The 7 Best Kindles of 2020

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The Rundown
"When it comes to great tablets at an affordable price, the Amazon Fire HD 10 is one of the best bang-for-your-buck tablets out there."
Runner-Up, Best Overall:
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8 at Amazon
"With an 8-inch HD display, you’re going to find many of the same qualities from the HD 10 on show here, too."
Best for Reading Outside:
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite at Amazon
"Now that it's waterproof, you can enjoy reading by the beach, poolside, or even in the bathtub."
Best for Reading at Night:
Amazon Kindle Oasis at Amazon
"Perfect for when you want to fall into a story for hours at a time."
"With up to eight hours of battery life, this package includes a lot for almost less than half of what you’d pay for a higher end Kindle."
"Available with a total storage size of 32GB and a solid battery life, the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition has more than enough space and power to keep your kids entertaining on long drives."
"This budget-friendly variant cuts out a lot of the extra higher-quality goodies to make for a pretty standard package."

The best Kindles will give you a great reading experience, plenty of apps to work with, and a ton of versatility. With so many offerings, discovering the perfect Kindle tablet for your needs can be a bit daunting. Will you go with the Fire HD 10 or settle for the Kindle Paperwhite? Do you need access to web browsing and other apps? Or are you just looking for something reliable to read your e-books on? It doesn’t matter, there’s a Kindle out there for you, and we’re going to help you find the perfect fit.

Since the launch of the original Kindle tablet in 2007, Amazon has worked hard to expand the line-up and give users a ton of different offerings. With offerings ranging from high-end tablets like the Fire HD 10, to the more basic variations, there are plenty of options available to ensure you check off all the boxes you need to when buying a new Kindle tablet. 

Best Overall: Amazon Kindle Fire HD 10

What We Like
  • Alexa voice controls

  • Full 1080p display and solid performance

  • Dolby Atmos enabled speakers

What We Don't Like
  • Maximum storage of 64GB

When it comes to great tablets at an affordable price, the Amazon Fire HD 10 is one of the best bang-for-your-buck tablets out there. Coming in at under $200, the 10.1-inch 1080p Full HD display makes for a solid movie-watching experience. There are three available color choices, and two different storage options of 32 and 64GB, giving you a couple of different options to fit your needs. If you plan on using your tablet a lot, then the smaller storage sizes might prove to be problematic down the line.

The inclusion of 2GB of RAM, a 1.8GHz quad-core processor, and a total of 10-hours of battery life help make up for the less remarkable aspects of this tablet. You’ll also find a set of Dolby Atmos enabled speakers under the hood, alongside 802.11ac Wi-Fi speeds, making quick work of any streaming or downloads you might throw at it. Of course, the real shining star of of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 10 is the built-in Alexa support, making it easy to interact with the tablet using only your voice. 

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8

What We Like
  • Great battery life

  • Under $100

What We Don't Like
  • Slower processor

  • Less than 2GB of RAM could lead to performance issues in certain apps

If you don’t feel like splurging for the Fire HD 10, then the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8 is the next best option. With an 8-inch HD display, you’re going to find many of the same qualities from the HD 10 on show here, too. The 1.5GB of RAM might cause some issues in some apps, and the 1.3GHz processor isn’t all that fast, but it still boasts more than enough speed and screen real estate to make it worth your while, and even offers a better battery life than its bigger sibling with 12 hours per full charge.

Throw in the fact that the Kindle Fire series includes access to various Android applications alongside the Kindle books service itself, and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8 is a great choice for those looking to get a solid tablet without going over $100. Like the Fire HD 10, the Fire HD 8 comes with both 32GB and 64GB storage options, which is more than enough room for take care of your various downloads, pictures, and apps.

Best for Reading Outside: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

What We Like
  • Easy to read in bright light

  • Storage options leave plenty of room for digital content

What We Don't Like
  • Smaller screen could be harder to read on for some

If you love the look of reading in physical books, or if you just plan on doing a lot of reading outside, then the Kindle Paperwhite is one you’re going to want to keep an eye on. Despite the fact that you won’t be able to download any other kind of applications, the Kindle Paperwhite offers a bright and crisp reading experience unparalleled on any other Kindle device that Amazon has to offer.

The 6-inch display might be a bit small for some readers who enjoy having more text on the page at any given time, but its bright screen and stark white background make it easier than ever to read digital text. You can pick up an 8GB or 32GB variant, giving you more than enough storage space to fill with online books, and it weighs less than 7 ounces, which means you don’t have to worry about carrying around a heavy tablet for those outdoor reading adventures.

Best for Reading at Night: Amazon Kindle Oasis

What We Like
  • Extended lip on the side makes holding it easy and comfortable

  • Very lightweight and waterproof

What We Don't Like
  • No support for apps outside of the Kindle marketplace

One of the best ways to read is at night when sitting in bed, or just chilling in your favorite spot in the house. That’s where the Amazon Kindle Oasis comes into play. With a bright 7-inch display, and 300 PPI, you’ll have plenty of screen real estate to fill with text from various books. It’s also waterproof, which means you won’t have to worry about it messing up if you spill a little tea on it while winding down for the night.

The Oasis also comes with full access to Audible, which includes thousands of audiobooks for you to get lost in. Like most Kindle tablets, the Oasis is designed to be lightweight and easy to hold for long periods of time, but the extended edge on the side makes it even easier to work with than others on our list. If you do most of your reading while chilling out at the end of the evening then the Amazon Kindle Oasis should be one of your first choices.

Best Budget: Amazon Kindle Fire 7

What We Like
  • Cheap entrypoint to a solid tablet lineup

  • Great battery life for a 7-inch tablet

What We Don't Like
  • Cameras leave a lot to be desired

At just $49.99, the Amazon Kindle Fire 7 offers quite a lot for its price range. If you don’t have much experience with the Amazon ecosphere, or if you just want to pick up something cheap that gets the job done, then the Amazon Kindle Fire 7 is the perfect fit for your needs.

Sporting a 7-inch IPS display, the Amazon Kindle Fire 7 is more akin to the normal Kindles on this list than it is to the Fire HD 8 or Fire HD 10. You’ll also find that the included front-facing and rear-facing cameras work well enough, but they definitely aren’t the best you’ll find on a tablet right now. With up to eight hours of battery life, this package includes a lot for almost less than half of what you’d pay for a higher end Kindle, and it still does everything you could need it to do.

Best Kids: Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

What We Like
  • Dolby Atmos enabled speakers

  • Child-proof case

What We Don't Like
  • Not even storage for kids who download lots of apps and books

With so many learning options available thanks to the advances we’ve seen in technology, it’s no wonder that kids are constantly asking for new electronics like tablets or phones. If you’re looking for a great Kindle to pick up for your kid then the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is sure to be a hit.

Available with a total storage size of 32GB and a solid battery life, the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition has more than enough space and power to keep your kids entertaining on long drives. It also sports a child-proof case that adds an extra layer of protection without costing you anything extra. Top that off with Amazon’s FreeTime Unlimited service -- which offers 15,000 books, movies, tv shows, and apps for kids ages 3 to 12 -- and you’re looking at the absolute best Kindle available for kids.

The Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition also comes with premium sound thanks to the built-in Dolby Atmos dual stereo speakers, meaning your kids can enjoy every moment of their favorite cartoons without missing a beat.

Best Kids Budget: Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition

What We Like
  • Great battery life

  • Child-proof case

What We Don't Like
  • No HD display

Need to buy a Kindle for your kid but don’t want to break the bank? That’s where the Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition comes in. Much like the standard Amazon Fire 7, this budget-friendly variant cuts out a lot of the extra higher-quality goodies to make for a pretty standard package, all available at a decent price point.

There’s still plenty of storage packed behind the 7-inch IPS display, and a full eight hours of battery life mean you should be able to get by without charging it every time you turn around. There’s also a kid-safe browser that allows you to control what kind of content your kids see. For just $100, the Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition is the go-to budget-friendly tablet for kids.

Final Verdict

While it doesn’t stand up to higher-end tablets, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 10 is a great hybrid device that offers a plethora of good features with full access to Amazon’s Kindle marketplace. If you don’t care to spent the extra $60, though, you can always grab the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8, which offers better battery life at the cost of a little performance and screen real estate.

What to Look for in an Amazon Kindle

Display size - Kindle tablets come in all sizes, so you’ll want to make sure you pick the best display size for whatever you’ll be using the device for the most. If you plan on doing a lot of traveling, a smaller size might work better. But if you’re planning on watching a lot of movies on it, then you may prefer a larger display.

Price - Amazon’s tablets are very affordable, especially compared to Apple's options. You can find Fire tablets at many different price points, so it shouldn’t be too hard to come up with one that satisfies your budget.

Use - The tablet you buy will ultimately depend on who’s using it the most. If you’re planning on buying a Kindle Fire tablet for your young child, then it might be better to look at the kids’ versions. These still come in different sizes at various price points, so you’re not relegated to just one model. These models also have kid-friendly cases that will stand up to bangs and drops, in addition to a two-year warranty that covers accidents.