What's this? 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.
$16.89 - $43.65
We expect this model to perform similarly to the tested Uniden D1660-2 although it may differ in price and features.
The Uniden D1660 is a cordless phone available from
The D1660 typically costs
between $16.89 - $43.65.
Consumer Reports recommends that you match the features on a model to the needs you have. Here's
our take on some of the specifications and features that are commonly available on cordless phone
models like the D1660.
Talk time (hrs.):
Talk time, displayed to the nearest hour, is the manufacturer's claim of how long you can converse on the handset when it is fully charged. "NS" indicates that the manufacturer did not provide a value. Typically, these are stated as "up to X hours talk time."
Maximum no. of cordless handsets:
The manufacturer stated maximum number of cordless handsets that can be registered to a multiple handset capable phone. A phone that can support up to eight handsets, for example, can have eight handsets registered to the base, but you may only be able to use four at once, say two using handset to handset intercom, while two others conference with an outside party. Others may just allow one handset to be used at a time, so can't be used like an additional (extension) phone you have connected to the same phone line. NA represents not applicable. See Buying Advice for more information.
Number of cordless handsets included:
The number of cordless handset(s) with a charging cradle included with the product.
The Ratings of Uniden D1660-2 were applied to untested model Uniden D1660, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
This market leader in the entry-to-mid-priced category offers a wide range of phones for consumers and business. Its specialized offerings include rugged and waterproof handsets, and models with large, easy-to-read buttons/LCD displays, and that amplify incoming sounds. It also offers Bluetooth models.
Features & Specs - Uniden D1660
Talk time (hrs.) Talk time, displayed to the nearest hour, is the manufacturer's claim of how long you can converse on the handset when it is fully charged. "NS" indicates that the manufacturer did not provide a value. Typically, these are stated as "up to X hours talk time."
Talk time (hrs.)
Maximum no. of cordless handsets The manufacturer stated maximum number of cordless handsets that can be registered to a multiple handset capable phone. A phone that can support up to eight handsets, for example, can have eight handsets registered to the base, but you may only be able to use four at once, say two using handset to handset intercom, while two others conference with an outside party. Others may just allow one handset to be used at a time, so can't be used like an additional (extension) phone you have connected to the same phone line. NA represents not applicable. See Buying Advice for more information.
Maximum no. of cordless handsets
Number of cordless handsets included The number of cordless handset(s) with a charging cradle included with the product.
Number of cordless handsets included
Handset conferencing Also referred to as handset-to-handset intercom, and other terms. Many multiple handset capable phones allow conversation handset to handset, or among handsets for conferencing. For some phones the handsets have to be within range of the base, while others also allow a direct link between two handsets so you can take them with you to use like walkie-talkies. Multiple handset phones without this capability can't be used to conference.
Caller ID Caller ID with a three-line display shows the name and phone number of a caller and the date and time of the call, provided you subscribe to caller ID services. Some phones have an additional display line that shows which line, say line 1 or line 2, the call came in on, or indicators such as a battery strength or voice mail. If you have Caller ID with Call Waiting, the phone displays the name and number of the second caller if you're already on the phone. The display is usually on the handset; some phones also have one on the base. Phones with Call Waiting Deluxe provide you with more choices on how to handle a second call when you are already on the phone assuming you subscribe to the service, but not all features may be available in all areas. Some of the choices that the service supports; facilitates conferencing with two outside parties, or a prerecorded message states that you will be available shortly, and the caller is put on hold, or prerecorded message indicates you are busy, and the waiting call is disconnected, or the caller is sent to your voice mail.
Talking caller ID Talking Caller ID, also referred to as Caller ID announce, speak the name of the caller, which is useful because you don't have to view the display to know who's calling.
Talking caller ID
Voice-mail indicator (Telco) A visual indicator on the handset or base to notify you that you have new messages awaiting from your telephone company message waiting service, such as an LED, or an envelope icon on the display. That means you don't have to pick up the handset to respond to a message waiting signal.
Voice-mail indicator (Telco)
Corded phone on base In addition to an extra handset extension, a corded handset can enable the phone to work if you lose household AC power, provided you're on a traditional landline service, or one with backup power.
Corded phone on base
Base speakerphone A base speakerphone offers a hands-free way to converse or wait on hold and lets others chime in as well, and allows you to answer a call without the handset. When used with a base keypad, you can make a call from the base and have a hands-free conversation.
Base keypad Also referred to as Dual or Second Keypad. A keypad on the base supplements the keypad on the handset. It can be handy for navigating menu-driven systems, because you don't have to take the phone away from your ear to punch the keys. When used with a base speakerphone, you can make a call from the base and have a hands-free conversation.
Base ringer All phones have a handset ringer, and many phones have a base ringer, but not all allow you to set them on or off, adjust the volume, or change the auditory tone.
Handset speakerphone A handset speakerphone offers a hands-free way to converse or wait on hold and lets others chime in as well conveniently anywhere in the house as long as you stay within a few feet of the handset.
overall good phones (we have a set of 4) and great price but randomly phone cuts out and if you hit END and TALK very quickly you MIGHT not lose call
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Alan C.
from Fernley, NV
good product for the casual user
Poor Sound Quality
For normal use this Phone is OK the range is great and so is the battery life BUT I have a problem with the dedicated battery Pack that will cost 10-15 dollars to replace them. While some of the other brands use ordinary xxxA's or non rechargeables so in a pinch that you can buy ANYWHERE. I have a Verizon home connect system that I use in conjunction with the cordless phone and the other problem I have is that it has a 8V-AC input to the base chargers which really complicate going mobile with it. The reason I take the home connect system is because it has a external antenna that I can mount on the roof of my car and removes 50% of the dead zones in the coverage areas.<br /><br /> The phone is Ok except for those 2 reasons -- The high cost of the dedicated battery pack and the fact that if you home has a power failure you cannot run the base unit because of the AC input Therefor no emergency ph service, but if it was a DC input it could be possible to use your car phone charger and still have service.<br /><br />the only other issue is the voice quality is not as good as I had expected I base this on the old wired land line. Landline being best and clearest This phone is a 5 or a 7 pending on who or what your calling.<br /><br /> Yes I would recommend this to a friend if they didn't care about the cost of batterys and 100% sure they would not have a power blackout at there home.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Gilbert, AZ
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Drops calls - frustrating
Loses connection to base
Uniden has usually had good phones, but this model is a dud.<br /><br />The phone has good sound quality is fine, good range (with huge caveat below), multiple ring tones, Caller ID, etc. However, its HUGE flaw is that the headset inexplicably goes dead, mid-conversation, at random times. Sometimes you'll be talking and you won't even realize the other person can't hear anything and thinks the call was cut off. It doesn't matter how far you are from the base, either. You have to race to another phone and hope they haven't hung up. It's not interference (the DECT 6.0 eliminates that), and nobody has ever solved the mystery.<br /><br />It looks like nobody else has had this problem and posted here, but you'll see that this is a model issue (not a lemon I bought) by seeing reviews elsewhere with the same problem.<br /><br />Just save yourself the trouble and get a different phone.