Last updated June, 2021
With so much going for Ryobi’s One+ system, this Ryobi cordless tool review will help you decide if Ryobi One+ is the right cordless tool platform for you.
If you want selection and variety all on the same power tool platform, Ryobi is arguably one of the best cordless tool platforms. Ryobi is also among the very cheapest of the cordless power tools, but still have enough quality and performance to do well for the DIY-er.
For a homeowner or weekend project warrior, Ryobi will give you the best bang for your buck from cordless power tools allowing you to fill your whole garage with tools that all use the same battery pack. In fact, Ryobi has said they will never change their battery connection terminals so that you can continue using batteries you bought years ago.
When comparing Ryobi cordless tools to the other big brands like DeWalt and Makita and Bosch, the price is definitely lower. In fact, if you wait for a sale on Ryobi One+ tools, you can get a combo pack of 4 or 5 tools for the same cost as a DeWalt Drill/Driver combo.
What tools does the Ryobi One+ Platform have?
From all the basic power tools like drills and drivers, to saws and inflators, Ryobi has it all. In fact, with the One+ platform, Ryobi even offers lawncare tools and a cordless stick vacuum!
Ryobi One+ Tools Available
Over 175 tools in total run off of the same battery platform. DeWalt is the only cordless tool platform beating them right now, with over 200+ 20V DeWalt tools available.
Ryobi is constantly expanding their product line, and just in 2021 they added these new products:
- 1/2″ Drill/Driver Kit (PBLDD01K)
- 1/2″ Hammer Drill Kit (PBLHM101K)
- 1/4″ Impact Driver (PBLID01B)
- 4-Mode 1/4″ Impact Driver (PBLID02B)
- 4-Mode 1/2” Impact Wrench (P262)
- 1″ SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer (P223)
- Reciprocating Saw (PBLRS01B)
- 7-1/4″ Circular Saw (PBLCS300B)
- Jig Saw (PBLJS01B)
- Multi-Tool (PBLMT50B)
- 4-1/2″ Angle Grinder/Cut-Off Tool (PBLAG01B)
There are also two new batteries:
- 18V ONE+ 4Ah High Performance Lithium-Ion Battery (PBP004)
- 18V ONE+ 2Ah High Performance Lithium-Ion Battery (PBP003)
Here is an overview of what’s available in Ryobi’s One+ Cordless Tools:
- Lawncare tools like lawn mowers, string trimmers and leaf blowers
- Woodworking tools
- Plumbing Tools like pipe cutters
- Painting tools including cordless paint sprayers
- Cordless stick vacuums and cleaning tools
Ryobi Cordless Tool Deals
As the cordless tool space heats up and more retailers enter the space with their own brand of tools (think Mastercraft at CanadianTire, Kobalt at Lowes, Ridgid at HomeDepot), Ryobi is getting more competitive.
If you can be patient, wait for a promotion at HomeDepot. There are often promotions where you can buy a driver/drill combo kit and get a free battery, or buy a 5 piece combo kit and get a free tool.
Where can I buy Ryobi Cordless Tools?
In Canada, Ryobi One+ tools are sold exclusively at HomeDepot. There also seem to be quite a few for sale on Amazon – which could be people buying the combo kits from HomeDepot and splitting them up for resale.
Of course, if you don’t mind used, although that means there’s no warranty, you can always check Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace for extra tools that you only need once and a while.
Ryobi vs Ridgid Tools
Since Ryobi and Ridgid are both exclusively available at Home Depot, it makes sense to compare them. They are both, in fact, licensed by the same parent company as well, so it’s possible that many of the internals are similar.
When comparing the two, there are a few main differences that come up. The Ridgid tools have the only lifetime warranty in the industry, while the Ryobi cordless tools have a 3 year warranty – which is still pretty decent. Because of this, the Ridgid cordless tools are slightly more expensive.
Ridgid has quite a few tools, but nowhere near as many as the Ryobi with their One+ system. That makes the comparison all the harder if you don’t know what tools you might need in the future.
For example, if I am looking to start buying some cordless tools, I like the looks of the Ridgid combo kit. But, I may want a cordless chainsaw in the future – and Ridgid doesn’t offer one, but Ryobi does.
No Ryobi cordless tool review would be complete without some quick price comparisons. Although Ryobi cordless tools are often cheaper at first glance, HomeDepot usually adds bonus batteries to their Ridgid tool offers.
|Ryobi One+ Tools||Ridgid 18V Tools|
|$229 – Brushless Drill/driver combo and (2) 1.5 Ah batteries and free compact brushless reciprocating saw||$449 – 5 brushless tool combo with (2) 4.0 Ah batteries|
hammer drill, impact driver, 7 1/4 inch circular saw, reciprocating saw and flashlight
|$35 – Ryobi Flashlight|
|$168 – 7 1/4 inch brushless circular saw|
|$149 – 1/2 inch impact wrench (300 ft/lbs) with 4.0 Ah battery||$189 – 1/2 inch impact wrench with 4.0 Ah battery|
|$229 – portable band saw and 4.0 Ah battery||$249 – portable band saw and 4.0 Ah battery|
|Has chainsaw||No chainsaw option|
|Has lawnmower||No lawnmower option|
|Warranty: 3 years||Warranty: Lifetime|
|Total Cost: $810||Total Cost: $887|
|Total Battery Capacity: 11.0 Ah||Total Battery Capacity: 16.0 Ah|
From the table above, you can see that after I’ve added up the tools that I want, the Ridgid comes in at about $80 more than the Ryobi cordless tools (about 10%). However, the battery capacity because of the free battery offers is higher on the Ridgid tools.
Although I am interested in getting a cordless lawn mower and other yard tools, Ridgid doesn’t offer them. This isn’t a deal breaker for me because 18V is pretty low for cordless power tools, and I’ll likely be looking at a 40v or 60v option even if it was from Ryobi.
Who owns Ryobi?
Ryobi is managed by TTI International, which also manages Ridgid tools – the other in-house brand at Home Depot. Interestingly, the Hong Kong based manufacturing company Techtronic Industries (which is linked to TTI international) also manages Milwaukee tools.
Ryobi Cordless Tool Warranty
Techtronic Industries warrants the original purchaser of Ryobi cordless power tools that it be free from defect within 3 years if the product is used for personal, family, or household use.
The warranty is limited to 30 days if the Ryobi tools are used for any other purpose, such as commercial or rental. It isn’t clear where a trades person using the tools for themselves would fall.
Click here to view the full warranty on the Ryobi Tools Canada website.