How good is the Ryobi ONE+ Cordless Impact Driver? I test it to find out

The Ryobi ONE+ Cordless Impact Driver brings more power and torque than your average cordless drill. But do you need it as well? Yes you do

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Homebuilding Verdict

If you're on the lookout for a solid, straightforward impact driver then the Ryobi ONE+ Cordless Impact Driver is definitely one for your wish list. It has decent battery life, offers plenty of torque for DIY tasks that your cordless drill struggles with. Ideal for powering in large screws and bolts without any trouble.


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    More torque than a drill

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    Doesn’t struggle with DIY tasks

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    Decent battery life

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    Easy to control variable speed trigger


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    Screwdriver bit didn’t last long

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    Light could have been better

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The Ryobi ONE+ Cordless Impact Driver is a power tool that can tackle a host of tough DIY jobs. But, you probably already own a decent cordless drill so why do you need an impact driver as well?

On the surface impact drivers bear a striking resemblance to the best cordless drills, but a few subtle differences set them apart from your everyday drill. The body is typically slightly smaller, but the most noticeable change is the chuck. It’s smaller, being 6.35mm in size meaning it can only accommodate one size bit. But, don't panic, it can take on screwdriver bits, drill bits and with the help of an adaptor, different size sockets. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.