The Ryobi brand market themselves as making professional featured power tools that are truly affordable. They are aiming their cordless tools at the home owner, the hobbyist, those who like their crafts and woodworkers.
Like many of the other brands that we include on our website, Ryobi do the full range of both home and garden tools. They specialise in a ONE+ range, which is a whole range of tools that are compatible using one single battery.
Now the brand claims these are all affordable drill/drivers and when we checked that out, they are similar to many other brands. They range between £40-160 and you will have to go to the higher end of that for their best choices.
They have a very distinctive yellow/gold colour scheme or a newer Hyper Green on their brand. It is pretty easy to spot any tool made by this particular brand, and they have a nice range of price options as well.
The ONE + RYOBI Range
To avoid any confusion I want to mention their ONE+ brand as this is marketed a lot. The basics behind this is that you buy a battery and charger and this can then be used with a range of power tools.
As well as a cordless drill, you can also get other cordless tools such as, an angle grinder, circular saw, percussion drill, palm sander, flashlight, multi-tool, planer, blower, nail gun, hammer drill, mitre saw, grass trimmer, inflator, hand vacuum cleaner, radio, reciprocating saw, caulking gun, jigsaw, impact wrench and a sprayer.
They also then do a range of other cordless drills that are separate from this range. Often this ONE+ range is referred to as a "Bare Tool." That means it is supplied without a battery. They use primarily lithium-Ion batteries which is of course the only way to go in our opinion.
Ryobi- The Company and Brand
Ryobi are part of an international group called Techtronic Industries (TTI). This company also owns Milwaukee, AEG, Hoover, Homelite, Empire, Stiletto, Hart, Oreck, Vax and the Dirt Devil.
They are popular for some UK buyers as they introduced the concept of the one tool cordless approach, (ONE+) In other words you can buy a Ryobi battery, and then use it with their range of cordless tools.
Ryobi Drill Pre-Purchase Buying Guide
Before you spend a penny of your hard earned cash, we would recommend having a read of the information below, as it will help a lot with making your final buying decision. We have included a full buying guide later in this article, for those buyers who like to know a lot of information.
This shorter guide, will provide you with the basic information about buying a Ryobi cordless drill.
How Much do Ryobi Cordless Drills Cost?
These range in price from £50 at the low end, to £150 at the higher end of the price range. The main difference is the type of drill you want to buy, and whether it is supplied as a tool only option, or supplied with batteries and a charger. The other things that impact on the price is whether they have a brushless motor or not, and the range of features available on the model of the drill.
What Types of Cordless Drills do Ryobi have?
- Cordless Combi Drill/Driver - this is the most common and the cheapest
- Cordless Brushless Combi Drill/Driver - The same as above but uses a brushless motor so will last for much longer as the motor doesn't wear out so quickly
- Cordless Percussion Drill - These can also drill through masonry as they have a hammer function
- Cordless Combi Drill Starter Kit - These come with at least one battery and a charger
- Cordless SDS Rotary Hammer Drill - for more powerful drilling
- Cordless Angle Drill - Also known as right angle drills and suitable for very narrow spaces.
Bare Tool vs Body Only vs Starter Kits
This gets confusing for many first time buyers, so we always like to explain exactly what all this means.
- A bare tool, or a body only tool, is one that is sold without a battery or charger. This can be a good choice for anyone who already has a battery, but useless unless you buy a compatible battery and charger
- Ryobi refer to drills that come with a battery and charger as "starter kits." They simply mean you get the drill, a couple of batteries and a charger. You may also get a screwdriver bit or some other small accessories.
The starter kits will be more expensive simply because you are also buying a battery and a charger. All the tool manufacturers have developed their own battery types, and you can't substitute one brand battery for another. They do this primarily to make sure you keep buying their branded products.
Brushed vs Brushless
All the leading tool manufacturers have changed from normal motors over to brushless motors. That includes brands like Dewalt and Makita. Ryobi have also started to make that change. We will not bore you to death with the full technical reasons, but have included a simple explanation just below.
All drills have a motor inside, and in the case of cordless drill, that motor is powered by the battery. A key component of a motor are two small brushes made of carbon. These brushes act as electrical conductors to make the motor work. They are effective, however over time, these brushes start to arc, and that causes them to get damaged, and with extended use, will eventually need to be replaced. This is not difficult to do, but most home owners find it difficult to find replacement brushes, and simply don't have the know how to be able to change them.
Manufacturers realised this problem, and now have made brushless motors, and as there are no carbon brushes, the motor will last longer and not need to have those replaced. That is good news, however, it does make the drill more expensive as they have longer lasting and better performing motors.
Key Buying Decision Points
- Most buyers will only ever need a basic drill/driver.
- If you plan on drilling through walls or tiles, then a percussion model will be your best option.
- By buying a brushless model, the drill will last you for years, and longer than a standard motor
- If you don't already have a compatible battery and charger, then you should buy a starter kit as that will come with the drill/driver, a couple of batteries and a charger
- If you have a compatible Ryobi battery, then you simply need to buy the tool only or body only option
Top 16 Ryobi Cordless Drill Drivers
When we do our research, we make note of all the models that are available online. We found 16 variations of Ryobi cordless drills. In some of the combinations, the drill could be sold as body only or as a starter kit.
Ryobi R18PD3-215GZ 18 V ONE+ Cordless Combi Drill Starter Kit
This is one of their best selling cordless drills. It is a good choice for anyone who needs to drill in masonry, wood, plastic and metal, as well as for driving in screws. It has a ratcheting 13 mm chuck that is good for holding the drill bits very tightly. It also has a 2 speed gearbox that can deliver 500/1800rpm and up to 50Nm of torque with 24 torque settings.
This drill is a starter kit and comes with 2x Ryobi ONE+ 1.5Ah batteries and a charger.
96% buyer satisfaction based on 750+ online buyer reviews
Ryobi R18PD3-0 ONE+ 18V Cordless Compact Percussion Drill (Body Only)
Please note this is a body only cordless drill.
96% buyer satisfaction based on 300+ online buyer reviews
Ryobi R18PD3-113G 18 V ONE+ Cordless Combi Drill Starter Kit
The Ryobi R18PD3-113G cordless Combi Drill is ideal for drilling wood, metal, masonry, plastic, etc thanks to its powerful 2-speed gearbox. It has 24-torque settings that allow you to drive screws flush each time for a better finish. It also has an excellent LED light that makes it ideal for work in poorly-lit areas. The drill has a 13 mm ratcheting chuck. This drill comes with a 1.3 Ah ONE+ battery and a charger, compatible with the full 18 V ONE+ range for the home and garden.
96% buyer satisfaction based on 150+ online buyer reviews
Ryobi R18PD31-213S One Plus Cordless Compact Percussion Drill Starter Kit
This model is a cordless percussion drill ideal for drilling in wood or metal, driving screws or even drilling in masonry. It has a high quality 13mm all-metal ratcheting chuck for improved bit gripping strength and durability. Like most Ryobi models this also has 2 gears to control the max speed to match different materials and applications. It has 24 torque settings help to drive screws flush every time, and an LED worklight. It comes with 2 x 1.3Ah batteries and a charger.
98% buyer satisfaction based on 50+ online buyer reviews
Ryobi RAD1801M ONE+ Angle Drill
This angle drill is great for drilling wood or steel in hard to reach areas. It has an LED to illuminate the work area. It also has an automatic spindle lock for one-handed bit changing. Most home owners will never need an angle drill like this, but it is handy for many in the trade. The right-angle head makes this drill perfect for using in tight spaces, such as under sinks and inside cupboards. It has a keyless chuck for quick and easy bit changes, and a magnetic drill bit tray.
96% buyer satisfaction based on 200+ online buyer reviews
Ryobi 18 V ONE+ Cordless Combi Drill Starter Kit
This is an 18V cordless drill that comes with 2x Ryobi ONE+ 1.5Ah batteries and a charger. You also get a 46 piece set of drills and driving bits of various sizes to allow you to take on a number of jobs around the home. This combination is new to the UK market so not a great deal of reviews as yet. The drill has a 13 mm ratcheting chuck, a 2-speed gearbox and 24 torque settings.
98% buyer satisfaction based on 10+ online buyer reviews
Ryobi R18SDS-0 ONE+ SDS Plus Cordless Rotary Hammer Drill (Body Only)
Please note this is a body only cordless drill and a huge best seller for the Ryobi brand. It has a quick and easy to use SDS+ Chuck, with four modes for high versatility and variable speed built into the trigger. Can only be used with SDS+ drill bits. Has an LED light so as your work area is always well lit and clearly visible. It also has a four stage fuel gauge 100, 75, 50 and 25 Percent. You can also buy this model with a battery and charger.
94% buyer satisfaction based on 1,000+ online buyer reviews
Ryobi ONE+ R18DD3-0 18V Cordless Compact Drill Driver (Body Only)
Please note this is a body only cordless drill. This model has a high speed gear box that delivers 500/ 1800 rpm, and also has a maximum 50 Nm of torque. It has a ratchet locking 13mm chuck. There are 24 clutch settings and has an LED worklight. It comes with a double-ended bit. This is one of the most affordable cordless drill/drivers in the entire Ryobi range.
94% buyer satisfaction based on 600+ online buyer reviews
Ryobi R18DD3-120S One Plus Cordless Drill Driver Starter Kit
The drill is the same as the one we have described above, but this one comes with the batteries and charger. is one of their best selling cordless drills.This model has a high speed gear box that delivers 500/ 1800 rpm, and also has a maximum 50 Nm of torque. It has a ratchet locking 13mm chuck. There are 24 clutch settings. It comes with a double-ended bit. This is one of the most affordable cordless drill/drivers in the entire Ryobi range. This one comes with a 2.0AH battery and a charger.
94% buyer satisfaction based on 500+ online buyer reviews
Ryobi R18DD5-0 ONE+ Cordless Brushless Drill Driver
This is one of their brushless drill drivers and is ideal for drilling in wood or metal, and driving screws. The newer Ryobi brushless technology uses patented electronics to deliver more runtime and power. It also has E-torque which automatically drives screws flush for a perfect finish every time. This drill has a 13mm ratcheting chuck for improved bit gripping strength and durability. It also has 2 gears to control the max speed to match different materials and applications. Please note this is a body only option.
94% buyer satisfaction based on 100+ online buyer reviews
Ryobi R18DDP2-0 18V ONE+ Cordless Drill Driver (Body Only)
This is a body only 18 Volt drill. Like the other Ryobi drills this model has a 13mm keyless chuck for greater accessory compatibility, and also very quick adjustment feature on the 24 torque settings. It has 2 gears to control max speed to match different materials and applications. It comes with a magnetic bit holder that keeps screws and accessories close to hand. This has an ergonomic grip zone+ with micro texture for a positive grip. The R18DDP2-0 can drive up to 695 4x32mm screws per charge with a 2.5Ah Lithium+ battery.
94% buyer satisfaction based on 100+ online buyer reviews
Ryobi R18PDBL-0 ONE+ Cordless Brushless Percussion Drill (Body Only)
This is an 18 volt brushless percussion drill. It has a brushless motor that is electronically controlled for better efficiency and up to 40% more run time per charge. The brrushless motor lasts up to 10 times longer than brushed drills and runs cooler. This model also as an all metal 13 mm ratcheting chuck for gripping strength and durability. It also has E-Torque control settings making it easier to drive screws flush every time. You can also buy this model with a 2.0 AH battery and charger.
92% buyer satisfaction based on 400+ online buyer reviews
Ryobi R18PD5-0 ONE+ Cordless Brushless Combi Drill
This is an 18v brushless percussion drill ideal for drilling in wood or metal, driving screws or even drilling in masonry thanks to the hammer action
Ryobi brushless technology uses patented electronics to deliver more runtime and power
E-torque control automatically drives screws flush for a perfect finish every time
13mm ratcheting chuck for improved bit gripping strength and durability
2 gears to control the max speed to match different materials and applications
90% buyer satisfaction based on 40+ online buyer reviews
Ryobi R18PD2-0 One Plus Cordless Combi Drill
70% buyer satisfaction based on 10+ online buyer reviews
So that is our review of the best Ryobi cordless drills in the UK market at the moment. Hopefully this helps make your choice that little bit easier.
Ryobi has had this ONE+ range available for over 30 years in the UK. They have continued to modify, improve and extend the range of cordless tools and products available.
At the moment there are over 100 tools so certainly a very wide range on offer.
Ryobi Cordless Drill Full Buying Guide
Ryobi Cordless Batteries Explained
Currently Ryobi make 6 different sizes of batteries. Batteries are measured in Amp Hours (AH). This rating used to tell consumers how much amperage a battery can provide for exactly one hour of time. A general rule of thumb is the higher this number is, the longer the battery will last.
According to the Ryobi website they tested their battery using by driving in a 4 x 32 mm screw, and drilling a 16 x 50 mm hole in wood. The performance is shown below for each size of battery until it ran out of charge:
Battery Size (AH)