It can sometimes be tempting to feel that the whole world’s gone mobile – as smartphones have become more and more ubiquitous, younger generations have increasingly seen no reason to still use landline phones in their own homes.
However, there are still countless people who use landlines every day, whether because it saves them money compared to their mobile contracts, or because of the convenience of having a chat on a phone that doesn’t have a million other features to distract you. That’s why we’ve gathered some of the very best landline phones on the market, right here.
Our guide to the best home phones around
Panasonic has a whole host of cordless phones available for your home, but our favourite is the KX-PRS120 (and they all have similarly catchy names). It’s a really nicely designed phone that successfully looks like a modern product, which many of its competitors can’t quite manage.
It’s also got, as part of that design, really big and easy to use buttons and a screen that’s also easy to read, making navigating through its menus a doddle. It can use Caller ID information to detect who’s ringing, which also means that it’s great at blocking nuisance calls, and has plenty of ringtones to choose from as well. Finally, it represents really solid value, too, which is key.
BT Premium Phone
There are a few top-end handsets that you can buy for your home which cost truly silly money, most of them designed expensively and aimed at niche buyers, but BT’s Premium Phone is probably the top-end of the mainstream market, and it’s hugely impressive. The phones are really nicely designed, elegant and premium-feeling, but it’s their features that win out.
You can block callers at the press of a button, while a call-screening option lets you even force callers to identify themselves ahead of time (you can exempt your contacts, too). In fact, the call-blocking option is just about as extensive as you’ll find anywhere, which will be perfect for some. For everyone else, beautiful design and great call-quality will more than do their bit, too.
A slightly more affordable option from Panasonic, the KX-TGD622 is still a nice phone to look at, or more accurately is a phone that will easily blend into the background in your home, which is what many people will be looking for. It’s simple and easy to use, as well.
Its soft-touch keys are easy to read and backlit for when you’re flailing around in the dark, and while its display isn’t exactly cutting-edge, you’re still getting a great package for the price, one which will do very nicely for most users.
Gigaset S850A Go
When it comes to innovation in the world of home phones it might feel like there’s not much more to be done, but Gigaset has taken an impressive leap with the S850A Go, which lets you sidestep your landline bill in interesting ways. It can hook onto your home’s Wi-Fi network to make internet calls, making it great for calling abroad without triggering annoying extra charges.
On top of that, it’s a nicely-designed phone with an easy-to-navigate system and good build quality and call clarity, which makes for a pretty darn solid package as a whole.
BT Everyday Cordless Home Phone
If the top priority for you is affordability alongside quality, we think that BT’s Everyday option is a really impressive one for those looking to spend less. It’s priced really nicely, especially since you can buy a single phone on its own, and yet still looks pleasant and feels sturdy.
Plus, its call quality is really solid, while you also get plenty of ringtones to choose from and settings to tweak. It’s far from the most feature-packed phone, but for a budget option, it’s an extremely sensible choice.