The Amazon Kindle has come to be considered the best eReader money can buy, and with good reason. 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 eReaders 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. 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. 

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

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
  • Built-in light
  • 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 2019

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 (2019)

Amazon Kindle (2019)
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  • Reviewed on: 10 April 2019

It's hard to say whether the Paperwhite or the regular Kindle is the better eReader because they're both excellent.

The Kindle 2019 offers better value for money and has all the things most people will look for. However, the Kindle Paperwhite has a more premium design and extra features like more storage and waterproofing.

You pay extra for them, of course, so it really depends how much you have to spend and whether those extra things matter to you.

For us they are both the best eReader you can get, just for different reasons.

Read our Amazon Kindle (2019) review.

3. Amazon Kindle 2016 (8th generation)

Amazon Kindle 2016 (8th generation)
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  • Reviewed on: 10 April 2019

The 2016 Kindle was a solid choice when it launched, but since then Amazon has updated its lineup with a similar 2019 model, which boasts a backlight for just £10/$10 more than the 2016 version, making the older model difficult to recommend any more.

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

4. 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.

5. 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.