phones with loud ringtones

Best mobile phones with loud ringtones

Whether you’re hard of hearing or just want a loud phone, there’s plenty of smartphones in 2022 that you won’t struggle to hear!  

In this guide, we’ll walk you through how sound is measured, what different levels of decibels are comparable to, and recommend some of the best mobile phones with the loudest ringtones.

How do we measure sound?

All levels and types of sound, whether it’s from a smartphone or not, is measured in decibels. 

The higher the decibel level, the louder the sound, and the more likely it could cause hearing damage when you’re exposed to it. 

The CDC has broken down how loud certain sounds we encounter in a day actually are, and how long we can withstand them before we risk hearing damage or total loss. 

The sound

Decibel level

Likelihood of hearing damage

Softest sound that can be heard

0




Sounds at these decibel (dB) levels typically don’t cause any hearing damage

Normal breathing

10

Ticking watch

20

Soft whisper

30

Refrigerator hum

40

Normal conversation / air conditioner

60

Washing machine / dishwasher

70

 

You may feel annoyed by the noise

City traffic heard inside a car

80 - 85

Gas-powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers

80 - 85

Hearing damage possible after two hours of exposure

Motorcycle

95

Hearing damage possible after 50 minutes of exposure

Approaching subway train / car horn at 16 feet / sporting events

100

Hearing loss possible after 15 minutes

The maximum volume level for personal listening devices; a very loud radio, stereo, or television / loud entertain venues

105 - 110

Hearing loss possible in less than five minutes

Shouting or barking in the ear

110

Hearing loss possible in less than two minutes

Standing beside or near sirens

120

Pain and ear injury

Firecrackers

140 - 150

Pain and ear injury

Source: CDC website. Data correct as of 17/12/2021

These figures are helpful in understanding exactly how loud the ringtones on the following phones are (and how damaging these could be if you’re not careful). 

Best mobile phones with loud ringtones

The following seven models have some of the loudest ringtones on the market. In order from loudest to quietest, we’ll take you through how loud their ringtones can go, what it’s comparable too, and what else the phone has to offer.

Google Pixel 3a XL

Loudest decibel level: 91.1
Compared sound: Between a gas-powered lawn mower and a motorcycle

Loudspeaker?

Yes

3.5mm headphone jack?

Yes

Display

6 inches

Cameras

Rear

12.2MP Wide

 

Front

8MP Wide

 

4K video recording

Storage

64GB

Battery

3,700mAh

Connectivity

5G


Google’s Pixel phones can be more affordable than other Android smartphones and still have the desirable modern features like 5G. The trade-off is that they may not always beat the likes of Samsung in their camera quality.

Whether you want to learn more about the 3a, or you’re interested in looking at the specs on Google’s other Pixel ranges, you can check them all out in our top Google phone recommendations.

Samsung Galaxy S10

Loudest decibel level: 85.5
Compared sound: Gas-powered lawn mower or leaf blower

Loudspeaker?

Yes

3.5mm headphone jack?

Yes

Display

6.1 inches

Cameras

Rear

12MP Wide

12MP Telephoto

16MP Ultra wide

 

Front

10MP Wide

 

4K video recording

Storage 

128GB or 512GB

Battery

3,400mAh with wireless charging 

Connectivity

5G


The much-loved and respected Samsung have offered customers cutting-edge features, functionality, and style for years. We have three of their older models on this list, if you’re looking for a Samsung smartphone that’s more affordable than the newer, expensive releases.

Check out all of the great-value Samsung smartphones in our online shop.


Samsung Galaxy S9

Loudest decibel level: 81.1
Compared sound: City traffic or gas-powered lawn mower or leaf blower

Loudspeaker?

Yes

3.5mm headphone jack?

Yes

Display

5.8 inches

Cameras

Rear

12MP Wide

 

Front

8MP Wide

2MP scanner

 

4K video recording

Storage 

64GB, 128GB, or 256GB

Battery

3,000mAh

Connectivity

4G


If you’re a fan of Samsung, check out our top recommendations to find the right model for you based on your style, budget, and smartphone priorities.

Motorola Moto G5

Loudest decibel level: 81
Compared sound: City traffic or gas-powered lawn mower or leaf blower

Loudspeaker?

Yes

3.5mm headphone jack?

Yes

Display

5 inches

Cameras

Rear

13MP

 

Front

5MP

 

1080p video recording

Storage 

16GB or 32GB

Battery

2,800mAh 

Connectivity

4G


Having manufactured the first ever (commercially available) mobile phone, Motorola are well respected in the telecommunications market. 

ZTE Axon M

Loudest decibel level: 80.6
Compared sound: City traffic heard inside a car

Loudspeaker?

Yes

3.5mm headphone jack?

Yes

Display

5.2 inches

Cameras

Rear

20MP

 

Front

N/A

 

4 video recording

Storage 

64GB

Battery

3,180mAh with fast charging 18W

Connectivity

4G


ZTE tends to offer more affordable smartphones compared to their competitors. If you’re not particularly concerned about having the fastest and most up-to-date technology on your phone, you might want to consider this lesser-known brand.

Apple iPhone 8

Loudest decibel level: 80.3
Compared sound: City traffic heard inside a car

Loudspeaker?

Yes

3.5mm headphone jack?

No - requires adaptor

Display

4.7 inches

Cameras

Rear

12MP Wide

 

Front

7MP

 

4K video recording

Storage 

64GB, 128GB, or 256GB

Battery

1,821mAh with wireless charging

Connectivity

4G


It’s no secret that Apple iPhones have been dominating the market for years. If you’re not a fan of their trend towards massive screens, you might appreciate this miniature iPhone from 2017, which is not only loud but extremely portable.

If you’d like to explore some of the newer Apple models too, you can check them out in our online shop.

Samsung Galaxy S8+

Loudest decibel level: 80
Compared sound: City traffic heard inside a car

Loudspeaker?

Yes

3.5mm headphone jack?

Yes

Display

6.2 inches

Cameras

Rear

12MP Wide

 

Front

8MP Wide

2MP scanner

 

4K video recording

Storage 

64GB or 128GB

Battery

3,500mAh with fast charging 15W

Connectivity

5G


And our final entry is another Samsung model, boasting a large screen, decent battery size, and speedy 5G connectivity.

Why are these phones older?

Most of these recommendations are older phones. Modern smartphones are advancing more each year, with the focus constantly shifting from improving camera quality, audio output, screen sizes and refresh rates, speediness and more. 

Most of these phones are also more affordable because they’re older. The newest iPhone and Android releases, while still boasting incredible sound quality, are usually way more expensive, without necessarily having the decibels to account for. For example, the iPhone 13’s decibel level is around 70db, a whole 10db quieter than the iPhone 8. It simply depends on what you value the most in your phone. 

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If you don’t feel like any of these smartphones are right for you, we still have a number of other phones you can browse online and in store.

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