When listing the pros and cons slot of both Ryobi and Husqvarna chainsaws, True Tool Reviews names the higher cost of Husqvarna as one of its biggest cons. The publication isn’t wrong, either — the most expensive chainsaw made by Ryobi (the 40V 20-inch model) is $299, while the priciest option from Husqvarna (the 540i XP) is just a penny shy of $1,000. However, there are more affordable models by Husqvarna that are still pretty powerful.
Popular Mechanics, which tested several electric chainsaws by cutting a truckload of 6-inch hardwood logs, found that the Husqvarna Power Axe 350i was a good deal at $449, considering its high performance for a 40V tool. That’s still pricier than the most expensive Ryobi model, however, so the latter clearly has the edge if you don’t want to break the bank for an electric chainsaw.
Ryobi chainsaws come with a five-year warranty, as well — so even if you invest a significant chunk of change into a new chainsaw, you can worry less about losing money if it breaks down on you. Also included when purchasing an electric chainsaw from Ryobi is a three-year warranty on its proprietary battery, which you’ll need to power the tool.
Husqvarna, however, only offers a two-year warranty on its tools and batteries, giving the advantage in this case to Ryobi. All in all, if saving money is a more important factor than power, performance, handling, or convenience when choosing the right electric chainsaw for you, you’ll have good reason to go with Ryobi.