Best Cordless Landline Phone 2019 – Buyer’s Guide

You may feel that landlines are a thing of the past with the rise in mobile phones, but they are actually an incredibly handy device to have in your home.

Some Internet Service Providers require a landline connection to give you access and having a home phone number can also help if you need to sign up to services but would rather not give your private mobile number out.

They’re also booming in popularity amongst people who don’t want to have a mobile phone, either for health concerns or because they’d rather steer clear of smart technology. Perfect if you want to stay in contact yet be a bit ‘off-the-grid’. They can also be more reliable than mobiles, as you don’t have to hunt for a good signal or preserve battery life, which is ideal if you live in an area which is a mobile black spot.

Cordless DECT landlines are the perfect middle-ground. You can take them around the home with you as you talk, and they often have all of the functions on the handset rather than the wired base. There is a lot to look out for to find the best cordless home phone for you though, from sound quality and battery life to whether it has certain functions and even just the look. We have found the best cordless landline phone for you, no matter your needs – and the prices will surprise you.

The Best Cordless Landlines – Our Top Picks

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PANASONIC KX-TGJ422EB Cordless Phone, Twin Handsets
  • Range: Indoor 100m, Outdoor 300 m
  • Display: 1.8" colour screen
  • Phonebook: 250 contacts
  • Answering Machine: Yes
  • Batteries: Rechargeable (15 hours talk time)
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PANASONIC KX-PRW120EW Smart Cordless Phone
  • Range: Indoor 50 m, Outdoor 300 m
  • Display: 2.2
  • Phonebook: Unlimited
  • Answering Machine: Yes
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GIGASET C430A
  • Range: Indoor 50m, Outdoor 300m
  • Display: 1.8” colour TFT
  • Phonebook: 200 contacts
  • Answering Machine: Yes
  • Batteries: Rechargeable AAA (14 hour talk time)
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Best Cordless Home Phones

PANASONIC KX-TGJ422EB Cordless Phone, Twin Handsets

With an advanced system to keep those pesky nuisance callers at bay, this phone is a perfect solution if you want to only use your home phone to talk to a chosen selection of people.

Only callers who are in your phone book will be able to dial with no fuss. Anybody who isn’t will be prompted to press a number before they are put through to you, which will eliminate any automated calls (which is how most are done these days).

You’ll have the option to add anybody to a block list as they’re calling, by pressing a nuisance call list. Any further contact from them will be impossible. You can also press this button if you are talking to them, so if you answer and then get a big long autocue message about being involved in a non-existent accident, it makes it easy to deal with them.

Don’t panic if you’re worried about missing a vital call because of all of this security; there are 250 positions in the phonebook, so plenty of space for the doctor’s surgery, dentists, insurance firms and friends and family. The handset will announce who is calling as well as displaying it on the screen.

This is a brilliant phone if you seem to be on a nuisance call list, or if you have an elderly relative who you’re worried may give personal information to scammers. We’ve picked the Twin Handset option because the two work seamlessly together, as you can transfer calls between them at the touch of a button.

Specifications

  • Range: Indoor 100m, Outdoor 300 m
  • Display: 1.8" colour screen
  • Phonebook: 250 contacts
  • Answering Machine: Yes
  • Batteries: Rechargeable (15 hours talk time)

We like

  • Illuminated controls
  • Choice of 40 ringtones
  • Speaker and ringer volume control

We dislike

  • Need to subscribe to Caller ID service from your provider to get nuisance call block and caller display features

Final Verdict

A lovely clean number pad and screen, and some of the latest anti-scam technology. Brilliant to get a twin set for the price

GIGASET C430A

With enough space for 200 contacts and a battery life of 14 hours talk time before you need to pop it back on the cradle, this is a very user-friendly phone for those who like a natter.

If somebody happens to ring you and you’re not at home, or you miss it, there is a voicemail option so they can let you know what they wanted to talk about. Up to 30 minutes of message time is possible, so you don’t have to rush to delete them all as soon as possible.

It is nice and easy to see who is calling you on the phone with a large screen, and this also makes it easy to flick through the menu options and your contact book.

Setting it up is straightforward, and it is easy to enter your contacts or blacklist certain numbers. We loved the fact that you can easily use hands-free calling, which is perfect if you’re in the middle of cooking, but your mum has just rung, and you don’t want to turn her away.

Specifications

  • Range: Indoor 50m, Outdoor 300m
  • Display: 1.8” colour TFT
  • Phonebook: 200 contacts
  • Answering Machine: Yes
  • Batteries: Rechargeable AAA (14 hour talk time)

We like

  • Multi-coloured display
  • Includes good instructions for setting up
  • Call blocker function

We dislike

  • Quite small which may not be ideal for those who struggle with grip

Final Verdict

It looks simple, but the price is very affordable, so the basic look, small size and plastic materials are forgiven

PANASONIC KX-PRW120EW Smart Cordless Phone

Have a home filled with Smart gadgets and want your old trusty home phone to catch up with the times? This Panasonic can connect with up to four smartphones, to perfectly blend those lines between landline and mobile.

You can connect them all up using the Wi-Fi. Just download the Smartphone Connect app to your device, and you’ll then be able to use the mobile as an additional home phone. This prevents that rush to the phone when it starts to ring, which finds you tripping over shoes left in the middle of the floor/pushing the kids out of the way/leaping over the dog.

Calls can also be transferred between the handset and your mobile, so if you have to dash off to work, you don’t have to be polite to your nan and miss your bus or cut her off – just take her with you and continue the conversation.

When they’re both connected, you can even access your mobile’s contact book on the landline, or copy the wallpaper over, to make life that bit easier. Text messaging is also possible from the landline as long as your contract allows it.

The KX-PRW120EW has a real metal finish, which gives it an edge over its plastic counterparts. It is also shaped to be comfortable to hold, reducing the likelihood it will be dropped. The base features a magnetic adapter, which keeps the handset secure when it is resting.

Specifications

  • Range: Indoor 50 m, Outdoor 300 m
  • Display: 2.2
  • Phonebook: Unlimited
  • Answering Machine: Yes

We like

  • Any key answer
  • Large colour screen
  • Smartphone compatibility

We dislike

  • A bit tricky to learn how to use and set up

Final Verdict

It has all the basics (speakerphone, answerphone), as well as a striking design and easy smartphone compatibility. Brilliant if you want it to be as useful as possible

PANASONIC KX-TGK220EW

The majority of cordless home phones are dark grey or black, but if you want something a bit brighter to liven up your console table, then the white colour of this phone will likely do the trick.

It is easy to put on speakerphone if you need to take down some details and hunt for a pen and paper without disrupting the call. There is also a nuisance call block, so you can reduce the amount of contact which telemarketers can have with you as well as blocking specific numbers.

If you’re going to be having it in the bedroom, then the alarm and snooze function could be handy in the mornings. It will ring to get you up on a one-off (such as an airport run), or as a daily reminder for work.

The eco mode will appeal to some wanting to help the planet without it affecting their contactability. When set, it reduces the signal output by up to 90% and power consumption by 3.5% when compared to normal mode.

Eighteen hours of talk time and 200 hours of standby can be achieved before you have to put the phone back on the cradle to recharge, and you also get 30 minutes of recording time through the answerphone.

It can be a little difficult to take off the cradle, because of the back of the base. But we loved how it is designed not to look like a phone, so it is perfect for a bedroom or living room.

Specifications

  • Range: Indoor 100 m, Outdoor 300 m
  • Display: 1.5" screen
  • Phonebook: 120 contacts
  • Answering Machine: Yes
  • Batteries: Rechargeable Ni-MH batteries

We like

  • Style
  • Clear display
  • Good clear ringtone

We dislike

  • When the handset is not on the base, the base doesn’t ring when there is an incoming call

Final Verdict

One for those bothered about design, and who aren’t fussed about having a massive range of extras

GIGASET Sculpture CL750A GO

Should you prefer the horizontal phone-in-cradle look as opposed to the phone sitting vertically, then your choice is a bit limited, but this is a fab option.

Fourteen hours of talk time and 320 hours of standby gives it that perfect portable option, so you don’t have to cut the call off halfway through to give it a big charge. Fifty-five minutes of voicemail messages can also be left, meaning you can keep them for a while before you need to delete any to make space.

Unwanted calls can be silenced or blocked, and there is a hands-free option in case you’re having to type or write as you talk and haven’t quite mastered the art of resting it between your shoulder and ear.

It is one of the most customisable experiences, with a choice of 30 ringtones, colour schemes and screensavers. You also get an alarm and snooze feature in case all which will wake you up in the mornings is a fake phone call. There’s also a calendar with an appointment reminder function will help if you’re a little unorganised.

Specifications

  • Range: Indoor 50 m, Outdoors 300 m
  • Display: 1.8" colour display
  • Phonebook: 200 contacts
  • Answering Machine: Yes
  • Batteries: Rechargeable NiMH batteries

We like

  • Lightweight and comfortable to hold
  • Hearing aid friendly
  • Charging cradle is wireless so can be placed anywhere

We dislike

  • Poor instructions - some common sense will have to come into play

Final Verdict

Lovely and modern and compact in looks, and a nice range of functions without being too clever for its own good

BT 4600 Big Button

Big button phones don’t have to be stripped back to basics in order to be effective. This model still has a base which lets you control the voicemail, a Hot Key for blocking numbers, and a large directory of up to 200 stored numbers, but in a much easier to use format.

It will block up to 1000 numbers and has a 200 name and number directory, so you’ll only get to talk to the people who really matter. Should somebody not be blocked but not in the contacts either, BT Premium Call Blocking asks the caller to say their name and then asks the user whether they want to accept or block the call without speaking to the caller. Pretty genius.

If somebody needs to be blocked as they ring, the Hot Key will allow the user to do this quickly and effectively. This should narrow down the number of cold calls, which is especially effective if you’re worried about a loved one giving away sensitive details.

Another layer of protection is the PIN function. This will require a number to be put into the handset before premium/mobile numbers are called, which will help if you’re concerned about the user running up a large bill by accident. It also acts as a good parental guidance feature.

The rechargeable batteries mean they won’t have to bother changing them over or go without for any time. And if they happen to be away from home, calls can be diverted.

Specifications

  • Range: Indoor 50 m, Outdoor 300m
  • Display: 1.8” full graphic dot-matrix
  • Phonebook: 200 contacts
  • Answering Machine: Yes
  • Batteries: 4 AA batteries

We like

  • Large buttons
  • Solid call blocking
  • PIN function

We dislike

  • Callers have to give their name - could get frustrating for them

Final Verdict

A nice clear number pad and screen should make this user-friendly and the guide is simple, too

BT Everyday Cordless Phone

If you are someone who literally needs a phone because your landline is required for your internet and you may as well connect one up, you’re not going to want to spend a lot on a fancy model. But you probably want a cordless model for that modern touch which still is pleasant to use.

This BT phone hovers around the £20 mark, which is a nice price for a cordless phone which isn’t going to be used all the time.

It doesn’t have a huge list of features, but some of the basics are there. You can block up to 20 numbers, so if that double glazing salesman or PPI company keep calling you and you’ve been as polite as you can be, adding their number to this list will make everything loud and clear.

You can save 50 numbers in the phonebook, so if they call, their name is displayed on-screen, so you know whether or not you want to answer. If a number isn’t saved, all the digits will be displayed, which is another handy way of knowing who’s a nuisance and who is the real deal.

There is no speakerphone or answering machine, but as we say, if you just want something to make your console table look legit, this isn’t going to worry you.

Specifications

  • Range: Indoor 50 m, Outdoor 300 m
  • Display: LED
  • Phonebook: 50 contacts
  • Answering Machine: No
  • Batteries: AAA batteries x 2

We like

  • Simple
  • Affordable price

We dislike

  • Not the easiest to set up even though it is basic

Final Verdict

A cordless phone which is right back to basics, but will suit some of you just fine

Binatone Veva 1700 Dect

The cheapest on our list, with very basic features and minimal fanciness. But it still has a few standout points which make it our best budget cordless phone, and it is a bestseller so popular with the public too.

You can redial the last five numbers to call, to make it easier to see whether you’ve missed anything and get back into contact. Choose from five ringtones so you can pick the one which you want to listen out for, and store up to 20 numbers in the phone book so you can access them quicker.

The sound is clear, and the alarm function could help you get out of bed in the morning. Setting it up is pretty much just a case of plugging it in and off you go which makes it friendly for those who struggle with any faff.

You don’t get a cold call barring option, but if you don’t get many or are happy dealing with them, this shouldn’t be an issue.

Specifications

  • Range: Indoor 50m, Outdoor 300m
  • Phonebook: 20 contacts
  • Answering Machine: No
  • Batteries: 2 AAA batteries

We like

  • Small and easy to hold
  • Looks basic but smart
  • Reliable for the price

We dislike

  • No speakerphone or backlight
  • Volume is poor

Final Verdict

Cheap and cheerful. A simple cordless phone with a decent enough contact storage facility

Help and Resources

Cordless Home Phone Buying Guide

Sound Quality

Unlike mobile phones, landlines don’t rely on a good signal to work. But some can still fail when it comes to sound quality and make it hard to hear the person on the other end of the call. From crackling noises to the sound level being too quiet, a lot of issues can occur. Your own speech may also be distorted for the other person if the microphone is not good enough. Ensure the phone you pick is rated highly for sound quality, especially if you feel you may have difficulty hearing.

Range

This is how far you can go away from the base (the part you connect to your phone line) to carry on a call. Most will be around 50m indoors and 300m outdoors.

This is a vital statistic if you want to be able to use the cordless phone like a mobile, and take it out into the summerhouse/greenhouse or use it upstairs.

Bear in mind whether your home is an older building with thicker walls or a difficult layout which could reduce the range efficiency slightly.

Call Blocking

Pestered by sales calls day in day out? Picking up the phone to PPI claim lines constantly? Seemingly been involved in a fake, false car accident?

The luxury to block phone numbers could be a big thing for you to look into when buying a new phone. Most come with this feature but to different extents. At a basic level, you should be able to block anonymous calls as well as block 10-50 specific numbers. More advanced options could allow extra layers of security from numbers which aren’t in your phone book, such as the need to say their name or press a button.

You may have to sign up to the Caller Display service from your network provider for the nuisance call block and caller display features to work. Charges may apply for this, so check before you buy and see if you’re happy with the cost.

Number Of Handsets

Most homes will be fine with one main phone, but if you’d also like one phone in the upstairs landing, one in the bedroom or one in the kitchen, you may have to buy enough to do.

A multipack of phones could save you an awful lot of setting up, as having the same phone throughout the home can help them communicate with each other using DECT and mean an easier setup.

Answering Machine

The reason for the rise in mobiles is because we are always on-the-go. So, if you often get home to see you have missed landline calls, an answering machine function could allow the caller to leave a message, so you know what they rang about, or you get vital information faster.

Look at the recording times/storage space. This can be anything from ten minutes to an hour so think about how many calls you get and how long you’d need. You don’t want to be deleting a message ASAP until it’s dealt with.

Most phones have this extra, but if you’d rather do without, your choices will be limited, but most will allow you to disable the feature.

Big Buttons & Hearing Aid Compatible

A couple of phones out there are suitable for those with visual impairments or difficulty in hearing.

The screen and buttons will be bigger, and you will be able to turn the volume up on the phone without distorting the clarity of the sound.

FAQ’s

What Does DECT Stand For?

Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications. It is the standard primarily used for creating cordless telephone systems. So, if you were to have more than one cordless landline in your home, they would use DECT to communicate with each other.

A single base station connects one or more handsets to the public telecommunications network. If you receive a phone call, all of the phones will ring and then go off when you answer one, but you only need one main phone base in the home connected to the landline. You can also transfer calls between the handsets, say if you need to go downstairs.

Which Brand Should I Go For?

You may have seen a theme with our reviews – Panasonic is currently one of the biggest home phone manufacturers in the UK because they are blending sturdy, reliable phone technology with the latest trends, bells and whistles.

Other names which are very well-respected include BT, iDECT, Binatone and Gigaset. If you’re looking for a phone for someone hard of hearing/sight, we suggest one by a brand such as Doro.