Here’s The Best Jobsite Radio

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Best Ryobi Radio For Around The Garage and Jobsite

Best Ryobi Jobsite Radio

Introducing The Ryobi P742 Radio With Bluetooth For Around The Jobsite

This (and the Porter Cable) are the only models featured on this website that have Bluetooth out of the box and also a radio. All the others seem to need adaptors or are only speakers (no radio).  The Bluetooth speakers from Milwaukee and DeWalt don’t have the radio.

The Ryobi radio also charges your phone via USB and is very easy to use and connect via Bluetooth to play Pandora, music or whatever you choose.

Technically this is the most affordable jobsite radio – even though I rate the Makita as the best affordable unit. If you have a lot of Ryobi tools, and all you want is a simple radio and Bluetooth speaker for use in a garage or small jobsite area then this a great affordable option.


1. Very Light and Compact

Sometimes you don’t need huge sound and price tag. This is a little radio with a little price tag with a huge number of features. It’s only 1.4 pounds without the battery and you will get 8 hours of music on 1 charge. All this for a price tag well below the other units with the similar features. It will easily fit in your tool box at the end of the day.

2. Very Affordable

Whether you asked for this as a gift or just want a new radio you will be happy to hear this radio is only $50 – 70 depending if you buy online or at Home Depot.

3. Charges Phone

Since you will most likely be streaming through the Bluetooth for most of the day you will love the fact that the USB is built in so you can always come back to a fully charged phone. This is a lifesaver as we all know how often you forget to charge the phone and show up with it at 25%.

4. Bluetooth and Radio For Around $50 – 70

You’ll see Bluetooth speakers for around the same price and this one has USB charging and also the radio. Not bad. And if you already own Ryobi cordless tools this really is a must-have addition to the kit.


Check out the Tools in Action team play around with this radio in their workshop:

Notice how they mention that when you wrap your hand around the antenna the radio drops out a bit? I’m curious, doesn’t that happen with quite a few radios that are less than $70…

Wrap Up

The Ryobi is an affordable radio that is small and chalk full of value adding features. It is a Bluetooth speaker and radio that is lightweight and compact. Some say it doesn’t have the bumping sound of other boomboxes but Ryobi clearly wasn’t going for that.

So if you’re in the market for a big boombox type radio check out Bosch or Ridgid or DeWalt models.

Otherwise why not check out the deal they have going for the next few weeks since it’s coming into heavy-duty sales season:


  1. Ryobi listing for the P742 radio was used to read the User Manual’s, FAQs and parts list.
  2. Head back to the Job site radio homepage.