Ryobi P731 vs. P737: Which One’s Best?

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Ryobi’s inflation devices that are part of its One+ tool world both approach their jobs in different ways. The P731 sits on the floor, connects to whatever you want to inflate and tells you via a digital readout when it’s either just above or below your target. The P737, on the other hand, is just a cylinder that connects an air compressor to a battery and is operated by pulling a trigger. Both of them are great, especially compared to the much pricier option of buying a regular air compressor. The choice of which one is best really rests with the person who wants to use it.

Ryobi P731 front view

What’s the difference between them?

Performance – No edge

Both of these units have very different strengths, and because of that, we can’t really give an edge on performance. The P737 is better at inflating items at the top range of air pressure ranges, whereas the P731 is a little more convenient. That’s because the P737 requires that you hold it and keep the trigger depressed during the entire period of operation. The P731, you can turn on and just monitor as it fills your inflatable devices with air.

Price – Edge: P737

Both of these are priced for less than it will cost to take a family of four out for dinner, which means that both are priced for everyone to own. That said, the P737 is just simply less expensive by about a third based on day-to-day shelf pricing. You might be able to find a deal whereby the P731 drops lower in price, but on an average day, you’re going to pay a little more.

Ryobi P731 side view

Durability – Edge: P731

The P737 is just a simple tool. It consists of a plastic handle that connects the battery with the air compressing unit. There’s not a lot in it that can get damaged, but it also generally operates at higher ranges of air pressure and requires that you keep the trigger depressed for as long as it takes to inflate your items. We just don’t think that has a lot of prospects for long-term durability compared to the P731, which you set up and let do its job.

Design – Edge: P731

There are good reasons to like the P737’s design. It’s handy for emergency use and especially inflating tires, which have air pressure limits to prevent damage. But, we just like the P737’s design a little more for a couple of reasons. The first is that you can just set it on the ground and walk away from it. For things that take a bit of time to inflate, this spares long minutes of annoyance waiting for it to get finished. The P731 requires that you keep the trigger pulled to keep inflating something. That means spending those long minutes of annoyance watching the analog gauge to see when you’ve hit your air pressure target.

Ryobi P737 side view

Quick Rundown of Ryobi P731:

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Great for inflating things like air mattresses and balls, the P731 can with a special adapter also inflate bicycle tires. It comes with a digital readout to let you know when you’ve hit your air pressure target, and which helps you avoid overfilling. It’ll cost a little more.

Pros
  • More affordable
  • Great for inflating tires
Cons
  • Have to keep trigger pushed to inflate
  • Analog gauge

Quick Rundown of Ryobi P737:

Largely just an air compressor mounted to a cylinder with a battery, the P737 is a perfect emergency tire inflation tool that you can toss into your trunk and is portable enough to take camping. It operates at a slightly higher air pressure range, but you do have to keep the trigger pushed during operation.

Pros
  • Better design
  • Digital readout screen
Cons
  • More expensive

Conclusion

Both of these are great inflating devices, but for different reasons. The P731 is perfect for inflating air mattresses when you’ve got company coming over, and it’ll deflate it just as quickly. The P737 is perfect for inflating car or bicycle tires and happens to be a little cheaper. If your needs are pretty light, the P731 is ideal for you, and its digital readout will help you avoid overfilling with air. If you need to inflate tires, the P737 is probably a better choice with the added advantage that it’s a bit cheaper.

About the Author Adam Harris

Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!