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Ryobi grass trimmers guide

By Adele Dyer

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Ryobi has a wide range of garden and home power tools, but are its grass trimmers worth buying? Read the Which? expert view. 

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Ryobi makes a wide range of power tools for the home and garden. We've reviewed its grass trimmers, hedge trimmers, leaf blowers, chainsaws and lawn mowers.

There are electric, cordless and petrol grass trimmers in the Ryobi range, which caters for most gardeners' price requirements.   

Ryobi is one of the many brands that now offer a single battery to power all their tools, the One+ batteries. 

We've tested a number of Ryobi's electric, cordless and petrol grass trimmers.  Take a look at our reviews of Ryobi grass trimmers to see how they matched up to other grass trimmers in our rigorous, independent tests. 

Which? verdict on Ryobi grass trimmers

We've collated all our test results of Ryobi grass trimmers plus our unique brand and reliability ratings to bring you an at-a-glance guide to Ryobi grass trimmers. 

In the table below we've outlined how many of the brand's current models are Best Buys and highlighted its overall pros and cons, to help you decide if a Ryobi grass trimmer is right for you. You can also read our expert verdict on whether we think the Ryobi brand is worth buying. 

Which? members can log in now to see the results in the table below. If you're not already a member, you can join Which? to get instant access to these results and hundreds of product reviews. 

Ryobi grass trimmers - brand data
Ryobi grass trimmers overview table
Number tested in the last 3 years 5
Number of Best Buys
Average test score
Score range
Brand reliability rating
Value for money rating
Customer score
Should I buy one?

Table notes
Table correct as at July 2018. Range of test scores and average test score based on results of all models tested April 2015-July 2018. The customer score and brand reliability ratings are based on a survey of more than 1,700 Which? members conducted in January 2018. The customer score is based on whether members would recommend the brand to a friend, and reliability is based on members' experience of that brand. 


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How much Ryobi grass trimmers cost? 

Ryobi's cheapest model is £35 for a simple electric grass trimmer with a rotating head. The highest-priced electric garden grass trimmer from Ryobi is £60. The company also have a range of heavy-duty electric grass trimmers brushcutters with a long shaft designed to cut down long grass and rough vegetation. These cost from £85. 

Ryobi petrol grass trimmers cost from £115 for a basic 26cc model and go up to around £140 for a 30cc model. 

A very basic cordless grass trimmer without a rotating head costs £55. Cordless models with more extending shafts and rotating heads start at £65, but this is without the battery and charger which will add at least £60 more. 

Choosing the best Ryobi grass trimmers

Ryobi's electric grass trimmers range from a basic model with a rotating head to an electric brushcutter type, which has a long shaft and is designed purely to cut down long grass and rough vegetation. 

Cordless grass trimmers for general garden use are powered by an 18V battery and there are some hybrid versions that can also be plugged into the mains. There is also a 36V garden trimmer which is aimed more at cutting down long grass and weeds. 

Petrol grass trimmers have two engine capacities: 26cc and 30cc. These also come as brushcutters with a triangular, metal blade.