But if you aren’t up for the idea of getting your kid his or her own tablet, I don’t blame you one bit. Starting at $229, the 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX is an excellent choice for the entire family, with some special nods to parents.
First of all, the parental controls are fantastic. Kindle FreeTime lets you make a profile for each kid and choose exactly what they have access to, including books and videos as well as apps and games. You can even set time limits on some categories while letting others (like, ahem, reading) stay unlimited. If you have Amazon Prime, the amount of kids content in the included Prime Instant Video service is pretty impressive.
But wait, as they say, there’s more. The Kindle FreeTime Unlimited subscription covers kid-friendly books, games, apps, and TV shows, sorted by age and gender so it’s easy to find what will work best for each kid. With a ton of content from PBS, Sesame Street, Nickelodeon, Disney, et al, your kids will always have stuff to do, play, watch, and read, without needing to bug you to buy more—no in-app purchases or ads, either. A single-child plan is $5/month, or $3/month if you also have Amazon Prime. Family plans cover up to four children, at $10/month, or $7/month with Prime.