Garrett ACE 250 Reviews, Price and Specifications

All-Purpose Land Metal Detector

Retail Price: $250

Number of Reviews: 12

Avg. Rating (3.9 Stars) average total

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Garrett ACE 250


  • Single Frequency Operation: 7.2 KHz
  • Graphic Target ID Cursor (12 Segments)
  • Discrimination: Accept/Reject Notch
  • Battery Condition Indicator
  • Coin Depth Indicator
  • Headphone Jack
  • Interchangeable Ace Series Searchcoils
  • Large LCD Display
  • Push Button Controls
  • Clear Speaker Tone
  • Ton ID, 3 Levels
  • Touch-n-Go Operation
  • Length: 42" to 51" - Adjustable
  • 3 Piece Breakdown Stem, to 24"
  • 4 AA battery operation
  • Weight: 2.7 lbs. (1.02 Kg)
  • 2 Year Warranty


Dub in Ellettsville Indiana - best

while detecting in an old park in Bloomington, Indiana, I used the Garrett Ace 250 in All Metal Mode. After about an hour or so, all I found was coins, none old. I got a hit for a nickel and it was a loud tone. Digging about 5 inches down, I found a man's 14k white gold ring. Third 14k ring in 16 years of detecting.

Oct 20, 2016
3 people found Dub's review helpful.

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250 Newbie

Gary in Kalamazoo Mi - good

Santa just left an Ace 250 under my Christmas tree, and the ground here in Michigan is frozen rock hard.
I did take it out for a test sound check and now cannot WAIT for the ground to thaw and dig some targets! I know a spot where there are over 100 feet of creek bed which has NEVER been checked.
All the reviews on the 250 sounds good. When I'm able to use it in warm weather, I'll let you know what happens.

Dec 27, 2010
9 people found Gary's review helpful.

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Sweet Little Machine

Rey in Caribbean - good

Hi, hope this review prompts whoever is still on the fence with the ACE 250 to try it!
I am a 100% "Beach Hunter" (White's Dual Field PI Pro) that was looking for a "dry sand" detector. I did my homework on the ACE 250 and decided to go with the "Spring Pack."
This machine is true value for your money!
1) It's very good on coins.
2) Light weight
3) Loads of options to fit your hunting level and needs
4) Will find EVERYTHING! LOL

1) Pinpointing is off (yup the only fault)
If you get the "Spring Package" with the Pro Pointer, you'll be finding and recovering quickly! With the Pro Pointer you have a 5 star set up!

1) Pinpoint with the ACE 250, and if your target is 2-4 inches deep, guess what?.. Just use the Pro Pointer to find the exact location of the target! Without the Pro Pointer, you will be digging trenches! lol!
2) Please do the air test (bench test) and study the machine with both junk and good targets to see how the ACE responds. If you are using the ACE in another country, always test the detector with local coinage.
3) Gold falls in the 1st notch below "Pull Tab" which is also in the Gold Range. The key to the ACE: ONLY DIG A SIGNAL THAT IS SMOOTH & STEADY! If it jumps between two coins, it's probably modern pull tab or a coin positioned next to "junk." Circle the signal, and if you get a smooth constant reading on it, dig it. If the Signal is all over the place, the target is 100% JUNK.
For me, I eliminate 50 cent and 1$ because I live in the Caribbean, and the chances are very slim I'd find them. Plus a crushed soda can or a piece of one comes in smooth without distortion in that range!
I have been metal & cable detecting for a living at my local phone company for 10 years so I know a little something. Metal Detection is not a perfect science because a lot on metals have similar "signatures," but with practice the ACE Will Impress you, like it did me.

P.S. I was only getting the ACE for a Beach Back-up and then going to get a White's Spectra V3i on Christmas (Cause I am a Gadget Freak LOL). To be honest, the ACE 250 with Pro Pointer have been working so well for me, I really don't NEED the V3i. (though I still WANT IT LOL)
Bottom line, the ACE 250 with PP is ALL you will really Need.
Happy Hunting :-)

Aug 14, 2010
33 people found Rey's review helpful.

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Great beginners model

Tim S. in Kinston N.C. - best

I read where some people cannot pinpoint with this detector. Well let me tell ya, the 250 is my first detector and I can pinpoint an object close enough to be able to dig it with a grass plugger. As long as it is 4 inches or less, I can shove the plugger into the ground and come up with the target in the plug. Filling in the hole is much easier with this method also. I have found tons of clad coinage as well as a good amount of silver and gold jewelry and some civil war era artifacts.

Jul 18, 2010
8 people found Tim S.'s review helpful.

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Using the Garrett 250 in France

Arran Bos in France - three stars

I've been detecting for a few years, since 1986, and using all sorts of detectors. Now a mate of mine had bought the Garrett 250 and he said it was a great little machine, but I did not like the look of it - toy-lke in that brignt yellow colour, and, in mine opion, it was too cheap to be true.
About a year later, my XP broke down, so I was looking for a not too expensive detector, and my mate sold me the 250 and he bought the sport-pack version with the larger coil.
Boy, was I wrong about the little machine! I have used it for a year here in the South of France and found some great stuff with it. It is very easy to use, plug-and-play. I always use the relics mode, sensitivity one block down and discriminate the iron. I just dig every signal above the iron. If the detector gets too unstable, I turn the sensitivity another block down to stabilize it.
I found three gold items, about 15 silver coins and a large amount of copper and bronze coins with it. Great value for its money!
Like every detector, it also has a few downsides: it does not go very deep, and the plastic of the coil is too hard and easily chips away when it gets bumped against stones. Don't be turned down by its yellow colour, it is a great machine!

May 27, 2010
19 people found Arran Bos's review helpful.

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So-So Detector

Stan in Arkansas - one star

I'm a seasoned detector operating with old technology, mostly old Fisher models, but wanted to get into the newer machines with improved electronics. I went for the Garret Ace 250 after reading reviews that were mostly favorable, but was badly disappointed when I found the 250 to be very sluggish (electronically), and not able to pinpoint objects well. When two objects are close together, the microprocessor gets overlaoded and gives all sorts of crazy readings. It also isn't able to pinpoint objects well... you almost need a backhoe to dig enough to find a pull tab. I wish my old Fisher were repairable and I'd be happy.

Mar 27, 2010
11 people found Stan's review helpful.

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The Best Detector for Any Beginner!

Sergei from Upstate NY in Albany, New York USA - best

I had a chance to try this detector once during relic hunting at the Nomadic camp site in the Eurasian steppes. The metal detecting conditions at the hunt site were more favourable for Ace 250 than any other detector participating in the hunt, and the results were fruitful. My companion, she had never used a metal detector before, scored more finds than the guys with Minelab Explorers and even one E-Trac! This simple machine is definitely the best detector for any beginner! For more details and operational tips please read my complete review (copy the link and paste it in your browser window):

Mar 06, 2010
10 people found Sergei from Upstate NY's review helpful.

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Poor Pinpointing

Steve Lynch in st louis mo - two stars

Garrett Ace 250 is a pretty good model but the pinpointing is terrible. I went back to a Whites detector and it pinpoints right on every time.

Dec 26, 2008
10 people found Steve Lynch's review helpful.

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