Ryobi has come out with quite a few new tools in the past few years – here’s a look at all of our Ryobi tool coverage.
And you know what? They’re all pretty decent.
There have been plenty of “firsts,” and some surprises, such as Ryobi’s new garage door opener and accessory system. There have been some accessory developments too, such as their new drywall repair kit.
Ryobi positions themselves as an affordable “pro-featured” tool brand, and often targets DIYers, homeowners, and enthusiast users. Lots of professionals use Ryobi tools, others cannot imagine it, calling Ryobi a DIY tool brand.
We have previously asked for your opinions, questions, and hopes about other tool brands, and have now turned out attention to Ryobi. Why? Because of something I heard recently about Ryobi not being a “pro brand.”
Here are the other feedback posts:
- Dear Dewalt, We Want You to Come Out With a [Fill in This Blank] in 2016
- If You Could Ask Milwaukee Tool One Thing, What Would it Be?
- What Could Bosch do to Become Your Favorite Power Tool Brand?
We have talked about Ryobi plenty of times before, but let’s tackle a hard question on its own discussion.
What are your general thoughts about the brand, and what do you want to see them come out with next?
Here’s my take on Ryobi and Ryobi tools:
Yes, Ryobi is more of a consumer brand, but I have seen plenty of pros use them too. Ryobi’s 18V One+ cordless power tool lineup is quite good. There’s plenty of product selection, and a lot of the tools are at least usable.
If I were starting out as a DIYer, woodworker, hobbyist, or just needed some tools for around-the-house jobs, I would absolutely consider Ryobi.
In the same class, there’s Craftsman’s C3 lineup, Porter Cable’s “these are value-priced professional tools” 20V Max lineup, and I suppose Black & Decker’s cordless tools too.
Ryobi continues to add innovations to their lineup, while also offering budget-priced kits seasonally.
It’s one of the best value brands around.
Let’s say you were a handyman, homeowner, or property manager, and you needed to use a drain auger every now and then. Ryobi’s is quite affordable. If you were a plumber, it might be a good idea to step up to Milwaukee’s M12 cordless drain auger. That Ryobi will get the job done, but it might not hold up to a plumber’s more demanding needs. I don’t know for sure, I’m just speculating.
What would I like to see next?
More and better benchtop tools. This is an area that many brands neglect. Show me a decent quality 10″ drill press or disc sander for $150. A lot of brands offer passable tools, but nothing spectacular.
I also want to see more garage storage products. Despite the somewhat higher than expected pricing, I think that the Ryobi ToolBlox storage system might sell well here. I’d buy some.
Something like the BluCave modular storage system might also sell well under Ryobi branding.
DIYers and Pros alike, what do you think about Ryobi tools?
What do you want to see them come out with next?