When it comes to buying the best Kindle possible, it really depends on your budget and needs. There are only three basic models of Kindle available (a fourth if you include the Kids Edition Kindle, which we haven’t here).
Because there are so few Kindles we’ve listed them from cheapest to most expensive to give you a clear view of the range. Our buying advice and full review of each should help you decide which is best for you.
The base model Kindle recently gained a backlight, giving it one of the features that used to make us recommend the Paperwhite over it. Now, the middle-tier Paperwhite has a sharper display and full waterproofing.
Up at the high-end is the Kindle Oasis, a product that seems unnecessarily flash at first, but on closer inspection packs a lot of features and advantages that might tempt you to splash out if you’re an avid reader.
Amazon’s Kindle range all but owns the ereader market. If you’re looking for another brand then there’s also the Kobo Forma or the Kobo Clara HD, but for most people we’d recommend a Kindle. Here our full guide on each.
The best Kindle for those on a budget
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
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
It's all about that screen
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
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
The newest Kindle Oasis device has all the cutting-edge features
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
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