The Best Cordless Phone - The New York Times

Our pick

AT&T DL72210

AT&T DL72210

This phone offers good range, great voice quality, and more features than most others at this price.

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AT&T's DL72210 offers plenty of range, great sound quality, and the full list of modern features. In our tests, we were able to walk seven houses down the street (more than 250 feet) before the connection began to cut out; that should be more than enough distance for most people. Our testing panel rated the DL72210's voice quality the highest of all the models we tested, as it even beat an iPhone used with Wi-Fi calling. And this two-handset package includes features—such as smart call blocking and Bluetooth pairing to your cell phone—normally found only on higher-end models.

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Panasonic KX-TGM420W

Panasonic KX-TGM420W

The KX-TGM420W's higher volume levels can help people with mild to moderate hearing loss, and its tone adjustment may make understanding speakers easier.

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Panasonic's KX-TGM420W is the first phone that most people with hearing loss should consider. We tested three amplified phones with retired audiologist Lisa Devlin, who herself has hearing loss, and we found the KX-TGM420W to offer a significant volume range and suitable tone-adjustment options—both important features for those experiencing hearing loss. Although you can find phones that get louder, their extra volume isn't necessary for everyone, and they cost about twice as much. Our recommended handset is compatible with hearing aids and includes a jack for an optional headset or neck loop. Like our other picks, it offers good range and clear outgoing-voice quality, among other standard phone features. "I think that if I were still a practicing clinician and I had a client who was looking for a landline, I would recommend the 420," Devlin said after her evaluation. There might be better options depending on your individual hearing needs, though.

Budget pick

VTech CS6114

VTech CS6114

This model is great if you need only a clear-sounding phone without any bells or whistles. It's an ideal candidate to keep around in case of an emergency.

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If you're looking for a barebones cordless phone that can make calls from a landline or cable-company VoIP line—and that's it—go with the VTech CS6114. For the price of a typical smartphone case, you get a no-frills phone with reasonable range and voice clarity but no call blocking, no speakerphone, and no answering system. The CS6114 is as basic as cordless phones get, but it could be the perfect choice if you just want to have a home phone available in case of emergencies.

Upgrade pick

VTech IS8151-4

VTech IS8151-4

This phone has every feature you could want, as well as the longest range of any model we tested.

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VTech's IS8151-4 is the cordless phone for those who want a wealth of features and don't need an amplified phone. It offers all the same features as AT&T's DL72210 does, plus a dial pad and speakerphone on the base, and the package comes with four handsets. Also, this phone stayed connected over a longer distance than any other model we tested, starting to cut out only after 450 feet (or the length of one and a half football fields).

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