Buying a cordless phone

We give you info on buying the best cordless phone

A cordless phone. (Image credit: Philips)

A cordless phone. (Image credit: Philips)

What to look for

Most cordless phones include an LCD screen (colour screens are now available), caller ID, redial, and call waiting as standard features. Most will also include what’s called a “pager” button. This button is located on the base station or charging dock and pressing it sounds an alarm on the phone. This is an ideal feature when the phone is misplaced around the house, or in the backyard, as it offers a quick and easy way of locating its whereabouts. Phones may also offer out of range warnings in case you wander too far from the base station.

Other features that you should look for are ringtones, a phone book and a hands-free speakerphone. A current cordless phone should offer at least five ringtones, though many offer up to 20 or more. Be sure to check the volume of the ringer on the phone, as ringtones that are too soft in volume can pose problems in large households. The handset should also have a phone book, with a minimum of 15 or 20 entries. This allows you to store commonly dialled phone numbers. Finally, be sure to check if the phone has a hands- free speakerphone. This allows you to have a conversation without holding the phone to your ear, which may be ideal when cooking or cleaning around the home.

If you have a large house, you may need more than one cordless phone. Many phones can have up to four or five handsets linked together. Some can be purchased separately, while others are bundled together in a sales package. Be sure to check that the phone supports multiple handsets as you may need to purchase one at a later date. Also, some cordless phones come with an answering machine as one of their features. This bumps up the price of the handset considerably, so if you don’t need one, then be sure to let the sales assistant know this.

An often-overlooked issue is a backlit keypad, which is a blessing for night-time calls. Not all cordless phones have a backlit keypad, so check this before you buy. Finally, don’t throw out your ordinary wall-mounted phone either. Cordless phones run on power, so keep one on hand in case you are ever without power for an extended period of time.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags cordless phoneshome appliances

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

GoodGearGuide Staff

Good Gear Guide
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?