From call blocking technology to caller ID to answering machines, there are a lot of different features available when it comes to home telephones. Whether you’re on the lookout for the best cordless phone or a trusty corded landline, we’ve compiled all the info you need to make the right decision – plus a list of the best home phones at the end of this handy guide.
Cordless phones give you the freedom to walk around the house while you chat, allowing you to multi-task instead of being tied to one place. They can be bought with up to four handsets in the box, which will all work from just one telephone socket. All cordless phones use DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunication) technology to give you a secure and interference-free wireless connection between the handset and base. DECT phones usually have a longer range from their base than analogue phones.
Traditional corded telephones have a cord connecting the handset to the receiver so they’ll never run out of charge. They’re also great to have in emergencies: if there’s a power cut they’ll carry on working, whereas cordless phones will shut down.
To make things easier for you we’ve compiled a selection of our top home phones. Check them out below…
Fed up with nuisance calls? The BT 3560 is a great budget option. It can block up to 50 specific numbers to help you avoid unwanted calls and allow you to keep in touch with the important people in your life. It also has a hands-free function so you can write things down more easily while on the phone or simply relax without having to hold it. Plus, it records up to 20 minutes of messages.
View the BT 3560 Cordless Home Phone with Nuisance Call Blocking and Answering Machine - Quad >
One of our most popular cordless phones, the BT 3880 makes staying in touch at home easier. With no pesky wires getting in your way, it's the perfect family phone. It has call blocking features that prevent nuisance calls, a large wireless outdoor range so you can walk around the house without dropping the signal, and records up to 15 minutes of messages.
View the BT 3880 Cordless Home Phone with Nuisance Call Blocking and Answering Machine - Twin >
Do you have a load of contacts in your mobile and want to transfer them over to your home phone? Then this BT Premium Cordless is for you. You can sync your mobile with your Premium Phone to copy over your contacts and even make and receive your mobile calls through your landline.
View the BT Premium Cordless Home Phone with Nuisance Call Blocking, Mobile Sync and Answering Machine - Trio >
Great value and incredibly handy, this phone has plenty of features to boast about! It has the ability to block up to 1,000 numbers to avoid those unwanted calls, it can store up to 200 contacts in the address book and it has the capability to record up to 30 minutes of messaging on the answering machine.
View the BT Advanced Cordless Home Phone with Nuisance Call Blocking and Answering Machine - Twin >
Love retro phones? Check this one out. It comes complete with the original mechanical bell ringer and, despite its retro look, features the standard BT-compatible cord and plug.
An ideal accompaniment to your fine décor, the Duke Telephone is designed to look and feel like a traditional telephone from the early 20th century, and yet works perfectly on modern telephone lines. It also comes with a handy pull-out notepad tray.