The 5 Best Amazon Kindles to Buy in 2018

See why these devices are on "fire"

While Apple's iPad lineup gets all the tablet glory, Amazon's Fire tablet is chalk full of standout features and prices that are hard to ignore. Whether you need something for the kids to travel with or a large display for bingeing Netflix late at night, Amazon has a tablet for everyone. Filled with thousands of extras, thanks to Amazon Prime, there's a huge selection of movies, games, eBooks and televisions shows right at your fingertips. If you're considering an Amazon Fire tablet, take a look at our rundown below and find all the information you need to make the right decision.

Exceptionally affordable, well reviewed and with millions of available apps, the Kindle Fire HD 8 is one of the most popular tablets in the world. Available in both 16 and 32GB sizing (expandable to 256GB with microSD), the Fire HD 8 offers an eight-inch HD display, 1.5GB of RAM and a 1.3GHz quad-core processor. The addition of Dolby Atmos dual stereo speakers helps amplify audio, which makes watching a movie a whole lot better than the previous generation Kindle Fire lineup. With Amazon's Alexa platform built in, you can quickly access everything from sports scores to local news with voice commands. When it comes to movies, TV shows, songs, eBooks, Amazon's own app store is full of everything you want, and Amazon Prime members can get even more. With unlimited access to thousands of streaming shows and movies all day, the up to 12 hours of battery life will be most welcomed. It comes in black, canary yellow, marine blue or punch red.

Best Budget Tablet: Kindle Fire 7

The smaller sibling of the Fire HD 8, Amazon's Fire 7 is available in 8GB and 16GB memory sizes and the seven-inch IPS display offers just enough sharpness to make watching movies an enjoyable experience. You can add up to 256GB of additional memory, thanks to microSD storage and upload thousands of your own movies and TV shows or download countless others via Amazon Prime. A VGA front-facing camera and two-megapixel rear-facing camera with 720p HD recording are good enough for basic needs but aren't quite recommended for dedicated video recordings. With up to eight hours of battery life, the Fire 7 lasts long enough for a cross-country flight with room to spare. You can also add thousands of eBooks or ask Alexa to tell what the weather is like for tomorrow.

Best Large Display: Kindle Fire HD 10

The largest tablet in Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet arsenal, the Fire HD 10 adds a 1920 x 1080-pixel, 10.1-inch 1080p Full HD display that's perfect for lengthy movie sessions or gaming on the go. With three color choices and two storage options in either 32 or 64GB sizing, the Fire HD 10 is the workhorse of the Kindle Fire family, thanks to 2GB of RAM, a 1.8GHz quad-core processor and up to 10 hours of battery life (which will allow you to watch at least three full-length movies).

The inclusion of Dolby Atmos boosts the movie watching experience with premium sounding stereo speakers, while 802.11ac Wi-Fi speeds up browsing and downloading everything from the latest TV shows and movies to books, games and magazines via Amazon Prime. Exclusive to the Fire HD 10 is true hands-free Amazon Alexa functionality requiring nothing more than your voice to activate commands for search requests or controlling your smart home (the rest of the Fire lineup requires the touch of a button to activate Alexa).

Best Kids: Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

Widely regarded as the best option for a kids' tablet, the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition offers everything loved about the Fire HD 8 but with child-friendly packaging. Available with 32GB of storage for more than enough books, games and movies for a lengthy car (or plane) ride, the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition sports a child-proof case that's more than ready to withstand a few drops without damage. Fortunately, Amazon's two-year, worry-free guarantee is absolutely the best in the business with a standing policy that allows parents to return damaged units for new ones, even if the damage is an obvious accident.

Beyond the excellent return policy, Amazon offers FreeTime Unlimited that adds 15,000 books, movies, TV shows, education apps and more for kids ages 3 to 12, which are all free for a year with the purchase of the tablet. Additionally, Amazon includes the premium sound Dolby Atmos dual stereo speakers found on the regular Fire HD 8 for even more enjoyable audio while gaming or watching hours of Disney programming.

Best Kids Budget: Fire 7 Kids Edition

The Fire 7 Kids Edition is filled with goodies parents will love, including the subscription-based FreeTime programming with 15,000 books, games and TV shows, as well as a two-year accident forgiveness warranty. Available in three separate colors and in 16GB sizing, the Fire 7 features a seven-inch IPS display with up to eight hours of battery life. With all the extras available for kids and parents to download, the inclusion of microSD and up to 256GB of expandable storage will come in very handy.

The kid-safe browser reduces access to inappropriate content and curates over 56,000 websites that are kid-friendly (and parents can whitelist any additional options on their own). Additional best-in-class parental controls allow parents to block videos and games until children have completed parent-selected educational content.

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