New Best Buy cordless phones uncovered by Which?Tests reveal phones that offer great call quality
29 October 2014
Wondering which cordless home phone to buy? Good news: there are two new Best Buys in the shops. But that's not all – our testing has also revealed two good value phones which, while not quite Best Buys, still do a great job and cost under £35.
Our latest bumper batch of 19 cordless home phones covers a wide range of devices, from an ultra-cheap Binatone handset to BT’s latest home smartphone. Most come with built-in answering machines and almost half offer call blocking options to help keep nuisance calls to a minimum.
From this latest batch of models to be put through our tough lab tests, we’ve found two fantastic new Best Buy phones. Both produce crystal clear calls and offer fantastic coverage, making them suitable for even the largest houses.
Which? members can find out which cordless home phones are the best by checking out our Best Buy cordless home phone reviews. But if you're not a member yet, you can start a £1 trial to Which? to get instant access to all our results - from TVs and tablets to coffee machines and pushchairs.
Call blocking options
Nuisance phone calls have become a huge issue in the last few years. Phone manufacturers have attempted to solve the problem by including call blocking features in their latest handsets.
Which? telecoms expert Jon Barrow said: 'Using a call blocker that’s built into your home phone can be much more cost effective than buying a standalone blocking device, and integrated answering machines mean you can usually still listen to calls that you’ve barred by mistake. It’s no wonder that phones with call blocking features, such as last year’s BT 6500, have proved so popular with the public.'
Home phones tend to be much simpler than mobile phones but we’ve recently seen a wave of more sophisticated devices.
Leading the way is BT’s Home SmartPhone S, a touchscreen home phone that’s packed with advanced technology. It runs on the Android operating system and can connect to your home wi-fi network. This means you can use the phone to surf the web, check emails, access social networks and download apps.
However these features aren't cheap – the phone costs around £150, making it over three times the price of the top-rated Best Buy in our latest batch. Is it worth it? Read our review of the BT Home SmartPhone S cordless home phone to find out.
Cordless home phones on test
The full list of models we've just tested, rated and reviewed is below.
- Binatone Luna 1205 - £15
- Binatone Shield 6025 - £23
- BT 3920 - £60
- BT Diverse 7450 Plus - £48
- BT Home SmartPhone S - £150
- Geemarc AmpliDect 280 - £35
- Gigaset A510A - £37
- Gigaset A540A - £40
- Gigaset Dune CL540A - £79
- Gigaset E630A - £96
- iDect Boomerang Plus - £90
- Logik L20DBIG10 - £23
- Motorola IT.6.1T - £80
- Panasonic KX-TGC210 - £30
- Panasonic KX-TGC220 - £45
- Panasonic KX-TGH220 - £39
- Philips D4051W - £33
- Philips S10A - £65
- Tesco Value AWB001 - £27
(Prices are for a single pack option and may change. Multi pack options are also available.)
- Best Buy cordless phones - in-depth reviews of the best on test
- How to buy the best cordless phone - read our expert buying advice
- Stop nuisance calls - our top ten tips to keep nuisance calls to a minimum