We’re rapidly approaching the point where landline phones seem to be a relic of the past to the younger generations, but in truth, they’re still incredibly common and useful. They are helpful in homes with younger children that aren’t old enough for their own cell phone, or in homes with seniors that find handheld phones easier to use than a smartphone. Of course, there is always room for a landline phone in an office, including home offices. Here are several of the best cordless phones for your needs.
Audio and visual aids
This cordless phone system lets you store up to 100 phone numbers in the digital phonebook, plus add up to 150 numbers on the block list. It has several pre-programmed ring tones that you can connect to individual numbers in your phonebook. All tone sound from both the handset and from the phone’s base. It has an auto phone saver feature to help extend the talk time of the phone. This phone is also compatible with hearing aids. The Panasonic cordless phone system is designed to add more handsets to it if you need more than one.
Easy to set up
The VTech CS6719-2 is a simple, unobtrusive, and easy-to-use basic cordless phone that’s perfect if you want to set up quickly and start talking. While not as feature-rich as other products we tested, the VTech CS6719 has all the basic functionality you need from a phone. It’s a great choice if you don’t plan on reading the user manual, as you can figure out all the features on your own. It displays caller ID numbers if you subscribe to that service from your phone company, and it supports call waiting so you’ll never miss a call. You can store up to 50 names and numbers in the phone’s directory, and view your recent calls with the 10-number redial and 50-number caller ID history.
Single phone with answering machine
The AT&T EL52113 is an excellent budget cordless phone and answering machine system that doesn’t look outdated or too utilitarian. The two-toned handset is small and lightweight with a medium-sized display and backlit buttons. t features caller ID, speed dial, a phonebook, handset locator, quiet mode, multiple ring styles, and several volume levels. The digital answering machine stores up to 14 minutes of audio. You can access messages through the handset or base controls. The base displays the number of new messages, and the play, delete and skip forward/backward buttons are arranged in a ring around the display.
Connect to cell phones
The Panasonic KX-TG7875S cordless phone system has the standard features: answering machine, phonebook directory, handset intercom, and call log. It also adds premium functions like talking caller ID, headset jacks on each handset, excellent battery life, backup battery function, and call block up to 250 numbers. What sets this phone apart from other cordless phones is its cell phone integration. Panasonic’s Link2Cell lets you connect two cell phones to the system via Bluetooth. This allows you to make and answer cellular calls on your cordless handsets. Get text message alerts on the handsets and forward messages to a registered phone number to check your answering machine on the go.
Know before you buy
While they might not have the true mobility of a smartphone, cordless phones are actually far more reliable as they never struggle to find a signal, which means they will work during storms and cell signal blackouts.
Truthfully though, they’re not a replacement for cell phones - landline and cordless phones are their own thing altogether. The best cordless phones serve as a reliable and cheap way to stay connected to your friends and loved ones as they only lose connection when the telephone line itself is down, which rarely happens (unless you live in Tornado Alley or you’ve angered Thor, the god of thunder).
Because of their reliability and ease of use, cordless phones are also an excellent choice for seniors, giving older citizens a reliable way to keep in touch with the rest of the family. The best cordless phones for seniors can have accessibility features including larger buttons and backlit screens for ease of use. They also have a long battery life so you don’t need to worry about it running out of charge mid-call. And for those times when you’re not in or can’t make it to the phone, we’d recommend getting a cordless phone with an answering machine.