Panasonic KX-TGE212B Review

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Panasonic KX-TGE212B Review
Bottom Line

For those that don't want a built-in answering system, the Panasonic KX-TGE212B looks to be a top choice. Value is rated by experts to be excellent, and it's a very good or better performer in all regards. You won't find many features, but a few near-essentials, such as battery backup and call block, are included.

ProsGood sound quality, Easy to use, 250-number call block, Battery back upConsLimited features, Some complaints about the speakerphone

Performance

Great voice quality. That's what expert testers reveal, with voice quality that sounds excellent when speaking, and very good while listening. Users largely echo that feedback overall but a handful do express disappointment with performance as a speakerphone. Though complaints are far from universal, several report a clicking noise when using that feature. This is a DECT 6.0 phone, so interference should be minimal, and the range is judged to be longer than most.

Features

Just a few extras. The Panasonic KX-TGE212B cordless phone lacks some of the extras found in pricier systems, such as an answering machine or the ability to link up with a smartphone. However, there are still a few nice touches. Those include a 250-number call block, talking caller ID, a battery backup so that you can stay in touch during a power outage, and more. The handsets and base feature extra-large buttons that are judged to be a help to those with vision issues, but the amplified handset doesn't really provide enough extra volume to help many users that need that feature. Two handsets are included; a single handset version, the Panasonic KX-TGE210B (Est. $35), is also available, as are add-on handsets, the Panasonic KX-TGEA20B (Est. $30), and the system can support up to six.

Ease of use/durability

Speakerphone disappoints. Though it doesn't show up in expert testing, nor in the majority of user reviews we spotted, many of the complaints we saw regarding the Panasonic KX-TGE212B involved the speakerphone; some note a clicking noise, others say that sound quality is just not up to snuff. Otherwise, satisfaction with usability and durability seem high. In testing, experts say that the phone can be a pain to initially set up, but after that usability is very good.

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Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Panasonic KX-TGE212B cordless phone, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

ConsumerReports.org tests the Panasonic KX-TGF382M cordless phone as part of its current coverage of nearly 95 cordless phones, including basic models like this one and models with answering machines. Testing is hands on and delves into call quality, ease of use and range. Top performers earn recommendations, and top values are deemed to be "best buys."

2. Amazon.com

Panasonic KX-TGE212B dect_6.0 2-Handset Landline Telephone, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2015

We spotted roughly 130 user reviews of the Panasonic KX-TGE212B at Amazon.com. Feedback is generally favorable, and this basic cordless phone without an answering machine earns a score of 4.2 stars. We did note a handful of complaints about the quality of sound when using the speakerphone function, but most users seem reasonably or completely pleased.

3. Panasonic.com

Expandable Cordless Phone with Large Keypad- 2 Handsets, Contributors to Panasonic.com, As of September 2015

We found the next largest accumulation of user reviews at Panasonic's own site, but just under 20. Most are satisfied, and the Panasonic KX-TGE212B -- along with single handset version, the Panasonic KX-TGE210B (Est. $35) [B00FDOKYVS] -- earns a 4.5-star score.