These are the reasons you should trust our list of the best e-readers:
We’ve been reviewing best e-readers since they first launched, with our team of experts having reviewed plenty of Kindles, Kobos and Nooks. All our reviews are unsponsored, so all our buying advice is honest and impartial as a result.
We may make money if you click one of the links to buy an e-reader, however. That means we want you to be happy with your purchase, so you come back to before you make your next purchase.
How we test e-readers
Before scoring any e-reader, one of our expert reviewers will spend at least a week using it as their primary device. We test the e-reader through reading books, viewing PDFs and testing the battery too.
Amazon Kindle Oasis
- The bigger screen is great
- Audible integration
- Slightly uncomfortable
Amazon’s high-end Kindle is a beautiful device, but you should really only buy one if you really love your books and want the best possible experience. This is because of the price, which sits at £229. Considering the excellent Kindle Paperwhite can be picked up for £109, that doesn’t seem like the best deal.
Nevertheless, the Kindle Oasis remains an excellent device. It’s the only water-resistant Kindle and supports Audible audiobooks on connecting a pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones. It also boasts the biggest screen of any Kindle at 7 inches.
That 300ppi display is fantastic, as is the automatic backlight, and there’s an option of 32GB of internal storage if you’re a real audiobook hoarder.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
- Feels great
- Impressive battery
- Responsive display
- Locked into Amazon
- No audio functions
Arguably the best bang-for-buck device in the Kindle portfolio, the Paperwhite offers fantastic battery life and a crisp 6-inch 300ppi display.
The plastic body is durable – although, sadly, there’s no waterproofing here – and will easily survive being thrown into a busy rucksack without picking up too much damage.
Amazon’s software remains identical across all the devices on this list, which means you get the same interface, no matter how much you spend. Amazon’s ebook store remains the best, and is jammed with special offers and exclusive books.
In addition, there are numerous Prime benefits and even Kindle Unlimited – a Netflix-style service for borrowing books for a monthly fee.
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There’s 4GB storage on the Paperwhite, a completely touchscreen interface, and the option of 3G if you require.
- Simple design
- Great Amazon software
- No light
It might be the cheapest entry in the Kindle lineup, but there’s nothing wrong with the budget Kindle.
If you’re okay with a screen that doesn’t have a light, then for £59.99 this is the most affordable way to get a Kindle. The 6-inch, 167ppi display is decent and the battery will last the entirety of a two-week summer holiday without the need for a charge.
4GB of internal storage is enough space for thousands of books, and the device is available in the colour options of black or white.
Kobo Aura H2O
- Big, sharp screen
- Pocket support
- Sluggish performance
- Battery life isn’t great
If you want to stay away from Amazon and the Kindles, then your only other real option is Kobo. The Aura H2O costs £149.99, and its biggest advantage over similarly priced Kindles is that it’s water-resistant. This makes it a good choice if you like to read in the bath or by the pool on your summer holidays.
The screen here is big and sharp, but it isn’t as fast as a Kindle – and the bookstore isn’t quite as good either. At least you can load your own book on in the ePub format.
Buy now: Kobo Aura H2O for £149.99 from Argos
Kobo Aura One
- Big display
- Pocket support
- Uneven backlight
Kobo’s other currently available reader is the Aura One, which is in many ways better than the H2O. It retains the water-resistance, sizeable display and durable design – but in a less garish body.
One particularly nifty Kobo feature is the integration with the read-it-later service Pocket. This handy app lets you save online articles to read offline, and it works very well on the Kobo.
Buy now: Kobo Aura One for £189.99 from Argos