PROS / This cordless phone has excellent signal strength, even when far away from its base.
CONS / Some other cordless phones can allow up to 12 separate handsets, but this one only supports up to six.
VERDICT / This easy-to-use cordless phone has many adjustable features and offers Bluetooth pairing. It is a great phone in either a home or a small-business setting.
Combine cell phone functionality with a cordless home phone and you get the Panasonic KX-TGE274S – the best cordless phone on the market. It pairs wirelessly via Bluetooth to your smartphone so you can make and take phone calls using your mobile phone provider’s network – meaning you don’t need a landline to make use of this home phone. For a host of reasons, this Panasonic phone earns our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award for the best cordless home phone.
Boasting an average charge time of seven hours, the KX-TGE274S is one of the fastest-charging phones we reviewed. The phone’s battery life is mediocre, only lasting for a day and a half on standby before needing to be charged again. That’s about average for the phones we tested, and much shorter than what the manufacturer claims. Still, the Panasonic comes with four handsets, so it’s easy to rotate between them if one has a dead battery.
In our testing, this phone had better call quality and range than any other. The handset maintained near-perfect call quality up to 250 feet away from its base. While the other phones in our review also performed well, none of them could match this Panasonic model.
This cordless home phone sports a classic, familiar design. The handsets are made of durable plastic that doesn't break if dropped. They are easy to grip and comfortable to hold, even for long periods of time, and the phone is large enough to balance on your shoulder during lengthy conversations. The back of the phone is entirely white and the front is silver. In addition, there are large illuminated buttons with big, bold numbers, making it is easy to dial in the dark.
The phone's base also has a large and labeled dial pad. This comes in handy for conference calls, which make use of the base's loud speaker. If you don't want to huddle around the base with your friends, family or colleagues, you can use the handset as a speakerphone as well. This is convenient if you are multitasking and want to be free to move around easily.
The phones sport large backlit displays. The text is big, clear and easy to read. Menus aren't complicated and are simple to scroll through. If you get a text message while your smartphone is paired to the phone, the display informs you who the sender is, though you can't read or reply to texts using the handset. When you receive a call through either a landline or your paired cellphone, the handset displays caller ID text. There is also a setting for a verbal caller ID. In between rings, the phone announces who is calling. While name pronunciation is wrong at times, the feature is convenient and saves you from having to physically check the phone if you want to screen your calls.
Each handset has a headset jack, so you can plug a headset in for hands-free calls. Since the phone has Bluetooth functionality, you can also pair a wireless headset to the phone. Other features include conferencing, an alarm, a handset locator and an intercom so you can use the phone to communicate with your family or roommates in other parts of the house.
With Bluetooth connectivity, you can connect two different cellphones to this cordless phone and assign different ringtones for each of them. This distinguishes a mobile phone call from one directed toward the landline number.
Voicemail & Contacts
One reason the KX-TGE274S is the best landline phone we reviewed is its many adjustable features. You can add up to 600 names and numbers to your phonebook, which is significantly more than most other phones. The caller ID stores 50 names and numbers, and you can scroll through the phone's memory to redial the five previous numbers that you dialed.
Another useful feature is the cordless phone's call block list. This keeps pesky telemarketers, or anybody else for that matter, from bothering you. You can add numbers to the blocked list, and those unwanted callers receive a busy signal rather than annoying you or wasting your time.
The base also houses a digital answering machine that can store a total of 18 minutes of messages. You can to record your answering machine greeting or use a preprogrammed one.
The ringer has six volume levels, and you can select a different volume for each handset. For example, you can turn down the telephone in the bedroom when someone is sleeping but still have the phone in the kitchen on a much higher volume. There's also a silent setting for when you don't want be disturbed at all.
Help & Support
Panasonic is well-respected and known for high-quality products, and if you have issues with your cordless phone's handsets or the base, there is plenty of help and support available. You can reach agents by telephone, but if your phone doesn't work and you don't have a cellphone, you can still email them or chat with them online. There is also an extensive FAQs section on Panasonic's website. You can even write to Panasonic's physical address and a representative will respond within 48 hours of receiving your inquiry. This cordless phone has a one-year warranty.
The classic-looking Panasonic KX-TGE274S cordless phone has several features that keep it fresh and exciting. However, just because it has up-to-date features, like Bluetooth connectivity, doesn't mean it is confusing or hard to use. The phone has large buttons, easy-to-navigate menus and many adjustable features that work well in both homes and small businesses. Even though it isn't Panasonic's newest cordless phone, it is still the company's best landline phone.