4 Reasons to Try Ryobi One+


For people like myself, who may not have extensive knowledge in home repairs and maintenance, simple, straightforward tools are important.


The Ryobi One+ system is a line of over 50 tools designed to operate with the same battery pack and charger. Drills, saws, lawn tools; you name it, they probably have it. Out of all the "beginner" tools I've tried, I've been the most satisfied with this system after testing a variety of items, from weed eaters to circular saws. Five things stand out the most.

Battery Life
Cranking gas powered weed eaters isn't an option for me, so I have two choices; plug in or battery tools. Plug in tools for the yard are a terrible idea; I've nipped extension cords and they don't reach where I need them to most of the time. And typical batteries don't provide enough power to even edge the sidewalk.

The standard lithium batteries that come with Ryobi One+ kits last four times longer than other battery powered tools. With a fairly large yard, I can still accomplish everything without having to stop and recharge. Even if I did happen to own a farm or something, charging takes less than an hour, in most cases.

When you pick up one of these tools, there's a "healthy" weight to it. By that, I mean it feels strong, sturdy and not like plastic will start popping off of it as soon as it's turned on.

Buttons, clasps and other parts hold securely. Each product features grips and handles that feel durable.

Our weed eater has has been in commission for well over a year, while we have a circular saw and drill that have been used heavily for the past six months. So far, so good.

I like a brand that can stick to something good. Ryobi has continued to make tools that fit one battery pack when other brands switch things up on the regular. When sneaky tactics have to be used to get people to spend more money, I wonder about the quality in the first place.

Since Ryobi is sticking with this one battery design, I think it says something about their personal confidence in what they sell.

Ryobi products aren't cheap, but they are affordable. A basic power tool starter kit can be purchased for under 200 dollars. A trimmer/edger combo comes in around 50 bucks at Home Depot. Or you can go all out with a five star, battery powered, riding mower at 2500 dollars.

While I am certainly no handyman, I've had the best experience with this line than with anything else. Ryobi tools are good for the expert or beginner.

Karyn Wofford
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Karyn Wofford is a writer with an expertise in lifestyle, wellness and travel. She's a contributor to Livestrong, the Mother Earth Living Blog, A Luxury Travel Blog and Diabetes Forecast. Karyn is also a US Global advocate for T1International. Follow her on Twitter @karynwofford