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Best Cordless phones

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Cordless phones

Best Cordless phones

We tested 36 cordless phones to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each Cordless phone based on the following criteria:

  • Answerer ease of use
  • Recording time (min.)
  • Range
  • Voice quality
  • Phone ease of use
  • Message quality

Below lists the Cordless phones that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which Cordless phone is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Cordless phones

Best Cordless phone for Answerer ease of use

This covers ease of setup and use; adequate labeling, size and location of buttons and controls; and other convenience factors, such as the ability to play new messages first, to not erase unplayed messages, and the presence of advanced playback features such as slow, fast, and rewind.


This Cordless phone which tested best for Answerer ease of use has the following features: Talk time (hrs.), Caller ID, Wireless technology, Wireless frequency, Supports multiple handsets, Answering machine, Two phone lines, Maximum no. of cordless handsets, Number of cordless handsets included, Handset conferencing, Voice-mail indicator (Telco), Corded phone on base, Base speakerphone, Base keypad, Base ringer, Handset speakerphone, Lighted keypad, Wall mountable, Mailboxes, Ringer, Headset jack, Hold, Mute, Recording time and Remote handset.

Best Cordless phone for Recording time (min.)

Our measurements, to the nearest minute, of total recording time using continuous speech. Cordless phones of all types are available with a built-in answering machine that has digital message storage, typically 15 to 20 minutes. In many cases, recording time may include not only incoming messages, but greetings, memos, and saved messages, so the total may be misleading. Most answerers maximize capacity by detecting pauses in a message and not storing them in memory to increase recording time. Recording time with an asterisk (*) is manufacturer specification. "NS" indicates not stated.


This Cordless phone which tested best for Recording time (min.) has the following features: Talk time (hrs.), Caller ID, Wireless technology, Wireless frequency, Supports multiple handsets, Maximum no. of cordless handsets, Number of cordless handsets included, Handset conferencing, Voice-mail indicator (Telco), Handset speakerphone, Lighted keypad, One-touch dial, Ringer and Mute.

Best Cordless phone for Range

This score reflects the tested distance a phone can maintain an intelligible conversation, make a call and receive a call. We report a score instead of a distance because range can differ greatly due to variables such as phone base location, home size, room configuration, construction materials, multiple stories, wiring and other electrical and physical interferences. A low scoring phone is more likely to have some connection problems at short distances such as between different floors in a house or when going outside the house while a high scoring phone is less likely to have connection problems and can typically keep a clean signal in all but the largest of homes or when you go outside your home.


This Cordless phone which tested best for Range has the following features: Talk time (hrs.), Caller ID, Wireless technology, Wireless frequency, Supports multiple handsets, Answering machine, Two phone lines, Maximum no. of cordless handsets, Number of cordless handsets included, Handset conferencing, Voice-mail indicator (Telco), Corded phone on base, Base speakerphone, Base keypad, Base ringer, Handset speakerphone, Lighted keypad, Wall mountable, Mailboxes, Ringer, Headset jack, Hold, Mute, Recording time and Remote handset.

Best Cordless phone for Voice quality

Voice quality considers listening quality which reflects what you hear and talking, what's heard by other phones. Tests were conducted in a quiet environment.


This Cordless phone which tested best for Voice quality has the following features: Talk time (hrs.), Caller ID, Wireless technology, Wireless frequency, Supports multiple handsets, Answering machine, Maximum no. of cordless handsets, Number of cordless handsets included, Handset conferencing, Voice-mail indicator (Telco), Base ringer, Handset speakerphone, Lighted keypad, Mailboxes, Ringer, Hold, Mute, Recording time, Announce-only mode and Remote handset.

Best Cordless phone for Phone ease of use

This score mainly covers handset weight and comfort, talk time, ease of phone setup and use, readability of labels; accessibility, location, and size of controls and buttons; and other convenience factors, such as auto talk, any key answer, lighted keypad, one-touch dial, and others.


This Cordless phone which tested best for Phone ease of use has the following features: Talk time (hrs.), Caller ID, Wireless technology, Wireless frequency, Supports multiple handsets, Answering machine, Maximum no. of cordless handsets, Number of cordless handsets included, Handset conferencing, Talking caller ID, Voice-mail indicator (Telco), Corded phone on base, Base speakerphone, Base keypad, Base ringer, Handset speakerphone, Lighted keypad, Wall mountable, Mailboxes, Ringer, Headset jack, Hold, Mute, Recording time, Announce-only mode, Remote handset and Bluetooth.

Best Cordless phone for Message quality

This score reflects the judgment of an expert jury listening to playback of a message recorded from a corded phone of high-quality voice recordings in a quiet, acoustic environment.


This Cordless phone which tested best for Message quality has the following features: Talk time (hrs.), Caller ID, Wireless technology, Wireless frequency, Supports multiple handsets, Answering machine, Maximum no. of cordless handsets, Number of cordless handsets included, Handset conferencing, Talking caller ID, Voice-mail indicator (Telco), Base ringer, Handset speakerphone, Lighted keypad, Wall mountable, Mailboxes, Advanced playback controls, One-touch dial, Ringer, Mute, Recording time and Remote handset.