These Ryobi Power Tools Will Have You Rethinking Your Hand Tool Setup

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With power tools becoming more efficient and affordable, there's no time like the present to replace the items you have for their motorized equivalents. Battery technology has advanced enough to allow even larger pieces of equipment to become cordless, such as circular saws and lawn mowers, while cordless products that have been available for a while— like drills and impact wrenches — are better than ever. If you've still got a garage full of hand tools, it may be time to upgrade. The time and effort you save by using power tools can make you more productive and able to accomplish more tasks in both your professional life or downtime, whether you're making much-needed repairs or working on fun DIY projects.

Ryobi sells hand tools that are worth your investment, but the brand also has a wide range of power tools that you can add to your tool kit. Based on positive reviews from reputable publications that have field-tested them, here are some Ryobi power tools that will have you rethinking your hand tool setup. More information on how these items were evaluated can be found at the end of this list.

4V Cordless Screwdriver

A screwdriver is one of the most basic hand tools you can keep in your home. In fact, it's likely you have at least one in a junk drawer that's not even with your standard tool kit. While a screwdriver is infinitely useful for both small and large tasks around the house, that doesn't mean it can't be improved upon. An electric upgrade doesn't reinvent the screwdriver — it just takes the manual effort out of using one, which is really all a good power tool needs to do.

Ryobi's 4V Cordless Screwdriver is a simple, straightforward power tool that does just that. Included with the tool are two drill bits, and its slim, compact design makes it not much larger than a manual screwdriver. That means you can use it in most places where you can use a hand tool, but won't have to worry about requiring leverage or needing room to twist your wrist. With just the push of a button, it will do all the actual rotating for you. Plus, you can bring it with you pretty much anywhere, since its battery charges with a simple micro-USB cable. You won't need to buy any expensive proprietary battery packs or chargers for this particular Ryobi tool.

After field testing the product, House Digest gave Ryobi's electric screwdriver a positive review, praising its comfortable grip. It did note the tool's notable lack of extra features, though — so don't expect any bells or whistles. However, with its simplicity comes affordability, and you don't find many quality electric screwdrivers at such a low price point. The Ryobi 4V Cordless Screwdriver is available from Home Depot for about $25.