In this post, I am rounding up the best Kodi skins for Kodi 18 and 19. Here, you will find the Kodi skins for Fire TV, FireStick 4K, FireStick, FireStick Lite, Mobiles & Computers, and all Kodi supported devices.
Kodi is an excellent media center. It lets you easily watch your favorite content. Live TV, Sports, Movies, Shows, it gives you access to all of it through a wide range of video addons. I have been a Kodi user since the time I don’t even remember. What I love the most about Kodi is that it can be customized in a number of ways and a Kodi skin is one of the most effective ways to do that.
The default Kodi Skin called Estuary is fine. But, it is too business-like. I mean, it isn’t exactly very interesting. Thankfully, you can make it more interactive and happening with these top Kodi skins. The Kodi skins not only enhance the cosmetic appeal of the interface but also make it more user-friendly.
If you have used Kodi Builds, you would know that the builds also give a visual makeover to Kodi with their own skins. In fact, several Kodi builds even use some of these skins. But, the problem with the builds is that they install a lot of add-ons and repositories and make Kodi bulky. If you already have your favorite add-ons, then all you need is a skin that quickly transforms the user interface and enhances your experience.
How to Install Kodi Skins
Before we get started, let me give you the quick steps to install any Kodi skin. It won’t take more than 6 steps. Here is how you do it:
1. Open Kodi Settings.
2. Click Interface.
3. Click Skin on the left and then click Skin on the right.
4. Choose your skin. If the desired skin is not on the list, click Get more…
5. Click the Skin you want to apply and wait for it to download and install.
6. Click Yes when prompted.
Attention, Kodi Users!
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I personally use ExpressVPN, which is the fastest and most secure VPN. It is very easy to install on any device including Amazon FireStick. You get 3-months free and save 49% on its annual plans. Also, it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you are not satisfied, you can always ask for a refund.
Best Kodi Skins
Following is the list of the best Kodi Skins that work on both, Kodi Leia and Matrix. There are several common skins between the two platforms, I have picked the ones that matter. The others were simply not good enough.
Kodi 18 and Kodi 19
Aeon Tajo is available on both Kodi 18 and Kodi 19. When you are on the home screen, the skin plays a light, soothing music for you (which you can, of course, turn off in the skin settings). The skin also allows you to use your personal M3U playlist for background playback.
It is a neat, minimal skin with large menu items around the bottom. This makes the skin incredibly easy to use. Pictures, Music, Movies, TV Shows, Live TV, Videos, System are the primary home menu items with their respective submenus. You can always remove any main menu or submenu item you want or even add a custom item. Furthermore, you may choose a custom background image and custom label for each item.
With so many options to customize the look and feel and functionality, minimal and easy to use interface, Aura is definitely one of the best Kodi skins around.
Kodi 18 and Kodi 19
Elegance and responsiveness, well that’s how I describe Amber. With Amber, you get a horizontal ribbon-styled main menu by default with main categories and sub-categories clearly visible. The best part is you can set the ribbon-styled main menu either horizontally or vertically.
Each menu has a background image, which you can customize according to your preference. Further, you can add addons to the horizontal main menu, and a fitting background to go with it. You can customize the skin based on Home layout, Background, Media Views, Color options, Title Bar options, Video info, and more.
Add-ons, Videos, Music, Pictures, Games, Favourites, Search, Settings, and Power, are the primary home menu items with their respective submenus. With so many options and a neat user interface, Amber is one of the best skin you can give a try.
Kodi 18 and Kodi 19
If you are obsessed with the Apple ecosystem, you have a very good chance of liking the App TV Kodi skin. The skin resembles the Apple TV user interface, which means, no fancy stuff or memory bogging animations. It is simple and straightforward. The simplicity of the layout allows you to quickly get familiar with it.
On the main menu, you get categories including Videos, Movies, TV Shows, Music, Settings, Add-ons and Quit. You can arrange the categories in Tile, Horizontally, and Vertically. Further, you can customize various aspects like Home Menu, Shelf background, Widgets, and more.
You can also add your favourite/frequently used apps on the main menu. By default, it does not have a background. However, you can pick a new background image from the local storage. It is a lightweight skin and hence does not result in any noticeable performance changes, even on low-spec devices like FireStick. If you are looking to use Kodi with a tinge of Apple’s ecosystem, there is no better option than App TV.
It is the same skin used by many Kodi builds. Aura features a tile-based design, which not only makes it visually appealing but also highly functional. The home menu items are placed horizontally on the top and the related categories, widgets and other submenu options are displayed on the rest of the screen in a tiled format.
The slick, uncluttered interface makes Aura a user-friendly skin. You can further customize the skin to your liking by exploring numerous configuration options available within the skin settings. You can add new, custom home menu items. You can select a custom background from the local storage. There are many effects and colors to use too.
Aura offers smooth performance on all sorts of devices. I have used it on FireStick and Android TV without any significant problems. It had to be part of this list of best Kodi skins.
Kodi 18 and Kodi 19
Bello is another minimal Kodi skin that offers you a nice new way to experience your favorite media center. Since Bello is minimal skin, you won’t find a lot of bells and whistles. However, if you are looking for an interface that is user-friendly and easy on your system resources, Bello is the Kodi skin to choose from.
This skin is available as Bello 7 on Kodi 18 Lei and Bello 8 on Kodi 19 Matrix. Again, there isn’t a great deal to choose between the two versions except for certain insignificant cosmetic variations. Bello does not support the mouse and prompts you to disable it in the settings. While you may still interact with the mouse, the large mouse-not-allowed pointer isn’t very convenient to use. This is why, this skin is more suited for touch and remote-controlled devices, such as FireStick.
Nevertheless, Bello is a good skin to have and it deserves to the part of our list of Best Kodi Skins.
This another nice-looking skin for Kodi 18. Box features a panel-based design with an organized layout. The skin has a professional look and a futuristic appeal. The panel design makes it a user-friendly and intuitive skin.
The home screen of the skin organizes one category at a time on the display. Movies, TV Shows, Music, and Live TV are the default categories. However, you can add or remove categories from the skin settings. Besides the streaming categories, you can also access utility options like Add-ons, Settings, Pictures, Favorites, Customize, etc. from the main screen.
Even though this Kodi skin does not let you add image backgrounds to the main screen, you may change the background color. There is a big palette to choose the colors from. Besides the colors, you can customize this skin in many other ways. For instance, you can display Now Playing on the main screen, play video in the background, change menu labels, and more.
All in all, Box is one of the top Kodi skins for a wonderful Kodi experience. Give it a try.
Kodi 18 and Kodi 19
Over the years, I have tested and used plenty of Kodi skins. A lot of them looked promising but not all of them could stand the test of time. Confluence, on the other hand, has been around for a long time and it is easily one of the best Kodi skins you will find.
Confluence isn’t exactly minimal, but it isn’t too flashy either. So, if you are looking for a skin that is middle-ground between too simple and too ostentatious, you must give Confluence a try.
The home menu is placed closer to the center than the bottom and runs across from left to right of the screen. You will find important categories on the menu bar such as Videos, Music, Add-ons, System to get you started immediately.
The Kodi 18 and 19 version does not have a background. However, you can pick a new background image from the local storage.
You can customize the skin in many other ways. It lets you add or remove the default home menu categories. You can add the Now Playing visualization to the background. And very importantly, it allows you to add add-on shortcuts to the desired home menu categories. This lets you pick your favorite video add-ons right from the home screen.
Confluence is a decent skin for all sorts of devices such as a mouse, touch, remote-controlled.
It isn’t been long when I stumbled upon this Kodi skin. I was absolutely sure that it will be the part of this list of Best Kodi Skins. Let’s talk about the home screen first.
The home menu features an elegant block design snapped to the bottom of the screen. It resembles the interface of a TV OS. The tiled design not only looks futuristic and visually appealing, but it also adds more functionality to the skin. The overall design of the skin is so neat, crisp and simple, you can get started instantly.
The home menu includes Videos, Movies, TV Shows, Music among other categories. You can add or remove categories from the skin settings. In fact, you may even change the labels of menu items. The skin also allows you to add a separate background image to each category. Besides the background and home screen, you can also customize Library, Header, Colors, On Screen Display (OSD) and more.
This FireStick inspired Kodi skin is a great choice for remote-controlled devices such as FireStick, Android TV Boxes. It supports touch functionality too, but that’s not all that great. With a mouse, it even gets worse. So, use it with a TV device to make the best out of it. And, don’t forget to disable the mouse at Settings > System > Input.
FTV is an extremely minimalistic skin. So much so that it doesn’t even display date and time on its home screen. It has a vertical menu bar on the left which emphasizes the selected items and fades out the rest. You might just as well be looking at a blank screen if the selected menu item doesn’t have widgets to display.
Legibility could be a bit of a problem. While the highlighted items stand out, the ones that are not selected do not contrast well against the background.
There aren’t a lot of customization choices. You can add or remove the main menu items and associated widgets. The skin also lets you customize the shutdown menu and disable/enable Fanart. The custom background is not available. You can’t even change the skin theme and colours.
Don’t expect a lot from FTV. However, if you are looking for remote-friendly navigation and a lightweight interface, FTV is one of the best Kodi skins to have.
Kodi 18 and Kodi 19
Pellucid is one of the most minimal Kodi skins around. The home screen of this skin only displays the bare essentials, but enough to get you started quickly. Videos, Music, Games, Pictures are the only default categories. At the bottom, you will find the Settings icon, which will let you dig the skin deeper.
The skin doesn’t have plenty of customizations. Though, there are some configurations you would be interested in. For instance, you may add new menu items to the home menu. You may even remove or rename the existing ones. If you are running Pellucid on a low-spec device, you may even choose Low CPU Power Mode.
The home screen background is dynamic and picks images from the default folder. You may change the default directory to display your personal images.
Pellucid is not exactly my most favorite, but I like to use it every now and then. It is a good change from the normal.
Kodi 18 and Kodi 19
When I first looked at it, I thought Quartz was an unfinished skin – a work in progress. Soon, I realized that it is rather a raw skin that leaves a lot up to you to customize. It provides a fundamental structure but for the most part, you have to build it up from scratch. If you are new to Kodi, you might want to try other Kodi skins on our list. However, if you are an experienced user and familiar with how the Kodi skins are customized, you might like it.
The home menu is placed from left to right edge in the center and accommodates limited options. Movies, TV Shows, Music, Pictures, Add-ons, and KODI are the only items. Except for the last two, Add-ons and KODI, the other menu items almost do not have any submenu. From the KODI menu, you can go to Settings and start building up the submenu items.
You can enable/disable and rename any existing main menu category. However, you can’t add any new category. Given that it is such a basic skin, I believe the developers should have allowed at least this much.
You can link up to 5 add-ons to any category. When linked, these add-ons appear just above the menu bar. You can add custom background images too from the local storage.
Quartz is not the greatest Kodi skin, but it isn’t that bad either. You may give it a try.
Kodi 18 and Kodi 19
Rapier is one of the most customizable Kodi skins you will find. You can alter the look and feel of this skin in a variety of ways. You may change the color theme completely from default to flat, orange, or red. The skin also lets you change the color of the menu items. In fact, you may also change the skin font.
The home screen displays Movies, Videos, TV Shows, Music, Add-ons, etc. as the primary categories. You may add new custom categories or hide the existing ones from the skin settings. You can even modify or hide the submenu items.
There are no backgrounds by default. However, you can download and set a wide range of background images and fanart.
The home menu is aligned to the bottom edge of the screen and you can select items with left and right navigation. If there are any submenu items pertaining to the main menu item, it is displayed just above the home menu.
Rapier is a nice, minimal skin that is suited for beginners and experts alike.
Revolve is the most unique Kodi skin I have ever seen. As the name of the skin suggests, it features a disc around whose axis the various interface elements revolve. On the home screen, you will find the following revolving menu items: Videos, Music, Pictures, Games, Weather, Favorites, etc. You may include new items or remove the existing ones from the skin settings.
Even though the skin supports a mouse, it is best used with touch, keyboard or remote control. It offers a wonderful navigation system for FireStick and other remote-controlled devices.
This skin offers various customization options. You can change whether or not the background images are displayed. You may also fade the background images to emphasize the menu items. The skin also lets you play the background video.
Revolve lets you pick the custom background image for each item from the local storage. By default, it picks its own images. You may change also the color theme.
If you are looking for a completely new and exciting way to use Kodi, I believe nothing could get better than Revolve. For that very reason, it is included in our lineup of top Kodi skins.
Kodi 18 and Kodi 19
If you are more into the Material Design concept, Unity is the best choice. It is minimal, refreshing and a joy to use. Like Bello and other skins, Unity is made for touch and remote-controlled devices, such as FireStick.
It doesn’t have huge animations or shiny stuff, instead, it has menus in horizontal rectangular boxes. Simple yet effective. It looks more like a Stock Android version of Kodi, thanks to the Material Design concept.
However, Unity doesn’t have a lot of customization options. You can add or remove the main menu items and associated sub-menu. The skin also lets you customize the background, disable/enable Fanart. Unity lets you add up to five addons under each category.
On the main menu, you get categories including Pictures, Games, Videos, Music, Programs, and Systems. Last but not the least, the Unity skin offers amazingly smooth transitions. If you are more into nitty-gritty like transitions, simplicity, and rich UI, Unity is one of the best options.
It is the panel design of this Kodi skin that makes it stand out from the crowd. I have tried several Kodi skins but there is nothing quite like Xperience1080 when it comes to the interface design.
The home menu is around the top and lines up various items including TV, Movies, TV Shows, Music, Pictures, Settings, etc. The widgets for each item are displayed underneath the home menu. These widgets are laid out in various tiles that together form a panel.
Xperience1080 is highly customizable. You may enable/disable the home menu items to your liking. You can even customize each tile for any home menu item. The skin lets you choose a custom name and icon for each tile. Furthermore, you can change the tile Type from default to Video add-on, Music add-on, Program add-on, etc. You may even assign an addon to each tile.
Xperience1080 works smoothly on all Kodi devices. However, it does not support mouse functions. If you are using it on a computer, navigate and interact with the keyboard. The skin works even better on remote-controlled devices.
Before you start streaming with Kodi Addons or Builds, I would like to warn you that everything you stream on Kodi is visible to your ISP and Government. This means, streaming copyrighted content (free movies, TV shows, live TV, and Sports) might get you into legal trouble.
Thankfully, there is a foolproof way to keep all your streaming activities hidden from your ISP and the Government. All you need is a good VPN for Kodi. A VPN will mask your original IP which is and will help you bypass Online Surveillance, ISP throttling, and content geo-restrictions.
I personally use and recommend ExpressVPN, which is the fastest and most secure VPN. It is compatible with all kinds of streaming apps and devices.
NOTE: We do not encourage the violation of copyright laws. But, what if you end up streaming content from an illegitimate source unintentionally? It is not always easy to tell the difference between a legit and illegal source.
So, before you start streaming on Kodi, here's how to get VPN protection in 3 simple steps.
Step 1: Get the ExpressVPN subscription HERE. It comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Meaning, you can use it free for the first 30-days and if you are not satisfied with the performance (which is highly unlikely), you can ask for a full refund.
Step 2: Click HERE to download and install the ExpressVPN app on your streaming device. If you are using a FireStick, I have given the exact steps starting with Step 4 below.
Step 3: Click the Power icon to connect to a VPN server. That's all. Your connection is now secure with the fastest and best VPN for Kodi.
The following are the steps to install Kodi VPN on your Fire TV devices. If you have other streaming devices, follow Step 1-3 above.
Step 4: Subscribe to ExpressVPN HERE (if not subscribed already).
Step 5: Go to Fire TV Stick home screen. Click Find followed by Search option (see image below).
Step 6: Type Expressvpn in the search bar and select when it shows up.
Step 7: Click Download.
Step 8: Open the ExpressVPN app and Sign in using the email ID and password that you created while buying the ExpressVPN subscription.
Step 9: Click the Power icon to connect to a VPN server. That’s all. Your FireStick is now secured with the fastest VPN.
So, here is our list of top Kodi skins for Kodi 18 and Kodi 19. I have personally tested these builds and written this article from my personal experience. I hope that you find it useful. If you have any questions, suggestions or feedback, please let us know via the comments section below.Legal Disclaimer - FireStickTricks.com does not verify the legality or security of any add-ons, apps or services mentioned on this site. Also, we do not promote, host or link to copyright-protected streams. We highly discourage piracy and strictly advise our readers to avoid it at all costs. Any mention of free streaming on our site is purely meant for copyright-free content that is available in the Public domain. Read our full disclaimer.
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