New vs. Recertified AEDs: What’s the difference?

What's The Difference?

New vs. Recertified AEDs: What’s the difference?

Which AED — new or recertified — is right for YOU? 

We’re so glad you’re here and you’re thinking about purchasing a new automated external defibrillator (AED) or recertified AED.


From pediatric pads to batteries to IP ratings, there’s a lot to consider when purchasing an AED. The very first decision you’ll have to make is whether you should invest in a new AED or if a recertified AED is right for you. 


In this post, we’ll explore a few things you’ll want to consider before purchasing an AED for your home or business. 


For specific AED recommendations based on pricing, equipment, IP Ratings, and more, check out our guide, Which AED is Right for You

What’s the difference between a recertified AED and a new AED?

New AEDs

As you might expect, a brand new AED has never been removed from its box or put into service. New AEDs include all-new pads, fresh batteries, and manufacturer’s carrying case.


A new AED comes with a manufacturer’s warranty, typically ranging between 5-8 years.

Recertified AEDs

Recertified AEDs sold by Cardio Partners go through a careful 10-point inspection process — conducted by our certified technicians. While these devices are “like new,” they may have been sales demo units, a trade-in, or an AED that we accepted as part of our equipment buyback program


A Cardio Partners recertified AED comes with a standard 3-year warranty backed by us.

Where Are You Using Your AED?

First, we highly recommend checking out the American Heart Association’s AED Implementation Guide. It’s full of incredibly useful information! 


That said, where you use your AED may determine whether or not a new or recertified device is best for your organization. For example, if you need a public access defibrillator (such as those you see at airports and gyms), we’d recommend purchasing a new AED with audio and visual prompts to ensure ease of use.


May we recommend the Powerheart G5 by Cardiac Science or the Zoll AED Plus


If you’re purchasing an AED for home use, you’ll need a Philips HeartStart OnSite AED. Currently, it’s the only defibrillator on the market that’s available for home use without a physician’s prescription. Its user-friendly, lightweight, and compact design makes it perfect for use by both laypeople and experienced rescuers. (Hint: and it may be worth considering recertified options if you’re purchasing an AED for your home!)

Which AED is Best? New or recertified? 

That’s an impossible question for us to answer because any AED is better than no AED at all! 


If cost is a significant consideration, you may want to consider purchasing a recertified AED. If your AED is going to be placed in a public location, a high-risk location, or if there’s a good chance your AED is going to see frequent action (professional rescuers, nursing homes, fitness centers, schools, we’re looking at you), consider purchasing a new AED


Cardio Partners is an authorized distributor of all major AED brands and whether you choose a new or recertified AED, we’ll take good care of you and your equipment. We stand behind every new and recertified AED we sell, and we even offer a 30-day money-back guarantee.


We’re here and we’re happy to help you find the AED that’s right for you. To learn more about our AEDs, training, or accessories, visit our blog, call our team at 866-349-4362, or email us at


DISCLAIMER: Information and resources found on the website and blog are intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.