Best landline phones: 6 cordless phones for your home

Hassle-free, these best landline phones make catching up with friends and family easier than ever

best landline phone: Panasonic KX-TGK222EW
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Searching for the best landline phone? Good move. Nowadays, people are quick to dismiss the classic landline, particularly in an age of smartphones. However, there are still plenty of good reasons to invest in a landline, and for those in the older generation, it's still a household staple. Of course, you'll want a contemporary option, and almost everyone will agree a cordless model is the way to go.

Often, for internet service packages, it's required that you own a landline. In fact, it's common for a contract to offer the user a deal on their landline phone, too. Oh, and who can deny that relying on your smartphone for work can be a little distracting, if not all-consuming? Perhaps also, your area has poor signal? In which case, a cordless landline phone is quite the saviour. 

To help you find the best landline phone, we've drawn up a tight roster of choices, each of which comes with its own benefits. Call blocking, easy-to-read display, battery life, phonebook memory, style and much more are considered. So, without further ado, here are our go-to landline phones.

The best landline phones

Best landline phone: Panasonic Premium Design Series KX-PRS120


1. Panasonic Premium Design Series KX-PRS120

Best landline phone: a sleek take on the cordless landline phone, which ticks all the boxes

Specifications
Best for: Best all-rounder
Range: Up to 300m
Standby time: 150hrs
Talk time: 12hrs
Phonebook memory: 300 contacts
Reasons to buy
+Call blocking+Display is easy to read+Sleek design
Reasons to avoid
-Holds fewer contacts than others (but who really has over 300 friends?)

This landline phone comes complete with all the features you need in your next home phone; making it our top pick currently available. Here's everything you need to know:

What are its features?
Easy to use and a great all-rounder, it comes complete with speakerphone, talking caller ID, an answering machine and a choice of 40 different ringtones. 

What else?
On top of all this, there's the option to block nuisance callers, meaning you'll no longer have to endure the frequent sales calls that frustrate so many. 

Let's talk design
Design-wise, a slim and stylish shape ensures it will suit many modern spaces.

Best landline phone: Panasonic KX-TGK222EW

2. Panasonic KX-TGK222EW

Best landline phone for style: a stylish model that will blend seamlessly into your scheme

Specifications
Best for: Style
Range: Up to 300m (outdoor)/ Up to 50m (indoor)
Standby time: 200hrs
Talk time: 18hrs
Phonebook memory: 120 contacts
Reasons to buy
+Very stylish design+Call blocker feature+Long standby time
Reasons to avoid
-Phonebook memory smaller than others

A landline phone we certainly wouldn't mind having on display in our house, this cordless phone has all the features you might expect, plus it looks pretty good.

What are its features?
Complete with a handy 'do not disturb' mode, designed to prevent unwanted disturbances, as well as the option to block calls, 18 hours of talk time and an incredible 200 hours of standby time, this model covers more than the basic requirements. 

What else?
Our only complaint? The interface isn't as friendly as it could be. However, if you're after a phone to simply make and receive a few calls a week, then is the best cordless phone for you.

Let's talk design
Slim, neat and not dissimilar looking to sought after designer cordless phones, this model will blend in seamlessly with your home's interiors.

AVM FRITZ!Fon C6 Cordless Telephone

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3. AVM FRITZ!Fon C6 Cordless Telephone

Best digital landline phone: emails, RSS feeds and more

Specifications
Best for: Digital cordless
Range: Up to 300m (outdoor) / Up to 40m (indoor)
Standby time: Up to 12 days
Talk time: 16hrs
Phonebook memory: 300 contacts
Reasons to buy
+Digital colour display+Photos for contacts+Advanced contact search
Reasons to avoid
-White design might get a little grubby from consistent use

Offering a full 16 hours' worth of talk time, perfect for evening catchups, this model can last up to 12 days on standby. Plus, with an outdoor range of up to 300m, it's a must-have for use in the summer.

What are its features?
Well, this certainly doesn't skimp on hi-tech quirks. On this, you can display live images from webcams as well as intercom systems. Oh, and did we mention the door-opening function? 

For the busy ones amongst you, this is also great for keeping tabs on your email and the news. And, as if it couldn't get any better, it also has web radio and podcast functionality.

What else?
As is standard, this has a speakerphone function, plus a whole host of useful features, such as full- or low-battery capacity indicators, digital clock and calendar and redialling, forwarding, waiting and transfer options. 

Let's talk design
Quite frankly, this is one cool model. Simple but ever-so slick, it has rounded edges and a minimalist style.

Best landline phone: Gigaset SL910A DECT

4. Gigaset SL910A

Best landline phone for multi-tasking: mobile looks with home-phone capabilities

Specifications
Best for: Multi-tasking
Range: 300m
Standby time: 200hrs
Talk time: 14hrs
Phonebook memory: 500 contacts
Reasons to buy
+Gorgeous mobile-like design+Huge phonebook memory
Reasons to avoid
-Touch screen may not be the best for some

This cordless phone is possibly the closest you'll get to a mobile phone while shopping for one of the next best cordless phones. 

What features does it have?
Its large touchscreen, intuitive interface and a decent range make it very much... well, mobile for a home phone.

What else?
It's easy to operate and to see, and its lucid, high-quality screen offers a much more comfortable experience than faded numerals on an orange or blue backlit screen for short-sighted users. 

Let's talk design
Commended its high-quality design, the phone itself feels considerable and well-built, a far cry from some of the more flimsy-feeling plastic handsets.

Doro PhoneEasy 100W DECT Cordless Phone

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5. Doro PhoneEasy 100W DECT Cordless Phone

Best landline phone for seniors: big buttons and amplified sound for elderly users

Specifications
Best for: Elderly users
Range: Up to 300m (outdoor) and up to 50m (indoor)
Standby time: 100hrs
Talk time: 10hrs
Phonebook memory: 20
Reasons to buy
+Built-in hearing loop+Smart and compact design+Low-battery indication
Reasons to avoid
-Very small contact memory 

If you're looking for something for your elderly parents, or perhaps you're a senior buyer yourself, this might be of interest. It's perfect for those with visual and hearing impairments.

What features does it have?
Thanks to the large and widely spaced buttons, the bright and backlit display, and the easy-to-read characters, this makes life much easier for elderly people or those whose eyesight is limited. Plus, with an integrated hearing loop, this is ideal for those who use hearing aids. Oh, and the audio boost button allows for the necessary amplification. 

What else?
With a neat and user-friendly design, this handset has a handy function whereby the battery LED light flashes when a recharge is required. And, as well as this, a tone sounds during a call, so you know when the phone is close to running out of life.

Let's talk design
As is clear, this design is made with a specific user in mind, and for this, it really performs. Plus, it looks pretty classy if you ask us.

BT Everyday Cordless Home Phone

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6. BT Everyday Cordless Home Phone

Best affordable landline phone: blocks up to 20 numbers

Specifications
Best for: Blocking nuisance calls
Range: Up to 300m (outdoor) / Up to 50m (indoor)
Talk time: 10hrs
Phonebook memory: 50 contacts
Reasons to buy
+Cheap+Call-blocking feature+Easy to use
Reasons to avoid
-Not the most stylish-Small phonebook memory

Can't stand the incessant PPI calls? You're not alone. Luckily, there's help out there. Keep cold callers at bay with this simple but oh-so handy handset.

What features does it have?
A single handset – although, it is available as a twin or trio pack – this option has a 'do not disturb' mode, which only allows contacts tagged as VIP to get through. Ideal when you need to get your head down, right? The screen is admittedly basic, but it's clear and easy to read, indicating when you have messages or a second call waiting.

What else?
Like many quality handsets, this features standard volume control, so you can turn it up or down to suit you. A little annoyingly, this doesn't have a loudspeaker option, and it can only hold up to 50 contacts. That said, for its price, it's still a quality choice.

Let's talk design
While you shouldn't expect the chicest design yet, this no-frills cordless is minimal, clean and light to hold, making it ideal as an office or evening gossip phone. 

How to buy the best cordless landline phone

Gone are the days of corded, rotary dial phones (unless you’re looking to go retro). Instead, modern house phones are sleek, smart, and can be packed full of modern features. 

Here's what we looked out for in our cordless phone reviews, and what you should consider when purchasing a cordless landline phone:

Answering machine
When you're out and about, you can sometimes miss calls to your landline, often from close family members or colleagues. Luckily, most landline phones have an answering machine feature, so you're covered for this eventuality. 

Touch screen?
Many modern house phones come with a large touch screen, although simple keypads are available too.

Added features
If you use your home phone a lot, 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. 

What is the best landline phone?
When it comes to finding the best landline phone, it's always smart to have a key set of criteria in mind. For example, if you consider a call-blocking function essential, you might opt for a model like the BT Everyday Cordless Home Phone. Alternatively, if you need something that keeps track of emails, you might consider the AVM FRITZ!Fon C6 Cordless Telephone.

Do John Lewis sell landline phones?
Yep, they certainly do. Check out some of our favourites from the retailer above.

Why should I keep a landline phone?
It goes without saying that a work-life balance is essential. With a landline number, you can separate your job from your personal life by only sharing your landline contact with clients or colleagues. More importantly, though, for many people, a landline is considered essential in case of emergencies where mobile service cuts out.

Annie Collyer
Annie Collyer

Annie joined the Real Homes team in 2018 as our Deals Editor. Now, as our UK Shopping Editor, she spends much of her time giving advice on what you need to add to your shopping cart. Whether that be a sofa bed for your spare room, accessories to give your space a new lease of life, shiny new appliances for a kitchen or some smart tech for an easier life. She's also our fitness and beauty guru, with hands-on experience with some of the top hair tools and the best home gym equipment around. Otherwise, you can find her rearranging the furniture in her space-savvy London flat, DIYing accessories to fit with her ever-changing colour scheme, or going on long walks with her pug. Next up on her to-renovate list is her bathroom...

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