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Best Home Phones in The Netherlands - Reviews and Comparison 2021

We picked the 7 best home phones in 2021 for your budget and use cases.

Home phones can be both corded and cordless, but in any case, they offer a lot of conveniences. In this buyer's guide, we have included both types along with the detailed feature you must look for while choosing the best home phone.

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FRITZ!Fon C6 DECT comfort telephone

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FRITZ!Fon C6 DECT comfort telephone

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Town/city and country names displayed on incoming and outgoing calls
Encrypted voice transmission
Use of internet services such as emails, web radio, feeds, podcasts and live images from webcams
It offers comfort services such as an alarm clock, call diversion and baby monitor
Conforms to CE standards
Up to five own ring tones
4.8 x 15.2 x 2.1 cm
126 g
Cordless
12 days
16 hours
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300 m
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CL660A

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Brilliant sound quality, even in hands-free mode
2.4" TFT colour display with modern user interface
Slim and modern design
Headset compatible with 2.5 mm jack
You can set ringtone volumes in 5 stages
PC connection via micro USB
5.2 x 15.7 x 2.1 cm
116 g
Cordless
280 hours
14 hours
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300 m
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KX-TGJ310GB family telephone

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Any key answer
DnD mode
It features call waiting caller ID
You can block up to 50 calls
Speed and chain dial possible
One-touch eco mode
4.8 × 16.5 x 3.4 cm
130 g
Cordless
200 hours
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7 hours
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KX-TG6522GB Duo cordless telephone

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Back with anti-slip rubber coating
1.8-inch large font graphic display
Excellent voice quality
Low-radiation
Extremely energy-saving
GAP compatible
4.8 x 15.8 x 2.99 cm
130 g
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170 hours
18 hours
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S850A GO

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You can set individual ringtones for VIP entries
Data can be displayed in 27 languages
Multilingual menu
Headset compatible with 2.5 mm jack
DECT and GAP compatible
PC connection via micro USB
4.9 x 15.1 x 2.6 cm
114 g
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300 hours
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Cordless AS690 Trio

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Excellent voice quality with adjustable sound profiles
Large black-and-white graphic display
Block up to 32 numbers
You can choose between 20 ringtones
Multilingual menu
Data can be displayed in 24 languages
4.9 x 15.5 x 2.8 cm
119 g
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180 hours
14 hours
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GXP1625 HD IP PoE Phone

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3-way conferencing
3 XML programmable context-sensitive soft keys
EHS support for Plantronics headsets
Dual-switched 10/100 Mbps ports
Encryption security
2 SIP accounts and 2 line keys
18.54 x 11.68 x 26.42 cm
725 g
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FRITZ!Fon C6 DECT comfort telephone


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Town/city and country names displayed on incoming and outgoing calls
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16 hours

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Buyer's Guide - Best Home Phones In The Netherlands

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Features: Most important purchase criteria for a home phone

What should you look for when buying a new home phone?

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FAQ: Learn more about the details

Any questions left? Here they are, including answers.

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How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for a home phone

Best practices for home phone usage and care.

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Did you know: Interesting facts, figures and things to know about home phones

Gain in-depth knowledge of home phones, cordless, and phone books.

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Our Picks: How we picked the best home phones

Find out how we selected and ranked the products.

1. Features: Most important purchase criteria for a home phone

1.1 Types

When it comes to a home phone, it can either be corded or cordless. However, corded phones are going the way of the dinosaur, but you can have a corded telephone owing to their benefits. It is inexpensive, never runs out of battery and offer the best voice quality. Without power, cordless phones and some corded phones connected to VoIP services or fibre-optic networks may not work.

Cordless phones also lose signals, or the circuits become full during power outages. Whereas, you do not face any such issue with a corded telephone because its power source does not come from a utility company and rather from the telephone exchange, which has extensive backup systems.

However, when it comes to freedom, convenience, a cordless phone is unbeatable. Also, a cordless telephone provides secure and reliable voice communication with the portability you cannot get with a corded phone.

When it comes to a home phone, it can either be corded or cordless. However, corded phones are going the way of the dinosaur, but you can have a corded telephone owing to their benefits. It is inexpensive, never runs out of battery and offer the best voice quality. Without power, cordless phones and some corded phones connected to VoIP services or fibre-optic networks may not work.

Cordless phones also lose signals, or the circuits become full during power outages. Whereas, you do not face any such issue with a corded telephone because its power source does not come from a utility company and rather from the telephone exchange, which has extensive backup systems.

However, when it comes to freedom, convenience, a cordless phone is unbeatable. Also, a cordless telephone provides secure and reliable voice communication with the portability you cannot get with a corded phone.

1.2 Connection Type

Analogue connection – DECT

The classic landline telephone has an analogue connection. An analogue connection is preferred because it is relatively cheap, extremely reliable, and disturbance is minimal. However, with an analogue telephone line, you can only be reached on a single number.

Digital connection – VoIP

VoIP connection runs through the internet. So, you need an internet subscription for this. The best part is that it falls within the cost of your internet subscription and therefore proves to be a cheap alternative. With this connection, you can even receive emails social media updates rather than receiving only phone calls. In terms of use, VoIP and analogue fixed telephones hardly differ. However, the price for this type of connection is often slightly higher.

Analogue connection – DECT

The classic landline telephone has an analogue connection. An analogue connection is preferred because it is relatively cheap, extremely reliable, and disturbance is minimal. However, with an analogue telephone line, you can only be reached on a single number.

Digital connection – VoIP

VoIP connection runs through the internet. So, you need an internet subscription for this. The best part is that it falls within the cost of your internet subscription and therefore proves to be a cheap alternative. With this connection, you can even receive emails social media updates rather than receiving only phone calls. In terms of use, VoIP and analogue fixed telephones hardly differ. However, the price for this type of connection is often slightly higher.

1.3 Frequency

The frequency your phone uses can increase or decrease the quality of your calls. Cordless phones transmit signals between the base and the handset wirelessly using analogue or digital technology and two closely related but different frequencies within the band. This bandwidth is set by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) and are as follows:

  • The first cordless telephones used a 43–50 megahertz band, and surprisingly it is still available in low-cost models. They have the poorest sound quality thanks to the low frequency and the interference from structures and networks.

  • 900 megahertz is the most popular frequency and offers a good range. The downside is that it is cluttered, which means you are ready to invite problems from other 900-megahertz band products.

  • 2.4-gigahertz comes with better clarity and security than 900-megahertz, but interference can be caused by microwave ovens and wireless networking devices.

  • 5.8-gigahertz is better than the above, and typically there is no interference. However, be aware that some phones billed as 5.8-gigahertz phones actually use both 5.8- and 2.4-gigahertz frequencies.

  • 1.9-gigahertz is used on DECT 6 devices and is becoming popular because of the congestion from the other two frequencies - 2.4 and 5.8. This was approved to eliminate interference with WiFi networks, Bluetooth, baby monitors, and other wireless devices.

If you have negligible wireless devices near your phone, you can choose the 2.4-gigahertz band. If you have quite a number of wireless devices around you, then look into devices called "wireless network friendly" or "802.11-friendly."

The frequency your phone uses can increase or decrease the quality of your calls. Cordless phones transmit signals between the base and the handset wirelessly using analogue or digital technology and two closely related but different frequencies within the band. This bandwidth is set by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) and are as follows:

  • The first cordless telephones used a 43–50 megahertz band, and surprisingly it is still available in low-cost models. They have the poorest sound quality thanks to the low frequency and the interference from structures and networks.

  • 900 megahertz is the most popular frequency and offers a good range. The downside is that it is cluttered, which means you are ready to invite problems from other 900-megahertz band products.

  • 2.4-gigahertz comes with better clarity and security than 900-megahertz, but interference can be caused by microwave ovens and wireless networking devices.

  • 5.8-gigahertz is better than the above, and typically there is no interference. However, be aware that some phones billed as 5.8-gigahertz phones actually use both 5.8- and 2.4-gigahertz frequencies.

  • 1.9-gigahertz is used on DECT 6 devices and is becoming popular because of the congestion from the other two frequencies - 2.4 and 5.8. This was approved to eliminate interference with WiFi networks, Bluetooth, baby monitors, and other wireless devices.

If you have negligible wireless devices near your phone, you can choose the 2.4-gigahertz band. If you have quite a number of wireless devices around you, then look into devices called "wireless network friendly" or "802.11-friendly."

1.4 Transmission

The basic structure of a cordless is primarily the same for all models - a handset establishes a radio link to a base station which is connected to a telephone line and receives & transmits voice signals in both directions.

The transmission method between the base station and the handset is standardised, and it can be any of the following:

DECT – The Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) uses the frequency range between 1880 and 1900 MHz and is mainly used to transmit voice signals due to its technical specifications.
Also known as DECT, 6.0 is renowned for providing the best sound quality, security and range to date. DECT 6.0 is typically immune to interference from other domestic radio signals and continues to operate clearly even in everyday high-traffic situations, including those caused by congestion from other DECT systems, Bluetooth, WiFi networks, video senders, baby monitors and other such wireless devices. DECT 6.0 has set a benchmark for all cordless phones.
You can pair up to 6 handsets with a base station with the help of DECT.

DEC-GAP – With the evolution of technology, most cordless phones today use the DECT-GAP (Generic Access Profile) method. This allows the individual manufacturer coupling of handsets and base stations of different series.

Bluetooth – Bluetooth is a world-famous method of data transmission, but unfortunately, it has not been successful in case of the cordless phones. However, it is used by modern cordless phones for popular additional functions.

The basic structure of a cordless is primarily the same for all models - a handset establishes a radio link to a base station which is connected to a telephone line and receives & transmits voice signals in both directions.

The transmission method between the base station and the handset is standardised, and it can be any of the following:

DECT – The Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) uses the frequency range between 1880 and 1900 MHz and is mainly used to transmit voice signals due to its technical specifications.
Also known as DECT, 6.0 is renowned for providing the best sound quality, security and range to date. DECT 6.0 is typically immune to interference from other domestic radio signals and continues to operate clearly even in everyday high-traffic situations, including those caused by congestion from other DECT systems, Bluetooth, WiFi networks, video senders, baby monitors and other such wireless devices. DECT 6.0 has set a benchmark for all cordless phones.
You can pair up to 6 handsets with a base station with the help of DECT.

DEC-GAP – With the evolution of technology, most cordless phones today use the DECT-GAP (Generic Access Profile) method. This allows the individual manufacturer coupling of handsets and base stations of different series.

Bluetooth – Bluetooth is a world-famous method of data transmission, but unfortunately, it has not been successful in case of the cordless phones. However, it is used by modern cordless phones for popular additional functions.

1.5 Number of Handsets

A handset is a telephone receiver that is used to make calls. And once you are sure of the type of connection, then next look at the number of handsets you want in your home. Although the number remains one but having multiple handsets is always advantageous. You no more have to carry the phone with you everywhere you go in your home. You can have one handset in the living room, another one in the home office room and one set in the bedroom. In any case, we recommend choosing at least two handsets. This way, you will not have to rush around the house to answer the phone.

A handset is a telephone receiver that is used to make calls. And once you are sure of the type of connection, then next look at the number of handsets you want in your home. Although the number remains one but having multiple handsets is always advantageous. You no more have to carry the phone with you everywhere you go in your home. You can have one handset in the living room, another one in the home office room and one set in the bedroom. In any case, we recommend choosing at least two handsets. This way, you will not have to rush around the house to answer the phone.

1.6 Expandability

When purchasing a home phone, you must factor in the future. If you think that you might need more than the existing number of handsets in the future, choose a model that offers the flexibility to increase the number of handsets, so as your needs grow, so can your system. In addition, because extra handsets wirelessly link to the original base, so you'll only need one phone jack.

Models that offer expandability has "Expandable up to" printed on them, so look for the same.

When purchasing a home phone, you must factor in the future. If you think that you might need more than the existing number of handsets in the future, choose a model that offers the flexibility to increase the number of handsets, so as your needs grow, so can your system. In addition, because extra handsets wirelessly link to the original base, so you'll only need one phone jack.

Models that offer expandability has "Expandable up to" printed on them, so look for the same.

1.7 Headsets

Besides a speakerphone or extra handset, a headset also adds mobility to your phone call, and the best part is that it can be added within minutes. A headset provides the same coverage and quality as traditional handsets. Some models come with a headset; otherwise, you can also buy it separately. Furthermore, if your desired handset gives a choice between over-the-ear or behind-/over-the-head style headsets, make a choice after trying the headset.

Besides a speakerphone or extra handset, a headset also adds mobility to your phone call, and the best part is that it can be added within minutes. A headset provides the same coverage and quality as traditional handsets. Some models come with a headset; otherwise, you can also buy it separately. Furthermore, if your desired handset gives a choice between over-the-ear or behind-/over-the-head style headsets, make a choice after trying the headset.

1.8 Battery Backup

A cordless phone either need electricity or some sort of backup system. Some models have a compartment in the charging dock for an extra battery or alkaline batteries with basic power. Others use the stored battery power of the handset to continue working.

A cordless phone either need electricity or some sort of backup system. Some models have a compartment in the charging dock for an extra battery or alkaline batteries with basic power. Others use the stored battery power of the handset to continue working.

1.9 Telephone Book

Cordless phones, including mobiles, gave us a break from memorising 10-plus digit telephone numbers. Therefore, you must look for features like scroll-to-select, one-button dialling or memory calling in a cordless phone system. Some models even allow simple dialling of the last-entered phone number, and others offer easy-to-use speed dialling and built-in number directories. The number that can be saved by a model varies, but some offer space for up to 1500 names and numbers!

Cordless phones, including mobiles, gave us a break from memorising 10-plus digit telephone numbers. Therefore, you must look for features like scroll-to-select, one-button dialling or memory calling in a cordless phone system. Some models even allow simple dialling of the last-entered phone number, and others offer easy-to-use speed dialling and built-in number directories. The number that can be saved by a model varies, but some offer space for up to 1500 names and numbers!

1.10 Answering Machine

An answering machine is a device on which the caller can leave a message when unavailable. It is an excellent feature for a home phone to have because then you will receive the message from the caller even when unavailable.

The capacity of an answering machine is determined by the number of minutes that can be recorded, and that can vary from 20 minutes to as much as 60 minutes.

An answering machine is a device on which the caller can leave a message when unavailable. It is an excellent feature for a home phone to have because then you will receive the message from the caller even when unavailable.

The capacity of an answering machine is determined by the number of minutes that can be recorded, and that can vary from 20 minutes to as much as 60 minutes.

1.11 Weight

A home phone is a handheld device, whether corded or cordless, which is why the weight comes in the picture. If you think that your calls are usually longer than choosing a lightweight phone is recommended. If not that, you can look for features like a speakerphone because then you will not have to lift the phone in your hand even for a minute.

A home phone is a handheld device, whether corded or cordless, which is why the weight comes in the picture. If you think that your calls are usually longer than choosing a lightweight phone is recommended. If not that, you can look for features like a speakerphone because then you will not have to lift the phone in your hand even for a minute.

1.12 Speakerphone

You sometimes feel like multitasking, such as speaking to your loved ones while also doing laundry or engaging in some other hands-on activity. Therefore, a speakerphone on your cordless phone can be an invaluable asset. With the touch of a button, your hands are free. The best part is that calls do not need to be made from the base to take advantage of this feature.

You sometimes feel like multitasking, such as speaking to your loved ones while also doing laundry or engaging in some other hands-on activity. Therefore, a speakerphone on your cordless phone can be an invaluable asset. With the touch of a button, your hands are free. The best part is that calls do not need to be made from the base to take advantage of this feature.

1.13 Colour Screen

A display is an indispensable tool when it comes to the telephone. You need a phone that displays bare minimum things like caller's number, date, time, battery status. It is excellent if entries can be added to or dialled from a phonebook and dialled or edited. In other words, maximum settings and functions should be controlled via the display.

Another indispensable feature related to the screen is readability. Simple LCD screens are one-line and display a limited number of characters at a time. Some models may also display additional icons related to the reception quality or missed calls and messages that are left behind. However, the majority of cordless phones already use multi-line screens that significantly improve readability and operation.

An excellent cordless phone is which can be used even under low light conditions, displays an incoming call, and illuminate a contemporary display. 

With improvements in technology, even cordless phones are approaching the standard of mobile phones, including large colour displays based on TFT technology. So, the functions are clearly displayed for easy operation.

A display is an indispensable tool when it comes to the telephone. You need a phone that displays bare minimum things like caller's number, date, time, battery status. It is excellent if entries can be added to or dialled from a phonebook and dialled or edited. In other words, maximum settings and functions should be controlled via the display.

Another indispensable feature related to the screen is readability. Simple LCD screens are one-line and display a limited number of characters at a time. Some models may also display additional icons related to the reception quality or missed calls and messages that are left behind. However, the majority of cordless phones already use multi-line screens that significantly improve readability and operation.

An excellent cordless phone is which can be used even under low light conditions, displays an incoming call, and illuminate a contemporary display. 

With improvements in technology, even cordless phones are approaching the standard of mobile phones, including large colour displays based on TFT technology. So, the functions are clearly displayed for easy operation.

1.14 Room Monitoring

This is a rare feature found in a handful of cordless phones. With this feature, you can use your home phone to monitor the room or use it as an audio baby monitor. You need two handsets in this case. With a baby monitor function, a handset is placed in the child's vicinity to be monitored. There is an established connection with the second device, and the ambient noise is transmitted.

The room monitor works on the same principle. The only difference is that the connection between the two handsets is not established automatically but must be approached by the second handset on the device in the room to be monitored.

This is a rare feature found in a handful of cordless phones. With this feature, you can use your home phone to monitor the room or use it as an audio baby monitor. You need two handsets in this case. With a baby monitor function, a handset is placed in the child's vicinity to be monitored. There is an established connection with the second device, and the ambient noise is transmitted.

The room monitor works on the same principle. The only difference is that the connection between the two handsets is not established automatically but must be approached by the second handset on the device in the room to be monitored.

1.15 Caller ID

Spam calls have led to the invention of this feature. Unwanted calls to mobile and landline phones have increased due to which you need to know who's calling before you answer. Interestingly, the caller ID/call waiting feature is not limited to smartphones and has been extended to some cordless models. The phone not only shows who is calling but also display the name, number, time and date of incoming calls. Some high-end models also announce the caller's name, so you no longer have to scramble for the handset to see who's calling.

Spam calls have led to the invention of this feature. Unwanted calls to mobile and landline phones have increased due to which you need to know who's calling before you answer. Interestingly, the caller ID/call waiting feature is not limited to smartphones and has been extended to some cordless models. The phone not only shows who is calling but also display the name, number, time and date of incoming calls. Some high-end models also announce the caller's name, so you no longer have to scramble for the handset to see who's calling.

1.16 Keypad

Acceptance of an incoming call, setup of an outgoing call and control of all other features are performed via keys on the telephone. Depending on the model, they can vary in number, arrangement, size and material.

Some phone models have simple rubber buttons, whereas others use plastic or metal. The material and finish determine the long-term durability and resilience of the keypad. It also affects the usability and cleaning factors. For example, rubberised keys are comfortable to use but get dirty faster. In addition, with prolonged intensive use, a print can be wiped off and become unreadable. Whereas the illuminated keypad allows the operation of a cordless telephone even in adverse lighting conditions.

Acceptance of an incoming call, setup of an outgoing call and control of all other features are performed via keys on the telephone. Depending on the model, they can vary in number, arrangement, size and material.

Some phone models have simple rubber buttons, whereas others use plastic or metal. The material and finish determine the long-term durability and resilience of the keypad. It also affects the usability and cleaning factors. For example, rubberised keys are comfortable to use but get dirty faster. In addition, with prolonged intensive use, a print can be wiped off and become unreadable. Whereas the illuminated keypad allows the operation of a cordless telephone even in adverse lighting conditions.

2. FAQ: Learn more about the details

2.1 What is the other name of a home phone?

A traditional home phone is also called a landline that uses a metal wire or optical fibre telephone line for transmission. Lately, cordless has taken the place of a landline as a home phone.

A traditional home phone is also called a landline that uses a metal wire or optical fibre telephone line for transmission. Lately, cordless has taken the place of a landline as a home phone.

2.2 What are the advantages and disadvantages of a cordless that has a built-in answering machine?

Cordless phones that have built-in answering machines are slightly larger and expensive than the models without this feature. Besides letting you hear the record messages, they let you hear the numbers, which is a handy way to screen calls.

Benefits

  • The model can have multiple features such as the option to select several rings and barring tolled numbers, call screening, remote access, speaker volume control, and many ways to navigate through messages navigate.

  • Most phones have a mailbox, a day/time indicator, a message counter displaying the number of messages received.

  • Some models can coordinate with the telephone company's voicemail.

  • A light indicates when there is a new message on the voicemail.

  • During a temporary power outage, most messages are kept as usual.

Disadvantages

  • Expensive than models that do not have this feature.

Cordless phones that have built-in answering machines are slightly larger and expensive than the models without this feature. Besides letting you hear the record messages, they let you hear the numbers, which is a handy way to screen calls.

Benefits

  • The model can have multiple features such as the option to select several rings and barring tolled numbers, call screening, remote access, speaker volume control, and many ways to navigate through messages navigate.

  • Most phones have a mailbox, a day/time indicator, a message counter displaying the number of messages received.

  • Some models can coordinate with the telephone company's voicemail.

  • A light indicates when there is a new message on the voicemail.

  • During a temporary power outage, most messages are kept as usual.

Disadvantages

  • Expensive than models that do not have this feature.

2.3 What are the advantages and disadvantages of a cordless that doesn't have a built-in answering machine?

A cordless phone without a built-in answering machine is easy to use and is affordable than the device coming with all the bells and whistles. Most models don't have a base with a power cord, and the buttons are large for easy display. Also, the indicator light in the handset lights up red to alert you to incoming calls if you can't hear the ringer.

Advantages

  • It is intuitive and user-friendly.

  • Few models have a customer support button.

  • It can store a limited number of names and phone numbers, display date/time and allow you to adjust the device volume via a rotary knob.

Disadvantages

  • Such phones have limited features.

  • It can be challenging to set up the first time.

A cordless phone without a built-in answering machine is easy to use and is affordable than the device coming with all the bells and whistles. Most models don't have a base with a power cord, and the buttons are large for easy display. Also, the indicator light in the handset lights up red to alert you to incoming calls if you can't hear the ringer.

Advantages

  • It is intuitive and user-friendly.

  • Few models have a customer support button.

  • It can store a limited number of names and phone numbers, display date/time and allow you to adjust the device volume via a rotary knob.

Disadvantages

  • Such phones have limited features.

  • It can be challenging to set up the first time.

2.4 Why do I need a DECT phone if I have a smartphone?

Here are the following areas where DECT phone is better than a smartphone:

  • DECT telephone is less likely to interfere than calls with a smartphone, especially in homes/offices with a lot of steel and concrete.

  • Calling other fixed network subscribers with a DECT phone is much cheaper because usually, the fixed tariff for fixed lines is included in DSL and cable providers. Thanks to WiFi, you can conduct free calls from your smartphone, but DECT has a clear advantage with its longer range and lower susceptibility to interference. 

  • DECT phones also get plus one for their great feel and robust processing. 

Here are the following areas where DECT phone is better than a smartphone:

  • DECT telephone is less likely to interfere than calls with a smartphone, especially in homes/offices with a lot of steel and concrete.

  • Calling other fixed network subscribers with a DECT phone is much cheaper because usually, the fixed tariff for fixed lines is included in DSL and cable providers. Thanks to WiFi, you can conduct free calls from your smartphone, but DECT has a clear advantage with its longer range and lower susceptibility to interference. 

  • DECT phones also get plus one for their great feel and robust processing. 

2.5 Does a DECT phone use WiFi?

Yes. WiFi and DECT cordless phones allow you to be mobile, making things more accessible and more convenient. WiFi IP Phones use an internet connection to make VoIP calls instead of a base station.

Yes. WiFi and DECT cordless phones allow you to be mobile, making things more accessible and more convenient. WiFi IP Phones use an internet connection to make VoIP calls instead of a base station.

2.6 What is a GAP compatible phone?

DECT phones that are GAP compatible means you can use any compatible handset with any base unit. For example, a Panasonic GAP compatible handset will work with a BT GAP compatible unit.

DECT phones that are GAP compatible means you can use any compatible handset with any base unit. For example, a Panasonic GAP compatible handset will work with a BT GAP compatible unit.

3. How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for a home phone

3.1 How to clean and maintain a DECT phone?

According to Seattle Times journalist Bobby Caina Calvan, a phone is loaded with germs- 25,127 bacteria per square inch, to be precise. With that number, it seems like your phone needs cleaning now and then. Isn't it?

The best way to get rid of the germs is to sanitise your phone whenever possible.

Another quick way to clean the handset, receiver, and cord is to swipe them with alcohol wipes or rub alcohol on a paper towel or microfiber cloth.

Tip: Keep alcohol wipes in the drawer next to a phone for regular wipe-downs.

According to Seattle Times journalist Bobby Caina Calvan, a phone is loaded with germs- 25,127 bacteria per square inch, to be precise. With that number, it seems like your phone needs cleaning now and then. Isn't it?

The best way to get rid of the germs is to sanitise your phone whenever possible.

Another quick way to clean the handset, receiver, and cord is to swipe them with alcohol wipes or rub alcohol on a paper towel or microfiber cloth.

Tip: Keep alcohol wipes in the drawer next to a phone for regular wipe-downs.

4. Did you know: Interesting facts, figures and things to know about home phones

4.1 The traditional telephone system, or landline, is known as a POTS or plain old telephone service.

4.2 The first patent for an electric telephone was awarded to Alexander Graham Bell by the USPTO, in March 1876.

4.3 The first telephone call happened between Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Watson.

4.4 The first words Alexander Graham Bell spoke to his assistant Thomas Watson, "Mr Watson, come here, I want to see you."

4.5 Alexander Graham Bell suggested using "ahoy" when answering the phone. It was actually Thomas Edison who suggested using "hello."

4.6 To honour Alexander Graham Bell, after his death in 1922, all telephones stopped ringing for one full minute.

4.7 The first phonebook was published in 1878, which would fit on one sheet of paper.

4.8 The word "telephone" was first used in 1828 by Francois Sudre to describe his invention of a musical signalling device.

4.9 It was Bell who filed the first patent for a wireless telephone in the 1800s. However, it didn't look like any of the wireless phones we use today. It used beams of light to transmit sound.

4.10 Cordless phones first appeared around 1980, and they operated at a frequency of 27 MHz.

4.11 George Sweigert and Teri Pall invented cordless phones.

4.12 The first long-distance call took place between Dominion Telegraph Office in Brantford and Paris in Ontario, Canada.

4.1 The traditional telephone system, or landline, is known as a POTS or plain old telephone service.

4.2 The first patent for an electric telephone was awarded to Alexander Graham Bell by the USPTO, in March 1876.

4.3 The first telephone call happened between Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Watson.

4.4 The first words Alexander Graham Bell spoke to his assistant Thomas Watson, "Mr Watson, come here, I want to see you."

4.5 Alexander Graham Bell suggested using "ahoy" when answering the phone. It was actually Thomas Edison who suggested using "hello."

4.6 To honour Alexander Graham Bell, after his death in 1922, all telephones stopped ringing for one full minute.

4.7 The first phonebook was published in 1878, which would fit on one sheet of paper.

4.8 The word "telephone" was first used in 1828 by Francois Sudre to describe his invention of a musical signalling device.

4.9 It was Bell who filed the first patent for a wireless telephone in the 1800s. However, it didn't look like any of the wireless phones we use today. It used beams of light to transmit sound.

4.10 Cordless phones first appeared around 1980, and they operated at a frequency of 27 MHz.

4.11 George Sweigert and Teri Pall invented cordless phones.

4.12 The first long-distance call took place between Dominion Telegraph Office in Brantford and Paris in Ontario, Canada.

5. Our Picks: How we picked the best home phones

We chose the home phones primarily based on their connection type, number of handsets, expandability factor, speakerphone feature, phonebook memory, and talk time. We also referred to renowned e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, Bol, and Cool blue to select our top seven.

We chose the home phones primarily based on their connection type, number of handsets, expandability factor, speakerphone feature, phonebook memory, and talk time. We also referred to renowned e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, Bol, and Cool blue to select our top seven.

5.1 AVM FRITZ!Fon C6 DECT comfort telephone

  • The FRITZ Fon C6 is a pleasure to use, thanks to the ergonomic, illuminated keypad that also has a message indicator and a high-resolution colour display.

  • It is easier to hold, and the tactile keys make the phone safe and easy to use.

  • It is equipped with the latest voice encryption standards, so no additional configuration is needed. You can use the phone right away.

  • For ultimate speech intelligibility, it supports HD telephony, which transmits voices more naturally than traditional voice transmission.

  • It comes with an in-built answering machine and multiple telephone books.

  • The cordless offers convenient features such as Smart Home applications, web radio, receiving emails, baby monitors and alarms.

  • It also has new features such as the display of town/city or country names for calls or the addition of up to five own ring tones.

  • It also has new features such as display of city or even country names.

  • You can also add up to five own ring tones.

  • It is so easy to set up. Register the telephone on the DECT base station, and it's done. You can either add numbers in the FRITZ! Box menu or directly save them in the FRITZ!Fon.

  • The FRITZ Fon C6 is a pleasure to use, thanks to the ergonomic, illuminated keypad that also has a message indicator and a high-resolution colour display.

  • It is easier to hold, and the tactile keys make the phone safe and easy to use.

  • It is equipped with the latest voice encryption standards, so no additional configuration is needed. You can use the phone right away.

  • For ultimate speech intelligibility, it supports HD telephony, which transmits voices more naturally than traditional voice transmission.

  • It comes with an in-built answering machine and multiple telephone books.

  • The cordless offers convenient features such as Smart Home applications, web radio, receiving emails, baby monitors and alarms.

  • It also has new features such as the display of town/city or country names for calls or the addition of up to five own ring tones.

  • It also has new features such as display of city or even country names.

  • You can also add up to five own ring tones.

  • It is so easy to set up. Register the telephone on the DECT base station, and it's done. You can either add numbers in the FRITZ! Box menu or directly save them in the FRITZ!Fon.

5.2 Gigaset CL660A

  • The CL660HX is an analogue connection phone with more than just basic features.

  • It allows you to easily personalise your telephone with individual ring tones, your choice of photos and screensavers.

  • It has an in-built digital answering machine that has 55 minutes of recording time.

  • The large TFT colour display (2.4") with a modern user interface has won the hearts of many.

  • You can connect it to a PC via micro USB.

  • Its address book can save up to 400 contacts with three telephone numbers each.

  • Since you can save the caller's picture, the call display feature will not only show the caller's name and number but also his/her photo.

  • The phone has brilliant audio quality and is even hands-free. The sound quality is excellent.

  • There are 22 melodies in the handset, and you can set individual ringtones as well.

  • It is equipped with 5 volume levels / OFF / adjustable crescendo.

  • The phone has a high-quality, frameless, illuminated keypad with features like "Pick-up" and hands-free key flashes during the call, lights up during hands-free mode (green), key lock on/off via pound (#) key, mute feature, ringtone on/off via * key, etc.

  • It offers convenient menu guidance in various languages (D, GB, F, I, E, P, TR, etc.).

  • The phone is easy to operate thanks to the colour icons, menu texts, and display keys.

  • For text displays, you can choose from various colours.

  • It is an Eco Dect phone, i.e. there is an auto reduction of the transmitting power depending on how much distance is there between handset and the base station.

  • It is radiation-free when in standby mode, even if several handsets are used, provided all registered handsets support ECO DECT.

  • Last but not least, there is low energy consumption due to energy-saving plug-in power adapters.

  • The CL660HX is an analogue connection phone with more than just basic features.

  • It allows you to easily personalise your telephone with individual ring tones, your choice of photos and screensavers.

  • It has an in-built digital answering machine that has 55 minutes of recording time.

  • The large TFT colour display (2.4") with a modern user interface has won the hearts of many.

  • You can connect it to a PC via micro USB.

  • Its address book can save up to 400 contacts with three telephone numbers each.

  • Since you can save the caller's picture, the call display feature will not only show the caller's name and number but also his/her photo.

  • The phone has brilliant audio quality and is even hands-free. The sound quality is excellent.

  • There are 22 melodies in the handset, and you can set individual ringtones as well.

  • It is equipped with 5 volume levels / OFF / adjustable crescendo.

  • The phone has a high-quality, frameless, illuminated keypad with features like "Pick-up" and hands-free key flashes during the call, lights up during hands-free mode (green), key lock on/off via pound (#) key, mute feature, ringtone on/off via * key, etc.

  • It offers convenient menu guidance in various languages (D, GB, F, I, E, P, TR, etc.).

  • The phone is easy to operate thanks to the colour icons, menu texts, and display keys.

  • For text displays, you can choose from various colours.

  • It is an Eco Dect phone, i.e. there is an auto reduction of the transmitting power depending on how much distance is there between handset and the base station.

  • It is radiation-free when in standby mode, even if several handsets are used, provided all registered handsets support ECO DECT.

  • Last but not least, there is low energy consumption due to energy-saving plug-in power adapters.

5.3 Panasonic KX-TGJ310GB family telephone

  • The design of the KX-TGJ310 is modern thanks to the small 1.8-inch display and the thick construction.

  • The black and white plastic housing of the phone gives a good feel and should withstand most falls without damage. 

  • The illuminated keys have a clearly defined pressure point, and also they are slightly spongy. 

  • The cordless lies comfortably in hand but is comparatively heavy with the dimensions 4.8 × 16.5 x 3.4 cm (WxHxD) and a weight of 130 g.

  • The colour display is well illuminated and lets you see comfortable even in bright surroundings.

  • The LCD resolution (103*65 pixels) is sufficient for a DECT telephone.

  • The two replaceable 1.2-volt batteries (Ni-MH) with a capacity of 630 mAh each allows up to 16 hours of talk time and a standby time of up to 200 hours.

  • If not used for a minute, it goes into standby mode and darkens the display. When the key is pressed, or a call comes in, it switches on again.

  • Unfortunately, the glossy surface relatively attracts fingerprints and dust. 

  • It has some extra interesting features like time-controlled muting, suppressing the number or call waiting.

  • The integrated baby monitor function is also fascinating.

  • The design of the KX-TGJ310 is modern thanks to the small 1.8-inch display and the thick construction.

  • The black and white plastic housing of the phone gives a good feel and should withstand most falls without damage. 

  • The illuminated keys have a clearly defined pressure point, and also they are slightly spongy. 

  • The cordless lies comfortably in hand but is comparatively heavy with the dimensions 4.8 × 16.5 x 3.4 cm (WxHxD) and a weight of 130 g.

  • The colour display is well illuminated and lets you see comfortable even in bright surroundings.

  • The LCD resolution (103*65 pixels) is sufficient for a DECT telephone.

  • The two replaceable 1.2-volt batteries (Ni-MH) with a capacity of 630 mAh each allows up to 16 hours of talk time and a standby time of up to 200 hours.

  • If not used for a minute, it goes into standby mode and darkens the display. When the key is pressed, or a call comes in, it switches on again.

  • Unfortunately, the glossy surface relatively attracts fingerprints and dust. 

  • It has some extra interesting features like time-controlled muting, suppressing the number or call waiting.

  • The integrated baby monitor function is also fascinating.

5.4 Panasonic KX-TG6522GB Duo cordless telephone

  • The Panasonic KX-TG6522GB is an analogue phone with great specs.

  • It has a built-in phone book that can store up to 100 contacts. This ensures that there is room for most of your contacts.

  • You can easily read which number you have in mind on the monochrome, 1.8 inch, 103*65 pixels screen.

  • Thanks to the caller ID, you can immediately see who is calling you.

  • This premium device has a huge battery that gives you up to 170 hours of standby time or 18 hours of total talk time.

  • To charge the battery, place the phone in the additional holder of the phone, and your job will be done in no time.

  • The base station ensures that the telephone has a connection, and you can make calls within a radius of 50 meters. However, both the base station and the holder must be connected via a power outlet.

  • It has an integrated answering machine that offers 20 minutes of recording time.

  • It comes with two handsets and is equipped with a backlit keypad.

  • The voice quality is impressive even when the speakerphone is on.

  • The caller ID displays the caller's name and number.

  • The dup cordless has low radiation and is highly energy-saving. 

  • The Panasonic KX-TG6522GB is an analogue phone with great specs.

  • It has a built-in phone book that can store up to 100 contacts. This ensures that there is room for most of your contacts.

  • You can easily read which number you have in mind on the monochrome, 1.8 inch, 103*65 pixels screen.

  • Thanks to the caller ID, you can immediately see who is calling you.

  • This premium device has a huge battery that gives you up to 170 hours of standby time or 18 hours of total talk time.

  • To charge the battery, place the phone in the additional holder of the phone, and your job will be done in no time.

  • The base station ensures that the telephone has a connection, and you can make calls within a radius of 50 meters. However, both the base station and the holder must be connected via a power outlet.

  • It has an integrated answering machine that offers 20 minutes of recording time.

  • It comes with two handsets and is equipped with a backlit keypad.

  • The voice quality is impressive even when the speakerphone is on.

  • The caller ID displays the caller's name and number.

  • The dup cordless has low radiation and is highly energy-saving. 

5.5 Gigaset S850A GO

  • The Gigaset S850A GO is an excellent landline phone that brings enormous convenience to your life thanks to its powerful specs.

  • The precisely arranged menu and the large colour display not only enhances your call experience but also make for particularly easy navigation.

  • The in-built phone book can save up to 500 entries which you can also easily synchronise with the Outlook contacts on your PC. Moreover, the picture clip function gives your phone book entries a personal touch by saving the numbers with the contact's photo. Next time when your loved ones call, your friends and family appear on display.

  • You can change between three audio profiles with one click to perfectly adjust the acoustics of your conversation to your surrounding conditions.

  • Since it is headset compatible, you enjoy complete freedom of movement for everything you may want to do while talking on the phone.

  • It will suppress the ringtone of anonymous calls and notify you via an optical signal on display whenever you want. That way, you remain undisturbed. Also, you do not miss any call as you're immediately notified on display and by the flashing message key.

  • The in-built answering machine records up to 55 minutes of messages.

  • The landline system can be expanded by up to five additional handsets. This way, you can instantly answer every call irrspective of the location.

  • You can even make internal calls with this cordless.

  • The Gigaset S850A GO is an excellent landline phone that brings enormous convenience to your life thanks to its powerful specs.

  • The precisely arranged menu and the large colour display not only enhances your call experience but also make for particularly easy navigation.

  • The in-built phone book can save up to 500 entries which you can also easily synchronise with the Outlook contacts on your PC. Moreover, the picture clip function gives your phone book entries a personal touch by saving the numbers with the contact's photo. Next time when your loved ones call, your friends and family appear on display.

  • You can change between three audio profiles with one click to perfectly adjust the acoustics of your conversation to your surrounding conditions.

  • Since it is headset compatible, you enjoy complete freedom of movement for everything you may want to do while talking on the phone.

  • It will suppress the ringtone of anonymous calls and notify you via an optical signal on display whenever you want. That way, you remain undisturbed. Also, you do not miss any call as you're immediately notified on display and by the flashing message key.

  • The in-built answering machine records up to 55 minutes of messages.

  • The landline system can be expanded by up to five additional handsets. This way, you can instantly answer every call irrspective of the location.

  • You can even make internal calls with this cordless.

5.6 Cordless Gigaset AS690 Trio

  • Gigaset AS690 is available in one handset to four handsets. Up to three handsets, you can get both with and without an answering machine, while Quattro is available only with an answering machine.

  • It offers excellent voice quality even when on speaker. You can also adjust the strength of higher or lower frequencies to make the sound comfortable for you.

  • You can't ignore its large, illuminated, black-and-white graphic display.

  • The large numeric display in dialling mode and the strong contrast between the white lettering and the black background have been purposefully designed to make phone usage easier.

  • The ergonomic keypad with illuminated keys and intuitive handling makes talking on the phone convenient.

  • You can ignore up to 32 numbers by blocking them. Once the feature is activated, there will either be a rejection of the calls from these numbers, or numbers will be displayed without the phone ringing. You can even prevent the phone from ringing for anonymous calls and even set time periods during which the phone should or shouldn't ring.

  • It is easy to communicate with this cordless, thanks to the 14 hours of talk time.

  • Its integrated phone book can hold up to 100 names and numbers. In addition, the last 25 calls are listed automatically with the caller's number and the time at which they rang. Moreover, with a standby time of 180 hours, callers will always be able to talk to you.

  • The device has an in-built answering machine as well, which can record up to 20 minutes' worth of messages, which you can listen to later via the handset, the base station or remotely. In addition, you can even personalise your answering machine by recording your own outgoing message and setting the maximum recording length.

  • It can be expanded with up to four handsets. 

  • The Gigaset AS690 series is equipped with eco-friendly ECO DECT technology, including this device. This means that the cordless are radiation-free in standby mode provided that the base and all connected handsets support ECO DECT too. During a call, the transmission power automatically determines the distance between the handset and the base. The smaller the distance, the lower the radiation.

  • For the maximum DECT range, you can disable the ECO DECT mode.

  • Gigaset AS690 is available in one handset to four handsets. Up to three handsets, you can get both with and without an answering machine, while Quattro is available only with an answering machine.

  • It offers excellent voice quality even when on speaker. You can also adjust the strength of higher or lower frequencies to make the sound comfortable for you.

  • You can't ignore its large, illuminated, black-and-white graphic display.

  • The large numeric display in dialling mode and the strong contrast between the white lettering and the black background have been purposefully designed to make phone usage easier.

  • The ergonomic keypad with illuminated keys and intuitive handling makes talking on the phone convenient.

  • You can ignore up to 32 numbers by blocking them. Once the feature is activated, there will either be a rejection of the calls from these numbers, or numbers will be displayed without the phone ringing. You can even prevent the phone from ringing for anonymous calls and even set time periods during which the phone should or shouldn't ring.

  • It is easy to communicate with this cordless, thanks to the 14 hours of talk time.

  • Its integrated phone book can hold up to 100 names and numbers. In addition, the last 25 calls are listed automatically with the caller's number and the time at which they rang. Moreover, with a standby time of 180 hours, callers will always be able to talk to you.

  • The device has an in-built answering machine as well, which can record up to 20 minutes' worth of messages, which you can listen to later via the handset, the base station or remotely. In addition, you can even personalise your answering machine by recording your own outgoing message and setting the maximum recording length.

  • It can be expanded with up to four handsets. 

  • The Gigaset AS690 series is equipped with eco-friendly ECO DECT technology, including this device. This means that the cordless are radiation-free in standby mode provided that the base and all connected handsets support ECO DECT too. During a call, the transmission power automatically determines the distance between the handset and the base. The smaller the distance, the lower the radiation.

  • For the maximum DECT range, you can disable the ECO DECT mode.

5.7 Grandstream GXP1625 HD IP PoE Phone

  • Grandstream GXP1620/25 is a basic IP phone for those who requires standard features for a light to medium call volume.

  • It is a corded phone based on VoIP connection type.

  • YYou can always stay in touch with others with its two lines/SIP accounts.

  • You will have a good call, thanks to the crystal clear HD audio.

  • Utilise its dual-switched 10/100 Mbps ports for flexible deployment.

  • The essential supporting features such as 3-way conferencing and 3 XML programmable soft keys maximise productivity.

  • The GXP1620/1625 features state-of-the-art security encryption (SRTP and TLS).

  • It supports various automated provisioning options, including zero-configuration with Grandstream's UCM series IP PBXs, encrypted XML files and TR-069, making mass deployment extremely easy.

  • Grandstream GXP1620/25 is a basic IP phone for those who requires standard features for a light to medium call volume.

  • It is a corded phone based on VoIP connection type.

  • YYou can always stay in touch with others with its two lines/SIP accounts.

  • You will have a good call, thanks to the crystal clear HD audio.

  • Utilise its dual-switched 10/100 Mbps ports for flexible deployment.

  • The essential supporting features such as 3-way conferencing and 3 XML programmable soft keys maximise productivity.

  • The GXP1620/1625 features state-of-the-art security encryption (SRTP and TLS).

  • It supports various automated provisioning options, including zero-configuration with Grandstream's UCM series IP PBXs, encrypted XML files and TR-069, making mass deployment extremely easy.