The Panasonic KX-TGE433B is a great home phone and answering machine combo that’s easy to use and has helpful features. It has all the usual features we look for in a cordless phone system and tacks on premium extras like talking caller ID.
During our tests, the Panasonic KX-TGE433B’s handset was the easiest to use. Its large digital display has great contrast, so it’s easy to see in any light. The handset’s soft black-and-white buttons also proved easy to press. Their layout makes sense, too, so we didn’t often press the wrong buttons – a problem we had with other handsets. It’s a little bulkier and more basic than some home phone handsets, but this isn’t much of a criticism; we prefer an easy-to-use, plain phone over a pretty, difficult one.
The Panasonic KX-TGE433B performed well in our battery tests, during which we measured talk, idle and charge times. Along with the Panasonic KX-TGE445B and KX-TG7875S, it had the shortest charging time – five and a half hours – as well as the longest standby time. All the phones we tested had shorter-than-advertised standby times, but the KX-TGE433B clocked a respectable 50 hours of life off the dock. When the power goes out, you can dock a charged handset in the main base to power your phone. That way, you can still make and answer calls.
Features & Settings
Like all the cordless phones we tested, the Panasonic KX-TGE433B includes features like handset-to-handset intercom, a quiet mode and a handset locator function. You can store up to 101 phone book entries in the directory, and the phone remembers your last five dials and 50 caller ID entries. If you have caller ID service through your phone company, the KX-TGE433B rings and announces the name or number of the person calling. You can also block up to 250 numbers, including those telemarketers and scammers use, with a button on the bottom right of the handset
Each handset features a headset jack, which is useful for hands-free calling. The handsets also support speakerphone, but the sound quality isn’t quite as good as when using a headset connection. The KX-TGE433B uses the handsets’ speakerphones for its baby monitor function and voice paging.
This Panasonic phone’s answering machine stores up to 17 minutes of audio and up to 64 separate messages. You can access your messages both from the base and handset.
It’s easy to customize your phone by changing its volume and ring style. The Panasonic KX-TGE433B has seven volume levels, including off, as well as 15 ring tones. You can also set the phone in quiet mode if you don’t want to hear it ring for a set amount of time.
The Panasonic KX-TGE433B is the best cordless phone because it is simple to use and has useful features – no other phone we tested strikes this balance quite as well. You can plug it in and immediately start calling or take some time to walk through your setting preferences to customize the phone for your home or office.
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