I'm a careful researcher of consumer products before I purchase, and that's never led me to purchase a cordless that wasn't a Panasonic. And I've never been dissatisfied. With this set, I was pleasantly surprised at some of the features: 1: The charge-back feature to enable phone usage during a power outage even impressed my electrician when we were having our panel upgraded. Its come in handy during storms as well. 2: The ability to have a TIMED EVENT of no rings on INDIVIDUAL phones is so useful. When I was home on medical leave, I had a pesky insurance woman who loved to call me at 8AM. No problem--I just programmed the bedroom phone to not ring until 10AM. 3: Intercom with naming feature--we have a in-home intercom system, but I always seem to use the phone intercom. Its just easier. 4: Speaks to you caller ID--Busy cooking at the stove when the phone rings? The phone can tell you who it is so without moving you can decide whether or not to answer. Overall, I'm very pleased with this purchase and glad I got it with 5 phones since I use it as an intercom. I don't, however, use it as answering machine.