Prime day is a good time to throw money at Amazon devices. Then you can benefit from the best offers. Whether you’re eyeing a Kindle e-reader, an Echo smart display, or a Fire tablet, Amazon has a wide range of its own gadgets for sale during the annual two-day event. Below we have summarized all our WIRED-approved devices.
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At WIRED, we’re big fans of Kindles for a number of reasons – they’re easy to use, reliable, and work as intended. They can hold thousands of books, a month’s battery life and more. If you want to explore more options than those listed below, be sure to check out our guide to the best Amazon Kindle.
Amazon’s latest Kindle Paperwhite is our favorite that we recommend to most people. It has a bright 6.8-inch screen, a bright display (with adjustable warm lighting), and it’s waterproof – making it a great option if you like reading by the pool, on the beach, or in the bath. It’s a great alternative to the more expensive Kindle Oasis below.
If you have extra cash to spend, the Paperwhite Signature Edition (8/10, WIRED Recommends) offers a few more features than the standard Paperwhite. The display can automatically adjust brightness based on the lighting around you, the paging rate is faster, and there’s more storage – the Signature version has 32 gigabytes, while the standard version has 8 gigabytes. We recommend this if you listen to a lot of audio books.
The basic Kindle (8/10, Wired recommends) is the best option for those who want a super basic e-book reader. It comes with a 6-inch E Ink touchscreen and a built-in front light for night reading. You also get 8 gigabytes of storage that can hold around 5,000 books. This is also the lowest price we’ve tracked.
For a luxurious experience, go for the Kindle Oasis. It has an aluminum body, a large 7-inch display with automatic brightness adjustment, tactile page-turn buttons, and fast performance. It’s worth the high price tag if you’re looking for a feature-rich Kindle.
We think the Kindle Kids Edition is a solid, affordable e-book reader for kids – and at the lowest price we’ve seen to date, too. Amazon includes a protective case, a free year of Amazon Kids+ (where parents can add books to their child’s library, set reading goals, add age filters, and more), and a two-year warranty with your purchase.
If you want something sturdier than the Kids Edition, you’re better off with the Paperwhite because it’s waterproof. At 6.8 inches, you also get a larger display than the standard model’s 6-inch screen.
We tested a wide variety of speakers and smart displays in addition to the following. For more Alexa-powered devices, check out our guide to the best Echo and Alexa speakers. If you want to go beyond Amazon’s, check out our best smart speakers guide and best smart displays guide.
The Amazon Echo Show 8 is our most popular Alexa-powered smart display. The 8-inch display is a great size for watching movies, reading recipes, making video calls (it has auto pan and zoom to keep you in the picture), checking your calendar, and more. Its compact size also makes it a great addition to your kitchen counter or bedside table. We have also never seen the price so low.
In our review of the Echo Show 5, we criticized the device for its small screen — because it’s a little too small to comfortably navigate. But it’s still a good option if you want a smart display that’s compact enough to fit on your desk or bedside table. It also has a physical mute button and camera shutter for privacy. However, if you want a larger display, we’d recommend the Echo Show 8 instead. It varies in price often, but this is the lowest we’ve seen.
We crowned the Echo Dot (8/10, WIRED Recommends) as the best Alexa speaker in our buying guide. The spherical speaker fits anywhere in the home and fills the room with 360-degree sound. Thanks to Alexa, you can also stay up to date with the weather and the news and set timers and alarms. Concerned about privacy? There is a physical button that you can also use to turn off the microphones. It’s also $5 cheaper than the lowest retail price.
It’s hard not to smile at the panda and tiger prints on the Echo Dot’s kids’ edition. Along with fun prints, the smart speaker offers great sound quality, parental controls, and a free year of Amazon Kids+ with access to Audible books, Alexa skills, and games.
The Echo Buds (8/10, WIRED Recommends) pack a ton of features, including noise-cancellation, wireless charging, and customization via the connected app. But we especially love these earbuds for the Alexa integration, which lets you check the weather, set timers, and update your grocery list via voice commands — all while listening to your music. These earbuds dropped to $50 in April, but that’s still a solid deal.
Interested in a Fire tablet? We don’t blame you. They’re affordable, powerful, and convenient – although the software could use some improvements. Also check out our buying guide to the best Amazon Fire tablets.
WIRED reviewer Scott Gilbertson says the Fire HD 8 is “one of the best values for a tablet.” It features an updated processor for fast performance, an HD display, and 12 hours of battery life. If you want additional features like more RAM and wireless charging, the Fire HD 8 Plus is also on sale for $50 ($60 off).
The Fire HD 10 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) is our favorite Fire tablet of all. The latest version has a brighter screen, solid battery life, and extra RAM for smoother performance. We also recommend those HD 10 with bluetooth keyboard, which is also on sale for $170 ($25 off). It comes with a free year of Microsoft 365 and is an ideal setup for getting light work done.
If you want a larger display, there’s the Fire HD 10 Plus too. The 10.1-inch, 1080p resolution screen is a great option if you intend to use it to watch movies, TV shows, and videos. It also has slightly more RAM than the standard version, at 4 gigabytes.
We think the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is the best Fire tablet for kids. It offers the same features as the standard Fire tablets, but also comes with a tough case and a two-year warranty – so Amazon will replace it if your kid accidentally breaks it. As with Amazon’s other devices aimed at children, this one comes with a year of Amazon Kids+.
For those with older kids, we recommend the Fire HD 10 Kids Pro as it’s larger than the Fire HD 8. It’s is pricier, but in addition to a larger display, kids can also request the installation of apps from a Kids App Store – which parents have to approve manually. It also comes with a less durable protective case.
Don’t buy older Fire 7 tablets
Amazon’s previous Fire 7 tablet is on sale, but we don’t recommend it. That new fire 7 isn’t awful – it’s still awfully small, but it’s more powerful than previous models – but at this point the 2019 model, which never excelled, is all but useless.
If you enjoy watching most of your content on Amazon Prime, consider adding a Fire TV Stick to your entertainment system. It prioritizes Amazon content over other popular streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, while still providing access to all major streaming services. For more options, check out our Best TV Streaming Devices Buying Guide. It’s also worth noting that all three streaming sticks below are offered at the lowest prices we’ve tracked yet.
It streams in HD – not 4K – and has the same user interface as Amazon’s other smart devices. The remote also has power and volume buttons, as well as Alexa Voice, allowing you to start and search shows with your voice.
The Fire TV Stick 4K Max is our top pick for Amazon loyalists, as the menus are geared toward the company’s Prime Video app and purchasing content from its store. It also boasts a number of upgrades over its predecessor, including more storage (2 gigabytes vs. 1.5 gigabytes), a picture-in-picture feature for retrieving your security camera feed, and support for Wi-Fi 6.
We recommend the Fire TV Stick Lite if you have a standard HD TV and don’t plan to upgrade to a 4K TV. The Lite version offers access to all major streaming apps and a simpler version of the Alexa remote — with no dedicated buttons for Netflix, a TV power button, or volume controls. But you can download another app for that.
Other offers for Amazon devices
Eero’s 6-mesh system is super easy to set up and use. In our testing, we had solid coverage and stable connectivity. And since Eero is owned by Amazon, you also get Alexa support. It’s worth noting that it’s one of the slower systems we’ve tried (it had issues with long distances), but it should work fine for most people.
The Halo View received an honorable mention in our best fitness tracker buying guide. It’s also the lowest price we’ve seen. It’s affordable, comfortable on your wrist, and comes with an easy-to-use companion app. However, Adrienne So, WIRED’s senior associate editor, says she doesn’t like how it pushes business partnerships or asks you to strip down to your underwear to quickly measure your body composition.