Panasonic Expandable Cordless Phone & Answering Machine

Last updated date: October 1, 2020

DWYM Score
9.5

Panasonic Expandable Cordless Phone & Answering Machine

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Overall Take

With this cordless phone, you'll be able to set the audible caller ID to either English or Spanish. The set comes with three cordless phones, so you can place one in your kitchen, one in your bedroom and one in your living room. Users will love the added voice paging and call blocking features. In our analysis of 35 expert reviews, the Panasonic Panasonic Expandable Cordless Phone placed 1st when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.7
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.7
7,199 user reviews
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What experts liked
Crammed full of features yet is super simple to use with a clear and solid handset – in fact there's three of them included. You get solid, chunky buttons that are easy to press and, thanks to being backlit, can be used even in the dark. There is also a volume rocker on the side for easy audio level adjustments while on a call with the phone to your ear.
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It has a long battery life and short charging time.
- Best Advisor
Worried about conducting conference calls in noisy ambiance? Do not worry because your cordless phones are equipped with noise cancellation technology and enhance the voice quality of your caller for you to hear each word spoken, clearly.
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What experts didn't like
The phone does have a plastic feel.
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The max level of volume might be insufficient.
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From The Manufacturer

The Panasonic KX TGE433B expandable Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) 6.0 Phone system with answering machine and 3 cordless handsets is a smart, reliable home/home office solution designed to make every day call management easier and more convenient for everyone, no landline required. Includes one cordless handset in the base unit and two additional cordless handsets, expandable up to six handsets (additional handsets sold separately). Large, white backlit LCD and dedicated volume control on the included three cordless handsets and base unit are ideal for enhanced visibility and hearing comprehension. One touch Noise Reduction suppresses background interference from callers in noisy locations. Keep tabs on the baby with built in baby monitor, and send clear, simultaneous announcements to every handset in the house with voice paging. Call Block conveniently blocks up to 250 bothersome caller numbers. Plus, Talking Caller ID tells you who's calling via advanced text to speech announcements, and a powerful battery backup system keeps you connected when the power goes out. Hear who's calling from across the room without having to get up using text to speech announcements in English and/or Spanish from the phones’ base unit and portable wireless cordless handsets. Connect and converse hands free with crystal clear 2 way, full duplex speakerphone convenience designed into the wireless handsets. Attach an optional Key Detector to your key ring to locate lost keys. Simply activate the detector’s beeping alarm from any cordless phone handset to instantly track down lost keys from up to 200 yards away. Easy call block, speakerphone, voice paging, power back up operation, and advanced TAD (telephone answering device) functions tie it all together making this system one of the most reliable and functional cordless phone systems available in the market today. Guided feature tutorials are available for this cordless phone on the manufacturer’s website. DISCLAIMER: DECT 6.0 is a North American marketing term for Dect devices manufactured for the United States and Canada operating at 1.9 GHz. There are two basic methods available to program your phone. Display Menu Tree Method (Older Model Phones): This method requires pressing the Menu soft key then using the navigation arrows to scroll to the various menus and sub menus of the phone to select the desired programming feature. Direct Command Code Method (Newer Model Phones): This method allows access to the desired programming feature by pressing the Menu soft key, the pound sign, and a 3 or 4 digit number code found in the manual.

Overall Product Rankings

Panasonic Expandable Cordless Phone & Answering Machine
1. Panasonic Expandable Cordless Phone & Answering Machine
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 4
Motorola Cordless Phone & Answering Machine
2. Motorola Cordless Phone & Answering Machine
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 0
RCA Telefield Shark USB Charge Cordless Phone
3. RCA Telefield Shark USB Charge Cordless Phone
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 0
AT&T Expandable Cordless Phone & Answering Machine
4. AT&T Expandable Cordless Phone & Answering Machine
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 2
AT&T Cordless With Bluetooth Connect to Cell
5. AT&T Cordless With Bluetooth Connect to Cell
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 2
Panasonic Bluetooth Cordless Phone
6. Panasonic Bluetooth Cordless Phone
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 3
AT&T Cordless With Digital Answering System
7. AT&T Cordless With Digital Answering System
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 3
AT&T Expandable Cordless Phone
8. AT&T Expandable Cordless Phone
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 0
VTech Cordless Phone
9. VTech Cordless Phone
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 5
Plantronics Cordless Phone
10. Plantronics Cordless Phone
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 3
VTech Cordless Handsets
11. VTech Cordless Handsets
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 3
Clarity Cordless Phone
12. Clarity Cordless Phone
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 1
Panasonic Cordless Phone
13. Panasonic Cordless Phone
Overall Score: 7.1
Expert Reviews: 1
Motorola Cordless Phone
14. Motorola Cordless Phone
Overall Score: 6.4
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Cordless Phones

At one time, if you wanted to talk on the phone, you needed a landline. Then cell phones came along, making it possible to leave home without missing a single call. However, that doesn’t mean home phones have gone away completely. In fact, 45.9 percent of U.S. households have a landline, with 6.5 percent shunning cellphones altogether in favor of being landline only.

There are many benefits to having a home phone. If you have small children in the house, you’ll likely gravitate toward a landline to give your youngest family members a way to talk to their friends until they’re old enough for phones of their own. You’ll also have the benefit of having your number easily traceable by emergency service dispatchers if you someday need to call 911. It’s also hard to ignore the generally far superior call quality you get with a landline versus a cellphone.

But landlines have come a long way since their heyday. Today’s cordless phones bring a variety of features, including the ability to link up your cell phones so that you can receive and make cell phone-based phone calls from your landline while you’re at home. Why would you want to do this? Because it gives you the call clarity and convenience of using your home’s cordless while also keeping you in touch with everyone you normally speak to through your cellphone.

As you’re shopping for a cordless phone, you’ll likely notice that some advertise that they include answering machines. Yes, you can sign up for voicemail through your phone company, but you may simply prefer to have it with your phone. If so, you may want to check with your landline service provider to make sure you can permanently disable your voicemail. Otherwise, you might find your voicemail is picking up, bypassing your answering machine every time.

DWYM Fun Fact

Before cellphones, if someone wanted to call another person or business, it required the use of a phone directory, also called a phone book. Unless you paid extra to have your name unlisted, your name, address and phone number would be published in a book that was provided to all local residents for free. The first phone book was published in 1878 in the town of New Haven, Connecticut, and contained only 50 names. It was one page long, printed on cardboard and included the names of every local person and business with a phone number at the time. Only two years prior, Alexander Graham Bell had demonstrated the telephone for the first time in that very town, which was where he’d invented it.

The Cordless Phone Buying Guide

  • Although landlines are usually clearer than the average cellphone, call quality can vary widely from one phone to another. The AT&T Expandable Cordless Phone uses DECT 6.0 digital technology for clear calls and voicemails. The Motorola Cordless Phone & Answering Machine has clear call quality, but it can be quieter than comparable phones.
  • If you wear a hearing aid, look for a phone that meets the Telecommunications Industry Association’s standards for hearing aid wearers. TIA-1083 compliance means that you’ll have a significant reduction in interference if you’re wearing your hearing aids while using it. The Panasonic Expandable Cordless Phone is TIA-1083 compliant.
  • Cordless phones rely heavily on their batteries. The Panasonic Expandable Cordless Phone combines the shortest time to charge with the longest time on standby before needing a recharge.
  • Busy families need more than one handset. In the pre-cellphone era, you had to buy a separate handset for each room. But the Panasonic Expandable Cordless Phone comes with three handsets, all of which connect to the main phone. That means you can set up the handsets in three different locations for your family’s convenience.
  • With your cell phone, voicemail comes from the phone company. The same goes for a landline. However, some cell phones come equipped with their own dedicated answering machines built-in. If this is a priority for you, the AT&T Expandable Cordless Phone should top your list.
  • A major difference between today’s landline-based phones and those of the past is app connectivity. Some models include a feature called Connect to Cell, which lets you take incoming calls from your cellphone, as well as make calls through your cellphone plan. If your cell phone gets a text, your landline phone will alert you. There are models that will let you add up to two smartphones so that you can make and receive calls. This feature means you can seamlessly switch to your landline when you’re at home, enjoying the call clarity and comfort of speaking using your home phone’s handset.