Ryobi RY48111 Review

38-Inch 48V 100 Ah Battery Electric Riding Lawn Mower


Final Score

3.1 / 5 from 35 users

Ryobi RY48111 | Tools Official
Ryobi RY48111 | Tools Official
Ryobi RY48111 | Tools Official


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We spent 5.2 hours reading reviews from customers and experts. In summary, here's what users think:

10 reasons to buy

  • A good number of owners liked the Ryobi RY48111’s steering and turning radius which felt like a zero-turn electric riding lawn mower.
  • Most users appreciated that the RY48111 kept the operator clean when mulching, unlike other riding mowers that can pretty much get their operators dirty when mulching.
  • Many people liked that the mower’s power which made traversing small ditches easy.
  • The Ryobi RY48111 model is equipped with LED headlights for easy night time mowing.
  • The RY48111 can mow in reverse with just a press of a button.
  • Many owners noted that this Ryobi model had very good build quality.
  • Some buyers commented that the mower is fast compared to other riding mowers.
  • A large number of users found the mower very easy for routine maintenance.
  • The Ryobi RY48111 operates quietly, allowing users to mow without disturbing the neighbors.
  • A few reviews mentioned that the Ryobi RY48111 also had a battery gauge feature that they found useful for indicating the state of charge and operating duration of the mower.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Many owners found that the Ryobi RY48111’s seat lacked suspension which caused riding it to be very bumpy.
  • Some people remarked that the mower does not cut as well as a gas-powered riding mower and tall grass required the operator to slow the mower down to prevent the motor from stopping.
  • A user complained that going backward can be jerky.
  • At least one purchaser mentioned that the forward/reverse button is located near the blade disengage switch and it is difficult to toggle without looking down at the board.

Bottom Line

A vast majority of reviewers found the Ryobi RY48111 a good choice for an electric riding mower. It delighted many users with its excellent steering and turning radius which most even compared to a zero-turn mower. The mower’s various features made it easy to use and maintain. On the downside, the RY48111 expectedly lacked the power of its gas-powered counterpart and had opportunities in riding comfort. But overall, the Ryobi RY48111 is a good choice if you’re a person looking to do away with the hassles of maintaining a gas-powered mower and have a relatively flat yard.


Cutting Width (in)38 inch
FeaturesMulching, Bagging, Side Discharge
Max Cutting Height4-1/2"
Min Cutting Height1-1/2"
Power SourceBattery
CategoryRiding Mowers
Warranty3 Years
Weight595 Pounds
Additional Info3 Brushless Motors, Quiet Cutting, LED Headlights, USB Phone Charger, Cruise Control, Cup Holder, Cellphone Holder, Adjustable Seat, Mulch & Bag Kit Sold Separately

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Tips for Ryobi RY48111 Electric Riding Mower

  • The Ryobi RY48111’s blades are thinner than normal and are optimized for an electric riding mower. The blades bend when it hits an object to protect the motor from breaking. It is recommended to have replacement blades available just in case.
  • It is recommended to use a blower when cleaning the mower and avoid hosing it down with water.

Special Features

  • Eco-Friendly Operation: No gas needed. This means no fumes and it's better for the environment.
  • Extended Runtime: Mows for 2.5 hours straight. Good for big lawns, up to 2.5 acres.
  • Efficient Charging: Just plug it into a regular wall outlet to charge.
  • Brushless Motors: These special motors make the mower powerful and last longer.
  • Quiet Cutting Technology: It's super quiet, won't bug your neighbors.
  • Adjustable Cutting Deck: The 38-inch 2-blade deck can be set to 12 different heights for the perfect lawn cut.
  • Extra Features: Comes with bright LED lights for night mowing, a spot to charge your phone, and cruise control for easy driving.
  • Right Size for Lawns: Not too big or small, perfect for most yards.
  • Comfortable to Use: Designed to be easy and comfy to mow with.


  • Q:

    Can the Ryobi RY48111 fit thru a 48” wide gate?

  • A:

    Yes it can. The mower’s assemble width is only 38.5”.

  • Q:

    Does the mower have a hitch attachment?

  • A:

    Yes, the mower has a built-in rear hitch attachment.

  • Q:

    Can the mower go uphill?

  • A:

    Yes, the mower can go up slopes with up to a 15-degree incline.

  • Q:

    What is the mower’s dimensions when fully assembled?

  • A:

    The mower’s fully assembled dimension is 63 inches x 46 inches x 38.5 inches.

  • Q:

    How long does a Ryobi RY48111 battery last?

  • A:

    It lasts 2.5 hours per charge, which is around 2.5 acres.

  • Q:

    Can I use RYOBI lawn mower on wet grass?

  • A:

    No, since it is a battery powered electric lawn mower, make sure it doesn't get wet.

  • Q:

    Where is the Ryobi RY48111 made?

  • A:

    It is made in the USA.

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