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Best Amazon Fire Tablets of 2021

Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019)
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Amazon is always updating their colorful line of tablets, and deciding which Fire should light up your life remains just as difficult as ever. Yes, the Fire 7's insanely low price of $49 is alluring, but is that a better value than the $89 Fire HD 8? Is the $149 Fire HD 10's screen really worth paying three times the price of the Fire 7? 

In May of 2021 Amazon released the Fire HD 10 Plus to add to Amazon's tablet lineup. The Fire HD 10 Plus comes with an Octa-Core CPU, 4GB of RAM, 1080p display,  wireless charging, and you can choose between 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. The Fire HD Plus costs $179, basically for an extra $30 you get more RAM and Wireless charging. We will update further once we review it.

That all depends on personal preference. The new Fire HD 10 just got a refresh this year, with a reduction in overall weight and size (in addition to a brighter screen); the Fire HD 10 Plus adds some extra RAM for a performance boost.  

When tablet shopping for a child, the choice is even harder, as the Fire 7 Kids Edition and Fire HD 8 Kids Edition include the same two-year, no-questions-asked warranty, along with a kid-proof case and one year of FreeTime Unlimited apps, games and other content. Keep in mind that you can also get Google Play on your Fire Tablet as well. 

Amazon recently added a higher-end Kids Pro option to the mix: Fire 7 Kids Pro ($99), Fire HD 8 Kids Pro ($139), and Fire HD 10 Kids Pro ($199). All of the tablets come with a free year of Amazon Kids+, a $3 monthly service that includes access to apps, music, Audible books, games, videos and educational content. The user interface has more of a "grown-up" look than the standard Fire Kids tablets including a "For You" tab that suggests content for the kids.

Still lost? Here's our advice on the best Fire Tablet for you.

Amazon Fire HD 10

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1. Amazon Fire HD 10 (2020)

The longest-lasting Amazon tablet

Specifications
Display: 10.1 inches (1920 x 1200 pixels)
CPU: 2 GHz Octa-core processor
RAM: 3GB
Storage: 32GB or 64GB (expandable to 1TB)
Ports: microSD, USB-C
Battery Life (Rated): Up to 12 hours
Size: 9.7 x 6.5 x 0.4 inches
Weight: 1.1 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Fantastic battery life+Bright, crisp display+Decent performance+USB-C charging
Reasons to avoid
-Speakers have weak bass

USB-C charging — and long battery life — make the 10.1-inch Fire HD 10 the tip-top tablet in Amazon's lineup. Yes, not only is this the only Full HD slate Amazon sells, with a 1920 x 1200-pixel panel that's sharper than the rest, but its 224 ppi display is absolutely stunning. (In fact, the latest iteration is 10% brighter than the previous model.)  The improved 2-GHz octa-core processor is zippy, and you can upgrade the internal storage from 32GB or 64GB to an impressive 1TB via microSD card. The only drawback? It's pretty pricey: at $149, it's three times more expensive than the Fire HD 7.

See our full Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019) review

Amazon Fire 7 Tablet

2. Amazon Fire 7 Tablet

A cheap champion

Specifications
Display: 7 inches (1024 x 600 pixels)
CPU: 1.3-GHz quad-core processor
RAM: 1GB
Storage: 16GB or 32GB (expandable to 512GB)
Ports: microSD, micro-USB
Battery Life (Rated): Up to 7 hours
Size: 7.6 x 4.5 x 0.4 inches
Weight: 10.1 ounces
Reasons to buy
+Snappy performance despite its price+Super cheap+Hands-free Alexa
Reasons to avoid
-Amazon ads a-plenty (unless you pay more)-Low-res display

At just $49, the Fire 7 is Amazon's most affordable tablet yet, not to mention the lowest price for just about any tablet, period. (The 8-inch Walmart Onn is a slightly pricier $64.) The Fire 7 packs a lot of value inside, with a bright screen and durable-feeling chassis. Plus, thanks to the full-fledged version of Amazon's Alexa digital assistant, you can simply speak commands (instead of accessing Alexa with the home button of yesteryear). So, while the Fire 7 isn't the fastest or longest-lasting Amazon slate, it's still the cheapest. 

See our full Amazon Fire 7 Tablet review

Amazon Fire HD 8

3. Amazon Fire HD 8

A great value, dollar-for-dollar

Specifications
Display: 8 inches (1280 x 800 pixels)
CPU: 1.3-GHz quad-core processor
RAM: 2GB
Storage: 32GB or 64GB (expandable to 1TB)
Ports: microSD, USB-C
Battery Life (Rated): Up to 12 hours
Size: 8 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
Weight: 12.5 ounces
Reasons to buy
+Long battery life+Alexa built in+Sharp display
Reasons to avoid
-Lackluster camera

It may cost a little more than the Fire 7, but the Fire HD 8 packs enough extras to justify that additional spend. Not only does it last longer on a charge than the Fire 7 (according to our original testing), but it's also better for watching video, as its 8-inch, 1280 x 800-pixel display is sharper and brighter than the Fire 7's 1024 x 600-pixel panel. Lastly, the Fire 8's stereo speakers make it better for Amazon Prime Music, as the Fire 7 is rocking a single mono speaker. The webcam is nothing to write home about, but the Fire HD 8's display and battery life make it the best tablet under $100. 

See our full Fire HD 8 review.

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

4. Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

A tablet the whole family can enjoy

Specifications
Display: 8 inches (1280 x 800 pixels)
CPU: 1.3-GHz quad-core processor
RAM: 1.5GB
Storage: 32GB (expandable up to 400GB)
Ports: microSD, micro-USB
Battery Life (Rated): Up to 10 hours
Size: 9.6 x 6.1 x 1 inches
Weight: 1.1 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Best-in-class parental controls+Wealth of free content+Accidental damage coverage+Long battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive  for an Amazon tablet

The last thing you want when you hand your kid a tablet is for them to come back a short time later and say, "It's dead! Charge it!" Fortunately, the Fire HD 8 For Kids lasts up to 10 hours on a charge. The included foam bumper means this slate can survive any drops and knocks your child can throw at it, and a two-year, no-questions-asked warranty means a free replacement if Junior actually breaks the device. The tablet also comes with a year of Amazon's FreeTime Unlimited service, a digital treasure trove that features more than 15,000 age-appropriate games, movies and TV shows, including most of the popular programs from Disney, Nickelodeon and PBS. Detailed parental controls let you decide everything from what hours your child can use the device to what apps, content and websites he or she can visit. You can even set educational goals so your kid has to read for a certain amount of time in order to get playtime. 

See our full Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition review.

Amazon Fire 7 Kids Tablet

5. Amazon Fire 7 Kids Tablet

The lighter kid-friendly option

Specifications
Display: 7 inches (1024 x600 pixels)
CPU: 1.3-GHz quad-core processor
RAM: 1GB
Storage: 16GB
Ports: microSD, micro-USB
Battery Life (Rated): Up to 7 hours
Size: 8.7 x 6.3 x 1 inches
Weight: 1 pound
Reasons to buy
+Cheapest option for kids+Great parental controls+Damage-protection guarantee
Reasons to avoid
-Shorter battery life-Low-res display

Amazon's $99 tablet for kids is an amazing deal when you consider everything you get. Not only does it come in a durable foam case that makes it easier for smaller hands to grip, but the best-in-class parental controls mean that moms and dads can make sure their progenies are staying safe online. On top of all that, you get a free year of Amazon's FreeTime Unlimited content — a buffet of kid-friendly apps, books, TV shows and movies — which normally costs $3 per month. You and your kids may be disappointed by the slate's audio quality, as this tablet's mono speaker is tinnier than the HD 8's stereo sound. But parents looking for a kid-proof tablet won't find a more affordable option out there.

Editor's Note: The new Fire 7 Kids tablet features a new adjustable stand for hands-free viewing, double the storage and lower battery life.

See our full Amazon Fire 7 Tablet review