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VTech DS6621-2 Review

If you need a cordless phone with top-tier range, this is a great choice
VTech DS6621-2
Credit: Laura Casner
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Price:   $60 List | $57.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Exceptional range performance, good sound quality
Cons:  Poor results in our battery test, sparse on features
Manufacturer:   VTech
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Feb 14, 2020
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  • Sound Quality - 30% 8
  • Range - 25% 9
  • Ease of Use - 20% 6
  • Features - 15% 4
  • Battery Life - 10% 3

Our Verdict

Delivering a thoroughly impressive set of results, the VTECH DS6621-2 is one of our all-time favorite cordless phones. It paired an exceptional showing in our range test with top-notch results in our sound quality test, all while being fairly user-friendly and easy to use. It doesn't have the most comprehensive set of features or the longest battery life but it's a fantastic phone and a great choice if you are looking for a premium product.

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Pros Exceptional range performance, good sound qualityVery easy to use, great sound quality, strong battery life, fair priceExcellent range, tons of featuresEasy to use, good sound qualityInexpensive, great value, alright range
Cons Poor results in our battery test, sparse on featuresLittle light on featuresUnimpressive battery life, sound quality could be betterLackluster battery life, limited featuresBelow average battery life
Bottom Line If you need a cordless phone with top-tier range, this is a great choiceIf you want a great cordless phone that is simple and easy to use without a lot of fluff, then this is the model for youWhile the KX-TGE432 came close to scoring an award, it was held back by its less than stellar sound quality and battery lifeIf 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
Rating Categories VTech DS6621-2 AT&T CL82207 Panasonic KX-TGE432 AT&T DL72219 AT&T EL51203
Sound Quality (30%)
8.0
8.0
6.0
7.0
6.0
Range (25%)
9.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Ease Of Use (20%)
6.0
7.0
7.0
8.0
5.0
Features (15%)
4.0
4.0
7.0
4.0
4.0
Battery Life (10%)
3.0
7.0
4.0
3.0
4.0
Specs VTech DS6621-2 AT&T CL82207 Panasonic KX-TGE432 AT&T DL72219 AT&T EL51203
Link - to - Cell Yes No No Yes No
Caller ID Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Caller ID announce No Yes Yes No No
Unobstructed Range Test 840 ft. 840 ft. 840 ft. 840 ft. 840 ft.
Obstructed Range Test 390 ft. 300 ft. 350 ft. 280 ft. 220 ft.
Call Waiting Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Call block Up to 20 with a subscription Smart Call Blocker* Up to 250 Up to 1,000 Dial *60
Expandable Handsets Up to 5 Up to 12 Up to 6 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 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Phone Book Capacity 1000 50 100 1000 50
Speed Dial No Yes Yes No Yes
Redial Last 10 Numbers Last 10 Numbers Yes Last 10 Numbers Last 10 Numbers
Wall mountable Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mute Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hold No No Yes 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 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Silent/Quiet Mode No Yes No Yes Yes
Voice Command No No No No No
HD Audio w/ equalizer Yes Yes No No No
Lighted Keypad Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Optional Belt Clip No No Yes No No
Headset Jack No No Yes No No
Additional Lines No No No No No
RoHS Compliant Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Answering Machine Yes Yes Yes Yes No

Our Analysis and Test Results

While this phone doesn't have the most expansive set of features, it still has all the most important ones and even a few of the fancier ones, like being able to link to a smartphone. This VTech cordless phone also retails at a very reasonable price, given its top-tier set of results.

Performance Comparison


We found the sound quality of this phone from VTech to be excellent.
We found the sound quality of this phone from VTech to be excellent.
Credit: Laura Casner

Sound Quality


First and foremost, we evaluated and scored the sound quality of each product. We compared results by recording messages with each phone and having a panel of judges rate them, as well as by using each of these phones normally and aggregating our opinions. The DS6621-2 did very well.


Conversations transmitted by the DS6621-2 came across loud and clear, though they did seem a bit on the quieter side. You can easily hear what the other person is saying and there isn't any extraneous buzzing or static or significant voice distortion.

The numbers on the VTech DS6621-2 aren't the easiest to read.
The numbers on the VTech DS6621-2 aren't the easiest to read.
Credit: Laura Casner

Range


Next, we moved on to comparing and ranking the range of each phone, pushing them to their limits to see just how far they would transmit. The transmitting capability of the DS6621-2 is exceptional.


We conducted two different range tests for each cordless phone, looking at their maximum capabilities in a line-of-sight setting and with obstacles and other interference between the base and each handset. The DS6621-2 did very well in the unobstructed test, with the conversation being totally understandable with well over 840' separating the phone from its main base. This was the cut-off for top marks in our test but we kept going and found this VTech phone was still able to function properly with over 1100' between the handset and the base station.

This phone delivered exceptional results in our range tests -- some...
This phone delivered exceptional results in our range tests -- some of the best we have seen to date.
Credit: Laura Casner

The range did drop significantly in the obstructed version of this test, as expected, but still had a better performance in our tests than the competitors. We were easily able to comprehend conversations even with approximately 390' and multiple walls separating the DS6621-2 from its base station.

The DS6621-2 is overall a fairly user-friendly phone.
The DS6621-2 is overall a fairly user-friendly phone.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ease of Use


Next, we evaluated and compared how intuitive and user-friendly each cordless phone is. We looked at all the different basic and advanced functions of each product, comparing things like the ease of reading each phone in a dark environment, how easy it is to locate a lost handset, or place/receive a call. The DS6621-2 did fairly well without wowing us in this area of performance.


The keypad on this phone doesn't have the most illumination but you can at least see the keypad well enough to dial a number. We felt that you would need to be very familiar with this phone to operate any of the more advanced functions in a dark place.

This cordless phone doesn't have the brightest backlight of the...
This cordless phone doesn't have the brightest backlight of the bunch by any means.
Credit: Laura Casner

The DS6621-2 has a very loud ring when you activate the find my phone feature that chimes frequently. We did like that the number is hyphenated on the screen when you enter it but the text is overall difficult to read and on the smaller side. It's got any key answer and makes it easy enough to call back a missed call but we did miss the lack of a speed dial. The mute button is easy to reach and it isn't a huge hassle to set the initial date and time. The DS6621-2 also has an integrated answering machine with 23 minutes of recording time available.

The menus are easy to navigate, with a self-explanatory layout. You only really need to delve into the second screen of options if you are adjusting some of the more obscure settings. It's also quite easy to save numbers to the phonebook, as well as block calls.

Unfortunately, this phone is a bit light on features compared to...
Unfortunately, this phone is a bit light on features compared to some of the other options.
Credit: Laura Casner

Features


This phone has a relatively limited set of features compared to other products but still has most of the essential ones.


You can only use up to 5 handsets to expand the DS6621-2. It has a giant phonebook capacity, able to hold up to 1000 entries. It has a backlit keypad and the ability to connect to a smartphone but the main base doesn't have a keypad or speaker. You can link this model to a cell phone.

The buttons aren't overly small but they can be hard to press for...
The buttons aren't overly small but they can be hard to press for someone with limited dexterity.
Credit: Laura Casner

The buttons are a little on the small side and the handsets lack a headphone jack or belt clip but this system can function as an intercom.

You can't make calls directly from the main charging station without...
You can't make calls directly from the main charging station without a handset.
Credit: Laura Casner

Battery Life


Our last metric focused on the battery life of each product. We looked at both the maximum talk time, the standby time, and the charge time when determining scores, with the DS6621-2 earning poor marks with lackluster battery life.


The DS6621-2 lasted for less than 10 hours in our talk time test, which is hours less than the top models did. VTech claims that this can last for up to 5 days in standby mode and up to 12 hours to recharge, which is about average for these products.

Value


The VTech isn't the best budget call but sells at a very reasonable price for being one of the overall top phones.

Conclusion


Earning one of the best scores overall, we are overall very impressed with this phone. It had an exceptionally long range and great sound quality and we would readily recommend it. Our only hesitation is for users who need a phone that can last longer away from its charger, as the battery life on this product is sub-par. Still, for many users, this is an incredible option and we recommend it thoroughly.

David Wise and Austin Palmer