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Best Kindle 2021: which Amazon ereader should you buy?

A selection of the best Kindle products
The Kindle Oasis (left), Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle (Image credit: Amazon)

Ereaders are electronic reading devices meant to replicate the feeling of reading a book, but on a gadget, and Amazon's Kindle line is the top choice for many budding book fans.

When it comes to finding the best Kindle, there are a few different options to choose from. The Amazon Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, and Kindle Oasis are your choices here and each offer different features. It's useful to know what they are to find the best ereader for you.

With each Kindle suited to different purposes and needs, it's a good idea to do a little research. For instance, the basic Kindle is best for casual readers as well as those on a tight budget (or who aren't sure if ebooks are for them yet). 

Alternatively, if you love to read in the bath or by the pool, there's the waterproofed Kindle Paperwhite, which also has a sharper screen than the basic Kindle. If you're a Kindle fanatic and money isn't a problem, then there's the Kindle Oasis. It's the most lightweight option and provides improved back-lighting amongst other features, but it's quite a lot more expensive.

To further complicate things, new Amazon Kindles are expected soon as it's been two years since the last Amazon Kindle refresh. If you're happy to wait a bit longer, check our look at what to expect from the new Amazon Kindle along with the new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite and new Amazon Kindle Oasis.

In the meantime, if you want a Kindle today, you'll need to factor in what features you favor along with storage needs and connectivity options. There's a lot to think about which is why we've broken down which is the best Kindle so extensively. If your heart is set on an ereader but you're not sure if a Kindle is for you, however, we've also checked out the best ereader too so there's something for every need out there. 

Read on as we explain everything you need to know about the best Kindle for you right now.

Best Kindle 2021: which is the top ereader for you?

Amazon Kindle

The Amazon Kindle (Image credit: Amazon)

Amazon Kindle

The best Kindle for those on a budget

Specifications
Screen size: 6-inch
Screen type: Pearl e-paper
Storage: 4GB
Resolution: 167ppi
Weight: 161g
Backlight: yes
Touchscreen: yes
Wi-Fi: yes
3G: no
Battery life: up to four weeks
Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Improved design with back-light
Reasons to avoid
-Screen could be better-Not waterproof

The entry-level Amazon Kindle is the best Kindle you can by right now, with a great balance of features and price.

Launched in March 2019, its new feature was the inclusion of a back-light which now means Amazon's entire Kindle line come with illumination.

You still get the benefits of the previous model, with an adequate (and now back-lit) touchscreen display, long lasting battery and plenty of space for all your digital tomes, plus an intuitive interface, that makes navigating your books a breeze.

It's slim and light, so even though you could essentially be carrying an entire library with you it won't even feel as weighty as a single paperback.

Why should I buy it? Because you want a bargain and can live without waterproofing, the latest design and a higher resolution display.

Read the full Amazon Kindle review

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (Image credit: Amazon)

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

It's all about that screen

Specifications
Screen size: 6-inch
Screen type: E ink
Storage: 4GB
Resolution: 300ppi
Weight: 209g
Backlight: yes
Touchscreen: yes
Wi-Fi: yes
3G: yes
Battery life: up to six weeks
Reasons to buy
+Super-sharp screen+Improved typography
Reasons to avoid
-Bland design-Still missing some features

Amazon updated the Kindle Paperwhite back in 2018 to add several features from the Voyage and Oasis lines, including IPX8-rated waterproofing and support for Audible audiobooks. 

The screen is still fantastic with a beautiful 6-inch HD display with 300ppi pixel density and 8GB of storage, meaning you can keep thousands of books on one device.

The Kindle Paperwhite is almost the closest you can get to real paper while getting all the benefits of an ereader. You have access to Amazon's huge library of books and you can even use the Kindle Unlimited rental service on the Paperwhite.

There's a built-in light and you're not going to get any screen glare when reading it in bright sunlight. The battery isn't as good as the last version as it only lasts between four and six weeks, but that said it's still a very good amount of time to get reading your ebooks.

Why should I buy it? If you're looking for one of the best screen experiences on an ereader and you want to be able to read in bright sunlight, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is your choice.

Read the full Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review

Amazon Kindle Oasis

(Image credit: Amazon)

Amazon Kindle Oasis

The newest Kindle Oasis device has all the cutting-edge features

Specifications
Screen size: 7-inch
Screen type: Carta E Ink
Storage: 8GB/32GB
Resolution: 300ppi
Weight: 188g
Backlight: Yes
Touchscreen: Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
4G: Yes
Battery life: up to six weeks
Reasons to buy
+Premium reading experience+Useful screen features
Reasons to avoid
-Very expensive-Thicker side doesn't improve handhold

If you want the most premium ereader experience available right now, then the newest Amazon Kindle Oasis is what you're looking for – as long as you can stomach the equally high-end price.

The 2019 Kindle Oasis comes with new features like a warm light you can turn on to reduce eye strain, a more lightweight design, and improved back-lighting, to make it a more useful device to read on (although some may consider the upgrade a little small).

It also comes with all the distinct features of the Kindle Oasis range – it's got a large, high-quality display, a 'ridge' design that gives makes the ereader easy to hold at a range of angles, and it comes with plenty of storage space to save as many books as you need.

So if you're looking for an unrivaled ereader, this is the device to consider.

Why should I buy it? If you're willing to splash on the best Amazon Kindle ereader with all the latest bells and whistles in terms of tech, this is the device to consider.

Read the full review: Amazon Kindle Oasis 

James Peckham

James is Phones Editor for TechRadar, and he has covered smartphones for the best part of a decade bringing you news on all the big announcements from top manufacturers making mobile phones. James is often testing out and reviewing the latest and greatest mobile phones, smartwatches, tablets, virtual reality headsets, fitness trackers and more. He has also worked on other leading tech brands, such as T3 and Gizmodo UK, as well as appearing as an expert on TV and radio for the BBC and other publications. Be sure to follow him on Twitter for all the latest smartphone news.