(Pocket-lint) - 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.
Best home phones in 2022
- BT Premium Phone
- Panasonic KX-TGD610B
- VTech CS6719-2
- AT&T EL52313 3-Handset
- BT Everyday Cordless Home Phone
Our Top Pick: Best Cordless Landline Phone
BT Premium Phone
- Feels great to use
- Properly designed
- Great features
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.
- Priced nicely
- Speakerphone function
- Caller ID and blocking
- Not too many features
It's an affordable option from Panasonic, but the KX-TGD610B 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.
- Simple to use
- Nice and basic
- Good keys
- Also quite ugly
AT&T has quite a few different landline phones for you to consider - but this three-pack, which can be expanded, is a great way to fill your home.
Though they look basic, the design is very handy for those who require enlarged fonts on a clear LCD screen, as well as big keys to dial. Those keys are also backlit, meaning dialing is just as easy in the dark, too.
There are additional features to explore, as well, such as four minutes of recording time, call screening, call intercepting and message retrieval.
BT Everyday Cordless Home Phone
- Nice and affordable
- Simple in a good way
- Solid design
- A bit plasticky
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.
- Value pack
- Retro looks
- Trilingual options
- Some would say they're a bit ugly
If you're looking to keep things on a budget, VTech's CS6719-2 is a package to consider.
They aren't the most modern-looking devices, but they do have their strengths - the units are likely to blend into the background, and you can expand the army to include up to five phones.
There are also trilingual prompts that can be set up, allowing you to navigate the phone with the help of English, Spanish or French read-outs.