7 best cordless landline phones for making calls at home

Always have a point of call for your landline number with our top picks of the best modern home telephones that will help you stay connected to friends and family

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In a world of smartphones, you may think that having a landline is a thing of the past. However, having a house phone is still incredibly common in many households, and can actually be a cheaper and easier way to have those all important conversations. If you’re a business owner or your area has dodgy signal, then investing in a landline will make sure you are always reachable. 

Long gone are the days of corded, rotary dial phones (unless you’re looking to go retro), and now in are incredibly sleek and smart home handsets that can be packed full of features. They may not go as far as your mobile, but they can create a quick and easy way of allowing people to contact you which also saves you from giving out your personal mobile number to people you don’t want to. DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications), or to the man on the street, cordless phones, can usually range up to around 300m from their base, so you still get almost as much flexibility as you would with a mobile, and you can choose to have more than one handset in the house, upstairs and downstairs, for example. 

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Some of the best house phones can even sync up to your mobile so you’ll never miss a call when you’re out, but if you’d rather not be bothered when not at home, then pretty much all house phones come with an integrated answer machine for important messages. 

Depending on your needs there are different types of house phone you can get. Many modern house phones come with a large touch screen, but if you’re not very tech savvy then fear not, there are plenty of house phones with simple keypads that will allow you to make and receive calls easily. 

If you use your home phone a lot, then you might want to look out for handsets that offer speed dial and contact storage – some phones even allow you to set a different ringtone for different people to avoid the element of surprise. Check out our list of some of the best house phone handsets on the market below, and pick which one is best for your home. 

The best cordless landline phone

1. GIGASET SL450A GO

A high-quality DECT home phone

Specifications
Best for: Digital cordless
Range: 300m
Standby time: 200hrs
Talk time: 12hrs
Phonebook memory: 500 contacts
Reasons to buy
+ Bluetooth connectivity + Large digital colour display 
Reasons to avoid
- Ring not very loud 

For those who never got around to upgrading to cordless, there is now no excuse with this high-quality DECT phone. It has a large digital screen display and a range of 300m so you can roam freely around the house when on a call. The quality of the connecting is said to be excellent, with clear and crisp sound from both ends of the line. Some users have said the ring isn’t very loud, which could make it hard to hear if you’re far away from the phone, but you do have a choice of ringtones so you can pick one you are most likely to recognise. You can save up to 500 contacts in this phone, which sounds ridiculous but it’s there if you need it, and users have all agreed this phone has very good battery life.  For those that need a house phone for business, this one can be quite handy as it has a Bluetooth function which allows you to connect it to a headset or computer device.  

BT 8600

2. BT 8600

Twin handsets which are great for chatty households

Specifications
Best for: Blocking cold calls
Range: 300m
Standby time: 310hrs
Talk time: 21hrs
Phonebook memory: 200 contacts
Reasons to buy
+ Twin pack of handsets  + Easy call blocking function 
Reasons to avoid
- Line not always the best 

For households who are constantly plagued with cold callers, this BT phone has been regarded a life saver. Those who invested in this phone said that the call blocking function works a charm and since getting this house phone they have received no spam calls at all. The handset itself is slim and easy to use, with a whopping 21 hours talk time which is perfect for those who often find themselves gossiping to their mates all evening, or those who often work from home and make calls from their landline. A few people have experienced issues with the line being crackly in some areas of the home, but this all depends on your location, which is made much easier to resolve when you have to hand sets in the home.  

Siemens Gigaset C530A

3. Siemens Gigaset C530A

A sleek pair of house phones with a colour screen

Specifications
Best for: Ease of use
Range: 300m
Standby time: 320hrs
Talk time: 14hrs
Phonebook memory: 200 contacts
Reasons to buy
+ Up to 30 minutes record time  + Integrated answer machine 
Reasons to avoid
- Small display  

This house phone by Siemens almost looks like a mobile phone. They have a digital colour display which is packed with features including being able to record calls, store contacts and have up to 14 hours cordless talk time. Users have said this phone’s interface is very intuitive and it has a choice of ringtones that aren’t annoying like some phones have. Similarly to the BT phone, you’ll get dual handsets and they also have a call blocking function to stop unwanted calls from filtering through. The only complaint some users had was the size of the screen which can be a little small for those who are long-sighted.  

IDECT ECLIPSE PLUS

4. IDECT ECLIPSE PLUS

A futuristic looking phone for modern interiors

Specifications
Best for: Unique look
Range: 300m
Standby time: 230hrs
Talk time: 13hrs
Phonebook memory: 200 contacts
Reasons to buy
+ Looks cool + Loud volume 
Reasons to avoid
- Earpiece a little uncomfortable  

The IDECT Eclipse Plus house phone looks super modern and could easily be mistaken for an ornament or piece of modern art sitting on a console table in your home. It’s not just all about looks though. This phone is feature packed and allows you to make quick and easy calls at the touch of a button to your contacts list, and what people love most about this phone is that the volume can be turned up much louder than other house phones can. For those looking for something a little extraordinary, you can expect this phone to be the centre of many a conversation (quite literally), but users did note that when talking on this phone for a while the earpiece can become a little uncomfortable due to its shape.  

BT HALO

5. BT HALO

This home phone has tons of storage which is ideal for businesses

Specifications
Best for: Business
Range: 300m
Standby time: 240hrs
Talk time: 21hrs
Phonebook memory: 1000 contacts
Reasons to buy
+ Premium call blocker  + Connect to your smartphone 
Reasons to avoid
- Buttons a bit fiddly  

Those who work from home or want to get a landline phone for their business should consider the BT Halo. This phone has all the great features of the previous BT phone in our list, including a premium call blocker, but is also a lot smarter. You can connect this house phone to your smartphone via Bluetooth which allows you to make and receive mobile calls from your landline which can save you mobile costs and allow you to better multi-task. Users found this phone to be incredibly reliable, and with space for up to 1000 contacts, you can keep all of your customers, clients and colleagues at the touch of a button.  

Gigaset SL910A DECT

6. Gigaset SL910A DECT

Mobile looks with home-phone capabilities

Specifications
Best for: Multitasking
Range: 300m
Standby time: 200hrs
Talk time: 14hrs
Phonebook memory: 500 contacts
Reasons to buy
+Gorgeous mobile-like design+Huge phonebook memory

The Gigaset SL910A is possibly the closest you'll get to a mobile phone while shopping for a home phone, with its large touchscreen, intuitive interface and a decent range that makes it very much... well, mobile. Reviewers loved how easy it was to operate and to see, its lucid, high-quality screen offering a much more comfortable experience than faded numerals on an orange or blue backlit screen for short-sighted users, and commended its high-quality design, saying it felt considerable and well-built, a far cry from some of the more flimsy-feeling plastic handsets.

Panasonic KX-PRS120

7. Panasonic KX-PRS120

A smart house phone that makes a great second handset for your mobile

Specifications
Best for: Second handset
Range: 300m
Standby time: 150hrs
Talk time: 12hrs
Phonebook memory: 300
Reasons to buy
+ Connect to your smartphone + Easy to set up  
Reasons to avoid
- Drains mobile battery 

If you want to make it easier to take calls at home, then this Panasonic house phone acts as a second handset for your mobile or other smart device. You can connect via Wi-Fi which makes it great for business as you can transfer calls between devices and set up conference calls. Those who have used this house phone say that it is very easy to set up and works extremely well, but for those who have iPhones, it was said to drain their battery quite quickly. This phone is also designed to help reduce any background noise or static when on calls, which users have found make the line much clearer from both ends.  

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