Best Kindles of 2019

In testing a ton of e-readers, we've looked for the best mix of screen resolution, portability and durability to pick the top Kindles for you. Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite (which is now waterproof) is currently the best tool for the task. If you're on a budget, though, the new entry-level Kindle will do, providing access to an identical library and most of the same features.

Those with a lot of spare money, though, will want to check out the newly updated Kindle Oasis, which offers a display warmth setting for reading at night. If you have an Amazon Prime subscription, you can get three free months of Kindle Unlimited, which includes over 1 million titles, current magazines and thousands of Audible audiobooks.

Best overall e-reader

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2018)

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2018)

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2018)

Best overall e-reader

SPECIFICATIONS

Resolution (Pixels Per Inch): 300 | Dimensions (Inches): 6.6 x 4.6 x 0.3 | Weight (Ounces): 6.4 | Claimed Battery Life: 6 weeks | Physical Page-Turn Buttons: No | Built-In Light: Yes | Water Resistance: Yes, IPX8 | Screen Size (Inches): 6

Reasons to Buy
Waterproof
Bluetooth for audiobooks
Same great e-reader as previous model
Screen is now flush to bezels
Reasons to Avoid
Power adapter sold separately
$10 price bump over predecessor

In terms of bang for your buck, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite reigns supreme. Not only is its display still a crisp 300-ppi panel supported by solid backlighting, but it also offers waterproof (IPX8-rated) protection and 8GB of storage. The device costs a little more than half as much as the $250 Kindle Oasis, coming in at $129. It's also thinner and lighter than the third-gen Paperwhite, and its display is more flush to its body. While the Paperwhite is not the best Kindle ever (that's still the Oasis), you get more for your money with this model.

Read our full Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2018) review.
  

Best budget Kindle

Amazon Kindle (2019)

Amazon Kindle (2019)

Amazon Kindle (2019)

Best budget Kindle

SPECIFICATIONS

Resolution (Pixels Per Inch): 167 | Dimensions (Inches): 6.3 x 4.5 x 0.3 | Weight (Ounces): 6.1 | Claimed Battery Life: 4 weeks | Physical Page-Turn Buttons: No | Built-In Light: Yes | Water Resistance: No | Screen Size (Inches): 6

Reasons to Buy
Solid lighting options
Attractive screen
Comfortable design
Reasons to Avoid
Distracting interface
Tedious menus
So-so text resolution

The cheapest of the Kindle e-readers now costs just $89 ($10 more than before), but a new perk makes it more interesting for bookworms on tight budgets. This E Ink device is lightweight and easy to use for hours, includes a touch-screen display, and offers Goodreads integration and FreeTime Unlimited.

Read our full Amazon Kindle (2019) review.
 

Best premium e-reader

Amazon Kindle Oasis (2017)

Amazon Kindle Oasis (2017)

Amazon Kindle Oasis (2017)

Best premium e-reader

SPECIFICATIONS

Resolution (Pixels Per Inch): 300 | Dimensions (Inches): 6.3 x 5.6 x 0.13-0.33 | Weight (Ounces): 6.7 | Claimed Battery Life: 6 weeks | Physical Page Turn Buttons: Yes | Built-In Light: Yes | Water Resistance: Yes, IPX8 | Screen Size (Inches): 7

Reasons to Buy
Water-resistance
Larger, well-lit display
Audible support
Elegant, comfortable design
Reasons to Avoid
Expensive
No power adapter
Costs more to remove ads

Editor's Note: Amazon's announced the 2019 Kindle Oasis, which we look forward to testing for our review.

The Kindle Oasis offers a luxurious reading experience. Everything about this device — including its machined aluminum back, excellent automatic lighting adjustments and very well-lit screen (using 12 LEDs) — screams "perfection." It even deserves its Oasis moniker, now that its IPX8-rated water resistance means it survives — and can be used — while it's submerged in water. The device also supports Audible's audiobooks, as long as you've got a Bluetooth device handy.

While it's the best Kindle for those who can splurge, we just wish it didn't cost nearly twice as much as the Kindle Paperwhite.

Read our full Amazon Kindle Oasis (2017) review.

Other e-readers

Amazon makes our favorite e-readers, but it's not the only competitor in the game. While Barnes & Noble's Nook GlowLight 3 features long battery life, its laggy interface gets in the way of reading.

How we test e-readers

In addition to evaluating e-readers' size, weight, claimed battery life and design choices, we test their brightness using our light meter. The experience of reading on the device also plays a huge role in these reviews. For instance, we look at the intuitiveness of the interface, the size of the available library and how well the special features (such as web browsers or dictionaries) work.

What Kindles and e-readers cost

Amazon's Kindles range from the $89 (£69/$139 Australian dollars) Kindle all the way up to the luxe $249 (£229/AU$389) Oasis. Barnes and Noble's only e-reader is the Nook GlowLight 3, which costs $119.

Why Kindles?

Amazon wasn't the first company to release an E Ink e-reader (that was Sony, which launched the Librie in 2004), but when the Kindle released in 2007, it sold out in 5 hours. That initial success was likely due to Amazon's huge library of e-content.

Kindles have remained best-sellers because of their quality and extra features. The sharp displays on Amazon's e-readers are easy on the eyes, thanks to the tablets' glare-free touch screens. And with at least 4GB of storage, these devices can hold thousands of e-books.