30 is suitable as an option.
To power the tube, two AAA nickel-magnesium cells are required. They are included in the delivery. The capacity of a standard set of batteries should be enough for 15 hours of talk time and up to 250 hours of standby. The base is equipped with an emergency power supply.
Additional phone functions: alarm clock, auto redial, answer by pressing any button, keypad lock, night mode, wired headset connection, searching for a handset using a key fob finder.
The best cordless phones with an extra handset
The following selection of the best cordless phones for the home in 2020 according to Simplerule magazine presents sets of a base, a main handset and an additional one. Most often, such kits include two tubes, less often – more. Almost all such kits have “single” options in the assortment of the corresponding manufacturer, and no one obliges you to buy a kit. But for home use, if family members actively use the fixed line, such a purchase makes sense due to the obvious savings
Alcatel E132 Duo
To begin with, let’s consider the most budgetary kit from Alcatel, capable of satisfying all basic user requests without “premium” functionality. Here and below, two tubes are included in the kit.
Tube dimensions – 160x47x28mm. Outwardly, it is almost identical to the very first Alcatel E192 model in our review and, unfortunately, is equipped with the same monochrome one-line screen with a poorly readable font. But this is the only obvious inconvenience and disadvantage of this model.
The call log of the radiotelephone includes up to 10 numbers, the phone book contains 50 entries. Speed dialing can be set up for 3 numbers. Memory of the dialed numbers — on 5 records. There is a built-in two-standard caller ID. Works intercom, intercom, conference call. You can choose a ringtone from 10 options for an incoming call.
Additional functions of the device: keypad lock, answer by picking up the handset from the base, alarm clock, mute the microphone.
What else can be imputed to this model as a drawback is weak autonomy. Two regular rechargeable AAA batteries provide no more than 100 hours of standby time and no more than 7 hours of talk time. For a home phone, when the charging dock is always at hand, this is not as critical as for a mobile phone, but it still causes some dissatisfaction among users.
Gigaset A415A Duo
Let’s continue with a more complex, in a good sense, solution from Gigaset, which, despite not the most striking difference in price, has important advantages in almost everything – here at least we see a normally readable on-screen display font and have acceptable autonomy.
The dimensions of the tube of this model are 155x49x34mm, weight is 110g. LCD screen monochrome, single line, backlit. The design style is classic. The keyboard is also backlit. Possibility of wall installation is provided.
The functionality of the device includes a two-standard automatic caller ID and an answering machine with the same, as in previous models, the possibility of remote listening and control by calling your own number. Internal calls and conference calls are supported with the connection of an external caller. Up to 4 handsets can be connected to one base. Up to 20 different ringtones and polyphonic melodies are offered for the sound of the call.
The built-in phone book is designed for 100 entries. The dialed number memory includes 20 entries. You can set up to 8 numbers for speed dialing. There is also a blacklist function in this model, although some subscribers note that they cannot detect it. The reason for the phenomenon is probably in the differences between specific parties.
The autonomy of the handsets in the Gigaset A415A Duo, although far from a record, is still at least two times higher than that of the previous model. Although the kit contains almost the same two AAA nickel-magnesium batteries, their full charge is already enough for 200 hours of standby or 18 hours of talk time.
Now let’s turn again to Panasonic’s rich assortment of cordless phones for the home. In terms of functionality, this phone loses a little to the one described above, but for those who do not have an urgent need for an answering machine, this model will be a good choice. It is this model that is one of the most popular on Russian online trading platforms for one of the best combinations of price and performance.
The screens of regular handsets are monochrome with a pleasant blue backlight, dialing and displaying the caller are in two lines. The keyboard is also backlit. Internal communication is supported – calls from handset to handset, speakerphone and conference calls. There is an automatic caller ID. An answering machine is not provided.
The phone book has a rather modest amount – only 50 entries, as well as the call log. The dialed number memory contains up to 5 entries. You can set any of 10 standard melodies for a call. The suitable extension tube model is KX-TGA250. Of the additional functions – answer with one button, answer by picking up the handset from the base, turning off the microphone.
The handset is powered by two AAA batteries included with the phone. Their capacity of 550 mAh, according to the manufacturer, should be enough for a maximum of 18 hours of talk time or up to 170 hours of standby.
The selection will be completed by the most interesting and functional Panasonic model. It combines the most reasonable functionality for home use, decent quality and quite affordable price.
Standard tubes of this model are equipped with a two-line monochrome screen with backlight. The keyboard buttons are also backlit. You can choose from as many as 40 standard ringtones and polyphonic melodies to set for an incoming call. Suitable tube model for retrofitting is KX-TGA681. Up to six handsets can be connected to the base.
The voluminous phone book is designed for 120 entries. Call log – 50 entries. The handset remembers up to 5 last dialed numbers not registered in the phone book. Up to 6 numbers can be set to speed dial. There are black and white lists, speakerphone. Internal calls and conference calls are supported. The phone book allows its sharing.
The phone is equipped with an intelligent digital answering machine with voice messages and voice pronunciation of the recording time. Like all previous phones with answering machines, this model supports remote control, when you can easily call your home number from any other and listen to messages with a password.
The model has an expanded set of useful additional functions: keypad lock, answer by any button, answer by picking up the handset from the base, mute the microphone, night mode, alarm clock, compatibility with the key fob KX-TGA20RU.
Attention! This material is subjective, is not an advertisement and does not serve as a guide to the purchase. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.