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The best Kindles in 2020

The best Kindles

What's the best Kindle for you? We tested reams of Kindles and competitors, and looked for the best mix of screen resolution, portability and durability to pick the best Kindles (and other e-readers). Not surprisingly, Amazon's Kindles have come to dominate the market.

Still, readers have a few choices. The best Kindle overall is the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. It costs $130, has a sharp 6-inch, 300-ppi backlit display, 8GB of storage, and can withstand a dunk in the water.  

The best Kindle under $100 is the Amazon Kindle (2019), which at $90 has backlighting and the same size screen, but half the resolution and half the storage. Read on to find out which is the best Kindle for you. 

The best Kindles you can buy today

Best Kindle: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2018)

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2018)

1. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2018)

The best Kindle overall

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

Waterproof
Bluetooth for audiobooks
Screen is now flush to bezels
Power adapter sold separately
$10 price bump over predecessor

In terms of bang for your buck, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite reigns supreme as the flat-out best Kindle. 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. 

Its 6-inch screen is pretty much the standard for the industry, and we appreciated its even backlighting, an improvement over previous models which don't look as fully lit when you're reading a book at night. Another design change we appreciate is how its screen is set flush with the bezel, ditching the awkward design that looks even chunkier. 

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.

Our testing of the Paperwhite included a 20 minute bath in our dunk-tank, and it worked perfectly fine the second it came out. It's rated to last another 40 minutes, but who leaves a Kindle underwater for a whole hour?

Read our full Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2018) review.
  

Best Kindle: Amazon Kindle (2019)

Amazon Kindle (2019)

2. Amazon Kindle (2019)

Best Kindle for those on a budget

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

Solid lighting options
Attractive screen
Comfortable design
Tedious menus
So-so text resolution

Rather spend your money on more books? The cheapest Kindle e-reader is $89, and 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 those ensconced in the Amazon ecosystem can benefit from Goodreads integration and FreeTime Unlimited.

The Kindle's lighting finally brings it closer to parity with the Paperwhite. We're guessing most bookworms also like to read in the dark and may not want to disturb a sleeping partner by turning on a bedroom light. Overall, this is the best Kindle for those on a budget.

Read our full Amazon Kindle (2019) review.
 

Best Kindle: Kindle Kids Edition

2019 Kindle Kids Edition (Image credit: Future)

3. Amazon Kindle Kids Edition

Best Kindle for kids

Resolution (Pixels Per Inch): 167 | Dimensions (Inches): 6.3 x 4.5 x 0.5 | Weight (Ounces): 10.2 | Claimed Battery Life: 4 weeks | Physical Page-Turn Buttons: No | Built-In Light: Yes | Water Resistance: No | Screen Size (Inches): 6

No lock-screen ads
Thankfully minimal interface (for kids)
Valuable warranty, subscription included
Distracting interface (in adult mode)
So-so text resolution

Amazon's latest Kindle improves on the $90 Kindle by adding what's missing and chipping away at the cruft that fills up a regular Kindle. Kids will like it for the colored cases, while parents will love Amazon's 2-year no-questions-asked warranty. Even better, there are no lock screen ads.

Otherwise, the Kindle Kids Edition is the same tablet as the 2019 Kindle. You get the same 167 ppi display and front lighting, and the display is still inset, not flush with the frame.

Read our full Amazon Kindle Kids Edition review.
 

Best Kindle: Amazon Kindle Oasis

Amazon Kindle Oasis (2019) (Image credit: Future)

4. Amazon Kindle Oasis (2019)

Best premium Kindle

Resolution (Pixels Per Inch): 300 | Dimensions (Inches): 6.3 x 5.6 x 0.13-0.33 | Weight (Ounces): 6.6 | Claimed Battery Life: 6 weeks | Physical Page Turn Buttons: Yes | Built-In Light: Yes | Water Resistance: Yes, IPX8 | Screen Size (Inches): 7

Sleek metallic design
Water resistant
Sharp, well-lit display
Expensive
No charger included

The new Kindle Oasis still offers Amazon's most luxurious reading experience, with its machined aluminum back, larger screen, physical buttons, automatic lighting adjustments and very well-lit screen (using 25 LEDs) — screams "first class." Its Oasis moniker is earned from its IPX8-rated water resistance, which allows it to survive hour-long baths. The device also supports Audible's audiobooks, as long as you've got a Bluetooth device handy.

The Oasis's curved back and physical buttons give you an easier way to get a grip and a way to read your book without tapping the screen. While the Oasis is 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 (2019) review.

Why Kindles?

We've pulled together the best e-book reader apps, but since your phone or tablet's screen is probably harsher on your eyes than an e-ink-based e-reader is, you'll probably want to check out these picks.

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 first Kindle was released in 2007, it sold out in five 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.

How we test Kindles and 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.

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    I found the best about Kindle is a Large library of audio books and built-in Audible capability. It is of the cheapest price for the solid glare-free e-reader.
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