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Cordless phone reviews

Consumer Reports is the only place to find unbiased, independent cordless phone reviews. Looking for a multi-handset cordless phone? A built-in answerer? Do you need a two-line phone?

Our experts at the Consumer Reports National Testing and Research Center have evaluated more than 70 different cordless phones at our on-site labs. Our reviews will provide you with recommended models based on price, performance, and features. You can also subscribe to our Ratings, where you will find the exact numerical score our experts assigned to each of the six tested criteria: voice quality, ease of use, range, message quality, answerer ease of use, and recording time.

We provide information on many brands, including Panasonic, VTech, Acer, Clarity, AT&T, and others. Our cordless phone review pages also include a product selector, where you can input desired category, brand, and price to search for the right model for your needs.

After reading the cordless phone reviews, you can compare models, review our list of the features and specifications, read user feedback, and submit your own feedback.

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Also look at our buying guide, which shows you which features are important and gives you the pros and cons of each type of cordless phone. We also provide tips, such as: choose a model with a battery back-up, don’t discard your corded phone, and make sure you can return the phone if you are dissatisfied with its performance.

Read the cordless phone reviews below and compare the Ratings of each model before you shop.

Cordless phone reviews

Panasonic KX-TGC210S

Type: Cordless phones
Summary:

A 1.9 GHz DECT 6.0 multiple-handset-capable cordless phone.

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Panasonic KX-TGE242B

Type: Cordless phones
Summary:

A 1.9 GHz DECT 6.0 multiple-handset-capable cordless phone with a built-in answering machine.

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AT&T CL84102

Type: Cordless phones
Summary:

A 1.9 GHz DECT 6.0 multiple-handset-capable cordless phone with a built-in answering machine.

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VTech CS6649

Type: Cordless phones
Summary:

A 1.9 GHz DECT 6.0 multiple-handset-capable cordless phone with a built-in answering machine.

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VTech CS6114

Type: Cordless phones
Summary:

A 1.9 GHz DECT 6.0 single-handset cordless phone.

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What's behind our cordless phone Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 41 models in cordless phones to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    This score is based primarily on voice quality, ease of use, talk time, and range. For phones with an answering machine, overall score also includes mainly the message voice quality, answerer ease of use, and recording time. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points. Phones are listed in performance order, within categories. Due to test upgrades, results may vary from past Ratings.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Recording time
    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.

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