The cordless drill/driver space is extremely crowded. From professional and prosumer models to those targeting the average consumer, there are probably 100+ to choose from. And if you aren’t loyal to a single brand, that’s a lot to consider.
RYOBI sits somewhere in the middle—building quality tools with pro features but designed for the average Joe. Their latest entry into the cordless driver arena is no different. It’s the RYOBI 18v ONE+ QuiestStrike Pulse Driver ($79, Bare) and it packs an affordable punch for the DIYer.
The QuietStrike Pulse isn’t an impact driver or a drill, but somewhere in between the two. For one, it’s bigger than most professional-level cordless impact drivers and is variable speed. It also produces half the noise of an impact driver, according to RYOBI and based on our minimal time with the tool at our local Home Depot. At 3200 max RPM and 2200 IPM, it’s faster than many cordless drills but not as powerful as other impact drivers.
Given its price-point, the QuietStrike is packed with features, including shadow-eliminating tri-beam LED work lights on the front of the driver, an integrated belt clip, a magnetic bit/fastener tray, an auto-load chuck for one-handed bit loading and ejecting, and the GripZone over-molded rubber grip.
Of course, the QuietStrike runs on the ONE+ system, which enables over 70 RYOBI cordless tools to run on the same battery platform. Platforms like ONE+ make brand loyalty—and therefore tool purchasing decisions—much easier, since you only need a few batteries to power all of your tools.
Overall—and again with our limited in-store time with the tool—the RYOBI QuietStrike Pulse Diver is certainly a tool worth considering for jobs that require more power than what is typically available with most cordless drills today, but not the full power of a pro-level impact driver. And if you’re already using the ONE+ system, this is a no-brainer at under $100.
Here’s a promo video walkthrough of the QuietStrike from RYOBI: