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VTech CS6114 Review

This single handset phone is very cheap but ranks quite low in the overall scores
VTech CS6114
Credit: VTech
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Price:   $15.00 List
Pros:  Inexpensive, compact
Cons:  Lackluster sound quality, range, battery life
Manufacturer:   VTech
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Dec 20, 2021
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RANKED
#13 of 13
  • Sound Quality - 30% 4.0
  • Range - 25% 3.0
  • Ease of Use - 20% 4.0
  • Features - 15% 2.0
  • Battery Life - 10% 3.0

Our Verdict

If you are looking to spend as little as possible on a new cordless phone, then the VTech CS6114 might catch your eye. Unfortunately, we didn't find a whole lot of reasons to recommend this phone besides its price tag. It delivered an overall uninspiring performance, with below-average results when it came to sound quality, range, and battery life. It's sparse on features and fairly lackluster when it comes to ease of use. We definitely would recommend that most people invest just a bit more for a much better phone.

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Pros Inexpensive, compactVery easy to use, great sound quality, strong battery life, fair priceExceptional range performance, good sound qualityEasy to use, good sound qualityInexpensive, great value, decent range
Cons Lackluster sound quality, range, battery lifeLittle light on featuresPoor results in our battery test, sparse on featuresLackluster battery life, limited featuresBelow average battery life
Bottom Line This single handset phone is very cheap but ranks quite low in the overall scoresIf you want a great cordless phone that is simple and easy to use without a lot of fluff, then this is the model for youIf you need a cordless phone with top-tier range, this is a great choiceIf you are looking for a middle-of-the-road phone at a middle-of-the-road price, then this is itAbove average range and sound quality for a great price, making this an obvious choice for those on a budget
Rating Categories VTech CS6114 AT&T CL82207 VTech DS6621-2 AT&T DL72219 AT&T EL51203
Sound Quality (30%)
4.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Range (25%)
3.0
7.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
Ease Of Use (20%)
4.0
7.0
6.0
8.0
5.0
Features (15%)
2.0
4.0
4.0
4.0
4.0
Battery Life (10%)
3.0
7.0
3.0
3.0
4.0
Specs VTech CS6114 AT&T CL82207 VTech DS6621-2 AT&T DL72219 AT&T EL51203
Link - to - Cell No No Yes Yes No
Caller ID Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Caller ID announce No Yes No No No
Unobstructed Range Test 640 ft. 840 ft. 840 ft. 840 ft. 840 ft.
Obstructed Range Test 150 ft. 300 ft. 390 ft. 280 ft. 220 ft.
Call Waiting Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Call block No Smart Call Blocker* Up to 20 with a subscription Up to 1,000 Dial *60
Expandable Handsets No Up to 12 Up to 5 Up to 5 Up to 5
Corded (phone) Base No No No No No
Speaker Phone on Base No No No No No
Speaker Phone on Handset No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Phone Book Capacity 30 50 1000 1000 50
Speed Dial No Yes No No Yes
Redial Yes Last 10 Numbers Last 10 Numbers Last 10 Numbers Last 10 Numbers
Wall mountable Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mute Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hold No No No No No
Any Key answer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Push to talk (PTT) No Yes No No No
Backlit display Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Eco Mode No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Silent/Quiet Mode No Yes No Yes Yes
Voice Command No No No No No
HD Audio w/ equalizer No Yes Yes No No
Lighted Keypad Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Optional Belt Clip No No No No No
Headset Jack No No No No No
Additional Lines No No No No No
RoHS Compliant Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Answering Machine No Yes Yes Yes No

Our Analysis and Test Results

One thing we noticed about the VTech CS6114 that stands out is the compact size of the handsets. This might be a benefit if you wanted a more petite phone to carry around but it can make it harder to use the buttons.

Performance Comparison



This phone is very inexpensive but far from our favorite.
This phone is very inexpensive but far from our favorite.
Credit: Laura Casner

Sound Quality


We started by comparing the sound quality of the VTech CS6114 against the other phones. We did this by making a series of test calls as well as having judges rate and rank the quality of recorded voicemails left by this device. Unfortunately, this phone delivered some unimpressive results, earning it a score well below average.

Our judges found that voices sounded hollow with this phone, as if the speaker was situated some distance away. There was also a bit of static but we found that you usually could understand the other person.

We found that this phone lacking in sound quality.
We found that this phone lacking in sound quality.
Credit: Laura Casner

Range


Our next round of tests focused on the range of each cordless phone, or how far you can have the handset from the main base and still effectively make a call. We did two separate tests, one with a series of walls blocking the signals and one unobstructed line-of-sight test. Scores were based on the distance between the handset and the main base where we could still make a call. Again, the VTech CS6114 didn't fare too well, earning another lackluster score.

This phone system maxed out at approximately 640' for a reliable conversation. You could hear patches of voice interspersed with static between 640' and 750', where it then cut out completely. For the obstructed test, the VTech CS6114 topped out at 150' before the call dropped.

We also weren't the most impressed with the range of this phone.
We also weren't the most impressed with the range of this phone.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ease of Use


For our ease of use test, we looked at both basic and advanced functions for each cordless phone, rating and scoring how difficult different tasks were to do. The VTech CS6114 did a little bit better in this metric — but not by a whole lot — still earning a score that was below average overall.

The VTech CS6114 can be a little more difficult to use in a dark room than some of the others, as only the number keys are illuminated. The find-a-phone/page function also isn't our favorite, as it isn't very loud, so it can be difficult to locate a truly lost handset.

The numbers are a little small on the screen but the VTech CS6114 does hyphenate, so it is fairly easy to read. It's also decently easy to call back a missed call using the CID menu. The menus are overall fairly easy to navigate, making it relatively painless to do things like entering a number in the phonebook. However, we found that you can't block numbers or put the phone into a quiet mode.

This phone is fairly simple but still isn't super easy to use.
This phone is fairly simple but still isn't super easy to use.
Credit: Laura Casner

Features


We evaluated and compare all the features on the VTech CS6114 against the others for our next metric. Continuing a trend, this phone again scored below average for its limited feature set.

This phone has a limited phonebook capacity of only 30 entries and doesn't appear to be compatible with expandable handsets. The keypad lighting on the handset is so-so and there isn't a keypad/speaker on the charging base. It also isn't capable of linking to a smartphone.

The handset doesn't have a headphone jack or a belt clip and the overall system lacks an integrated answering machine.

We also found this phone didn't have the most impressive battery life.
We also found this phone didn't have the most impressive battery life.
Credit: Laura Casner

Battery Life


Our last metric looked at the battery life of each phone, based on the measured talk time, as well as the claimed charge and standby times. The VTech CS6114 finished out with another subpar performance, earning it a disappointing score.

This phone only lasted for about 8.5 hours in our talk time test, playing music into a recording device from a call. It spent the last 45 minutes of that beeping during the call with a low battery indicator as well.

Vtech claims this phone has a standby time of up to 5 days and can take up to 16 hours to recharge — much longer than many other models.

Value


This phone is a very inexpensive option that didn't score well — more a "get what you pay for" than a steal of a deal.

Conclusion


If you are looking to spend the bare minimum on a cordless phone and only want a single handset to make calls, then this might be worth considering. However, it scores very poorly overall and we typically would suggest investing just a bit more for a much more capable and better-performing cordless phone model.

David Wise and Austin Palmer

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