One of the great things about owning a website is that you get to connect with like minded people. Sometimes they are looking for a chat, other times they want advice. Here is a question I fielded recently from a man named Pete.
Great site. Wondering what detectors you own, which ones you use more than others or use currently and which ones you started out on? I’m looking for a beginner detector and will probably look at the Garrett Ace 350 since it seems to be a good all rounder.
Thanks for visiting!
The ACE350 is pretty decent for the price and is a great detector for first timers if you can afford it – read my review!
I actually own a heap of different detectors, with my pride and joy being the ATX (not a beginners detector). I tend to use it a lot now, but before I could afford it, I almost exclusively used the Garrett AT PRO (Extensive review here). The main reason was because I like to detect in rivers and streams, and it is great in the water.
If you want to look at a detector that isn’t in the Garrett family, I would look at the Fisher range. They are also great for the price, and simple to use.
As I told Pete, the Garrett ACE 350 is a great detector no matter if you are a beginner or not. My biggest criticism of going with the ACE 350 is that it is a bit expensive for most first timers. I understand that people want to start off with a metal detector that’s going to last for a while if they enjoy it, but at around $300 it’s more than I would recommend most first timers invest.
If you need help finding the right metal detector for you, see my ultimate metal detector guide.
The better option (in my opinion) is to either buy a secondhand metal detector to get a feel for it, or go for something like a Garrett ACE 150, which is half the price of the 350, yet offers many of the same features. If you decide you like metal detecting as a hobby, then you can sell the 150 and upgrade to something far more worth your while, but also something that’s going to cost you more money.