Top 10 - Best Phones for the Elderly 2021

Explore the very best corded and cordless home phones, hand-picked by our experts.

Last updated by Daniel Barnes 11 days ago

Best Phones for Elderly

We test every handset on the market to find the very best models.


For many elderly people, their home phone represents a lifeline to the outside world. From keeping in touch with friends and family to having something to use in an emergency, these devices are so important. While mobiles can be fiddly and complicated to get to grips with, landline phones are simple and easy to use.

However, not all home phones are ideally suited to older users. Some have buttons which might be too small to work properly, while others can be a little on the quiet side. Thankfully, there are a number of models on the market which have been specially designed with the elderly in mind. These often come with larger buttons, along with a volume booster mode for the hard-of-hearing.

To help you find your next home phone, our team of experts have put together the following list of the top ten best models for the elderly. They all offer excellent sound quality, and many of them include special features. Most importantly, they are all extremely easy to use and take just a few minutes to set up. So, read on to discover our top picks!

What we look for to find the best home phones:


  • Sound Quality
    Every handset on our Top 10 has undergone extensive checks for excellent audio quality.
  • Ease-of-Use
    We have a panel of experts who test every multiroom speaker to find out how easy they are to set up and use.
  • Build & Reliability
    We conduct an extensive survey throughout the year to find out which models are the most reliable.
  • 1. Gigaset Premium E390A Cordless Phone, Twin Handset with Big Buttons
    2 year guarantee included
    Our Verdict
    Big buttons and extra-loud volume make this ideal for older users.
    Product Features
    • Best-in-class full duplex loudspeaker with HD sound
    • Extra loud volume boost
    • Large 2.2” TFT colour display with easy to read jumbo font
    • SOS emergency call function
    • Hearing aid-compatible
    Average Customer Review 4.71/5
    Editors Rating 93/100
    What We Think
    Who said big button phones can't be stylish? The Gigaset E390A boasts the same design as the brand's premium C570A model, but includes some additional features to make it easier for elderly users. From the big button keypad, extra-loud volume booster, larger font size on the 2.2” colour display, and an emergency call button, the E390A is our top choice of cordless phone for elderly and anyone looking for something that scores top marks for ease-of-use. It's even hearing aid-compatible, so everyone can enjoy this sleek, high-end cordless phone. Further benefits include a user-friendly answering machine built into the base, nuisance call blocking, and a large phonebook.
    Product Features
    • Best-in-class full duplex loudspeaker with HD sound
    • Extra loud volume boost
    • Large 2.2” TFT colour display with easy to read jumbo font
    • SOS emergency call function
    • Hearing aid-compatible
    RRP: £139.99
    £119.99
    14% Off - Save a total of £20.00
    Average Customer Review 4.71/5
    Editors Rating 93/100
  • 2. Gigaset E560A Cordless Phone, Single Handset with Big Buttons
    2 year guarantee included
    Our Verdict
    Extra loud volume & big buttons make this an ideal choice for the elderly.
    Product Features
    • Integrated digital answering machine with up to 25 minutes of recording
    • "Extra loud" key for doubling the handset volume
    • Emergency call key for 4 SOS numbers
    • Additional visual call indication by LED flashes
    • Handsfree mode on the base station
    Average Customer Review 4.4/5
    Editors Rating 86/100
    What We Think
    Without a doubt, the Gigaset E560A is the best easy-to-use home phone for older users. Featuring the same crystal clear sound you would get from a premium Gigaset phone but with amplified volume, simple feature set, the large font size on a clear monochrome display, and oversized buttons - everything about the E560A has been designed with the user in mind. Further benefits include a user-friendly answer machine, emergency call function, and speed dials. The handsets are also compatible with most hearing aids!
    Product Features
    • Integrated digital answering machine with up to 25 minutes of recording
    • "Extra loud" key for doubling the handset volume
    • Emergency call key for 4 SOS numbers
    • Additional visual call indication by LED flashes
    • Handsfree mode on the base station
    RRP: £99.99
    £59.99
    40% Off - Save a total of £40.00
    Average Customer Review 4.4/5
    Editors Rating 86/100
  • 3. Panasonic KX-TGE720EB Big Button Cordless Phone, Single Handset
    Product Features
    • Large, backlit buttons for added ease-of-use
    • Extra-loud volume mode with flashing ring indicator
    • Built-in answering machine
    • Nuisance call blocking feature
    • Talking Caller ID
    Editors Rating 84/100
    What We Think
    The KX-TGE720EB is Panasonic's very latest big-button phone, and comes with a whole host of features that make it ideally suited to elderly users. With large, illuminated buttons, it's remarkably easy to use without compromising on its modern style. It is also hearing aid-compatible, and includes a volume booster mode which increases the volume to 70% louder than standard Panasonic DECT phones. The KX-TGE720EB also includes a number of useful additional features, including an answering machine with 40 minutes' recording time, nuisance call blocker, talking caller ID, and more.
    Product Features
    • Large, backlit buttons for added ease-of-use
    • Extra-loud volume mode with flashing ring indicator
    • Built-in answering machine
    • Nuisance call blocking feature
    • Talking Caller ID
    RRP: £54.99
    £44.99
    18% Off - Save a total of £10.00
    Editors Rating 84/100
  • 4. BT 4600 Cordless Phone, Single Handset with Big Buttons
    Product Features
    • BT's latest one-touch blocking "hot key"
    • 200 Name & number phonebook
    • Block up to 1,000 numbers
    • Answering machine with 60min recording time
    Average Customer Review 4.4/5
    Editors Rating 83/100
    What We Think
    An easy to use home phone with big buttons, extra loud volume, and an inductive coupler, the BT4600 provides added convenience for older users. As with the first entry in our Top 10, the BT 4600 also includes one-touch call blocking and an array of call-blocking features that provide a simple solution to eliminating unwanted and intrusive nuisance calls. Call Guardian can be used effectively to block up to 100% of unwanted calls and the integrated answering machine has a call screening function for added security. This is one of the most dependable phones , and is remarkably easy to use, too. That makes it our top choice for elderly customers looking for a new home phone.
    Product Features
    • BT's latest one-touch blocking "hot key"
    • 200 Name & number phonebook
    • Block up to 1,000 numbers
    • Answering machine with 60min recording time
    RRP: £49.99
    £39.99
    20% Off - Save a total of £10.00
    Average Customer Review 4.4/5
    Editors Rating 83/100
  • 6. Panasonic KX-TGJ320EB Cordless Phone, Single Handset with Nuisance Call Blocker
    Our Verdict
    Top-class features, design & sound from Panasonic
    Product Features
    • Nuisance Call Blocking
    • Talking Caller ID
    • Phonebook for up to 250 contacts
    • Large 1.8" full-colour display
    • Answering machine with up to 40mins recording time
    Average Customer Review 4.8/5
    Editors Rating 92/100
    What We Think
    The Panasonic KX-TGJ320EB is an outstanding cordless telephone, which has been recommended as a Which? Best Buy. We were impressed with the high-class design and impressive features of the TGJ320 including advanced Nuisance Call Blocking, which enables you to block specific numbers (or entire groups of numbers based on the first two to eight digits) as wells as calls from withheld numbers. Panasonic phones typically perform well for sound quality in our tests so it was no surprise that the KX-TGJ320 scored top marks for call clarity. The handset also boasts a duplex loudspeaker so is excellent for hands-free calls. Further benefits include the 1.8” full colour display, integrated answering machine, and shared phonebook (in packs of two handsets or more). Top rated by experts and consumers alike, the Panasonic KX-TGJ320EB is unlikely to disappoint!
    Product Features
    • Nuisance Call Blocking
    • Talking Caller ID
    • Phonebook for up to 250 contacts
    • Large 1.8" full-colour display
    • Answering machine with up to 40mins recording time
    RRP: £79.99
    £64.99
    19% Off - Save a total of £15.00
    Average Customer Review 4.8/5
    Editors Rating 92/100
  • 7. Siemens Gigaset C530A Cordless Phone, Single Handset with Answer Machine
    2 year guarantee included
    Our Verdict
    A top-class budget-friendly home phone
    Product Features
    • Independent Best Buy
    • Brilliant HSP™ sound quality
    • Long talk and standby time of up to 14 and 300 hours
    • Large 1.8” TFT colour display with choice of colour schemes
    • Selectable day/night switch to mute the handset's ringer
    Average Customer Review 4.7/5
    Editors Rating 92/100
    What We Think
    The Siemens Gigaset C530A is a customer favourite that is top-rated for sound quality, ease-of-use and is a Which? Best Buy Cordless Phone to boot. Well-equipped with a practical feature set that includes an integrated answering machine, colour display, and large phonebook memory that can be shared across multiple handsets, the C530A is an ideal home phone. It is also available in a long range version with a repeater included so you can enjoy up to double the range!
    Product Features
    • Independent Best Buy
    • Brilliant HSP™ sound quality
    • Long talk and standby time of up to 14 and 300 hours
    • Large 1.8” TFT colour display with choice of colour schemes
    • Selectable day/night switch to mute the handset's ringer
    RRP: £69.99
    £39.99
    43% Off - Save a total of £30.00
    Average Customer Review 4.7/5
    Editors Rating 92/100

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  • 8. Panasonic KX-TGH260 Cordless Phone, Single Handset with Link2Mobile
    Our Verdict
    Panasonic's Link2Mobile technology make this an attractive choice.
    Product Features
    • Link2Mobile technology to connect your smartphone
    • Nuisance Call Blocking
    • Phonebook memory for 3,000 entries*
    • Which? Best Buy Cordless Phone
    • Digital answer machine with up to 40 minutes recording time
    Average Customer Review 4.6/5
    Editors Rating 87/100
    What We Think
    Do you get terrible signal on your mobile when you’re at home? Then the Panasonic KX-TGH260 is a real must-buy. That’s because it boasts a special Link2Mobile feature, which allows you to connect your mobile phone with your landline to make and receive calls. Not only is this a fantastic feature for those unfortunate enough to live in signal blackspots, but it also makes phone conversations a lot more comfortable. You can leave your mobile on to charge and still take calls wherever you want. Thanks to the built-in noise cancellation and error-connection software, the sound stays crystal-clear, even on speaker mode. Panasonic are superb when it comes to sound quality, and the KX-TGH260 really is the cream of the crop if you’re looking for a phone that always performs perfectly. When hooked up to your mobile, it even allows you to take and make calls without a landline connection- it really is everything you could ask for in a modern cordless phone.
    Product Features
    • Link2Mobile technology to connect your smartphone
    • Nuisance Call Blocking
    • Phonebook memory for 3,000 entries*
    • Which? Best Buy Cordless Phone
    • Digital answer machine with up to 40 minutes recording time
    RRP: £59.99
    £44.99
    25% Off - Save a total of £15.00
    Average Customer Review 4.6/5
    Editors Rating 87/100

    Out of stock

  • 9. BT Big Button 200
    Product Features
    • Extra large keys
    • Three one-touch memory
    • Amplified incoming or outgoing speech
    • Hearing aid compatible
    Average Customer Review 4.4/5
    Editors Rating 79/100
    What We Think
    At a glance, the main feature of the BT Big Button 200 corded phone is, as one might expect, its big buttons. These exaggeratedly large buttons make this landline phone exceptionally easy to use for the visually impaired. It features amplifiers for both incoming and outgoing calls, making it easy to hear and talk. It also has a hands free mode. Simple but effective.
    Product Features
    • Extra large keys
    • Three one-touch memory
    • Amplified incoming or outgoing speech
    • Hearing aid compatible
    RRP: £34.99
    £27.99
    20% Off - Save a total of £7.00
    Average Customer Review 4.4/5
    Editors Rating 79/100
  • 10. BT Elements 1K Long Range Cordless Telephone
    Our Verdict
    With extra-long range and an extremely tough casing, this model is ideal for outdoor use.
    Product Features
    • Up to 1km Outdoor Range
    • 50 Number Calls List
    • Splash and Dust Proof (IP67 rated)
    • Nuisance Call Blocking technology installed
    Average Customer Review 4.0/5
    Editors Rating 90/100
    What We Think
    If range is an issue or you like to use your cordless phone outside in all types of weather then the BT Elements 1K Weatherproof Cordless Phone is definitely the top choice. This easy to use long range phone offers so many features, but the one that really sets it apart from the rest on this list is its impressive splash and dust proofing. Rated IP67, it can put up with vrtually anything that life might throw at it. The BT Elements 1K is also GAP compatible, meaning you can register any matching handsets to its base station. You can connect up to five handsets this way, making it a great choice for those with larger properties and lots of rooms. Up to 10 hours of talk time and 250 hours charge on standby make this cordless telephone a great choice for casual users, too. If a reliable cordless telephone is what you need, the BT Elements 1K offers that and so much more. With a backlit screen to make for easy reading, and the possibility to save up to 30 numbers on redial, the BT Elements 1K is the perfect telephone for any busy household.
    Product Features
    • Up to 1km Outdoor Range
    • 50 Number Calls List
    • Splash and Dust Proof (IP67 rated)
    • Nuisance Call Blocking technology installed
    RRP: £89.99
    £69.99
    22% Off - Save a total of £20.00
    Average Customer Review 4.0/5
    Editors Rating 90/100