What every best Cordless Phones has:
- Good voice quality.
- Minimal interference.
- Long range.
ConsumerReports.org rates more than 100 cordless phones, evaluating them on six criteria, including voice quality, range and ease of use. Each phone gets a rating on a 100-point scale and its own brief write-up, covering its most useful features and highlighting any problems. There's also a buying guide that offers advice on how to choose the right phone for your particular needs. Some of the phones covered in the current report are discontinued.
Nick Guy and others at Wirecutter.com spend more than 70 hours researching and testing cordless phones over a 3-year period. They surveyed consumers about what they want in a phone and sorted through hundreds of similar models to find the top picks. Then they tested the six finalists for real-world range and overall usability to select their top pick and budget pick. Discussion is thorough, including a rundown on phones that didn't make the cut.
Amazon.com offers thousands of cordless phones, and more than 1,500 of these models have at least some feedback from owners. However, most of these earn mediocre overall ratings between 3 and 4 stars. We found just a few standout models with ratings higher than 4 stars from at least 150 owners. Individual reviews vary widely in length and quality, but you can sort the list to see the most helpful ones first.
BestBuy.com has a much smaller assortment of phones than Amazon.com –about 150 models in total. However, quite a few of these receive a large number of owner-written reviews. We found several models with overall ratings of 4.5 stars or higher from at least 250 users. Individual reviews are fairly short, but the site offers a handy summary of the most commonly cited pros and cons.
Although Staples.com carries a good variety of cordless phones, there's somewhat less feedback here for the top models than there is at other retail sites. Nonetheless, we found a handful of models here with ratings of at least 4.5 stars from 100 users or more. This is a particularly good site to find reviews of AT&T branded phones. However, the individual comments tend to be short.
Walmart.com offers more than 1,400 cordless phones for sale, and some have hundreds of reviews from users. However, most of the top-rated phones here aren't covered in other sources. We only four phones here that have ratings of 4.5 stars or better from at least 100 users, and none of them is covered elsewhere.
Energy Star Certified cordless telephones are, on average, 40 percent more efficient than those that are not certified. The Energy Star website outlines the criteria for certification and names all cordless phones that have earned it. The site also offers some helpful guidance on what to look for when buying a cordless phone.
Newegg.com, an online retailer of electronic goods, offers thousands of cordless phones and corded/cordless combinations. A nice feature of the site is that you can sort the listings by number of reviews to find the top-rated models quickly and easily. However, even the top phones here have fewer than 50 reviews, and only a handful have more than 15. The only model we found with high overall ratings from more than 25 users is discontinued.
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 (or if they have, there's still ample availability at retail). However, user feedback is scarce; we found only three phones here with more than 25 reviews, and they're all models that aren't covered elsewhere.
Although we've been somewhat critical of TopTenReviews.com in the past, this particular report on cordless phones is current and based on solid, hands-on testing. Reviewers test ten phones for call clarity, maximum range, battery life, and charging time and provide detailed comparisons of their performance. Each model receives a full write-up and a rating on a 10-point scale, and the top three earn Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards.