Ever since DECT technology was accepted as standard in the US, cordless phones have become a highly considered option for home phones. Price, range of transmission and standby time are important considerations when buying a cordless phone, as is the device's ease of use.
Siemens Gigaset SL785
Coming in at around £97 as of September 2010, the Siemens Gigaset SL785 is one of the best cordless phones currently available. The SL785 is very accessible and easy to use and has a large storage capacity at 500 phone book entries. It comes with a Bluetooth headset and a full duplex hands-free feature. Data can be transferred to and from the phone via Bluetooth and USB connections. Last, but not least, the phone has a very attractive and streamlined appearance.
Siemens Gigaset S795
Coming in at around £74, the Siemens Gigaset S795 is another feature-packed cordless phone from Siemens. The phone allows up to 500 phone entries to be stored and comes with an attractive TFT colour display. As with other Siemens cordless phones, the S795 is extremely accessible, with a five-way navigational keypad. Pictures and melodies can be uploaded onto the phone via the USB connection and free Gigaset QuickSync software.
Panasonic KX TG8522
Quite possibly the best Panasonic cordless phone on the market, the KX TG8522 comes in at around £65. The phone allows you to store up to 200 names and numbers, as well as 14 melodies. It has an accessible interface, an attractive design and comes with a full-colour 65K display screen.
Panasonic KX TG6522
Another excellent Panasonic cordless phone, the KX TG6522, comes in at £65 with two handsets. It has excellent battery life and performance and offers up to 17 hours of talk time, with 180 hours of standby time per battery charge. The phone also records messages up to 20 minutes in length.
The SE565 comes in at around £52 for the single handset and £97 if you want two additional handsets. While it may not be one of the more attractive cordless phones, it makes up for it by offering excellent voice clarity features and up to 50 meters indoor range and 300 meters outdoors. The phone has storage for up to 200 names and numbers.
The CL82209 is one of AT&T top cordless phones, coming in at £48.70 with one additional handset. The phone utilises DECT 6.0 technology and has reliable Wi-Fi facilities. It has a message recording capacity of 14 minutes, a talk-time of eight hours and a standby time in excess of 140 hours.
Panasonic KX TG6411
The KX TG6411 by Panasonic is a good all-around cordless telephone, offering good range and performance and a sleek appearance. Costing about £65, it may not be the best value for money, but features such as integrated digital answering machine, backlit buttons and handset speakerphones mean that it is still a viable option.
Another excellent AT&T phone that offers excellent performance and an attractive design. The CL82309 utilises DECT 6.0 technology, as is the industry standard, and is competitively priced at around £45, with two addition handsets. As with the CL82209, talk-time is eight hours and handset stand by time is 144 hours.
Priced at around £32 with an additional handset, the Clarity D613C is an affordable option for those looking for a reliable, mid-range cordless telephone. Large buttons make it a good option for the elderly. However, a less-than-ideal instruction manual means that younger, more tech-savvy relatives may need to help in setting it up.
The CL81209, at just under £29, is excellent value for money. Complete with an additional handset and utilising DECT 6.0 technology, the CL81209 can support up to 12 handsets and can record messages up to 14 minutes in length.