Both Ridgid and Ryobi are well-known power tool brands used by tens of thousands of handymen all over the world. That said, there are considerable differences between them that could sway you in either direction depending on your situation.
In this article, I will take a closer look at the history, quality, as well as product portfolios of the two brands to help you choose the right one for you.
A Brief History of Ridgid and Ryobi
Ryobi began as Ryobi Seisakusho Co. Ltd. 1943 in Japan. By 1961, the company started manufacturing offset printing presses. The production of power tools began in 1968. The company was renamed to Ryobi in 1973.
Ridgid, on the other hand, is even older than Ryobi. Founded in 1923 in North Ridgeville, Ohio, the Ridgid Tool Company manufactured Ridgid hand tools, which became popular because of their durability and ease of use. The company moved to Elyria, Ohio, in 1943, and became a subsidiary of Emerson Electric in 1966.
Ryobi runs 12 manufacturing facilities across six countries, and launched production in Shelbyville, Indiana, in 1985. Ryobi power tools are manufactured by Techtronic Industries which is headquartered in Hong Kong.
Interestingly, the same company also manufactures tools for Ridgid, as well as Milwaukee, Dirt Devil, and Vax. Ryobi power tools are mainly sold through Home Depot and online in the United States and Canada.
Ridgid vs. Ryobi: Which Offers Better Quality?
Both Ryobi and Ridgid offer quality products, with Ridgid being an established name in hand tools, but a relative newcomer to manufacturing power tools. In general, red Ridgid tools are made by Emerson in the US and orange Ridgid tools are manufactured by TTI in China.
Ridgid, and particularly its red US-made tools, have a strong reputation amongst professionals.
On the other hand, Ryobi has built a reputation as an affordable tool brand targeting DIYers, homeowners, and enthusiasts. While many professionals use Ryobi tools, some refuse to use it due to their perception of it being a DIY tool brand.
While it is true that Ryobi is more of a consumer brand, it can also be used by pros. Ryobi’s 18V One+ cordless power tool lineup has a selection of tools that work well for even tougher jobs.
Which Offers a Better Warranty?
The warranty provided by the manufacturer can be an important factor in your purchase. Ridgid products come with a three-year limited manufacturer warranty. Ridgid also offers an industry-leading Lifetime Service Agreement for its power tools as part of a promotional program.
Eligible categories for the Ridgid LSA include Ridgid brand cordless power tools, corded power tools, tile saws, bench and stationary power tools, and pneumatic products. If your tool is registered within 90 days, the Lifetime Service Agreement gives, under certain conditions, you free parts, free service, and free batteries for life.
The warranty covers parts such as chucks, motors, switches, gears, batteries, and even O-rings, piston stops, and driver blades. Getting these parts replaced is as simple as calling their dedicated helpline and registering a service request.
You can also get your power tools repaired or serviced at the nearest service center which can be located online.
While Ryobi offers the industry-standard three-year limited warranty on all power tools, it also has a 90-day exchange policy for peace of mind. To get your tool repaired, you must return the power tool to an Authorized Service Center.
When requesting warranty service, you must also present proof of purchase documentation, which includes the date of purchase.
Ryobi will repair any faulty workmanship, and either repair or replace any defective part within 90 days or less.
Overall, while both manufacturers offer decent warranties, Ridgid’s Lifetime Service Agreement makes it a no-brainer if your products can qualify for the promotion. If anything fails or breaks down in the future, you can rest assured that the company will take care of the problem.
Ridgid vs. Ryobi: Which Has a Better Product Portfolio?
Ryobi has a large product portfolio of 18V ONE+ power tools and accessories. Its catalog consisting of hundreds of power tools such as drills, blowers, foggers, drivers, work lights, and more.
The company has 13 drivers and drills which can be purchased as combo kits as well. It also offers plumbing, woodworking, chemical sprayers, vacuums, gardening equipment, and chemical sprayers.
Ryobi’s 40V product line may not be as extensive as its 18V One+ line, but it includes lawnmowers, pole saws, chain saws, leaf mulchers and several other gardening related equipment.
On the other hand, Ridgid has a variety of almost over thirty different 18V power tools, including wet/dry vacuums, nailers, grinders, circular saws, impact drivers, rotary hammers, blowers, radios, and fans.
Ridgid’s catalog is smaller than Ryobi’s, giving Ryobi a significant edge in terms of variety and options.
Which Brand Offers a Better Selection of Cordless Tools?
Ridgid has a large offering of cordless power tools, including more than forty different 18V cordless tools. These include saws, drills, impact drivers, angle grinders, routers, vacuums, rotary hammers, and several other power tools.
Meanwhile, Ryobi has an extensive product portfolio with an even larger number of cordless tools, edging out Ridgid in this category.
Which of the Two Brands Should You Choose?
If you are starting out as a DIYer, woodworker, hobbyist, or need some tools for jobs around the house, Ryobi is a great choice. If you decide to only buy Ryobi products, you’ll find pretty much everything you need for any DIY job you can conceive.
On the other hand, if you’re a professional looking for a set of tools that will last you a long time and give a trouble-free performance, definitely go with Ridgid. That’s especially the case if the tools you buy are covered under the Lifetime Service Agreement.
As you can see above, you can’t go wrong by choosing either brand. They both make quality products more than adequate for their price and they offer great selection of tools ranging from drills through sanders and grinders all the way to lawnmowers in Ryobi’s case.
With that, your ultimate choice will come down to your budget as well as overall personal preference.