Cordless Phone Rating Sources
ConsumerReports.org rates more cordless phones than any other expert reviewer, evaluating them on seven criteria, including voice quality, range and ease of use. Each phone also gets its own brief write-up, including pros and cons. Editors recommend cordless phones and give advice on how to choose the right phone for your particular needs. Some cordless phones also earn a Best Buy designation, though not all of those are current models.
Nick Guy and others at TheWirecutter.com spend more than 70 hours researching and testing cordless phones. A top pick and a runner up are named. Discussion is thorough, including a rundown on phones that were considered, but eliminated, and why.
While we've been somewhat critical of TopTenReviews.com in the past, this report on cordless phones appears to be both current, and based on solid hands-on testing. Testing criteria and methodology are well explained, and discussion of individual models is sufficiently detailed. Ten models in all are covered, with the top three earning Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards, respectively.
There's a staggering assortment of cordless phones available at Amazon.com. Of the models rated by owners, most earn an overall rating of between 3 and 4 stars, and many have hundreds of reviews. A few standout models score higher, however, and have ample feedback. Most new phones have fewer reviews than those that have been on the market longer, and cordless phones often remain listed long after they have been discontinued.
While we see fewer phones and less feedback than at Amazon.com, there's still an ample assortment at BestBuy.com, with many models getting enough reviews (sometimes hundreds) to make the site useful for getting owner opinions. Phones are rated on a 5-star scale, and narrative reviews help illustrate each model's strengths and weaknesses.
Staples.com sells a good variety of cordless phones, and some of the best-rated phones have accumulated enough reviews for the feedback posted to be meaningful. Reviews here tend to be short, but each one includes a list of pros and cons. Several VTech cordless phones do very well here, as do some phones that carry the AT&T brand.
Walmart.com also lets users post reviews of cordless phones they own. Hundreds of models are listed here; many fail to generate significant feedback, though some get upwards of 100 user reviews.
Newegg.com is an online retailer of electronic goods listing dozens of cordless phones and corded/cordless combinations. The user ratings include helpful pros-and-cons lists for each product, but most have less than 10 write-ups and many aren't reviewed at all.
Target.com is an okay site to find owner reviews once you've narrowed down your choices. One advantage is that, since all these phones are actually sold by Target.com, you can be assured the phones haven't been discontinued. A major disadvantage is that most cordless phones draw far fewer reviews than at Amazon.com or Walmart.com, and even the most-reviewed models get 30 comments or fewer.
According to the Energy Star website, Energy Star Certified corded and cordless telephones are 40 percent more efficient than those that are not certified. This list names those cordless phones that have earned certification. Elsewhere on the site is some helpful guidance on what to look for when buying a cordless phone.