Looking for a new e-reader? We’re here to help.
There’s no shortage of choice if you’re in the market for an e-reader, with Amazon alone offering four Kindles across various price points. Amazon has been making e-readers for well over a decade now, and in that time, it has dominated thanks to a combination of hardware chops and an outstanding e-book store.
The current Kindle lineup starts at $90 and goes all the way up to $250. Whether you’re looking to get started with e-readers or are interested in upgrading to a more feature-rich model, these are the best Kindles you can pick up today.
The $90 Kindle has a lot going for it: incredible battery life, the ability to stream audiobooks over Bluetooth, and now front-facing LEDs so you can read in the dark.
The current-generation Kindle is also thinner and lighter than its predecessor, but there are a few drawbacks. It doesn’t offer nearly as much storage for your library, and the pixel density at 167ppi isn’t ideal. The base variant is a decent choice if you’re unwilling to spend over a hundred dollars on an e-reader, but you get so much more with the next variant in the series. Like most traditional Kindles, the entry-level model is available in black or white versions.
Great Basic E-Reader
$90 at Amazon
The starter e-reader
This entry-level Kindle is a good option for those looking to try the e-book lifestyle. With a built-in light and weeks of battery life, you are sure to get bit by the reading bug in no time.
The Paperwhite is the default option for a lot of people. It costs $130 — $40 more than the base model — and comes with a backlight, 6-inch 300ppi display, and there’s a cellular option available if you want to download books on the go. The 300ppi display on the Paperwhite is just as crisp as the more expensive Oasis, and you have the option to adjust the intensity of the backlight. It offers twice the storage as the base model Kindle – 8 GB vs 4 GB, and Amazon provides the option to go up to a 32 GB model.
The back has a soft-touch plastic coating that makes it comfortable to hold the Kindle for hours on end. Also, the current edition is almost 20 grams lighter than previous versions. The screen is now flush with the bezels on the top of the device. So, you won’t get lint or liquids into it, and it is now waterproof like the pricier Oasis.
Unlike the base model which comes in black and white, you can choose your Paperwhite in black or twilight blue versions.
If you’re looking for a Kindle that offers the best value, then the Paperwhite is the one to get. For a more in-depth analysis of the Paperwhite, read our article on the Best Amazon Kindle E-Reader in 2019.
The Kindle for Everyone
$130 at Amazon
The default e-reader
The Kindle Paperwhite offers the best bang-for-the-buck of any e-reader we’ve tested and sits in the sweet spot of Amazon’s Kindle lineup.
The Oasis is Amazon’s flagship Kindle. It was the first one in the lineup to offer water resistance – though now the Paperwhite also has this feature. The IPX8 certification allows it to be submerged in up to two meters of freshwater for 60 minutes. That makes the Oasis a great option if you’re looking to read by the pool or in the tub.
The Oasis doesn’t look like any other Kindle, and that’s because of a unique design that sees the internal components located on one side. The design brief for the Oasis was to mimic a book folded in half, and it excels at doing that. Unlike the rest of the series, the Oasis has a brushed aluminum finish at the back. While it isn’t as comfortable as the soft-touch plastic, you have the option to accessorize with a fabric case.
The screen resolution on the Oasis is the same at 300ppi, but the e-reader has a larger 7-inch panel. It also has 25 LEDs as well as an ambient light sensor, and an accelerometer that switches the orientation of the screen based on whatever hand you’re holding the Oasis.
To match its premium feel and price, you can pick up the all-aluminum Oasis in graphite or champagne gold colors.If you’re looking for the best e-reader available today, the Oasis should be at the top of your list.
Premium Kindle Experience
All-new Kindle Oasis
$250 at Amazon
The best Kindle money can buy
The All-new Kindle Oasis offers a premium Kindle experience at a premium price. While we love this version, we feel most would be better off picking up the Paperwhite.
Add content to your new Kindle
Buying a Kindle is just half the story; you’ll also want to pick up some books to read on the device. Fortunately, Amazon offers a plethora of reading options, from its regular Kindle e-book store to subscription and lending services like Kindle Unlimited, Kindle Newsstand, and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.
$10 a month at Amazon
Kindle Unlimited is one of the best e-book lending services available today. You get to choose from over 1 million titles, thousands of audiobooks, and popular magazines. Kindle Unlimited allows you to save ten books on your device at any given time, but you’ll have to return a book if you want to add more.
From $5 a month at Amazon
Kindle Newsstand is Amazon’s a-la-carte digital magazine and newspaper subscription option. A large selection of subscriptions is available from as little as $5 a month!
All-new Kindle Paperwhite Water-Safe Fabric Cover
$30 at Amazon
This waterproof case is the perfect way to protect your new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite. Opening and closing the case will also wake up the Kindle and put it to sleep. Versions of this case are available for the other Kindle devices from Amazon as well as other vendors.