Best 18V Ryobi Cordless Tools

Since the early 2000s, Ryobi has emerged as a major tool manufacturer intent on competing with long-established legacy brands. Cordless tools, particularly in the 18-volt (V) series, have been Ryobi's stock in trade for the last few years. Ryobi products are easy to find, too. Walk into any Home Depot and it's hard to avoid the end aisle-promoted Ryobi products. The Ryobi brand is continually innovating its products, finding its way into residential workshops and even gaining much contractor acceptance. Which are the best Ryobi 18V tools on its ONE+ platform that you can purchase?

  • 01 of 05

    Ryobi 18V ONE+ Hybrid 20 Watt LED Worklight

    RYOBI 18V ONE+ Dual Power 20 Watt LED Worklight Back Side

    Lee Wallender

    For any work around the home, you probably need more light than you think you do. Whether you are painting a room and need to take an accurate reading on the coverage, crawling around an attic, or just driving drywall screws in a remote location, practically any project around the home can benefit from more light. In fact, you might just enjoy this worklight so much that you will take it on camping trips, picnics, or for ultra-safe and bright walks around the neighborhood.

    Best of all: in addition to the 18V battery pack, Ryobi has incorporated a 120V power option. This means that you can preserve your battery packs by plugging your worklight into household current, when available. The light is full, white, and very bright, plus the operation is simple. The battery pack snaps firmly in place in the back. If you remove the pack, your extension cord (not provided) fits in the adjacent port.

  • 02 of 05

    Ryobi ONE+ 18V Brushless Hammer Drill/Driver

    Ryobi 18V Cordless Drill

    Lee Wallender

    Whenever you need to drill or drive screws, you will find yourself snapping the ONE+ battery pack into the tool and completing the job with little effort. At just over 3 pounds, it's a lightweight and nimble tool that will help you with even the most acrobatic moves, like hanging ceiling drywall or hitting that last screw high up in a corner. Change bits or screw tips quickly with the keyless chuck. The 750 pounds of available torque will even help this tool easily rip through tough work materials, such as auguring through dense studs for placement of electrical cables.

  • 03 of 05

    Ryobi 18V ONE+ Angled Finish Nailer

    Ryobi Airstrike Nailer
    Ryobi Airstrike Nailer. © Ryobi

    A finish nailer can be a highly useful tool when you are remodeling or improving a home. For one, it can be tough to hand-nail trim board. Modern power-driven nailers allow you to drive a nail into trim in one decisive strike, without the wobble and bounce associated with repeatedly hand-hammering a finish nail into lightweight trim. 

    Of all the numbers associated with this Ryobi tool's specs, the important one is fifteen. This 18V cordless tool, operating from the ONE+ platform, drives substantially heavy finish nails that are 15-gauge. Fifteen gauge is a magic number because it allows you to lengthen the nails up to 2-1/2 inches.

    This product is a boon for any homeowner who would never think of buying a power nailer because of bulky compressors, canisters, or hoses. Rather, the Ryobi 18V ONE+ Angled Finish Nailer draws all of its power from the attached battery pack, and this power creates the air compression required to drive the nails.

  • 04 of 05

    Ryobi ONE+ 18V Cordless Reciprocating Saw

    Ryobi Reciprocating Saw

    TTI/Ryobi

    Ryobi's 18V ONE+ reciprocating saw handles well, balances perfectly, and cuts smoothly. Its minimal weight and cordless design ensure that it is easy and comfortable to handle. With no need for a separate tool or Allen wrench, blades chuck in quickly by pushing back on the spring-loaded head. The ONE+ 18V Cordless Reciprocating Saw is a flagship Ryobi cordless tool that has been around since the inception of its 18V line, and it is continually being improved over time.

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  • 05 of 05

    Ryobi ONE+ 18V PEX Crimp Ring Press Tool

    Plumbing supply pipe work, usually left in the capable hands of licensed plumbers, is slowly finding its way into the hands of do-it-yourselfers in the form of PEX pipes and either push-fit or crimp-ring connectors. And while it is still generally a good idea to have experienced plumbers do extensive work on your home, a motivated homeowner can do much of the work, as well. Push-fit connectors such as those sold by Sharkbite are one way to connect PEX pipes but they can be very expensive. Crimp rings are vastly cheaper.

    The Ryobi PEX Crimp Ring Press Tool accommodates 3/8-inch, 1/2-inch, 3/4-inch, and 1-inch pipe sizes. Using an electric crimping tool such as the Ryobi instead of a manual crimper means that you can hold the tool steady while the crimper closes shut. Within five seconds, the perfectly calibrated compression happens, rewarding you with an LED light that lets you know that you can move onto the next fitting. While the Ryobi ONE+ 18V PEX Crimp Ring Press Tool is firmly a niche product, it will pay for itself many times over by saving you on the cost of a plumber's visit.

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