Here's another very good phone with answering machine:https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06ZZ65SW4/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
The handsets and the main base seem sturdy and very well made. Answering system is a bit different to operate than what we were used to, but is easy once you get the hang of it. Not sure if we ever will though, as our phone RARELY rings!
One of the best parts about this phone is, if you get a call from a number you don't want calling again, there's a button on the handset you can push, then confirm, and it blocks calls from that number. You can go in and edit the number list any time you want. This IS NOT the Do Not Call registry, and operates through the phone itself. It blocks up to 250 numbers. Has a good speaker on it as well. Not the loudest I've heard, but voices are clear. We like it. And yes, got the refurb'd model for less money. Not a single problem in nearly 6 months.