Best Metal Detectors 2021

Best Metal Detectors 2021

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Searching for the best metal detectors? You are at the right place. This post is aimed at showing the best metal detectors. You might want to read through to get an idea of what is obtainable.

BUYER’S GUIDE

Treat this more like a step by step method for picking the right metal detector. Let us jump in.

Target Type

The target type would be the first and foremost factor to consider. As we have discussed before, there are different intents and purposes on why you would be going ahead to buy a metal detector.

If you are buying it for relic hunting, your specs would be for low frequency and high depth and if it is for beach hunting, then they would be different. The model you pick and the product you pick should be dependent on this.

Skill Level

Yet another basic factor is to consider your skill level. For a beginner, a single high-frequency VLM machine should be enough for some basic level metal hunting. But if you are a professional or a serious metal/beach hunter, you would up your preferences depending on your job type.

You can either go with high frequency (covers a wide area but has low depth) or low frequency (covers less area but uncovers deep stuff) or even multi-frequency (expensive but can be adjusted to do your bidding).

Ground Balance/ Mineralization

In general, the soil is a mixture of many elements, minerals and other compounds with a few in generous amounts and a few in trace amounts. These elements or minerals may have magnetic properties and thus they tend to interfere with a metal detector.

Ground balance setting on a metal detector helps tune the metal detector in a way to ignore the magnetic interference and focus on the larger relics, jewellery, coins or other objects of interest.

Detector Sensitivity

Yet another crucial factor, the sensitivity of the metal detector is another important factor to consider. The sensitivity of a metal detector gives you an idea of the balance between the detector’s ability to detect an item at which level without interfering with the ground soil mineralization.

The rule of thumb to follow is to have a higher sensitivity, always. Running on a higher sensitivity, you can expect a deeper detection capacity for the detector. You may, from time to time, need to reduce the sensitivity depending on the environment you are detecting it from.

Discrimination

Another important thing to consider is the discrimination of the metal detector between different metals. This is the ability of the metal detector to map out the difference between various metals, minerals and other objects that comes in its magnetic transmission radar.

Metal detectors with good discrimination are great when you are in an urban setting. They can sort out any garbage or unwanted setting from the actual and original intended treasure.

Also, you have to consider that, in an urban setting, you might come across a wide range of nails, metal junk and other stuff buried deep in which is mostly unwanted. Your detector has to have the ability to sort it out and ignore it.

Then again, you would not always want a metal detector with high discrimination. Consider this as an instance.

If you are out hunting for relics, you would WANT the discrimination setting to be at low because a relic can be anything ranging from a magnificent old throne to an old rusty bowl. It is near impossible to tell the difference until it is all dug up.

Frequency

Frequency of the metal detector refers to how often does the machine’s circuitry switch the direction of the current. This will directly affect how deep the detector can detect the object and also the size of the object detected.

Frequency of a metal detector has a different impact on various depth levels. For detecting objects buried deep in the mud, you need lower frequency metal detectors. But this makes the machine less sensitive to detect smaller targets.

Higher frequencies cannot detect deep but can detect larger areas. But this can be great to detect gold and other smaller and even precious items.

Please note that frequency is not the only factor that affects the depth of your search. Other factors such as soil composition, coil type used in the machine and also mineralization will also play a major role.

Most of the metal detectors have a default low frequency for greater depth of search. Professionals use multi-frequency and that lets them switch between frequencies depending on your search patterns and usage.

Search coils

A search coil is a very fundamental thing in a metal detector. As we have discussed previously, the primary function of a coil is to act as both a magnetic transmitter and also as a receiver as well.

While a few metal detectors have dual coil functionality for one transmission and one of detection (detectors that use the VLM technology). A few others need only a single coil both for transmission and detection (PI and MVM).

Weight of the machine

Weight should be an important factor when you are out to buy your first metal detector. While most of the entry-level metal detectors are light in weight, a few professional ones are very heavy and can cause quite a holding issue.

To put in a few examples would be that a Fisher or a Tesoro metal detector might have a very lightweight whereas mid-ranged or high-level metal detectors from AT Pro would be bulkier and heavier than usual.

Display Screen

Most Metal Detectors detect using sound feedback. These models of detectors are usually known as beep machines or dig machines as there is no display and most of the feedback is a beeping sound.

Even highly experienced and professional hunters prefer the sound to detect but a screen or a visual display interface (VDI) is a very efficient and great addition to have.

Apart from displaying the detection of targets, it can also give you a good understanding of the target depth, tune-up the sensitivity and discrimination as well. They can also give you a signal visual, battery level among other factors as well.

It might not seem like a norm but owning a screen-based metal detector can pay you back in terms of ease of use and accessibility. Tesoro type metal detectors come with simple knob models that depend on sound feedback.

Models like the Fisher F5 come with both screens and knobs that give you accessibility in two terms and is great for semi-experienced hunters.

Waterproof nature

Not all metal detectors are waterproof and not every water-based detector is entirely waterproof. A few models are specifically built for underwater hunting whereas a few semi-waterproof models are built for beachside metal hunting.

Most of the basic and entry-level models are not built for water hunting nor even for beachside hunting. Please be absolutely sure of the water-resistant nature of the product that you are getting before making a purchase.

Battery Life

From meagre and basic 9 Volt batteries that give you a few hours to 10 or more hours of battery life for basic metal detectors, professional metal detectors can go up to 75 or more hours of battery life. Your expedition/adventure’s duration and the area or the duration on how long you would estimate your hunting would go on would be the basis on how much battery you expect to have.

For a beginner-level back yard metal hunting using a simple VLM machine, you need a basic 9-volt battery (1 or 2) but for professional, beachside metal hunting or so, you would want to have something larger and a bit lasting.

BEST METAL DETECTORS

NAMES FEATURES WHERE TO BUY
Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV

B00005A3L1

  • The device has a 6.7 kHz operating frequency
  • The Searchcoil 8-Inch and Waterproof in nature
  • Has a 1/4 inches big Headphone Jack for audio output
  • Has a built-in speaker too for audio feedback output
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Garrett AT Pro

B006J61ZKS

  • Total Weight : 3.03 lbs (1.37 kgs)
  • Frequency: 15 kHz Frequency
  • Warranty: 2 Year Limited Warranty
  • Waterproof : Submersible in Up to Ten Feet of Water
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Nokta Makro Anfibio Multi

B085F3RZD7

  • Warranty: 2 Year Limited
  • Total Weight: 3.7 lbs (1.7 kgs) Including Coil
  • Operating Frequencies : 5kHz / 14kHz / 20kHz
  • IP68 Rating: Up to 16.4′ (5 meters) Waterproof!
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Garrett GTI 2500

B0035221P2

  • Surface Elimination:
  • LCD Backlight:
  • External Speaker and Headphone Jack
  • Coin Alert Beltone Audio
  • Last Mode Switching
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Minelab Equinox 800

B079Y1YPTK

  • Waterproof Design
  • Fast & Accurate Target ID
  • Sleek & Lightweight
  • Advanced Audio Settings
  • High-Speed Wireless Audio.
  • Gold Detecting Mode
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XP Deus

B00IW8ZJGC

  • Wireless
  • Built-in operational controls
  • Foldable and ergonomic
  • Weatherproof
  • Lithium powered with long battery life: 27 H
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Garrett ATX

B071VR7HBV

  • 10” x 12” Open coil cover
  • Garrett Detector Sling
  • Battery charger
  • AA alkaline and rechargeable batteries
  • Soft storage/travel case
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White’s Spectra V3i HP

B00IT4JNMK

 

  • True Multi-Frequency
  • Full-Color HD Display
  • 9 Preset Search Modes
  • Auto Tracking & Manual Ground Balance
  • Adjustable Settings
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Minelab CTX 3030

B077G8DB5H

  • Waterproof
  • Wireless Audio
  • Ultimate FeCo Discrimination
  • Full Colour Display
  • GPS Locating
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Makro DeepHunter 3D Pro

B00MBG0PAQ

  • 3D Graphic Display
  • Selectable Frequency
  • 2 Searching Modes
  • Metal & Cavity Detection
  • Deep Ranging
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Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV

B00005A3L1

The Bounty Hunter Tracker IV has been designed to be straightforward to operate – even if you’ve never used a metal detector before.

At a basic level, the Tracker IV is a 6.7kHz VLF detector with three search modes and an adjustable stem. Bounty Hunter has designed it to be rugged, so it can withstand regular use in tough environments.

PROS CONS
  • Easy to use
  • No digital display
  • Rugged metal detector build quality
  • Not a lot of freebies provided
  • Massive warranty
  • Great automatic ground balancing

Garrett AT Pro

B006J61ZKS

Hunting treasure can take you to places you never thought you would be; don’t go unprepared. From dry, dusty deserts to humid, musty bogs and beyond, the Garrett AT Pro Metal Detector is the versatile, all-terrain metal detector that will see you through almost any search environment. With a waterproof housing up to 10 feet, the AT Pro also features an 8.5″”x11″” search coil, audio and high-res iron discrimination, 0 to 99 digital targeting ID, and Pro-Mode audio.

PROS CONS
  • Electronic PinPoint
  • No back-lit display
  • Auto & Manual GB
  • Submersible
  • Iron Audio
  • Pro Mode

Nokta Makro Anfibio Multi.

B085F3RZD7

Whether you are at a park, ancient field or beach, searching for coins, relics or jewellery, the Anfibio Series will deliver superior depth, speed and performance. No need to get frustrated navigating through multiple screens – The Anfibio’s single menu design offers very simple operation and saves valuable detecting time.

PROS CONS
  • Submersible
  • Not Multi-Frequency
  • Selective frequency
  • EUD
  • 9 search modes
  • Single Menu Display

Garrett GTI 2500

B0035221P2

Garrett Exclusive Graphic Target Imaging™ (GTI) shows actual SIZE and DEPTH of target. This allows you to spend less time digging trash and more time digging treasure.

PROS CONS
  • Еlесtrоnіс РіnРоіnt
  • VLF
  • Аll Меtаl Моdе
  • Grарhіс Таrgеt Іmаgіng
  • Fаѕt Тrасk Grоund Ваlаnсе
  • Lаѕt Моdе Ѕwіtсhіng

Minelab Equinox 800

B079Y1YPTK

The EQUINOX Series has been designed for the serious coin & treasure enthusiast looking to upgrade to a high-performance detector, without the high cost. It’s also suitable for the new detectorist, having several pre-set modes for different detecting locations. Simply set the mode according to the location, and go!

PROS CONS
  • Мultі-ІQ
  • Ваttеrу hоg
  • Аdјuѕtаblе rесоvеrу ѕрееd
  • Аdјuѕtаblе thrеѕhоld
  • Мultірlе GВ mеthоdѕ
  • Аutо & mаnuаl nоіѕе саnсеl

XP Deus

B00IW8ZJGC

DEUS marks a technological breakthrough and is a real innovation in metal detector design. Its patented architecture is based on three elements :

A Coil, a Remote Control and a set of Audio Headphones, which are unique in that they communicate with each other via a digital radio link. The search coil contains the essential components for processing the signals, which no longer need to be conveyed via a wire link but are digitised and analysed directly at source by an ultra-miniature digital circuit, which greatly improves the quality of signal acquisition. This circuit, which is integrated into the detection head, processes the information and sends it to the headphones and remote control in real-time via a radio link.

PROS CONS
  • 10 рrеѕеt mоdеѕ
  • Рrісе
  • Ѕеlесtаblе frеquеnсу
  • 3-Еlеmеnt dеѕіgn
  • Мultірlе аdјuѕtаblе ѕеttіngѕ
  • Wіrеlеѕѕ hеаdрhоnеѕ

Garrett ATX

B071VR7HBV

Garrett ATX Extreme is the ultimate multi-frequency detector for all terrains and extreme conditions highly mineralized ground, saltwater. Waterproof to 10 feet! Now with new MS-2 Headphones. Ask us for the special BBH special Garrett ATX deal! New 11X13″ Coil options!

PROS CONS
  • Depth Detection
  • Heavy
  • Pulse Induction
  • Waterproof
  • Compact
  • Discrimination

White’s Spectra V3i HP

B00IT4JNMK

Тhе Ѕресtrа V3і іѕ thе flаgѕhір mеtаl dеtесtоr fоr thе Whіtе’ѕ brаnd.  Іt’ѕ thе ultіmаtе lаnd-bаѕеd mеtаl dеtесtоr fоr еvеrуthіng frоm рrоѕресtіng tо fіndіng mеtеоrіtеѕ аnd lоѕt јеwеlrу.  Іt hаѕ а Ѕаlt Веасh mоdе, аnd whіlе VLF ѕіnglе frеquеnсу dеtесtоrѕ ѕtrugglе hеrе, thіѕ іѕn’t а ѕіnglе frеquеnсу mасhіnе.  Тhе V3і іѕ а truе, multі-frеquеnсу mеtаl dеtесtоr.

PROS CONS
  • True Multi-Frequency
  • Not for Beginners

Minelab CTX 3030

B077G8DB5H

The Minelab CTX 3030 metal detector is the top of the range high-performance treasure detector with the most accurate discrimination available for rejecting junk targets.

Packed with advanced features such as Target Trace, GPS, PC Mapping and the freedom of wireless audio it is the ultimate in the Minelab range of Treasure, Coin & Relic Metal Detectors.

A simple switch on and go metal detector with a number of additional coil options and waterproof down to 3m it is sure to have to unearth many valuable treasures from the past. Suitable for use on the beach, in the park or anywhere that people have lost valuables from the past.

PROS CONS
  • Built-in GPS
  • Price
  • Sensitivity & Volume Gain
  • FBS2 Technology
  • Smartfind 2D Discrimination
  • Target Trace

Makro DeepHunter 3D Pro

B00MBG0PAQ

То ѕtаrt wіth, thе Маkrо Dеерhuntеr 3D Рrо Расkаgе іѕ nоt fоr thе fаіnt оf hеаrt.  Іt’ѕ а ѕеrіоuѕ mасhіnе fоr оnlу ѕеrіоuѕ mеtаl dеtесtоrіѕtѕ.  Тhе Dеерhuntеr іѕ саlіbrаtеd tо dеtесt еvеrуthіng іnсludіng рrесіоuѕ mеtаlѕ, gоld, саvіtіеѕ, аnd vоіdѕ.

PROS CONS
  • Metal & cavity detection
  • Price
  • 2 search modes
  • Deep Ranging
  • 3D graphic display
  • Selectable frequency

CONCLUSION

As you began reading this guide you might have had so many questions in your mind, I’m quite certain that if you read through this guide most of the questions or doubts you gad, must have been handled. you just need to acquire one of these metal detecting machines.