VTech Cordless Phone

Last updated date: February 14, 2019

DWYM Score
7.4

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Overall Take

Although it's quieter than other phones, the quality of the VTech cordless phone is impressive. If you wear a hearing aid, you'll also be interested in knowing that the Vtech phone meets TIA-1083 compliance standards for reduced interference.  If you plan to mount your phone, this model is worth considering since it comes with a bracket to get you started. In our analysis of 30 expert reviews, the VTech VTech Cordless Phone With Caller ID & Call Waiting placed 4th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 16, 2019:
Checkout The Best Cordless Phone for a detailed review of all the top cordless phones.

Expert Summarized Score
7.2
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.0
6,352 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
It was a breeze to set up the VTech CS6719. We set the time and date, added numbers to its directory, adjusted the volume and ring tones, and turned off key tones in less than five minutes.
- Top Ten Reviews
April 10, 2018 | Full review
Sound quality for this model scored a 7 out of 10, with our panel noting that it was on the quieter side of phones we looked at, but that is was very clear.
- Tech Gear Lab
This phone has very good voice quality when talking and excellent when listening.
- Consumer Reports
Experts and owners say its voice quality is good.
- Consumer Search
October 19, 2017 | Full review
We like the CS6719’s simplicity and sound quality. We got to our test home’s back fence with clear voice quality on both sides of a conversation. Both parties found the audio as good as with any other cordless phone, with no drops or hiccups. The CS6719 also meets the TIA-1083 (hearing aid) standard.
- New York Times Wirecutter
August 16, 2016 | Full review
What experts didn't like
It doesn’t have an answering machine.
- Top Ten Reviews
April 10, 2018 | Full review
This phone does not have an answering machine or the ability to link to mobile devices. Handsfree operation is impossible due to the lack of a headset jack or a belt clip on the handsets.
- Tech Gear Lab
On the downside, this phone lacks auto talk, and a headset jack, which is a useful feature for hands-free operation.
- Consumer Reports
It doesn’t have built-in voicemail recording (i.e., an answering machine)
- New York Times Wirecutter
August 16, 2016 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Cordless phone with Caller id/call waiting, 6.0 digital technology, Caller id/call waiting, stores 50 calls, full Duplex handset speakerphone, voicemail waiting indicator, conference between an outside line & up to 2 cordless handsets, mute, 50 name & number phonebook directory, any key answer, volume control, intercom between handsets, trilingual prompts, choose between English, Spanish or French, wall mount bracket included, last 10 number redial. The product is manufactured in china. The product is highly durable.

Overall Product Rankings

1. AT&T Cordless With Bluetooth Connect to Cell
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 2
2. Panasonic Bluetooth Cordless Phone
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 3
3. AT&T Cordless With Digital Answering System
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 3
4. VTech Cordless Phone
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 5
5. VTech Cordless Handsets
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 3
6. Clarity Cordless Phone
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 1
7. Plantronics Cordless Phone
Overall Score: 7.1
Expert Reviews: 3
8. Panasonic Cordless Phone
Overall Score: 7.1
Expert Reviews: 1
9. 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.

DYWM 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 Cordless with Bluetooth Connect to Cell uses DECT 6.0 digital technology for clear calls and voicemails. The Vtech Cordless Phone with Caller ID & Call Waiting 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 Vtech Cordless Phone with Caller ID & Call Waiting is TIA-1083 compliant.
  • Cordless phones rely heavily on their batteries. The Panasonic Cordless Phone with Link2Cell 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 AT&T Cordless with Digital Answering System 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 Cordless with Bluetooth Connect to Cell and AT&T Cordless with Digital Answering System should top your list.
  • A major difference between today’s landline-based phones and those of the past is app connectivity. The AT&T Cordless with Bluetooth includes 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. The Panasonic Cordless Phone with Link2Cell lets 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.