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Looking for a new home phone? Overwhelmed by choice or not quite sure where to start? Our handy buying guide will tell you all you need to know about cordless phones whether you’re looking for something with multiple handsets, extra long range, advanced nuisance call blocking, or a top-range model with the latest features.
The best cordless phones offer exceptional call quality with crystal clear sound, reliable range so that you can take calls around your home without distortion or calls dropping, and a whole host of features from answering machine, call blocking, call transfer and more. We endeavour to test all the cordless phones that we sell and conduct an extensive customer survey throughout the year so that we can identify the best models from the worst. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, then a good place to start is our Top 10 Cordless Phones, which rounds up all the best home phones of the year.
When choosing a new home phone, it’s worth thinking about the factors that will be most important to you. Modern cordless phones come with a range of features, some of which will matter more to certain users than others. We’ve identified the four most important features that mark out an exceptional cordless phone from an average one:
First and foremost, a cordless phone needs to provide good sound quality. Unlike mobile phones, which can suffer from deterioration in clarity depending on your signal strength, you should expect much better from your landline phone. We invite our customers to rate the phones we sell for sound quality, and we regularly test and review new models on our blog. So find out which models offer the best call quality and avoid muffled, distorted and crackly phone calls before your place your order. We pride ourselves on being experts on cordless phones and are only a call, email or livechat away if you need us!
Think about the size of your property, and how far away from the base (the part you connect to your phone line) you’d like to be able to take calls. Most DECT phones provide up to 50 metres of range indoors, and up to 300 metres outdoors, which should be adequate for most sized properties. However, if you live in an older property with thick walls or have experienced problems with cordless phone range in the past then a long range cordless phone or one that is repeater-compatible is a good idea. You can find out more in our Buying Guide for Long Range Cordless Phones.
Most modern digital cordless phones have a capacity for up to 6 handsets. Deciding how many handsets you need or might like can help you to narrow down your search. If you are interested in a multi-pack of DECT phones or might like to add extra handsets at a later date then you should check what the maximum number the handsets the model is expandable to. Having more than one handset (in addition to allowing you to place a handset in more than one room) typically offers extra features such as call transfer, intercom (internal calls), phonebook sharing or phonebook transfer, and sometimes more (eg. baby monitor).
If you’re pestered by unwanted sales calls then it may be worth considering the Call Blocking features of your new phone. Most phones now come with some form of Call Blocking but the features can vary in sophistication. At a basic level you should be able to silence and/or block anonymous calls from ringing as well as block from 10-50 specific numbers. The more advanced call blocking phones will enable you to block calls by type eg. international calls or those from withheld numbers. It is worth noting that in order for any call blocking features to work you will need Caller ID enabled on your landline so double check with your line provider whether this has or can be activated and any charges involved.
Not all cordless phones are built equal and manufacturers are constantly looking for new ways to make their phones stand out. Here are some of the best extra features to look out for that might just swing it for you:
It is certainly worthwhile considering the reputation of the various manufacturers of cordless phones before ordering, and one the best ways to do this is by reading customer reviews. Unlike retailers (even honest ones like ourselves) that sell the products, individuals who have actually purchased are more likely to be unbiased and have felt compelled to say something about their product because it is good or bad. And whilst one individuals opinion may differ from another, if you take the time to read a few different reviews and cross-reference with other independent consumer forums (such as Which?) then it can give you greater confidence when purchasing.
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We hope this buying guide has given you a clear starting point on how to find the right cordless phone for you. For information on more specific cordless phones select from one of the Buying Guides below or start shopping for Cordless Phones now.