On this page, you’ll find 5 of the best Ryobi cordless drills currently for sale on Amazon. Below the list, there’s a comparison table, a guide to the Ryobi ONE+ range of power tools and a cordless drill buyer’s guide.
1) Ryobi R18PD3-215GZ 18 V ONE+ Cordless Combi Drill Starter Kit (2 x 1.5Ah Batteries)
The Ryobi R18PD3-215GZ cordless combi drill is perfect for drilling wood, metal, masonry, plastic, plasterboard, ceramic and tiles. It’s ideal for everyday DIY jobs around the home such as putting up shelves, TV brackets and outdoor lights. And if you’re working in a dark space, the built-in LED light lights up the work area for you.
- This is a combi drill so it has three functions – drill, hammer drill and screwdriver
- Two-speed gearbox delivering 500/1800 rpm
- LED light for lighting up darker areas
- Comptible with all drilling and screwdriving bits up to 13mm
A decent starter kit if you occasionally do small DIY jobs around the house. The batteries won’t last very long so take that into consideration before you buy.
2) Ryobi R18DD3-120S 18V ONE+ Cordless Drill Driver Starter Kit
- Cordless drill driver ideal for drilling in wood or metal and screw driving applications
- 13mm ratcheting chuck for improved bit gripping strength and durability
- 2 gears to control the max speed to match different materials and applications
3) Ryobi R18PD3RID-215S 18V ONE+ Cordless Combi Drill and Impact Driver Starter Kit (2x 1.5Ah Batteries)
- Includes the Ryobi R18PD3-0 Cordless Combi Drill ideal for drilling in wood, metal, plastic and masonry as well as driving screws.
- The R18PD3-0 Combi Drill achieves 50Nm of torque with a no-load speed of 1800rpm to quickly and efficiency drill holes
- Also includes the Ryobi RID1801M Cordless Impact Driver ideal for applications such as decking, fencing and roofing, where fastening larger fixings, coach bolts and long screws are essential.
4) Ryobi R18PDBL-0 18V ONE+ Cordless Brushless Percussion Drill (Body Only)
- Brushless motor is electronically controlled to optimize efficiency for up to 40 Percent more run time per charge
- Brushless motor lasts up to 10 times longer than brushed drills and runs cooler
- All metal 13 mm ratcheting chuck for gripping strength and durability
5) Ryobi R18PD3-0 18V ONE+ Cordless Compact Percussion Drill (Body Only)
- High speed gear box delivers 500/ 1800 rpm.
- 50 Nm of torque for faster application completion.
- Ratchet locking 13mm chuck for the most demanding applications.
How do these drills compare side by side? Check out the comparison table below.
You may have noticed that all of the cordless drills listed here are part of the ONE+ range. Keep reading to find out more about ONE+.
What is Ryobi ONE+?
The Ryobi One+ range of power tools is designed to make buying and using Ryobi tools easier. The range features more than 100 power tools for the home and garden, all of which can be powered by the same 18V battery.
When you buy your first Ryobi power tool you’ll want to make sure it comes with a battery and charger. Ideally, look out for a starter kit. Once you have your first tool, battery and charger, you then only need to buy the body because the same battery can be used for all devices in the range.
Does this mean you only need one battery? Well, yes. But we all know batteries need charging from time to time. And if you’re doing lots of work that requires two tools, switching the battery around every time you want to go from a cordless drill to angle grinder could soon become a major pain.
So, if this is going to be an issue for you, buy a second battery and have it fully-charged and ready to use whenever you need it.
Drill buying guide – how to choose the best drill for you
What should you look for when buying a drill? Keep reading for some helpful tips and advice for choosing the best drill for you.
How will you use your drill?
Knowing how you’ll be using your drill immediately limits your options when it comes to choosing the right type of machine for you.
If you’re mainly interested in doing little jobs around the house, such as hanging pictures, putting up shelves and building flatpack furniture, a drill driver will probably be the best option for you as these double-up as powered screwdrivers.
If you think you might one day need to drill into concrete or brickwork, the drill driver won’t have the capabilities to handle this type of work. You’ll need, at least, a combi drill to do that.
4 types of electric power drill currently on the market
An electric power drill typically falls into one of the following categories:
- Combi drill
- Drill driver
- Impact driver
- Hammer drill
What to look out for
- The higher the voltage, the more powerful the drill. Most home DIYers get adequate service from an 18v machine, but if you’re in the trade, you should choose a 24v or higher model. For light work, a 12v machine is fine.
- Battery capacity is rated using an Ah measurement. Ah stands for ampere hour or amp hour. The higher the Ah number, the more powerful the battery (and weightier too!).
A combi (combination) drill is a great all-rounder. It performs a lot of tasks such as drilling into wood or metal, driving screws and, when you switch to the hammer action, drilling into concrete and masonry.
If you use it for drilling concrete or masonry, you’ll need to use the right drill bits for the job (diamond or tungsten carbide tipped).
Pros of combi drills
- Versatile machine with the ability to drill into wood, metal, masonry and concrete
- Can be used as a drill, hammer or driver
- A wide range of choices with prices to fit every pocket
Cons of combi drills
- Usually more expensive than drill and impact drivers
- Lower torque and speed compared to impact drivers
Drill drivers don’t quite have the power or versatility of the combi drill, but they’re a good choice for drilling into wood and metal and for driving screws. They don’t have the power to tackle concrete or brickwork, though.
So if you think you’re going to be drilling into brick walls or concrete posts in the future, the drill driver isn’t the right choice for you. If light DIY jobs around the home are your thing, it’s certainly worth considering a drill driver.
- Quite cheap compared to combi drills
- Use on metal and wood
- Doubles up as a powerful and efficient screwdriver
- Not suitable for heavy work such as drilling into masonry
- Not as strong as a combi drill
Which? tested combi drills and drill drivers at different price levels and found the cheaper ones didn’t perform too well. Which? recommends spending around £100 on a drill driver and £120 – £150 on a combi drill if you want a decent tool that performs well.
Impact drivers add a bit of clout when needed. They’re high torque machines designed to do one job only – drive screws. Which they do faster and easier than any machine currently on the market. With that said, they can also be used for drilling but you’ll need a set of hex shank drill bits to match the chuck of the typical impact driver.
- Ideal for high torque applications
- Awesome screwdriver
- Compact design makes them versatile
- Not suitable for drilling masonry
- Not as versatile as combi drills or drill drivers
Hammer drills are used for drilling into brickwork, stone and concrete. They use a hammering action that provides short, powerful and rapid blows to the material’s surface. With the proper masonry bit and sufficiently powered machine, you’ll drill a hole in no time.
- Perfect for drilling into brickwork, stone and concrete
- Can’t be used on wood or metal
- Not as versatile as a combi drill or drill driver
- Typically bulky and heavy
Which is the right power drill for you?
When you’re buying a drill, always shop around for bargains. There are plenty to be had if you’re in the right place at the right time. Choose a machine that matches the kind of DIY work you do, and always spend as much as you can afford at the time.
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