Garrett Ace 250 Metal Detector

My Metal Detector Review:

Garrett ACE 250 High Performance Metal Detector

Selecting A Metal Detector

I don’t know if looking for coins with a metal detector has been named an official sport, but if it hasn’t, it should be!   What great fun!!!  I can still remember the first time I was introduced to looking for coins.  I was probably about 6 or 7 years old and was playing out in our front yard.  Two young men were mowing our neighbors yard; and looking for something to do, I wandered over to them and asked them how much they were getting paid to mow the lawn.   One of them responded that they weren’t getting paid anything but that they could keep any money they found while doing the mowing.   I’m sure I showed my surprise and about that time the young man that was mowing behind me (and I’m sure listening to our conversation) yelled out “I found another quarter” and reached down in the grass and picked up a quarter (which I am sure he dropped while I was talking to the other guy).   I thought to myself “This is great!  Money just lying around in the grass, and I can buy a popsicle for 7 cents from the ice cream truck when it comes by.”  I spent the rest of that afternoon looking around our yard for coins.  Needless to say, I didn’t find any but never the less was hooked forever on looking for lost coins!  When they came out with metal detectors that just made looking for lost coins that much easier.

Once you decide to buy a metal detector and start looking around, you’ll find that there are a surprisingly large number of metal detectors to choose from and that they run the range from the very expensive ($1,500 plus) to the inexpensive (less than $75).   So how do you decide which metal detector to buy?  All of them claim to be able to detect metal and do the job!

After researching what information I could find on metal detectors and the comments that other purchasers of metal detectors had made, I came up with the features that I wanted in my metal detector.  After looking at the different metal detectors and comparing them to the features I wanted, I ended up buying a Garrett Ace 250 High Performance Metal Detector.  And it has been a great buy!  It works very well, and I have found that the more I use it, the better I have become at identifying coins from other metals.   Most of the coins I have found in my yard have been of recent mintage but I have also found some from as far back as the 1950’s.   Not to mention the small metal cars and figures that the kids played with years ago which bring back a host of memories.

(Note: To make your “treasure” finding even easier, I also recommend that you get a Garrett Pro-Pointer.  Once your Garrett ACE 250 (or other metal detector) has located a metal object, you can use the Garrett Pro-Pointer to pinpoint exactly where the coin, ring, relic, etc… is specifically located.  The Pro-Pointer cuts down on your digging time and allows you to move on more quickly to find other items. It comes with a holster that you can wear on your belt so the Pro-Pointer is readily able for your to grab.  The Pro-Pointer costs about $130 but is definitely worth it.  Click here for more information on the Garrett Pro-Pointer.)

Features I Wanted In My Metal Detector

  • Could Do The Job
  • Was Light Weight
  • Had To Have An Arm Rest
  • Had A Depth Gauge
  • Was  Not Too Expensive And Not Too Cheap
  • Was Not A Single Piece But Was Easy To Assemble

1. Could Do The Job – If your metal detector doesn’t work, nothing else matters.  (Based on my own personal experience, the Garrett Ace 250 works very well.  It has five different modes (coins, relics, all-metal, jewelry, and a custom mode you can program yourself) to help you look for specific types of metal items, and also has a sensitivity gauge to help you pinpoint exactly where the metal object is located.  The mode selection and sensitivity features are worth their weight in gold as they save you a lot of unnecessary digging.)   Feature: Yes

2.  Was Light Weight – I didn’t want something that I was doing for fun to turn into a chore because I was having to lug around a heavy metal detector. (The Garrett Ace 250 only weighs 2.7 lbs.  Enough said!)   Feature: Yes

3.  Had To Have An Arm Rest – After you have used a metal detector for about 30 minutes, it is easy to see why this feature is very important to the user.  Having an arm rest to help support and move the metal detector really makes your looking for coins much more enjoyable.  It is so important that it now pretty much standard on all metal detectors (The Garrett Ace 250 has a very comfortable (hard plastic structure with rubber insert inside) arm rest which allows you to grip the metal detector with your hand and supports your forearm about half way between your wrist and your elbow.  The arm rest also comes with a velcro strap that you can use to secure your arm to the arm rest.)  Feature: Yes

4.  Had a Depth Gauge – I didn’t want to spend my time looking for a metal object at a two inch depth when it was in fact buried 8 inches underground.  The Garrett Ace 250 has a depth gauge ( 2″, 4″, 6″, and 8+”) which helps you locate metal objects.  And I have found it to be very accurate.  On one occasion my Garrett Ace 250 metal detector showed a quarter at about 4″ but when I dug down and couldn’t locate the quarter, I was sure that the depth gauge was wrong.  But a little closer look at the soil I had removed showed the quarter to be exactly where the Garrett 250 had said it was.)    Feature: Yes

5.  Was Not Too Expensive And Not Too Cheap – I had decided when I first started looking for a metal detector that I could not afford (nor really needed) one of the expensive metal detectors.  At the same time, experience in buying other tools and items had taught me that you usually get what you pay for so I didn’t want to take a chance on one of the cheap metal detectors either.  (The Garrett Ace 250, which I finally decided on, falls in that category, and I have found it to be a super buy – just a little money for hours of fun in finding coins and other objects. Although I must admit my wife has expressed concern at times about the small holes I have dug in our yard.)  Feature: Yes

6.  Was Not A Single Piece But Was Easy To Assemble – I knew that on occasion I would be transporting my metal detector in my car so I didn’t want a metal detector that was a single piece construction – finding space for a 4-5′ long tool in the trunk of a car loaded with other things can sometimes be difficult.   At the same time, I didn’t want a multi-part metal detector that was difficult for me to assemble either.    (The Garrett Ace 250 solved both of these concerns.  It comes in four pieces (three pole pieces that snap together and a coil piece that attaches to the bottom pole piece with a hand tightening plastic nut and bolt.)  It only takes me about 2-3 minutes to put the Garrett 250 together Feature: Yes

Other Nice Features that I Like on the Garrett Ace 250

  • The Garrett Ace 250 is powered by just 4 AA batteries.  These batteries keep the Garrett powered for a long time, and the Garrett 250 allows you to change out the old batteries with new batteries very easily (just push open the case, remove the old batteries, put in your new batteries and snap shut the case.)
  • The Garrett Ace 250 allows you to adjust the length of the metal detector so you can lengthen or shorten the metal detector’s pole to the position where it is most comfortable for you to use.
  • The Garrett Ace 250 comes with a very easy to read and follow Owner’s Manual.  I strongly suggest that you take the time to sit down and read the manual.  It doesn’t take long to read it and it is loaded with helpful information.
  • The Garrett Ace 250 comes with a 24 month warranty just in case some problem with your metal detector should develop.

Customer Feedback

The Garrett Ace 250 was rated 4-1/2 out of 5 stars on the Amazon website by customers who had bought and used it.  Most customers were extremely pleased with their purchase.  Examples of the positive comments included:

“It lives up to its recommendations … It is fun along with great exercise and easy to use.”

“I bought the Garrett Ace 250 and it is superb for the price.”

“I did a lot of research on Amazon and elsewhere for metal detectors …The Garrett Ace 250 metal detector is just what we were looking for.”

“I highly recommend this item especially for the new explorer.”

“Lots of cool things out there, just learn the tool and you will be really happy.  I love mine and use it every day.”

“Very easy to set up and use.  We love it!  Well worth the money for us beginners!”

Where Can I Purchase the Garrett Ace 250 Metal Detector?

You can purchase the Garrett Ace 250 on Amazon. I purchased my Garrett Ace 250 directly from Garrett and paid $250.  However, at this time Amazon is selling the Garrett Ace 250 for only about $213. In addition, Amazon presently provides free shipping to shipping  addresses in the lower 48 states.  This is the best price that I have been able to locate among other online merchants.  Click here to view the Garrett Ace 250 on Amazon.

Where Can I Read Additional Customer Feedback on the Garrett Ace 250?

One of the best places to read customer feedback on products is on Amazon.  Click here to read additional customer feedback from Garrett Ace 250 users.