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AT&T CL82207 Review

If you want a great cordless phone that is simple and easy to use without a lot of fluff, then this is the model for you
AT&T CL82207
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Editors' Choice Award
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Price:   $65 List | $60 at Amazon
Pros:  Very easy to use, great sound quality, solid battery life
Cons:  Little light on features
Manufacturer:   AT&T
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Apr 23, 2018
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  • Sound Quality - 30% 8
  • Range - 25% 7
  • Ease of Use - 20% 7
  • Features - 15% 4
  • Battery Life - 10% 7

Our Verdict

Tying for the highest score we have seen and delivering one of the best showings that we have seen to date, the AT&T CL82207 easily snagged an Editors' Choice Award for its results. This phone has crystal-clear audio quality and an exceptional range, with an impressive battery life to match its top-notch performance in our tests. This phone is very easy to use and while it is overall a little light on features, it has the ones that count, such as an answering machine, expandable handsets, and a decently sized phonebook. If you are looking for a top-tier cordless phone that is very easy to use and isn't cluttered with tons of features, then the CL82207 is the phone for you.

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Pros Very easy to use, great sound quality, solid battery lifeExceptional range performance, good sound qualityExceptional range, great sound quality, best for linking to cell phonesExcellent range, tons of featuresGreat battery life, wired handset on base
Cons Little light on featuresPoor results in our battery test, sparse on featuresMediocre battery life, a little priceyUnimpressive battery life, sound quality could be betterExpensive, Average sound quality
Bottom Line This phone is a fantastic option if you want a bare-bones product that is easy to use with impressive sound quality and rangeEarning one of the top scores overall and particularly impressing us with its range, we highly recommend this VTech phone to anyone who wants the bestPerforming exceptionally well overall, the TL96273 distinguishes itself as being the best bet if you want to use Link-to-CellThe KX-TGE432 is a great phone but couldn’t quite match the overall performance of our best phonesSacrifices sound quality for increased battery performance and features
Rating Categories AT&T CL82207 VTech DS6621-2 AT&T TL96273 Panasonic KX-TGE432 Panasonic KX-TGF382M
Sound Quality (30%)
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5
Range (25%)
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Ease Of Use (20%)
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Features (15%)
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Battery Life (10%)
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Specs AT&T CL82207 VTech DS6621-2 AT&T TL96273 Panasonic KX-TGE432 Panasonic KX-TGF382M
Link - to - Cell No Yes Yes No Yes
Caller ID Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Caller ID announce Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Unobstructed Range Test 840 ft. 840 ft. 840 ft. 840 ft. 840 ft.
Obstructed Range Test 300 ft. 390 ft. 300 ft. 350 ft. 260 ft.
Call Waiting Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Call block Smart Call Blocker* Up to 20 with a subscription Dial *60 Up to 250 Up to 250
Expandable Handsets Up to 12 Up to 5 Up to 12 Up to 6 Up to 6
Corded (phone) Base No No No No Yes
Speaker Phone on Base No No Yes No Yes
Speaker Phone on Handset Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Phone Book Capacity 50 1000 200 (6000 cell entries) 100 3000
Speed Dial Yes No No Yes Yes
Redial Last 10 Numbers Last 10 Numbers Last 10 Numbers Yes Yes; 5
Wall mountable Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mute Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hold No No Yes Yes Yes
Any Key answer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Push to talk (PTT) Yes No Yes No No
Backlit display Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Eco Mode Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Silent/Quiet Mode Yes No Yes No Yes
Voice Command No No No No No
HD Audio w/ equalizer Yes Yes Yes No No
Lighted Keypad Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Optional Belt Clip No No No Yes Yes
Headset Jack No No No Yes Yes
Additional Lines No No No No No
RoHS Compliant Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Answering Machine Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

Tying for the top spot overall, the CL82207 matched the performance of the previous top product, the CL84202. These phones both have excellent sound quality, delivering crystal-clear audio and making conversation very easy to understand. The CL84202 does have a slightly better range and has significantly more features, but the CL82207 is much easier to use and has a far superior battery life. It usually also retails for $20-$30 less.

This model of phone is one of our favorites and we would highly...
This model of phone is one of our favorites and we would highly recommend it.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Performance Comparison


To find out which cordless phone really stood out from the rest, we bought all the best products available on the market today and pitted them against each other. We conducted dozens of different side-by-side tests, grouped into five weighted rating metrics. The results of the CL82207 compared to the other products in our tests are described below.

The CL82207 has excellent sound quality, without any extraneous...
The CL82207 has excellent sound quality, without any extraneous static or buzzing.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Sound Quality


By far the most important metric and one of the first things that come to mind when thinking about these products is sound quality. For this metric, responsible for 30% of the overall score, we evaluated and assessed this by using each phone to leave a voicemail message, then had a panel listen and rate the quality of each one, without knowing which phone created the message, to eliminate bias as much as possible. The CL82207 received excellent scores from this panel, earning it an 8 out of 10 for its performance and comparing quite favorably with the rest of the group.


This phone sounded almost identical to the CL84202. The recorded messages sounded extremely crisp and clear, with no undesirable background noises, such as buzzing or crackling. Additionally, there wasn't any static present in the recorded messages either, like many of the lower quality phones. We did note that the sound levels aren't quite as loud on the CL82207, but you could still easily hear the other person, due to the audio being so clear and of such a high quality.

The model of phone has a solid range.
The model of phone has a solid range.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Range


Following our Sound Quality metric, our Range metric came next in terms of significance, meriting a weight of 25% of the overall score. We conducted two separate evaluations for this metric, one with the space between the handset and the base completely unobstructed and one with multiple walls impeding the signal. The CL82207 again delivered a solid performance, earning a 7 out of 10 for its results, putting it near the top of the group.


This phone received top marks in our unobstructed range test, delivering clear and understandable audio at distances well in excess of 800'


The performance of the CL82207 dropped a little bit in our obstructed range test, barely making it 300'.


Even at this distance, the sound was still a bit intermittent and significantly harder to understand than other models.

We found the CL82207 to be particularly easy to use, especially if...
We found the CL82207 to be particularly easy to use, especially if you aren't the most tech-savvy.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Ease of Use


Next, we ranked and scored how easy it is to use each product, splitting our tests into two components: basic functions and advanced function. Together, these account for 20% of the overall score for each product. The CL82207 delivered one of the best showings that we have seen to date from these products, meriting a 7 out of 10 for being supremely easy to operate.


We started off by looking at how easy it is to actually see the interface on each phone, in both light and dark ambient lighting conditions. The handsets for this phone are quite easy to see, easily readable for most people at a distance up to about 6' away. The keypad is also backlit, making it equally easy to read in a dark environment.

The screen on the handset also hyphenates the number while dialing, making it much easier to see mistakes when entering the number. This handset also has any key answer, though it will answer in speakerphone mode if you answer with that button.

Unfortunately, this handset isn't very loud when using the handset locator feature, with a couch cushion muffling most of the noise when the handset was pinged while underneath. It also doesn't have the loudest ringer, even on maximum volume. It's decently easy to set the time and date as well, with this setting in the first available menu.

However, it is a little clunky at calling back a missed call or setting up speed dial, requiring you to navigate through a few menus to call back and add a number to the directory before making it a speed dial option. It also is extremely easy to block calls using the dedicated call block button

While this phone did well in every other test, it came up a little...
While this phone did well in every other test, it came up a little light in terms of features.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Features


Next, we ranked and scored the feature suite available on each phone. This accounts for 15% of the total score, with the CL82207 coming up a bit short, earning a 4 out of 10 for its sparse set of features.


This product has a built-in answering machine and has the capacity to expand your phone system to up to 12 handsets. It also has decently large buttons and the ability to store up to 50 numbers. The CL82207 can also be used as an intercom system. However, that pretty much sums up the set of features on this phone.

This model lacks the ability to connect to your cell phone and there isn't a keypad or wired handset on the main base. The handsets lack a belt clip and a headphone jack as well.

Battery Life


For the remaining 10% of the total score, we assessed and scored the battery life of each model of phone. The CL82207 actually did quite well, meriting one of the higher scores of the group.


We tested this by using the phone to make a call and playing music over the connection until the battery died. Starting with a completely full battery, this model lasted for almost 14 hours (13 hours, 51 minutes) before completely dying — one of the longest runtimes of the entire group.

Value


This phone is a solid value, offering a top-notch performance at a very reasonable price.

Conclusion


For those that want the best of the best when it comes to a cordless phone, the AT&T CL82207 is an excellent choice. It has extremely high sound quality, excellent range, and solid battery life, as well as being incredibly easy to use. It doesn't have a ton of features, but it has the most commonly used ones. Even better, it retails at a price that won't break the bank and is definitely worth considering when shopping for a new phone. All in all, this is one of our favorites when it comes to these products.

David Wise and Austin Palmer