Cordless Phone Reviews and Ratings

Cheap Cordless Phones
How to Find the Best

There are plenty of cheap cordless phones, but many are a waste of money at any price. The difference in cost between the best and worst cordless phones is often as little as a few dollars. To avoid the hassle of buying a new cordless phone every few months it's worth reviewing the differences before taking the plunge.

1. Is it a DECT 6.0 cordless phone?

The latest cordless phones are all DECT 6.0 phones. All things being equal they can be trusted to work with few if any problems. If you find a really cheap 5.8 GHz, 2.4 GHz or 900 MHz phone - pass. They are cheap for a reason. Having sat on a shelf for years someone has decided to bite the bullet and get rid of them, if they can.

DECT 6.0 technology has superseded the alternatives because it addresses the problems that frustrated many cordless phone users in the past. These included issues with limited talk time through to interference from WiFi devices and poor security.

The good news is that DECT phones should be the cheapest cordless phones. They conform to a standard that enables the components to be made in bigger volumes and hence more cheaply.

2. Which Brand?

There are several brands that compete more or less exclusively on price and styling. They include: Motorola, Uniden, GE, AT&T and Vtech cordless phones.

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In order to drive costs down they are manufactured by just one or two companies. The biggest contract manufacturer of all is Vtech. By manufacturing for other companies (including its competitors) it has achieved a scale of operation that gives it a major advantage in cutting costs. No other company can compete with Vtech when it comes to manufacturing cheap cordless phones. It's able to keep costs low while at the same time maintaining tight quality control.

The VTech CS6429 is one of Vtech's latest cordless phones. It's inexpensive and users rate it highly.

For more detail see - Panasonic vs Vtech phones

3. What's Missing

Because they are competing on cost the manufacturers of the cheapest cordless phones are ruthless in cutting out any features that aren't absolutely essential. Top of the list are items such as headset jacks and belt clips. While their handsets include speakerphones they are half duplex, which means that users will get clicking sounds and a hollow silence when both parties attempt to speak at the same time. (Only one or two brands of premium cordless phones offer full duplex speakerphones).

Another feature of the cheapest cordless phones is that they employ proprietary battery packs instead of standard AAA batteries. Most consumers hate having to buy special replacement batteries, but it's seldom an issue in the case of the cheapest phones. They are not designed to last more than a year. If they do there is money to be made from selling replacement cordless phone batteries.

4. Premium Cordless Phones

Panasonic cordless phones are seldom the cheapest. Instead they are packed full of features and incorporate innovative features that others subsequently introduce. It's a strategy that worked for Toyota and other Japanese companies and it has definitely worked for Panasonic.

Panasonic cordless phones outsell all other brands and have done so for years. While they are more expensive the difference in cost isn't great.

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It's also worth comparing the cost of phones with more than one or two handsets. Cheap cordless phones may no longer be the cheapest once the number of handsets gets above four or five. Cheap phones are often the most expandable, but the downside is that they are often the most expensive when configured with six, eight, ten or twelve handsets.

On the other hand Panasonic phone systems become more price competitive as the number of included handsets goes up. Panasonic wants to sell more high end phones including Bluetooth cordless phones. To that end it's pricing is highly competitive in the case of phones such as the Panasonic KX-TG7645M.


If you don't require all the"bells and whistles" a cheap cordless phone could well be the best solution. However, before taking the plunge check out the best cordless phones. They aren't that much more expensive and will almost certainly last a lot longer.

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