Ryobi One+ System cordless tool system product review from BBC Gardeners' World Magazine

Ryobi One + System review

Light, easy, good value cordless garden tools.

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5

In a nutshell

A Gardeners' World Magazine Best Buy, the Ryobi One+ system offers a huge range of tools, batteries and chargers to choose from. The batteries charge quickly and the tools are light, easy to use and have good features. They're also great value, with a good length warranty.
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Value for money
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Pros: Extensive range of tools to choose from

Choice of batteries and chargers

Fast charge time

Light and easy to use

Good warranty
Cons: Tools feel a little flimsy
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What is the Ryobi ONE+ System?

An extensive system that includes a huge range of tools, all of which use the same Ryobi One+ Lithium ion 18V battery. Some tools can be purchased as a starter set with a battery and charger but most One+ tools come on their own and the battery and charger is purchased separately.

What tools are in the Ryobi ONE+ System?

The One + system includes over 100 different garden and power tools including grass trimmers, with a range of cutting widths, leaf blowers, chainsaws, hedge trimmers with a range of blade lengths, pole pruners and lawnmowers. Lawnmowers have cutting widths from 33cm to 40 and there is also a hybrid mower that can be used either with batteries or a power cable. Power tools include belt sanders, angle grinders and drills.

Is there a range of batteries available in the Ryobi ONE+ System?

There are six 18 V batteries available from 1.3Ah to 5Ah (Amperes dictate how long the battery will run, Volts how much charge they hold) and most have LED displays to indicate charge.  There is also a number of different chargers, including one for in-car use, a fast charger and a 6-port charger and each has indicator lights to show when batteries are charging and fully charged. Batteries and charger are available to buy individually or together in sets.

What are the tools in the Ryobi ONE+ System like to use?

We tested the OLT1832 grass trimmer, OLT1832 leaf blower and OHT1845 hedge trimmer and all the tools, apart from the grass trimmer, which was very easy to assemble, were ready to go.

The hedge trimmer is comfortable and light and trims well, even medium woody growth is cut efficiently but it feels a little flimsy, sounds tinny and has no safety lock.

The blower is quiet, well balanced and powerful and the long nozzle has a scraper on the end for shifting mud or stubborn leaves. The speed can be varied by adjusting the pressure of your hand.

The grass trimmer has a telescopic shaft and adjustable handle and the head rotates for trimming edges or angles for different situations. Its cutting width is comparatively small and the gauge feels flimsy. However other trimmers, with wider cutting widths, are available in the system.

Who is the Ryobi ONE+ System most useful for?

These are light, well thought out tools ideal for weekend gardeners and those with smaller gardens.

Is the Ryobi ONE+ System good value for money?

The individual tools were competitively priced – blower £74.99, grass trimmer £61.99 and hedge trimmer £84.99 (all without battery and charger) and for the features and ease of use we think they’re very good value for money. Plus, with the battery and charger already in hand, you’ll save money if you need other garden or DIY tools in the future

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Product Specifications

Product

Brand Ryobi
Name Ryobi One + System
Price £61.99
Battery Size 18V
Battery price £59.99 Battery price varies according to battery ampere size. This price is for the 2.5 Ah battery.
Battery price note
Charger price £34.99

Features

40min(s)
Charging time 40 mins
Warranty 3YEAR
Tools tested Grass trimmer, hedge trimmer and leaf blower
Feature notes

Charger price depends on charger - this price is for the Ryobi fast charger.


Charging times also vary according to charger and range from 40-150 minutes.


Battery run times are from 350m2 to 900m2 depending on tool and battery size