The Amazon Kindle has come to be considered the best e-reader money can buy. But money can buy several different Kindle models at different prices.

Here, we explain the differences between Kindles, how much they cost and which model is the best for your needs.

The relative affordability (of some models!) and easy-to-use nature, coupled with the fact you can carry thousands of books on one device, means e-readers are an attractive purchase for many, though for some people their phone or tablet screen does just as well, and Amazon's Kindle app is available on just about every device.

Today there are four different Kindles available direct from Amazon but it's worth noting that it has discontinued the Kindle Voyage, which is now only available refurbished in the UK.

There are also other brands of e-readers made by different companies. Check out a few over on our list of the 7 best e-readers.

In this article we break down the four models, Kindle, Paperwhite, Oasis and Voyage and explain the differences between them, and why some cost a lot more than others. 

Before we start though, here’s a list of things that are the same on all models of Kindle, no matter which you end up buying:

  • Full access to the entire Amazon Kindle Store
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 6in or 7in touchscreen e-ink display
  • Take and share notes within books
  • Audible audiobook support

You also have to pay a bit more for the Kindle or the Paperwhite if you don't want lock screen adverts.

Best Kindle 2018

1. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2018)

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2018)
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  • Reviewed on: 16 November 2018

By updating the Paperwhite for 2018, Amazon has created the best eReader around for anyone wanting a dedicated device for reading.

The Oasis offers a premium metal design and ergonomic wedge shape but adding features like waterproofing and Bluetooth to the Paperwhite means that luxury isn't worth the extra cost for most people.

Add in that the Paperwhite has a refined design including a flush screen and a lighter weight and you've pretty much got the perfect eReader. The small price rise it totally worth it for all these benefits.

Read our Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2018) review.

2. Amazon Kindle 2016 (8th generation)

Amazon Kindle 2016 (8th generation)
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  • Reviewed on: 15 November 2016

If you are new to the eReader game or if your battered five-year old Kindle is showing its age this is the perfect choice. The 2016 Kindle does the basics just as well as the Kindle Oasis, which costs £200 more. Why not spend £200 on books instead? We highly recommend the entry-level Kindle if you don’t need a backlight and you want a clean, easy reading experience.

Read our Amazon Kindle 2016 (8th generation) review.

3. Amazon Kindle Oasis (2017)

Amazon Kindle Oasis (2017)
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  • Reviewed on: 13 March 2018

The new Kindle Oasis is impressive with a larger screen, added light sensor, waterproofing and Bluetooth for listening to audiobooks with wireless headphones. There's really nothing to complain about in terms of the actual device, however, it's still pretty expensive and for most people one of the cheaper Kindles will suffice.

Read our Amazon Kindle Oasis (2017) review.

4. Amazon Kindle Voyage

Amazon Kindle Voyage
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  • Reviewed on: 16 November 2018

The Voyage is now discontinued, but in the UK you can still pick one up refurbished. But without waterproofing it's not as good a buy as the latest Paperwhite, and if you want a high-end Kindle then the Oasis is a better choice.

Read our Amazon Kindle Voyage review.