Best Metal Detectors

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 29, 2017
Not all the treasures and metal scrap can be seen with a naked eye as they are buried under the ground or water. Handheld metal detectors allow finding such metal objects by sweeping their detector probes over the ground. We have reviewed the 5 best models to help you make an optimal choice. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Operation frequency
Coil
Detection depth
Indication
Detection modes
Sensitivity
Additional modes
Extras
Weight
 
PROS
The implemented DD-shape coil provides a good determining for various metal types, which improves the search efficiency dramatically. The Iron Audio feature allows differentiating the detected metal types by ear and indicating the detection.
CONS
Despite the waterproof design of the coil, the detector is not recommended to use in the rain.
OUR VERDICT
The wide range of features and functions supported by this metal detector that exceeds a basic functionality is sufficient for searching for different artifacts, coins and pieces of jewelry in various locations. This potential will surely be appreciated by professional detectorists.
detailed parameters
Operation frequency
10 kHz
Coil
8.5" x 11", DD shape
Detection depth
Coins - up to 15" Big objects - up to 39"
Indication
Digital monochrome display, Sound indication
Detection modes
One user-configurable and four predefined search programs: Coin search, Relic search, Jewelry search, All-metal search
Sensitivity
8 levels
Additional modes
Coin depth indicator, Pinpoint, Digital target ID, Enhanced Iron Resolution, Iron Audio
Extras
Adjustable shaft length from 42" to 51", Disassemblable design, Search coil cover, Drip-proof cover for the control panel
Weight
2.9 lbs
PROS
The rectangular shape of the detector coil allows an effective coin search in deserted buildings and basements. The Bluetooth connectivity enables you to use a smartphone for storing data on location and search results.
CONS
Despite the discrimination feature, the device has no digital indication of metal discrimination.
OUR VERDICT
The compact collapsible design of this Minelab metal detector allows fully preparing the device for operation in 8 seconds, which makes the detector suitable for any environment. A clever choice for those who like to treasure hunting spontaneously.
detailed parameters
Operation frequency
7.8 kHz
Coil
6.93" х 9.45", waterproof monoloop
Detection depth
Coins - up to 11" Big objects - up to 33"
Indication
Digital monochrome display, LED indication, Data output to a smartphone display, Sound indication
Detection modes
Four predefined search programs: Coin search, Relic search, Jewelry search, Beach & Park mode
Sensitivity
5 levels
Additional modes
Automatic ground balancing, Depth indicator, Pinpoint (audio&visual)
Extras
Adjustable shaft length, Collapsible design, Smartphone Holder, Minelab Go-Find Carry Bag, Minelab Finds Pouch, Earbuds
Weight
2.3 lbs
PROS
The toggle switching of detection modes and knob adjustment of sensitivity and discrimination allow a fine device tuning for detecting specific metal types and objects.
CONS
The manufacturer did not allow for the pinpoint feature.
OUR VERDICT
This feature-rich metal detector is quite easy to operate. Amateur and professional treasure hunters alike will highly appreciate the capability of the device to detect all types of metal.
detailed parameters
Operation frequency
6.6 kHz
Coil
8" waterproof search coil
Detection depth
Coins - up to 8" Big objects - up to 24"
Indication
Needle analog indicator, Sound indication
Detection modes
Motion All-Metal mode, Discrimination mode, 2-Tone audio mode
Sensitivity
Smooth sensitivity adjustment
Additional modes
Preset ground balance, Disc/notch control
Extras
Adjustable shaft length, Disassemblable design
Weight
2.9 lbs
PROS
Fully waterproof detector coil assembly and weatherproof control module enable you to use this metal detector in any weather conditions and even in shallow water. The very conservative power consumption of the device provides a day-long device operation using two AA batteries.
CONS
The big and high contrast display is not scratch-resistant and requires careful use.
OUR VERDICT
The effective search for jewelry, coins and artifacts is achievable with this model regardless of your previous detectorist experience. The detector offers a 4-tone sound discrimination among the detected metals.
detailed parameters
Operation frequency
7.69 kHz
Coil
9" Triangulated Concentric Elliptical Waterproof Search Coil
Detection depth
Coins - up to 12" Big objects - up to 39"
Indication
Digital monochrome display, Sound indication
Detection modes
One user-configurable and three predefined search programs: Coin search, Relic search, Jewelry search
Sensitivity
10 levels
Additional modes
Depth indicator, Digital target ID, Pinpointer
Extras
Adjustable shaft length from 41" to 51", Disassemblable design
Weight
2.3 lbs
PROS
This Garret pinpointer has a fully waterproof casing, which allows for searching metals under the water (up to 10 feet). The built-in scraping blade empowers you to dig small objects out without damaging them. The LED flashlight ensures effective search in low light conditions.
CONS
This pinpointer needs to be used in conjunction with a full-fledged metal detector.
OUR VERDICT
The intended use of this device is locating coins, jewelry and small objects with high precision on small areas or in heaps of dug up ground. The device is especially effective if you need to pinpoint several small objects on a small area while conventional metal detectors detect these objects as one big object.
detailed parameters
Operation frequency
11.5 kHz
Coil
No
Detection depth
Up to 12"
Indication
Sound/vibration indication
Detection modes
All-metal pinpointing
Sensitivity
3 levels
Additional modes
Lost Pinpointer Alarm, Auto ground balancing
Extras
LED flashlight, Belt holster, Ruler in inches and centimeters molded to the case, Scraping blade on the case
Weight
0.4 lbs

What is a Metal Detector?

A handheld metal detector is a tool that consists of an oscillator, which produces an alternating current that passes through a coil generating an alternating magnetic field. When the coil gets close to a piece of electrically conductive metal, eddy currents (also called vortex of Foucault currents) are induced in the metal, thus producing a magnetic field of their own. The distortion of the magnetic field caused by the presence of a metallic object can be detected if another (identical, D-shape or concentric) coil is used to measure the density of the magnetic field. Nowadays a metal detector is not only an instrument for finding various metal objects under the ground but also a thing that offers you an enjoyable time spending with your family or friends in the field. The search for ancient coins and artifacts is an exciting occupation for your children to get involved in, which makes them learn new things about the history of your area. Using a handheld metal detector is a hobby that can be fun and interesting as well as profitable. The practical use of a metal detector can help you clean a land plot of metal scrap and junk buried under the ground or find an adornment lost in your garden.

To help you make a right choice we have reviewed 5 different metal detector models and singled out the main features, which you should keep in mind when buying such a device. If you are a fan of alfresco pastime, you may find headlamps and sleeping bags objects of your interest, which can make you spend a night outdoors with comfort.

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What Features to Compare

Specifications

When choosing an appropriate metal detector you need to consider several aspects, which affect metal detection efficiency. First, you need to learn about the Specifications of a detector model in question. The operating frequency of a metal detector has a direct influence on the types of metals detected. If you are to choose a tool for searching for base metal objects on your land plot then you should look at the models with operating frequency of up to 5 kHz as they are very affordable and capable of effective detection of non-precious metals. The metal detector models with an operating frequency from 6 to 9 kHz range are best fit for finding precious metals and ancient coins. In case you decided to go digging for artifacts or precious metal objects and adornments you need to arm yourself with an operating frequency of 10 kHz and higher as these metal detectors are optimal for detecting different types of metals in big depths. The ability to peer deep under the ground will definitely come in handy for professional diggers.

A detector coil type, its size, and shape are of much importance when analyzing a metal detector features. The most popular coils used by metal detector vendors are mono coils because they are very effective in detecting base and precious metals at different depths. These advantages render them a number one choice for the vast majority of middle- and entry-level metal detectors.

DD-shape (D-shape) coils are grouped back-to-back to form a circle, which enables them to detect a type and burial depth of metal with high precision. Such coils are often used in professional metal detectors. When regarding a size and shape of detector coil one should remember that the bigger coil covers a larger area and can be swept over the same territory faster but this comes as a tradeoff for a slightly reduced detection precision. The smaller coils, on the contrary, can locate metal objects more precisely due to a smaller area of coverage, but they require more time to perform a search on a specific territory.

Operation Modes and Controls

The next group of aspects for you to consider includes device Operation Modes and Controls. For example, different configuration profiles of a metal detector allow detecting specific types of metal and discarding the other, which enables a discrimination among the artifacts you are after and prevents you from digging for a scrap. Thus, applying your own configuration profile greatly increases the search efficiency. Some metal detectors support a depth meter function, with which you can obtain information on the burial depth of a precious ring or a coin. The feature of detector sensitivity adjustment provides an easier search and makes it possible to filter the interference and noise produced by mineralized soil or nearby transmission lines. Extra features, such as determination of the type of a metal object or even a denomination value of coins are the pros when considering a metal detecting device. A digital pinpointer feature provides a detailed info on location of an object in the ground so you can excavate this object without damaging it. Big and informative screen and various data displaying configurations allow you to choose a mode that suits you best and easily read the detector info. While a multitone sound indication of metal detection empowers you to distinguish different metals by ear.

Extras

Having decided upon the Specifications and Operation modes of a metal detector you are about to purchase you should gain insight into its Extras, which facilitate the detector use very much. If you plan to search for coins and adornments in the water we strongly encourage you to buy metal detector models with waterproof coil assemblies in order to avoid damaging the detector. To be able to search for artifacts and precious metal objects in adverse weather conditions you need to pick a detector model with a rainproof control unit. Some detectors feature a shaft with an adjustable length to help you further customize the device and provide a comfortable long-term usage. The collapsible or foldable design of metal detectors will help you transport such devices in your vehicle’s trunk or put it in a bag. The Bluetooth or smartphone connectivity enable you to save location data and search results as well as share your data with other detectorists. The small weight of a metal detector is also a big advantage for a continuous use of the device.

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Garrett Ace 400

Specifications

Owing to a comparatively high 10 kHz operating frequency this Garrett metal detector is splendid for detecting all kinds of metal. This model can easily find precious objects and artifacts buried deep in the ground. The improved DD-shaped coil makes the device capable of detecting coins at 15" depth and bigger objects at up to 39" depth. The elliptic shape of the detector coil suits very well for using the Garrett Ace 400 in the woods and on a forested area among the trees. The 8.5" to 11" coil dimensions permit you to quickly cover large areas with this metal detector and to improve the search efficiency.

Operation Modes and Controls

Garrett Ace 400 allows confident detection and discrimination among different objects and materials due to its 4 predefined search modes that offer the detection of coins, relics, pieces of jewelry or all types of metal. You can make your own detection configuration for more effective and object-specific search. Determining a metal type of a buried object detected is possible with VDI feature with 99 ID range and 4-tone sound indication. The digital pinpointer of this handheld metal detector will locate objects with high precision and the Coin depth indicator determines the burial depth. In addition, the Ace 400 metal detector offers the 8-position adjustment of detection sensitivity, which helps to filter various interference if you perform a search on various ground types or in a vicinity of an interference source. The holistic indication of all the selected modes and convenient arrangement of control buttons enable you to change the configuration on the fly.

Extras

The metal detector has a weight of 5.9 pounds, which is a moderate figure for such device. The S-shaped handle with a foam pad and the convenient mechanism for locking the device on your hand make it possible to use this portable metal detector for a whole day without feeling uncomfortable. The design allows you to adjust the shaft length between 42" and 51" to achieve optimal extension length. The Garrett Ace 400 metal detector is made disassemblable and can be dismantled into two parts so you can put it in a vehicle trunk. The manufacturer allowed the use of this metal detector for finding objects in the water and made the coil assembly waterproof. Though we would not recommend using the detector in the rain or snow as its control box has no weather-proof protection.

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Garrett Ace 400 Metal Detector
Garrett Ace 400
Garrett Ace 400
 

Minelab GO-FIND 60

Specifications

The Minelab GO-FIND 60 is a laudable choice for ancient coin hunting on weekends with a 7.8 kHz operation frequency and an exemplary detection of different metals, including copper and silver. The nonstandard coil shape of a rectangle with a 10" diagonal makes it possible to troll successfully even in deserted premises, houses or basements. According to our experience, the rectangular detection probe fits well for a search in such environment. The waterproof design of the mono loop coil permits you to safely search for treasures with this metal detector at the seashore, river bank, or on soundings.

Operation Modes and Controls

The GO-FIND 60 Detector model is equipped with a big monochrome LCD display, which provides the icon identification of a detected metal type for you to quickly guess the type of a buried object. Selecting one of the predefined search configurations allows concentrating on the objects of a specific type without concerning yourself with other objects. The Minelab GO-FIND 60 metal detector offers the selection of coin, jewelry, and artifacts search modes. The specialized Beach & Park mode is tuned for effective treasure hunting on a coast or in a park. This handheld metal detector also has an automatic ground balancing to fine-tune its operation on mineralized soil and reduce the ground interference. The pinpointing feature permits finer localization of objects under the detector probe.

Extras

The main extra feature this metal detecting device offers is interfacing with a smartphone via the Bluetooth connection. This connectivity feature enables you to save and store your search data, maintain a schedule or share the data with friends and like-minded persons. The device can output a sound indication signal to a built-in internal speaker as well as to the headphone output. The casing of Minelab GO-FIND 60 is made of very robust plastic, which made keeping the total device weight at 2.3 pounds mark possible. The Minelab GO-FIND 60 design allows its customization thanks to the shaft length, which you can adjust to your liking. Contrary to the metal detectors with disassemblable design, this model is collapsible, which makes it occupy only 21.9" of space in a folded condition. As the users report the device allows an easy transportation in a car trunk, bag or a case. The supply package includes a storage case, Minelab finds pouch, carry bag, smartphone holder, digging trowel, and earbuds.

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


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Minelab GO-FIND 60 Detector
Minelab GO-FIND 60
Minelab GO-FIND 60
 

Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV

Specifications

Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV refers to the entry-level segment but offers an outstanding performance. 8" detector coil makes this digital eye peer through an 8" thick ground layer detecting small objects while the maximum detection depth reaches 24" depending on a metal type and object size. The operating frequency of 6.6 kHz of the TK4 metal detector provides a good iron and precious metals detection. The range of detectable metals includes gold, silver, brass, aluminum, iron and steel.

Operation Modes and Controls

The TK4 Tracker IV model is equipped with a needle indicator, which allows discriminating one metal from another based on its conductivity. The preset ground balance neutralizes response of the device to a noise produced by mineral content in the ground. The stepped sensitivity adjustment of this metal detector also serves for filtering off any interference. Two-tone sound notification of metal detection enables you to differentiate between the detected metal types. In turn switching from the Motion all-metal mode to the Discrimination mode will allow you to search for non-ferrous metals much more effectively. The submersible detector coil makes it possible to search for metal objects in shallow water with this metal detector.

Extras

The Bounty Hunter TK4 metal detector comes with an S-shaped handle that provides a firm grip and comfortable device use throughout a whole day. The curved armrest with a foam pad prevents your hand from slipping when handling the device and effectively absorbs moisture. All the members of your family and friends can use this metal detector as it has an adjustable shaft length. The Bounty Hunter TK4 is also easy to store and carry in a bag or transport in a car trunk due to the disassemblable design of the detector. The 2.9-pound weight of the Tracker IV model makes it easy to carry around so both teenagers and adults can search for relics and coins with it.

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Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV Metal Detector
Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV
Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV
 

Fisher F22 Weatherproof

Specifications

The Fisher F22 metal detector exhibits good search and detection parameters due to its 7.69 kHz operating frequency. The F22 model was designed for searching coins, jewelry, and artifacts. With that in mind, the manufacturer has equipped this metal detector with the 9" triangulated concentric elliptical coil to allow you to effectively search in the woods or in the territories with many narrow passages and places hard to sweep over with a round detector coil. The magnetic loop circuitry and digital elements of the F22 handheld metal detector provide a good coin detection at the depth of up to 12" and large objects detection at up to 39" depth. The elliptical coil of this metal detector by Fisher is made waterproof to ensure safe and effective treasure hunting on a shore or in shallow water.

Operation Modes and Controls

Using the F22 underwater metal detector with the three preset search configurations enables you to detect precious metal objects, coins, and metals through a ground-induced interference and noise. In addition, the metal detector offers one user-definable search configuration for you to tune the device for finding a specific metal type. The integrated informative LCD-screen displays a current detection mode, detected metal ID as well as the discrimination scale for determining the valuableness of the detected metal. For a convenience of use, the metal detector is equipped with the 3-position depth indicator and the pinpoint feature for discovering a precise location of the detected object under the coil. To further facilitate the device use and suppress the background noise the manufacturer provided for a 10-position sensitivity adjustment.

Extras

The waterproof detector coil and control module of the Fisher F22 detector allow its use in adverse conditions. Such design enabled a wider detector application range and search territory. The use of modern parts and implementation of modern technologies made it possible to reduce the energy consumption of this metal detector solution up to two times comparing to competitive solutions. Only two АА power elements are enough for providing a day-long operation of the device. A comparatively small detector weight and disassemblable design greatly facilitate its use and storage.

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Fisher F22 Weatherproof Metal Detector
Fisher F22 Weatherproof
Fisher F22 Weatherproof
 

Garrett 1140900 Pro-Pointer AT Pinpointing

Specifications

Garrett 1140900 is a pinpointing metal detector, which is intended for finding coins or silver scales in a pit or heap of soil. As a rule, this pinpointing device is used in conjunction with a standard metal detector. Having the 11.5 kHz operating frequency the Garrett 1140900 pinpointer is capable of detecting both metal objects and pieces of jewelry. As we read in the manual and numerous Garret metal detector reviews the high sensitivity of this pinpointing metal detector can detect target objects to a depth of 12". The detector probe is rendered as rod and placed in a waterproof orange casing.

Operation Modes and Controls

This pinpointing metal detector by Garret is capable of finding all types of metal and notifying you of the detection with a sound signal or a vibration. The vibration notification especially comes in handy when you use the device for an underwater search. Depending on the ground type and environment you can choose one of the three sensitivity levels to reduce the noise produced by soil or water, especially sea water. The effectiveness and capabilities of the device are just one click away from you as this underwater metal detector is designed for a single-button control for Power, Sensitivity adjustment, Retune, and Stealth Mode.

Extras

For searching soil and convenient digging out of small objects and removing the soil by layers so that to not damage your finds the case of Garrett 1140900 pinpointing metal detector has a patented scraping blade. The built-in LED flashlight helps you see objects in low light conditions. The Lanyard attachment loop, which is molded into the side of this pinpointer, and a bundled woven belt holster allow you to have the pinpointer always at hand and conveniently carry it around. In addition, the device has the Lost Pro-Pointer Alarm that makes the pinpointing metal detector emit periodic warning chirps after 5 minutes with no button presses.

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Garrett 1140900 Pro-Pointer AT Pinpointing Metal Detector
Garrett 1140900 Pro-Pointer AT Pinpointing
Garrett 1140900 Pro-Pointer AT Pinpointing
 
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