Ryobi Lithium One+ 18v Hybrid Trimmer vs Gas/Electric Trimmers

Ryobi Lithium One+ 18v Hybrid Trimmer

If you are like me, you may be wondering what the major differences are between Electric, Gas, and Battery charged trimmers. A few years ago we took the leap and went ahead and bought a Ryobi Lithium Trimmer with the rechargeable 18v Ryobi battery. The idea of being able to use the battery interchangeably with other Ryobi tools was too intriguing to pass up. So, I thought I would do a review here on my website, and let you know how it is working out for us, and how the Ryobi Lithium One+ 18v Hybrid Trimmer stands up vs Gas and Electric weed whackers.

Electric TrimmersExtension Cord

Most of my life I have used a corded electric grass trimmer (or weed whacker or weed eater, as I grew up calling them). They work well, but as many of you may know, there is one giant disadvantage to an electric trimmer– the cord. Man, what a hassle that can be. Always seems like there is not enough slack, or if I’m lucky, too much cord that’s laying in your way all over the place. Plus, you need an outlet, which is not always available. I’ve lived in houses that couldn’t handle the draw from the trimmer, and it kept tripping the breaker. I have also lived in houses that didn’t even have an outside outlet (which is a real bummer when Christmas rolls around).

Gas Trimmers

I never really liked using the gas alternative, because, well, you need gas. I have enough things to worry about. The last gas one we had needed to have some perfect mixture of gas and oil…way too complicated. When I feel like whacking some weeds (or grass) I just want to do it. Not figure out which red container has the right fuel in it, or have to run to to the gas station to re-up. Again, these trimmers generally have a lot of power, but they are very loud, dirty, and of course you need gas.Gas Can

Another thing I should mention is the constant issues with the actual string that cuts the grass I have had with every trimmer I have ever had before the Ryobi. For some reason, they have always snapped off right at the hole, which sucks it back in, and requires you to open the thing up to fix it. And, of course, when you do this the whole thing wants to unravel, or you can’t get it strung back through…so annoying! Spolier alert- The ryobi has never done this to me once. It works just like I always imagined they should work. It slowly, automatically releases the string, as needed, without you even knowing about it. Then a several weeks or months later (depending on how often you use it), it is done, and you replace the spool. Now, how awesome is that?!! It’s like a magical dream lol.

Ryobi Lithium One+ 18v Hybrid Trimmer

Ok, so, I have to say, I was a little bit skeptical about this trimmer initially. It seemed pretty obvious to me that a battery would not be as powerful as an gas or electric motor. The real question was though, how much less power is it, and does it make a difference to me? Is it worth the light weight, much quieter, instantly usable convenience of a battery powered trimmer? In a word, the answer is YES!

Lightweight and Simple

I freaking love this thing! I am so glad we bought it. This is the best trimmer I have ever owned. I use it so much more often than I ever used our electric or gas trimmers of the past. I used to hate dragging out our old one. This one is so great. I just grab the battery off the charger snap it in an go to it. I can start on one area and then decide to go to another and back again if I want…with no cord issues! That may sound like a crazy person doing their lawn, but believe me it happens.Cordless Trimmer and Edger

If you have a massive lawn that you let get way over grown, you probably want to stick with one of the super duper gas guys. But for regular everyday up keep in a regular yard, this thing works great. Like I mentioned before, I use the Ryobi trimmer whenever I see any little area I want to fix up. With the old monster trimmer, I dreaded dealing with that thing so much I would let things get out of control way too often. That isn’t a problem anymore, and I am very happy about it.

One other thing that I like about this new trimmer is that, as it is battery powered, it doesn’t run forever. I happen to have chronic tennis elbow. So, even though this is the lightest weed eater ever, my arm still starts to hurt after a while. But, conveniently, it just so happens that right when my arm is about to fall off, the battery runs out. Giving me a much needed break without making me feel like a wimpy quitter. Then I can just put the battery back in the charger, work on something else for about an hour, and then finish up any trimming I didn’t get done. Generally, this doesn’t happen because I keep up on the yard work pretty well, and the battery lasts till I’m done. But when it has been a couple weeks and there is more than usual to get done, I welcome the excuse to put it down for a few minutes.

Trimming and Edging

Another really awesome advantage to this trimmer is that it easily becomes an edger! To be honest, I have never really owned an edger…well I had the push-rolly kind at one point, but never a power version. I love it. I can’t believe we didn’t have one. It makes things look so much better. Can’t think about what my grass must have looked like before I got the Ryobi Hybrid…sorry neighbors. At least it looks good now!

It is really easy you just twist this knob thing that goes around the handle, and BAM it’s an edger! You can use it for two seconds and switch it right back too, it’s that easy. It also has a really great safety shield. I almost always do my yard work in sandals, and I have never once been worried about hitting my toes with this trimmer, unlike other super scary ones I have used in the past.


Another big plus about this trimmer/edger is that it is so affordable. Once you have the battery, you can add new tools to your collection whenever you want, because the battery is interchangeable with other Ryobi power tools.

 The 18v Battery Advantage

The big selling point on this trimmer for the manufacturer is that the battery is interchangeable with other tools in the Ryobi family. That is what got us to buy it. That being said, I haven’t yet bought all the other tools. I really want to get the hedge trimmer. That is next on my list. It is funny that the many uses for the battery is what convinced me to buy the trimmer, but the trimmer itself is enough reason. There are very few purchases I have made in life that I have been as happy with as this trimmer.

My neighbor has the blower. He pulled it out a couple Halloweens ago and helped us clean up before the trick or treaters arrived. It worked really well for cleaning up our driveways and the street. One major thing that stood out to me is that it was super quiet compared to traditional blowers. It was also very lightweight and easy to use.


To recap, here are some of the key reasons why I totally recommend the

Ryobi Lithium One+ 18v Hybrid Trimmer:

  • It is very lightweight
  • No Cord
  • No Gas
  • Does everything I need it to do
  • Easily switches back and forth from Trimmer to Edger
  • String does not get chopped off, automatically comes out the way it should
  • String is easy to replace
  • Great Safety Guard
  • And…I like the color : )
  • Battery works for any compatible Ryobi power tool

I found this video on youtube and I thought I would share it with you. It is a bit long, but it is funny and really shows the woes of a gas trimmer…

Well, I hope that gave you all the information you need about the Ryobi Trimmer. I really love mine. I am not exaggerating. You should totally check it out and try one for yourself! We have had ours now for at least 5 years, and it is still going strong. It is literally the best yard tool I have ever purchased, by far.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave a comment and I will get back to asap!

Update March 29, 2022

We just bought a new Ryobi 18v Blower to join our family of yard tools! I will be posting a review about it very soon. Stay tuned!

Don’t forget to check out my Hot Sauce reviews too




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12 Comments on “Ryobi Lithium One+ 18v Hybrid Trimmer vs Gas/Electric Trimmers”

  1. I am letting my husband know about this article. Since it’s is his job to do the yard work. I am sure he will appreciate your information on electric and gas grass trimmers. Thank you for sharing this information.

    Be Blessed

    1. My pleasure! Hope your husband appreciates the input 🙂 Thanks for reading. If you have any questions after talking to your husband let me know.

  2. Hi Jamie, I love to do yard work, but alas, I have the same problem as you, tennis elbow! Using the hedgers or edging or weed whacking really does hurt my elbow. It puts undo stress on it! I really like the light weight tools. I’ll have to try this battery operated one. How long does the battery last? Did you buy two, so one can be charging and you can be using one? Usually battery operated tools aren’t as powerful. It sounds like this one is though! I’ll give it a go!

    1. Hello! The battery lasts about 20-30 minutes most of the time. If you are cutting through really thick stuff, it can be more like 15 minutes. We only have the one battery for it, but I haven’t felt the need to have another one. Usually I trim the front and side yard, then put it back on the charger. Then I mow the front and side.

      By the time I have done that, piddled around a little, and am ready to do the backyard the battery is charged up enough for me to do the back. I like to mix up my yard chores to give my different muscles a break, so this has worked out great for me. There is always some weeds to pull, or something else to do if I need to wait for a second round of trimming. If you are person who likes to go whole hog and finish one task at a time, you may want to have two batteries to rotate. That is really personal preference I would say.

      For people like us with tennis elbow issues though, this is really the way to go! If you end up getting one, let me know what you think of it. Thanks a lot for the comments! Enjoy your future whacking!!

  3. I have used an 18V trimmer for years, it is not the Ryobi you have here very similar. I do have the blower, hedge trimmer, circular saw and drill for the same 18V battery. I have three batteries that I keep charged and just pick my tool and take off for my task.
    I have an acre yard with 700 feet of fence to trim with 14 trees in the back yard. I can trim most of this on one battery most of the time if I do it every other week, I always take an extra so I don’t have to walk back to the garage if I need an extra battery. I get about 20-30 minutes on each battery, depending on what equipment it is being used in.
    I do have a gas powered trimmer and blower that does not get much work. The big problem with the gas powered units is that after sitting all winter, they just don’t like to start. I use this trimmer for the woods most of the time.
    The 18V trimmer is much lighter and easier on my arm after trimming my yard. Having multiple tools that use the same power source is a great advantage, only needing to charge one type of battery.
    What do you think of the higher voltage units that are coming out now, do you think they are worth the extra money for a homeowner.

    1. Thanks for the input on your experience with this type of trimmer! It made me remember how difficult it was to get that gas trimmer going! I hated that! I would spend more time trying to turn the thing on than actually whacking! And I was always afraid to shut it off to do something, because then I’d have to try to start it again.

      I love that I can just stop and start as much as I want with the Ryobi trimmer.

      I looked at the higher powered batteries, but they cost a lot more, and I wasn’t willing to spend the cash at that time. I would have to check into to it more to see if they really last much longer during use. For me though, this one does the job and is totally affordable. If I had a really big area and needed a lot longer use I would consider the bigger battery. But even then I would probably just do it in sections with the 18V. I have some tennis elbow issues and don’t want to hold, even this lightweight trimmer, for super extended periods of time. I like to have fun with my yard work and not torture myself.

      Thanks a lot for you comment! Hope I answered your questions.

  4. Hey Jamie – thanks for your review! I’m in the market for a trimmer and blower too and I have been looking at the battery powered ones but just wasn’t sure…what I like about them is that they are lightweight and there’s no fuel! For a woman it’s kinda hard to get those fuel ones going and then there’s all the hassle with the actual fuel as you point out. I hadn’t read a real-person review until this post and I think you have me convinced that battery is the way to go! That’s a real bonus that I can use the same battery in hopefully a blower too – our last one was electric and because we live on a large property we had to keep unplugging the cord and running it through the window! Doesn’t make for a great experience, but the battery powered option seems super easy! Thanks again for your post.

    1. Glad I could help, and yes as a woman, I feel the Ryobi Battery powered trimmer is very much the way to go. So much easier! I used to hand the job off all the time. Now that we have this easy, light-weight trimmer I just grab it and go whenever I want. I really love it. The interchangeable battery totally has a blower option too. I haven’t tried the blower, but if you do please let me know what you think of it. Thanks!

  5. LOL this post was hilarious!! Thank you for sharing this review Jamie, I really enjoyed it haha. Just the way you talk about weed whacking makes it more fun than it is. I actually don’t like yard work but reading this review of the Ryobi Hybrid Trimmer made weed whacking actually sound like a fun chore!

    I have the dreaded gas-powered weed whacker and yes it is powerful but man, the fact that it is gas-powered requires that I need to have gas and the right amount of oil on it. I just don’t want to deal with the maintenance of it. Plus it is loud and has definitely whacked me in the leg a few times.

    This Ryobi trimmer sounds very useful! I like that it is lightweight. With my gas powered-one, I feel like I’m holding a 25 pound dumbbell for so long that my arm feels worn out after while.

    Thanks again for this review! Will definitely consider this!


    1. I am glad you enjoyed the article! I agree with your assessment of a gas powered trimmer. When we had our gas trimmer I could only use it for like 5 minutes before my hand was numb. It was terrible. Not much point to having a ton of power if I can’t hold it long enough to get the job done. Plus, it seemed we somehow never had the right gas/oil mix on hand. Super big hassle. The Ryobi One+ Battery is so the way to go for everyday home trimming. If you end up getting one please check back in and let us know what you think. Thanks!

  6. Hey Jamie – I wanted to ask, about how long does the battery last while trimming. I use a Worx trimmer but can almost make it through my entire yard (about 15 minutes of trimming). I’ve been looking at others including the one with the bigger battery, but nothing says how long they should last.

    Thanks for your insight!

    1. Great question! I haven’t actually timed it, but I would say 20-30 minutes. If you are trying to cut through thicker, over grown grass reeds it uses more energy and is probably closer to 15-20 mins. For regular edging and trimming however, I would say 25-30 mins.

      What I know for sure is that I haven’t had an issue with the battery life. I can do my whole front yard and side yard, or the garden area and back yard without it dying. I rarely feel compelled to do the front, side, garden area, and back yard all at the same time. It wouldn’t get through all of that back to back, but it charges pretty quickly. I usually just charge it half way through and work on something else before I get back to trimming. It allows me time to let my forearms rest, and it is much appreciated. I love this trimmer!

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