Last updated on September 5, 2021
When it comes to tool needs, Ryobi and DeWalt are two pretty known names in the industry. While one has the track record and experience to gain a slight edge, the other focuses on convenience and innovation to quickly gain ground.
Both are good and, given specific circumstances, either can make an excellent choice.
In this review, we will compare DeWalt and Ryobi tools and find out: What are the tools they do best.
Before we get to compare DeWalt vs Ryobi, let’s look into their rich history.
With over 100 years of experience, DeWalt is an American favorite amongst many professionals and hobbyists.
Origin country and manufaturing plants
DeWalt origin & manufacturing plants
DeWalt is based in America and was founded in Leola, Pennsylvania.
Today, DeWalt’s headquarters is located in Baltimore, Maryland with its main manufacturing plant in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Ryobi origin & manufacturing plants
Ryobi is based in Japan and was founded in Fuchu, Hiroshima which is where its headquarters is also located.
Ryobi has multiple local manufacturing plants in Japan, with a single American plant in Shelbyville, Indiana. Global manufacturing is now primarily in China.
Warranty and aftersales support
DeWalt warranty & aftersales support
For DeWalt’s long list of products, the company offers different kinds of warranty, from no-break drill bit guarantees to limited replacement and repair warranties up to 7 years on select products.
Specific tool lines, such as those for mechanics, are covered with lifetime warranties.
While DeWalt honors warranties so long as they are in force, their customer service is riddled with mixed reviews, earning it a neutral score.
Ryobi warranty & aftersales support
Most Ryobi tools have 3-year limited warranties, with some select tools having 5.
With a smaller catalog overall, Ryobi does offer lifetime warranties for select hand tools as well as their garage door opener motors.
Since Ryobi is a smaller DIY brand, compared to DeWalt, their after-sales service is considered to be a bit rough due to the limitation of return and repair options.
Pricing and quality
DeWalt pricing and quality
DeWalt has been around for more than a century and continuously refines its manufacturing and distribution processes.
The company’s experience and adherence to strict material sourcing ensure that its products are built to last. Of course, valuably sourced tools come with an equally higher price tag.
Ryobi pricing and quality
Since Ryobi is localized in Japan, Ryobi international manufactures its tools in various parts of the world, meaning that quality can differ depending on where you purchase your Ryobi tool/s.
Geared more towards homeowners, Ryobi tools are often more affordable.
Which is more cost-efficient?
DeWalt is more cost-efficient. It may be more expensive, but it often outlasts and outperforms the competitor’s tool equivalents.
1. Product portfolio
DeWalt range of products
The company has been around long enough to offer tool solutions for almost any application.
From essential hand tools for home use to industrial-grade power tools for construction and demolition.
DeWalt also has an array of accessories and miscellaneous items that go perfectly with their tools.
Ryobi range of products
Ryobi has a smaller product portfolio and mainly focuses on portable and cordless tools.
They have a small selection of garden tools as well as a respectable number of power tools for home-based and personal projects.
Who has a better portfolio?
DeWalt overall, but Ryobi is a suitable choice for smaller projects.
2. Brushless combo kits
DeWalt combo tool kit
DeWalt’s combo kit, DCK694P2 , offers 6 20v brushless-motor power tools, from its 20vMax lithium-ion tool line, which are all designed to be able to take on even heavy-duty use along with a premium contractor’s bag.
Achieve maximum versatility and expect peak performance from the DCD996 3-speed hammer drill, lithium-ion LED work light, the DCS367 reciprocating saw, the DCS570 circular saw, the DCF887 impact driver, and the DCS355 oscillating tool.
The all-in-one combo kit already includes batteries for all tools along with a 3-year limited warranty for the entire package.
This combo kit does have a variation that also includes a 100pc drilling set.
Ryobi combo tool kit
Ryobi’s combo kit, P1819-A98601G, has the same tools as that of DeWalt’s, only that it also includes a bonus 60pc multi-material drill and drive kit.
All the tools are from Ryobi’s patented ONE+ line, meaning that their batteries are universally compatible with any other tool from the same line.
The ONE+ set of tools include 6 18v power tools, mainly the ½” drill driver, the ONE+ 1800 impact driver, the Ryobi ONE+ variable-speed reciprocating saw, the Ryobi ONE+ 5 ½” circular saw, the Ryobi ONE+ multitool, and a Ryobi ONE+ 160-lumen work light.
They all come in tucked in a nice contractor’s bag along with the company’s standard 3-year limited tool and battery warranty.
Better combo kit?
Get Ryobi’s combo kit, especially if you’re starting out. It’s a great way to get into power tools and save on the cost of individually getting 6 essential tools.
Otherwise, DeWalt is the way to go for long-term investment and serious interest in building and DIY.
3. Cordless drills
DeWalt cordless drills
DeWalt has an extensive array of cordless drills, from the standard power drill to specialized drills for joists and right angles.
They have a selection of batteries, from 12 to 20v, as well as brushed and brushless models. They have a lot of options in terms of power efficiency and run-time.
Ryobi cordless drills
When it comes to the Ryobi vs DeWalt drill, consider both have an impressive cordless drill catalog. Though Ryobi is maxed at 18v batteries, the majority of the models are ONE+, so you don’t really have to worry about battery replacements
. They have brushed and brushless models too, along with a portable 10-inch drill press.
Which has better cordless drills?
Dewalt wins out despite having a slightly higher initial cost. The battery compatibility and runtime along with cordless portability make Dewalt the better choice.
You should also consider Makita however.
4. Impact drivers
Here’s our comparison for Ryobi vs Dewalt impact drivers:
DeWalt impact drivers
DeWalt has a range of impact drivers from cordless brushless 9.6v kits to their famous 20vMAX line.
Most of their impact drivers are in the ¼” standard and they do offer several 2-tool combo kits.
Ryobi impact drivers
Ryobi has a more limited stock of impact drivers as opposed to their drills.
They have a slight edge in terms of compactness and variable speed (4-speed), but they don’t have too many combo kits, limiting the versatility.
Which has better impact drivers?
DeWalt for a range of compatible tools, and power. You can get Ryobi if you’re mainly looking for Ryobi tools only.
5. Impact wrenches
DeWalt impact wrenches
Impact wrenches by DeWalt are made to destroy your tasks. They have wrenches ranging from ½” to ⅜” along with battery sizes from 12 to 20v.
Though not as numerous as their impact drivers, their impact wrenches also have combo kit offers.
Ryobi impact wrenches
Ryobi mainly has ½” and ⅜” wrenches, as well. While they do have a compact, brushless model, they don’t have wrench combo kits either.
They do, however, have one that includes a ONE+ charging dock.
Which has more powerful impact wrenches?
For Ryobi vs DeWalt impact wrenches, DeWalt. It simply has more options and more power in a brushes option.
But for maximum power don’t be scared to have a go with a Milwaukee instead.
6. Circular saws
DeWalt circular saws
DeWalt circular saws can be corded, cordless, brushed, or brushless.
They can tote differently sized sawblades ranging from 4 ½” to 8 ½” and certain models can have as much as 60v of power!
Ryobi circular saws
Ryobi circular saws reach up to 7 ¼” at most, still good for the majority of small projects, but cannot handle anything that would require a bigger blade.
They have brushless and ONE+ circular saws which are great on the go.
Heavy-duty circular saws
DeWalt because they offer combo kits with certain models and are designed for up to heavy-duty use. Ryobi is good for more mobile DIY use only.
7. Miter saws
DeWalt miter saws
The biggest and best miter saws take on the size of 12”! DeWalt offers compound miter saws, sliding miter saws, sliding compound miter saws, and sliding bevel miter saws, which are all pretty much what you’d look for in order to get fast, accurate, and precise miter cuts.
Ryobi miter saws
Ryobi miter saws are a bit smaller, with their largest models being only 7 ¼”. However, they do have sliding, compound, and sliding compound models too.
Their smaller sizes make them easier to handle and move around.
Better tool for making miter cuts
When it comes to the DeWalt vs Ryobi miter saw, Ryobi’s smaller catalog actually makes it easier to select a saw for something as straightforward as mitering. DeWalt has more specialized options for projects needing custom miter cuts.
8. Table saws
DeWalt table saws
DeWalt has a good selection of 10” table saws with some even including folding and rolling stands.
Most of their models are designed to be job-site compatible and, as such, are robust and durable even whilst being portable.
A lot of their models are kitted with their site-pro modular guarding system.
Ryobi table saw
Ryobi has roughly the same-sized table saws, with the exception of 7” tabletop tile saw and 8 ¼” compact model.
While they don’t have as much variation and are a scratch below DeWalt’s hardier models, they’re more convenient for home use.
Who does it better?
Choose DeWalt if you have to have a table saw. You can go with a Ryobi one, but only for occasional or seasonal use.
For ultimate safety, however, you can have a look at the Stopsaw it might be a safer option if you are torn between Ryobi vs DeWalt table saws.
DeWalt’s cordless jigsaws are almost the best around. They offer tools, kits, and even blades.
They even have a barrel-grip model, as well as models still using U-shanks.
Ryobi has a small selection of corded and cordless jigsaws, but surprisingly has variable speed, orbital, and brushless models.
Better precision cutting?
Ryobi may actually pull a little bit ahead here. While DeWalt offers longer-lasting and more powerful models, the key aspects of a jigsaw are precision and ease of use.
My friend says that Makita can do it even better.
DeWalt has hand planers and mobile planers.
They have just about enough models for a good mix of functional variety – from an adjustable 3 ¼” cordless brushless planer to 13” three-knife, two-speed mobile planer.
Ryobi offers corded, cordless, and mobile planers as well.
However, they don’t go beyond the standard dimension of 3 ¼” for hand planers and 12 ½” for thickness planers.
Who planes better?
Thickness planers are expensive no matter where you get them, so it’s better to invest in DeWalt as their models are way more bang for your buck for durability and accuracy. Check them here .
11. Angle grinder
DeWalt angle grinders
Our buddies can offer a lot of angle grinding – of varying sizes. DeWalt pretty much has any kind of angle grinder you’d need, from small 4 ½” tools to heavy-duty 9” ones.
Often includes added features such as paddle switches and kickback brakes.
Ryobi angle grinders
Ryobi mainly deals with small 4 ½” angle grinders since these are more catered towards home use.
What they lack in variety, they do offer in certain model uniqueness, such as their ONE+ compact brushless ¼” right angle die grinder.
Better all-around grinder?
DeWalt for general and all-around use. Ryobi can be used for home improvement projects. For 9 inches look into the Bosch as it is more comfortable to hold with a vibration reduction handle.
For something a bit smaller and easier to control consider a Makita, the Japanese know how to grind! and size doesn’t affect power here .
12. Biscuit joiners
DeWalt biscuit joiners
The DW682K is DeWalt’s premiere and only joiner tool. It’s a plate/biscuit joiner with 6.5 amps of power and a 10000 RPM motor capable of tackling even hardwood, making it a great tool for multiple applications.
Ryobi biscuit joiners
Ryobi’s JM82GK is their counterpart to DeWalt’s DW682K. They have roughly the same specifications and features with Ryobi being a tad bit smaller.
Better at joining woods
The Ryobi, cuts with a greater angle range (0 – 135°).
But the Dewalt is very competitively priced for a Pro brand tool, and why many readers here at Bangingtoolbox go with this option.
I, however, respect the Lamello biscuit joiner.
13. Wood routers
DeWalt wood routers
DeWalt of course has a wide assortment of different kinds of routers. They have brushless cordless compact routers, plunge routers, and D-base routers.
Ryobi wood routers
Ryobi has a fair amount of routers too, with the addition of an intermediate router table which is basically their one-ups on DeWalt.
For wood routing
Place your bet on DeWalt since they practically pioneered tool-assisted woodworking. Seeing as how routers are mainly for woodworks, it’s easy to see why DeWalt wins out here.
14. Finishing and brad nailers
DeWalt has a good range of 15 – 16GA straight and angled finishing nailers, along with an even larger selection of at least 18GA brad nailers.
They do have brushless cordless variants as well as select combo kits.
Ryobi has a pretty good-sized stock of finishing and brad nailers much like that of DeWalt’s and with nearly the same specifications.
One good kit they do offer is a 2-in-1 brad and finish nailer comb
Who fastens better?
DeWalt for brad nailers and Ryobi for DIY finishing nailers.
15. Nail guns
DeWalt nail gun
DeWalt does have some special nailers such as head and coiled framing nailers, as well as some 23GA pin nailers and metal connector nailers.
Ryobi nail gun
Ryobi doesn’t have much outside of brad and finishing nailers. The farthest they go are 23GA pin nailers.
Better nail guns
DeWalt. They have more options.
I’m not a fan of battery-powered nail guns yet though, they are too heavy.
16. Bench grinders
DeWalt bench grinders
DeWalt mainly has the DW756 6” bench grinder and the DW758 8” bench grinder which are both pretty rugged and accurate tools.
These are built to last and feature cast iron bases and motor housings for even more longevity.
Ryobi bench grinders
Ryobi has its BG612G 6” bench grinder which operates similarly to DeWalt’s 6” grinder.
The main distinction the BG612 has is the built-in LED lighting for improved visibility and a heavy gauge steel base for improved stability.
For stationary grinding
Ryobi for shop use. Anything greater that’s when you get the DeWalt 8”.
DeWalt has a long list of air compressors, from small, 1 gallon trim compressors, to site-ready 120 gallon electric air compressors.
They have pretty much all compressor types and sizes for personal, shop, and even construction use.
Ryobi has only the P739 1-gallon electric air compressor. It’s a handy and very portable 14lb unit with a max pressure of 120psi.
It’s ideal for small projects and makes for a handy air compressor should you need one.
Which one makes better air compressors?
DeWalt. You have way more options and their models offer more versatility.
18. Reciprocating saw
DeWalt reciprocating saws
DeWalt has a range of highly capable corded and cordless saws with varying outputs to meet exact project needs.
Whether it’s a small, home improvement project or a complete demolition, you have the freedom to pick from 12 – 20v units from various tool lines.
Ryobi reciprocating saws
Ryobi has a smaller pool of saws, with the addition of a compact, one-handed brushless model.
Their models are a bit smaller and built for convenience and lighter applications.
For medium to heavy demolition cutting
DeWalt for medium-heavy demolition applications. Ryobi for crafts and small removal work.
19. Leaf blower
DeWalt leaf blowers
They have multiple models that you can sift through. While they mostly do the same thing, their large variation means more features and performance options, making them more attractive to garden professionals.
Ryobi leaf blowers
Ryobi has less variation, but the design and performance of their models actually make them rather suitable for the task.
Who makes better leaf blowers?
Ryobi actually suffices here. You don’t need the most premium tools to blow away piles of leaves.
20. String trimmers
DeWalt string trimmers
DeWalt has 13 – 17” string trimmers, with some models even being cordless. They even have models that fold for increased portability and storage.
They have some heavy hitters such as their 27 cc curved and straight shaft gas string trimmers.
Ryobi string trimmers
Ryobi has smaller trimmers, some only at 12”, but their compact size makes them easier to handle.
Surprisingly, they have a lot of combo kits, and their individual models also double as edgers.
Who makes better string trimmers?
Ryobi. They have more than enough performance and kit combinations.
21. Cordless chainsaws
DeWalt cordless chainsaws
DeWalt has an impressive variety of cordless chainsaws. Some models even have longer up-time thanks to brushless motors.
They have models ranging between 12 – 18” bars with handy features to take on most kinds of wood.
Ryobi cordless chainsaws
Ryobi has more compact chainsaws, with some having only 8” bars. Fortunately, their larger 18” model is also a brushless one, combining efficiency and performance.
Their smaller chainsaws are better for smaller and lighter wood.
Who makes stronger cordless chainsaws?
Get DeWalt for general and all-around use. They have chainsaws for almost any wood cutting task.
22. Orbital sander
DeWalt orbital sanders
DeWalt has numerous 5” single or variable speed random orbit sanders. Some even come in combo kits.
While these are certainly capable, most, if not all, are corded.
Ryobi orbital sanders
Ryobi has one cordless and one corded model. They’re mainly identical in appearance and performance, with the cordless model leading slightly ahead in terms of convenience and maneuverability.
Better orbital sanders
Get a DeWalt for shop and consistent use. Get a Ryobi cordless if you’re a mobile worker.
23. Belt sanders
DeWalt belt sanders
DeWalt surprisingly has a limited stock and has discontinued their belt sanders. They did have a compact model, 1010W model, and a 75mm model.
I’m guessing the belt would stay aligned. This problem actually exists with many branded belt sanders still on the market. Dewalt effectively protecting their reputation here.
Ryobi belt sanders
Ryobi has 2 cordless belt sanders, with their ½” x 18” model sporting a file-type sanding face which is good for getting into tight spaces.
They also have a 4” x 36” belt/disc sander which has good dual-functionality.
Better belt sanders
I would look elsewhere when it comes to a belt sander.
24. Jobsite radios
DeWalt jobsite radios
DeWalt is actually known for its crisp and loud job site radios. Their radio designs are compact and robust, able to take on the stresses of a busy worksite.
Most of their models are modernized – Bluetooth capable and double as chargers.
Ryobi jobsite radios
Ryobi only has its P742 ONE+ compact Bluetooth radio. It’s rather small and has an effective range of up to 30 feet.
Actually looks more like a giant walkie-talkie than a radio “don’t ya think?”
Who makes better jobsite radios?
DeWalt. Tried and tested.
Which is best for DIYers?
Ryobi was introduced with the intent of giving homeowners a more targeted and accessible tool line, making it perfect for DIYers.
Ryobi’s focus on convenience and ergonomics makes its tools more suitable for lighter applications and home use.
Which is best for professionals?
There’s no mistaking the DeWalt is up there with the other big contenders in the tool industry. They certainly have the experience and reputation to be a renowned name amongst professionals.
The performance and longevity of their tools certainly speak for themselves.
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