Uniden struggles with quality control in recent user reviews, and this model is no exception. For every customer who says their experience is flawless in sound, clarity and reception, another experiences dropped calls and unresponsive warranty departments. However, the affordable Uniden D1660 cordless phone is the most highly reviewed model that is compatible with the Uniden DWX337 DECT 6.0 Waterproof Accessory Handset. Given its competitive pricing, many reviewers declare that you get what you pay for.
Dunkable, but you may get dead silence. Reviewers give the Uniden D1660 mixed reviews, with many saying their phones went dead for a minute, had background noise or dropped calls. Owners also complain about the soft ringtone, and a few say their screens went blank. The major benefit of the phone is its shock-resistant and waterproof handset. A Consumers Digest pick and unique among commonly available cordless phones, Uniden's handset does exactly as advertised, users say: even when submerged underwater, you can keep on talking. But the performance of the phone itself is a crapshoot, according to customer reviews.
A unique waterproof phone. Users report submerging the UnidenD1660, leaving it out in the rain and using it in seaside conditions without any hitches. It floats and is dustproof. Colored bright yellow and black, this phone is hard to miss by the pool or bathtub, users say, and outlasts environments like gardens and garage workshops. Though they describe the phone as lightweight and portable, some reviewers say they are not impressed by the battery life (a positive review says it lasts 5 to 8 hours) and one owner reports all of his phones went out after dropping one of the handsets.
Speakerphone and caller ID, no answering machine. The D1660 doesn't have a plethora of features; its caller ID, intercom, and speakerphone get mixed reviews for performance. The phone's major feature is its waterproof capabilities, which users say are impressive. One reviewer notes that the phone doesn't have a jack for an earpiece or headset. There aren't many bells and whistles, like talking caller ID or an answering machine. As with all Uniden series, the model number indicates the number of handsets: the Uniden D1660 cordless phone has a single handset, the D1660-2 has two, the identical D1660-3 has three, and so on. If you know you want extra handsets, it is generally less expensive to buy them as part of the base unit package.
Review Credibility: Excellent Experts test the Uniden D1660-2 cordless phone (identical to the D1660 with one additional handset) and rate its ease of use, range, voice quality and more in a recent comparison test of 44 cordless phone models. Results are displayed in a handy chart, making it easy to see which phones are the best. However, the information is only available to paid subscribers.
Review: Cordless Phone Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, As of November 2012
Review Credibility: Good About 60 reviewers award the Uniden D1660 cordless phone an overall rating of 3 out of 5 stars. About half give the phone a perfect or near-perfect score, the other half a 1-star rating. Those who like it say that its sound quality, signal strength and features are excellent. Other users complain of problems with customer support, dropped calls, handsets that dropped out of sync and occasional background noise. About 45 users give the Uniden DWX337 waterproof accessory handset 4.2 out of 5 stars and uniformly positive reviews.
Review: Uniden D1660 DECT6.0 Caller ID Cordless Handset, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2012
Review Credibility: Good More than 70 customers at Staples.com give the Uniden D1660 -- and its sister packages with varying numbers of headsets -- an average of 3.9 out of 5 stars, praising the cordless phone's reception, simple controls, durability and ease of setup. Most award 4 or 5 stars. Those with complaints say that the controls are complicated, the antenna is weak, the ringer is too quiet and the sound will sometimes drop out. The Uniden DWX337 waterproof accessory handset and WXI3077 waterproof phone are not reviewed on this site.
Review: Uniden 1660 DECT 6.0 Cordless Telephone with Caller ID, Contributors to Staples.com, As of November 2012
Review Credibility: Fair Thirty-five reviewers weigh in on the Uniden D1660 cordless phone, awarding an average score of 2.3 out of 5 stars. Those who like the phone praise its sound quality and price, while those who don't complain of dropped calls. Most award it just 1 star. The Uniden DWX337 waterproof handset receives one 4-star review, and the WXI3077 waterproof phone has no reviews.
Review: Uniden D1660 DECT 6.0 with Caller ID and Call Waiting, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of November 2012
5. Consumers Digest
Review Credibility: Fair Consumers Digest picks the Uniden D1660 as one of its Best Buy models in the budget cordless phone category. While the magazine's overview of the cordless phone market is available to the public, specific ratings are for subscribers only.
Review: Today's Enhanced Cordless Phones, Gregory Scoblete, March 2011