Amazon Kindle Readers: Top 4 Best Rated For 2019 – My Honest Reviews With Comparisons + New Kindle Paperwhite & New Kindle Oasis!

Updated: 6/22/19 – New Kindle Paperwhite and New Kindle Oasis added with reviews!

If you are like me, shopping for Amazon Kindle Readers can be a bit daunting. Because if you are like me, you want to feel confident that you are buying the best model to suit your needs! 

There are so many specifications, features, item versions and models. That’s why I have created this lengthy article containing everything you need to pick out the perfect Kindle Reader!

Update: The new 10th Gen Waterproof Paperwhite is available for purchase now!

Update 2: The new Kindle Oasis with Enhanced features is available now!

Also be sure to check out the Top 5 Cases For Your New Kindle Paperwhite 10th Gen Reader + Upcoming Releases <==

It can truly be called an art to analyze, compare and decide on what reader you want to get.

In my experience, the right choice can make or break your reading experience.

Below are the main features of each model I will be reviewing.

=> If you would like to skip my overview, feel free to scroll down and see my review of each model.

Also be sure to check out my recommended Financial Success Books for your library that I have listed near the end of this article. Having a Kindle Reader has helped me read my financial books so much faster!

  • How this Review Will Help You And Save You Time: What I Will Be Covering.

There are numerous factors to consider when buying your Kindle Reader! All of them are certainly important and lengthy to go through! That’s why I have created a list of the best models outlining their features and how each one can serve your needs best.Amazon Kindle Readers - Happy With Reader

  • Reader Size (Screen & Width)

Ask anyone if they would rather have a pocket book vs. a paperback book, and most of them will tell you, “It depends.”

Different preferences and circumstances demand different sizes. If you want something slim with a smaller screen for when you are on go, there are models for that!

If you want something with a large screen, maybe something wider and feels more bulky, there are Amazon Kindle Readers with these kinds of specifications as well!

  • Cases Available

I don’t like my shiny toys getting broken, that’s why I like getting protective cases for my electronics. It can be a pain researching the best cases, or finding out if cases are even available for your Reader for that matter!

I will be listing whether cases are available for every model.

  • Internal Storage Space

Most of the readers have about 4GB of storage space built in. (Which by itself can hold several libraries of books) However, there are expansions available. A good example would be the Kindle Oasis which can have up to a whopping 32GB of storage space added to it!

  • Warranty

For the most part, Amazon is very good about providing solid customer service and lengthy warranties. This gives me confidence in what I’m buying, and creates a stress free experience. I’m sure you will have a similar experience.

All Amazon Kindle Readers come with a 1 year limited warranty upon purchase. You  also have the option to purchase extended warranties, up to 3 years!

  • Price

If you live you life anything like I do, then the price is easily the most important factor you consider when buying online.Amazon Kindle Review - Read Anywhere

While I sometimes make purchases out of necessity, for the most part price is key when I make my final decision.

There are Kindles that range in the hundreds, and models that are under a hundred dollars. This has made it so much easier for me to pick out my model and not feel the guilt of breaking my budget.

  • Positive Reviews

There are always going to be products online that are full of fluff and stuffing. No matter how many stars an item gets, it is a rip off! But this isn’t the case with Amazon’s rating system.

Because Amazon only shows star ratings from users like you, you will have a far clearer understanding of your purchase. You can have confidence in your purchase!

But let’s be honest, no one likes having to read tons of mixed reviews to make their assessment! That’s why I’ve done this for you and have listed my honest review for each model.

  • Outside Color

All jokes and presumptions aside, you may not want a black Kindle. You may want a white, or more metallic look. While all models come with a default Black or dark color, some come with more customization!

  • WiFi Or Cellular Connection

When I first researched the differences between the Amazon Kindle Readers, I was intrigued to find out their Wi-Fi abilities. Not only can you read digital books, but you can use the internet and utilize many other online features.

Did you know that each model will be lighter or heavier depending on it’s Connectivity abilities? If a model only has Wi-Fi, it is a bit lighter. If a model has Wi-Fi and Cellular connection abilities, it will be slightly heavier.

Though the difference in weight in minor, it is still something to take into consideration.

If you don’t care about hotspot/ cellular connections, then I would recommend just going with the ligher, basic Wi-Fi setup.

  • The Resolution

I doubt many people even consider the quality of their reading when picking a model. But believe it or not, some Amazon Kindle Readers are equipped with better screen resolution for a clearer reading experience.

If you want the most crisp, clean looking resolution for your books, I have listed which models have the best resolution as well!

  • Internal Lighting

Unlike some of the newer Kindles coming out, some models aren’t equipped with internal lighting and are ill equipped for dark settings. If you are night time reader, you will certainly want a model that has this feature built in!Amazon Kindle Review - Kindle Reader in Hand

  • Anti-Glare

This is actually one of the most important factors you want to consider when choosing you Reader. Unlike physical books, most Amazon Kindle Readers don’t reflect light off of their screens. With that in mind, it is important to choose a model with this feature present.

  • Parental Controls

Along with purchase control and explicit material blocking, most models now have parental controls built in. These controls allow you to limit and monitor your child’s activities while using their Reader.

This can be important if you allow WiFi access for your children or if you store materials on your device that aren’t suited for their age group.

  • Kindle Weight

The downside to some of the larger models, is that they do weigh a little more, but may have larger screens. Some of the smaller models also weigh less but sacrifice a wider screen for portability.

Knowing how much a model weighs is important if you intend to hold it for long periods of time as well!

  • Battery Life

I don’t know anyone who likes having to recharge their devices in the middle of use. Personally, I despise any device that has a short battery life, and will pay more money for something if it means longer usage.Amazon Kindle Review - Cake By The Ocean

I have included estimated battery life for each model for your convenience!

  • Waterproofing

This is one of the coolest features to ever be added to a Reader model. Now you can read your favorite books on one device, while in the water! That’s right, you can read without the fear of getting anything wet. I love this feature.

If this is something you really want, be sure to check out the Kindle Oasis below! UPDATE: Also see the brand new Kindle Paper White Reader that is fully water proof!

Features With Every Model

Please note that there are so many features that are automatically included with every reader that I will not be listing them under the pros or cons.

The following are features included with all Amazon Kindle Readers:

  • Bookmarking
  • Language Translation
  • Exporting
  • Instructional Programs To Help Children Learn
  • Document Emailing
  • Collections You Can Create With Your Existing Library.

It should also be noted that all the kindles are being listed with the “Special offers” being included. If this is something that you don’t want, you can choose to remove them when purchasing, though it may cost a bit extra.

Also, be sure to read until the end as I will be listing my favorite pick and the reasons why I think it is the best.

With that, lets get right into it…

Amazon Kindle Readers List:

Price Table:

$ = $100 and under
$$ = Between $100-$250
$$$ = Between $250-$500
$$$$ – $500 and up

1. All-new Kindle Paperwhite – Now Waterproof with 2x the Storage – Includes Special Offers

Amazon Kindle Readers - New 10th Gen Paperwhite

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The Kindle Paperwhite has been Amazon’s best-selling reader and it is easy to see why. The new paperwhite is now waterproof and very affordable! It is also slimmer and more lightweight than before.

Very few negative points to list and it features many improvements upon the original Kindle.

With the addition of both internal lighting and higher resolution, reading just became a whole new experience with the Paperwhite! This is an exceptional reader!

Also, I have done a thorough and honest review of the best cases for this model, be sure to check that out, Here!

  • Average Customer Rank: 4.1/5
  • Price: $$
  • Payment Plan: Yes
  • Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
  • Warranty: 1 Year limited Included. 1,2,or 3 year extended available, sold separately.
  • Waterproof: Yes – IPX8 (2 meters, 60 minutes in fresh water)
  • Colors: Black or White
  • Storage Space: 4GB
  • Screen Size: 6”
  • Reader Size: 6.6″ x 4.6″ x 0.32″ (167 x 116 x 8.18 mm)
  • Internal Lighting: Yes – 5 LEDs
  • Anti-Glare: Yes
  • Parental Controls: Yes
  • Weight: Wi-Fi: 6.4 oz (182 g); Wi-Fi + 4G LTE: 6.8 oz (191 g)
  • WiFi: Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Free Cellular Connectivity
  • Battery Life: Weeks
  • Page Turning: Touchscreen
  • Resolution: Hi Res 300 ppi
  • Charging Cable: USB 2.0 charging cable
  • Cases Available: Yes
  • Waterproof: Yes!*
  • Audible: Yes – when paired with Bluetooth-enabled speakers or headphones


  • This is Amazon’s best model by far, and there are few if any cons to it!

See Full Model Details On Amazon >>

2. Kindle E-reader – Black, 6″ Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi

Amazon Kindle Readers - Original Kindle Reader Model

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Personally, I think this reader is a real bargain. It may not have a high resolution or internal lighting like some of the others, but the price and built in features really compensate for that. It’s currently “Amazon’s Choice” under the “Kindle” category.

It is built lighter, and has basic WiFi ability along with it’s nice storage space.

If I was looking to get a reader and didn’t want to break my bank, this is the one I would choose.

Simple, cheap, and has decent reviews, it sells itself.

  • Average Customer Rank: 3.8/5
  • Price: $
  • Payment Plan: Yes
  • Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
  • Warranty: 1 Year limited Included. 1,2,or 3 year extended available, sold separately.
  • Colors: Black or White
  • Storage Space: 4GB
  • Screen Size: 6”
  • Reader Size: 6.3″ x 4.5″ x 0.36″ (160 mm x 115 mm x 9.1 mm)
  • Anti-Glare: Yes
  • Parental Controls: Yes
  • Audible: Yes
  • Weight: 5.7 oz (161 g)
  • WiFi: Wi-Fi
  • Battery Life: Weeks
  • Page Turning: Touchscreen
  • Resolution: 167 ppi
  • Charging Cable: USB 2.0 charging cable
  • Cases Available: Yes


  • Waterproof: No
  • Internal Lighting: No
  • Lower Resolution
  • Only 1 choice in color

See Full Model Details On Amazon >>

3. All-new Kindle Oasis – Now with adjustable warm light – Includes special offers

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Want the biggest reader with the nicest features? Then look no further…

Update: The Kindle Oasis now has improved ergonomic design, new sleek case features, and most notably, an adjustable warm light so you can read at any time of day with full control over the lighting!

Naturally it remains fully waterproof as well.

This bad boy was made to be the ultimate e-reader of all time, because it is superior to all the other readers, containing every feature they have, and then some!

I can’t help but be reminded of Jarvis from Iron Man when I see this thing.

I love the features on the Oasis, and anyone wanting the “be-all and end-all” in terms of electronic reading will not be disappointed.

Reviews on this are fantastic and since it is waterproof, one of it’s key features is being able to read virtually anywhere and read on a bigger screen!

  • (Previous Oasis Model) Average Customer Rank: 4.0/5
  • Updated Model Average Customer Rank: Unranked
  • Price: $$$
  • Payment Plan: Yes
  • Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
  • Warranty: 1 Year limited Included. 1,2,or 3 year extended available, sold separately.
  • Colors: Graphite, Aluminum back
  • Waterproof: Yes – IPX8 (2 meters, 60 minutes in fresh water)
  • Storage Space: 8GB or 32GB
  • Screen Size: 7”
  • Reader Size: 6.3″x 5.6” x 0.13-.33” (159 mm x 141 mm x 3.4-8.3 mm).
  • Internal Lighting: Yes – 12 LEDs + adaptive light sensor
  • Anti-Glare: Yes
  • Parental Controls: Yes
  • Audible: Yes
  • Weight: w/ Wi-Fi: 6.8 oz (194 g); w/ Wi-Fi + Free Cellular Connectivity: 6.8 oz (194 g)
  • WiFi: Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Free Cellular Connectivity
  • Battery Life: Weeks
  • Page Turning: Touchscreen + page turn buttons
  • Resolution: Hi Res 300 ppi
  • Charging Cable: USB 2.0 charging cable
  • Cases Available: Yes


  • Less portable due to size.

See Full Model Details On Amazon >>

4. Kindle Voyage E-reader, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Adaptive Built-in Light, PagePress Sensors, Wi-Fi (Discontinued)

Amazon Kindle Readers - Kindle Voyage Reader

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Update: This model seems to have been discontinued. 6/19/19

An improvement over the Kindle Paperwhite, the “Voyage” sports a super-thin design, and better internal lighting.

What I like about this is it’s portability, and upgraded features like Page Press.

Personally, I tend to agree with most of the reviews (mostly positive) which say that the Paperwhite tends to be fairly sufficient for most readers needs and gives them an excuse not to buy this model.

However, as others have stated, if you are shopping and have the cash, this is a great buy, and will no doubt serve as an excellent upgrade upon previous models.

  • Average Customer Rank: 4.2/5
  • Price: $$
  • Payment Plan: Yes
  • Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
  • Warranty: 1 Year limited Included. 1,2,or 3 year extended available, sold separately.
  • Colors: Black
  • Storage Space: 4GB
  • Screen Size: 6”
  • Reader Size: 6.4″ x 4.5″ x 0.30″ (162 x 115 x 7.6 mm)
  • Internal Lighting: Yes – 6 LEDs + adaptive light sensor
  • Anti-Glare: Yes
  • Parental Controls: Yes
  • Weight: w/ Wi-Fi: 6.3 oz (180 g) w/ Wi-Fi + Free Cellular Connectivity: 6.6 oz (188 g)
  • WiFi: Yes –Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Free Cellular Connectivity
  • Battery Life: Weeks
  • Page Turning: Touchscreen + page press
  • Resolution: Hi Res 300 ppi
  • Charging Cable: USB 2.0 charging cable
  • Cases Available: Yes


  • Audible: No
  • Waterproof: No

See Full Model Details On Amazon >>

My personal favorite: All-new Kindle Paperwhite – Now Waterproof with 2x the Storage – Includes Special Offers

Amazon Kindle Readers - All New Kindle Paperwhite 10th Gen

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I just love this thing. Granted, if price were not a deterrent, I would buy the Oasis hands down, but there are several reasons why I like the Paperwhite the best.

  • It is waterproof! This is a revolution in Kindle Reader Technology that was previously exclusive to the Kindle Oasis!
  • Very affordable by today’s standards. This is one of the most compelling selling point compared to other models.
  • High definition being a huge improvement above the original Kindle.
  • Not too bulky, still portable.
  • Fantastic reviews across the board, proving it’s reliability and features.
  • Being able to choose from assorted colors is nice.
  • It’s similar size to other models makes it much easier and cheaper to buy protective cases.

See Full Model Details On Amazon >>


Average Customer Rating

Despite some of the models not having as high of a rating, Amazon’s E-book/Kindle readers have a great average rating between them. I highly recommend picking up one of these amazing readers if you want a portable library at your fingertips!

Why You Need A Kindle Reader

I love acquiring new books and love the sensation of turning a page. The soft yet abrasive quality of a book page elicits my attention along with admiration.

Yet, I run out of book space very quickly! I know this will change in time as I get more bookshelves or holders, but the idea of storing hundreds if not thousands of books without taking an inch of physical space is amazing to me!

That’s why I chose to write this review, because I feel this is a big part of our future going forward. E-readers, and internet storage has advanced in unparalleled measures. It saves time and living space!

Success Books To Add To Your Library

Looking for ideas for new books to add to your library? Want books that will help you achieve your goals, become more successful, have a better mindset and that help with your personal development?

Read my honest reviews of the best Financial Success Books that cover a wide variety of topics!

I hope you liked my review and I would love to know which reader you like, or which one you currently love using the most! Let me know in the comments below!

As always, feel free to email me and I will get back to you asap!

Best regards,

Jacob Highley


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  • Jacqueline says:

    Hi Jacob,
    Thanks for your review.
    I’m like you I just love books – tell me about a good book and I’m out to get it! lol
    The thing is I’m now running out of space too. My book collection is now becoming my carpet so I’m glad I came across your review.

    I was recently looking at the KOBO ebook reader from WHSmith however, what put me off, was that it is very restrictive in that I will not be able to download books from Amazon, unlike the Kindle.

    I’ve seen the Kindle but found it difficult to choose which one to settle for.
    Your review has helped me.
    The Kindle Paperwhite E-reader – Black, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi looks great and I think I will purchase this one.

    Thanks for helping me out.

    • Jacob says:

      No problem, Jackie! Glad my review helped you.

      Yep, book space can be prohibitive to how many books we can have, but a kindle reader really helps in that respect! One of my favorite features on the Paperwhite specifically is it’s internal lighting.

      The original model didn’t come with this. I also like the pricepoint on the Kindle Paperwhite because it isn’t much more than the basic model and has a lot of options for customization. Reading my financial books has become so much more convenient thanks to my Kindle.

      Let me know how you like your Reader!



  • Zulfaqar says:

    Hey man,

    Great article.

    I’m old-fashioned in the sense that I need a physical copy of a book…i’ve used ibooks, and kindle on my iphone, but I struggle to read and complete books on there.

    Then again that may be because of the screen size…i’ve never really considered a kindle on its own before, until now.

    Some good information, so I might just check them out.


  • judy white says:

    I loved my D00901 and used it for text to audio when I drove, best thing ever till I dropped it. Are there newer reasonably priced that will do the text to audio, different than the audio books. thanks.

  • Helen says:

    Fantastic post with lots of product information. It’s great to see a comparison list like this with all the features and specs available. Now I just have to choose which one to get! Many thanks

  • Matiss says:

    Hey, Jacob!

    I really, really liked the criteria you established for evaluating the best Amazon Kindle Readers. All of them just make so much sense. My top 3 are Reader Size, Resolution and Internal Storage Space.

    And in that Kindle Oasis E-reader is my kind of THING. Such an amazing stuff. <3

    Thank you for the extremely extensive review. I truly appreciate the time and effort it took to put it all together!
    Cheers, Jacob and have a Great One!

  • Stefan says:

    Thanks for this great list.

    I was wondering about these eReaders. So far I never had one of these but now what they can do I have to overthink this.

    I have problems reading real Books because of my eyes. I didn’t find any information about resizing the written, is it possible to make letters bigger?

    The battery life seems to be no problem, all your suggestions can last for many days.

    Another question I have is, where do I get the content from, is there free downloads?

    • To answer your first question, yes, you can zoom in on the pages you read, and I believe you may have the option to adjust font sizes too. Most books can be bought online through sites like Amazon. Depending on what you read, there are many free ebooks out there, but there is a specific file format you have to use so that you reader can read them. This is usually fairly easy with programs like Calibre, and I use it for file changes, book storage, and ebook reading on my computer. Hope that helps!

  • Tom says:

    Excellent, in-depth, detailed reviews on Kindle Readers. I feel as though this is the authority on these products, and anyone that is in the market for these items should visit this article before they buy. I am currently not in the market, but I will bookmark this post for when I am. Well done. Tom

  • Fred says:

    Great review these all are some very good readers but I am like you I think the Paperwhite is the best reader for the money. I think for all you get with the Paperwhite E-reader you would just be wasting your money to buy the more expensive ones. Anyone of these readers would be great if your budget allows it.

    • I think you are right on point, Fred. The Kindle Paperwhite really is superior to the other readers (maybe with the exception of the Oasis), and I think it is the best for the money. I like how many cases they’ve made for it, and I definitely like the new Waterproof feature that they’ve added to the newest model. I just finished a post about the best cases for it too!

  • Matts Mom says:

    WOW, I really did not know that there was so much to a Kindle. My dad loves to use his….until he broke it. Now he is at a loss and I have been planning to get him a new one for Christmas. There is so much great information here as well as everything I need to purchase with it. I think I am going to make him very happy! I have bookmarked this site and will go thru all this information again probably tomorrow. Thanks so much for putting this together.

    • Glad this info was helpful for you! I spent a good deal of time revising and updating on this article as well. The newest model, the “Kindle Paperwhite“, is by far one of the sexiest and most amazing models ever created. It has the most cost efficient price point and gives you the most bang for your buck!

  • Tina Beaston says:

    I really need a Kindle. I just never know when I’m going to have time so I never have with me the current book I’m reading. Mostly because my hardcover books are a bit too bulky for my purse. Are they portable, like my phone?

    • I would say that is greatly dependent upon how bulky a phone you have. They are not quite so small as a cell phone. Mostly because that would make them harder to read on. The new Paperwhite model is a perfect example of portability, light weight, and screen size. It optimizes all of them without becoming a burden. It is also waterproof!

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