Today we will be doing a Garrett ACE 350 review. This metal detector is at the top end of the entry level metal detectors and is commonly compared with the Fisher F2 and the Garrett ACE 250 detectors.
It’s no secret that I like Garrett metal detectors, so it may surprise you to know that I don’t normally recommend the Garrett ACE 350 metal detector for most people.
The main people we have buying the Garrett ACE 350 are normally people either just starting out, or people who have bought a really cheap detector and decided they want to try something a bit better. The 350 is in this weird price point, where it’s a bit expensive for most beginners, but not feature rich enough to satisfy a serious treasure hunter.
I personally tell most people to either go for the Garrett ACE 250 if they are just starting out, or look into spending a bit more money and looking at the Garrett AT Pro so they can experience all the great features it has to offer. The people I do recommend the Garrett ACE 350 to is people who don’t have the budget for an AT Pro, but really want to experience metal detecting with a Double D searchcoil, which the ACE 250 is lacking.
We’ve tested both the 250 and the 350, and we found that the 250 will find most of what the 350 will find (not all, but most), with the 350 slightly better at finding gold nuggets (I wouldn’t call either a good nugget shooter), which is likely due to the difference in frequency range.
Garrett ACE 350 Appearance
Let’s physically take a look at the Garrett ACE 350. It looks almost identical to the ACE 150 and ACE 250. It is the traditional black with yellow that Garrett metal detectors are famous for. I’m not terribly fussed on the colors to be honest, but I know that lots of people like it, so I’ll leave you to make up your own mind.
The 350 Display
One area the 350 differs from the 250 is in the display. You will find that while the display looks almost exactly the same, it does differ when it comes to the gold area and the iron resolution. Both of these areas take up a little more space to account for the 350’s ability to better target things with the higher frequency and the Double D coil.
The display includes:
- Detecting mode
- Coin Depth indicator
- Battery level indicator
- Target ID
- Sensitivity Indicator
The Garrett ACE 350 (in my opinion) isn’t really worth the extra money on top of the ACE 250. The Garrett ACE 350 can be bought from most online retailers for about $300.
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- Buy the Garrett ACE 350
- Garrett ACE 350 Metal Detector
- 8.5″ x 11″ DD Searchcoil (the coil is waterproof, but not the detector body – you have been warned)
- 4x AA Batteries
- Travel bag
- Instructional DVD
- Owner MANUAL
- 2 Year limited parts and labor warranty
Garrett ACE 350 Searchcoils
The Garrett ACE 350 is compatible with the following searchcoils:
- 8.5″ x 11″ DD Searchcoil (Standard Issue)
- 9″ x 12″ Concentric Searchcoil
- 6.5″ x 9″ Searchcoil
- 5″ x 8″ DD submersible searchcoil
- 4.5″ Sniper Searchcoil
The obvious benefit of the ACE 350 is the DD Searchcoil, which allows you to hit targets over a larger area and also at a greater depth.
Best Garrett ACE 350 Features
When it comes to features, the Garrett range of metal detectors will suit pretty much anyone who wants to get into treasure hunting, particularly those who are new to it. They have a whole host of great features, the best of which I have mentioned below.
Iron discrimination isn’t anything new, but when compared to the ACE 250 (only has 1 iron discrimination segment), the ACE 350 has multiple iron segments, which will help with finding smaller gold targets.
The major difference between the Garrett ACE 250 and the Garrett ACE 350 is the frequency that both detectors operate at.
- Garrett ACE 350 – 8.25 kHz
- Garrett ACE 250 – 6.5 kHz
This allows the Garrett ACE 350 to find targets like gold. This explains why the display on the ACE 350 has a larger gold area than the ACE 250.
Target ID (TID)
The graphical Target ID that comes on the Garrett ACE 350 is almost identical to the one that comes with the ACE 250, and it’s one of the better ones available for what I would call the entry level detectors.
Coin Depth Indicator
At some point you are going to want to try coin shooting with your metal detector, and this feature will aid you in that to no end. Now with the DD coil you might be thinking that you will be able to find coins deeper than with the ACE 250, however, in my tests I haven’t seen almost any difference – they both go down to about 8 inches.
When going coin shooting it’s important to remember to set your discrimination settings, otherwise you will hit what seems like great targets, only to come up with an old rusty can or something else equally worthless.
Built-in Search Modes
There are 5 search modes that some standard with the ACE 350:
- All Metal
- Custom – The custom setting is where you can configure the device however you want.
They all work pretty well, however, after you get the hang of it, you will find you won’t use the built-in search modes all that often.
Pinpointing comes stock standard in most metal detectors these days, but it’s still nice to see that Garrett have made it nice and easy to use. When you want to use the pinpointer, all you need to do is push the pinpointer button. The trick is to remember to hold it down once you have identified your target.
Once you have have the pinpointer activated, you only need to move your searchcoil so that it is above the target – providing you a reliable indicator as to where you need to dig. Once you are in the correct spot, you should get a good strong sound/audio feedback from your metal detector.
There are plenty of questions that people have about the Garrett ACE 350, some of the most common are answered below:
What’s the difference between the Garrett ACE 250 and the Garrett ACE 350
I think I’ve pretty much covered this in my review, but i’ll dot point it here for those of you who don’t really want to read the whole thing.
- Price (it’s about $100 more expensive)
- Double-D Searchcoil
- Frequency (better at finding gold)
Is the Garrett ACE 350 Waterproof?
No. The Double-D searchcoil is supposed to be, but don’t go too deep with it or you will be in need of a new metal detector.
Will the ACE 350 find Gold?
Yes it will. It’s better at finding gold than most of the other entry level detectors, but it isn’t purpose built for gold – like the AT Gold metal detector is.
How to Use your Garrett ACE 350
Garrett are great when it comes to supplying detailed manuals on how to use your device. If you are looking for the manual, I have stored a copy here (Garrett ACE 350 Manual)
Videos of the ACE 350
If reading a manual isn’t really your thing, Garrett have put together a series of 8 videos that detail every aspect of the ACE 350. I’ve gone and found them all and put embedded them below for you to watch.
Known Issues / Problems
There aren’t many complaints when it comes to the ACE 350. It’s a good all round machine that will find you plenty of targets to go digging up. The only complaint that I am aware of is that there is no volume control. I’ve never had an issue with this, but then again, I have only used this machine a dozen times or so.
Overall I do like the Garrett ACE 350, but it’s in that interesting price point where it’s still only really got entry level features, but is at the upper range of what people are interested in spending. For me personally – the only reason I would buy the ACE 350 over the ACE 250 is because I wanted the Double-D searchcoil, otherwise I would save my money.
Having said that, if you do like the Double-D searchcoil and you are keen on looking for a few more gold nuggets (rather than just coin shooting) then this metal detector might be just what you’re looking for.
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