Here is our list of the top 5 Kindles based on price and performance. Each Kindle is suited differently so your decision could change based on your specific needs. Last updated May 2019.
1. Kindle Paperwhite ($129.99)
The new and improved Paperwhite is still our top choice for best Kindle of 2019. With a perfect blend of performance, portability, and ease of use, at only $129.99, you can’t go wrong. If you are an avid reader, we highly recommend e-ink over LCD Fires or other tablets because of their tailored design for reading.
The Paperwhite also has weeks of power per charge with a newly upgraded battery and nearly double the resolution of its cheaper cousin, the Kindle (300ppi vs 167ppi). This means you can pack the compact e-reader for long vacations and leave the charger at home.
The biggest(only) complaint we have about the Paperwhite is the lack of a charger. Amazon(and we) recommend only using the official Kindle charger as many users have had issues with non-OEM versions.
Regardless, with all the new upgrades, when you put this all together in a super lightweight design, a new waterproof body, and up to 32GB of storage and we feel this is the perfect e-reader.
2. Kindle Voyage ($249.99 or $100)
The reason the Voyage is #2 on this list is because there are a limited supply of like-new refurbished versions in the Amazon warehouse for as little as $100. This is a great deal considering these models are very durable and will last for many years.
The Kindle Voyage is an amazing e-reader, but it is worth the price bump? We don’t think so. If you are more price flexible, then this is the best e-reader on the market. But for those who are more cost conscious, we just can’t justify the $249.99 price tag.
Don’t get us wrong, this is a superior e-reader. The Voyage was replaced by the Oasis in 2016, and combines a beautiful display with durability, huge storage, and a sleek design. But we would rather go with a Paperwhite and a year of Kindle Unlimited for the same price.
Some users have complained about the smaller buttons, but we had no problems while testing.
3. Kindle Oasis ($299.99)
The flagship Kindle should be higher on our list, but we decided we’d prefer a Paperwhite or a slightly used Voyage for a much lower price.
Amazing design, super compact and lightweight, this would be #1 if it wasn’t so damn expensive. In a day when we have so many devices (phones, laptops, tablets) do we really want to spend $300 on our e-reader?
Some people may answer yes, but most light readers will say, ‘I’ll think about it.’
Cellular functionality allows you to connect Whispersync without wifi. This is a decent perk, but how many of us finish a book in the time it takes to find wifi?
The new 300 ppi, 7″ glass display gives sparkling clarity. But unlike the Paperwhite and the Kindle, there is no protection from cracks or scratches. That means the Oasis loses durability point with us.
Additionally, the Oasis doesn’t come with a headphone jack because it’s modern and cool. We find that annoying.
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4. Fire HD 10 ($149.99)
We have never been big fans of the Fire series only because it’s not a pure e-reader. Tablets offer more functionality but at the cost of a more finely tuned reading product.
When you add the distraction of texts, emails, and phone calls that constantly pop up on a Fire, we think this device serves a completely different audience.
Although it has a beautiful display, great add-on apps, and extensive functionality, the Fire is similar to reading content on your computer.
5. All-new Kindle ($89.99)
Alas, this is the lowest on our list because it lacks much of the functionality you can get for just $40 more with the Kindle Paperwhite. A great entry level e-reader at only $89.99, we just think you should spring for a Paperwhite. Most of your expenses will be on books and investing in a more durable Kindle for the cost of 8 books is worth it.
With more durabilty and higher resolution, we find the Paperwhite offers significant upgrades worthy of the mark-up. This is still an amazing e-reader for people looking for a low-cost alternative, but the savings will won’t match the long-term value added by the Paperwhite.