Give gold digging a whole new meaning with the best metal detectors.
Metal detecting can be a fun hobby. Just think, all the cool relics sitting at museums weren't found without someone deciding they were going on a treasure hunt. Whether you're searching for coins, lost class rings, relic hunting or just looking for nails in your driveway, you'll soon be on your way to finding metal objects. This would've been a fun hobby to get into when I was younger.
Do your kids need a new hobby? Give them an idea of some things they can find metal detecting. Let them know there's gold nuggets that need to be found, besides the old chicken nuggets sitting under the backseat of your truck.
What Are the Best Metal Detectors?
Depends on what you're looking for. Some metal detectors are ideal for different types of metal. Just think back to your days of learning the table of elements. There's a variety of them, so if you're looking for gold, coins or a viking helmet, look for a metal detector that can sense many types of metals.
Best Metal Detectors for Beginners Under $300
1.Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV Metal Detector
For metal detecting newbies, I recommend a detector by Bounty Hunter. The machine balances to extreme ground conditions. There's an 8-inch waterproof search coil for metal detecting in shallow water. Eliminate all types of metal with the discrimination control. You can even maximize your detection with the sensitivity control.
2. Garrett Ace 300 Metal Detector
The Garrett Ace 300 comes with a submersible search coil and has five search modes. Garrett says this one is designed for advanced users, so unless you're a pro gold digger or willing to check out video tutorials to learn a bunch of metal detecting knowledge in the next few days, I would stick to something else. It's ideal for detecting coins and jewelry. It also comes with headphones!
3. Teknetics Delta 4000 Metal Detector
The Teknetics Delta 4000 has an easy-to-read LCD screen and has an all metal discrimination mode. If you've got your mind set on a specific metal object, this is a great spec. There's a three-tone audio discrimination and the running depth indicator can identify target depths from 0 to 8 inches.
4. Fisher F22 Weatherproof Metal Detector with Submersible Search Coil
The Fisher F22 can detect metals up to 9 inches deep. It has a pinpoint mode and runs on AA batteries. There's four search modes and four audio ID tones. It's also 2.3 pounds, so if your kids want to try metal detecting, this will be easy for them to hold.
5. NALANDA Metal Detector, 5 Detection Modes, 18khz Gold Finder Treasure Hunter with Submersible Search Coil
This metal detector is ideal for finding gold. The coil is waterproof to three meters and the sensitivity is adjustable. There's a LCD display, so you can easily to see which functions you have your detector set to.
6. White's Coinmaster Metal Detector
The best feature on this metal detector is the depth reading. It tells you know deep you need to dig. It's ideal for coins, so if you know anyone who likes to collect coins, this makes a great gift. The five-range discrimination adjusts so you can pick which signal types you want. The 9-inch coil is waterproof, so take it to the beach, river or lake.
7. Garrett ACE 250 Metal Detector with Submersible Search Coil Plus Headphones
Best Metal Detectors Under $1,000
8. Garrett AT Pro Metal Detector
9. Garrett AT MAX Metal Detector with MS-3, Pro-Pointer AT Z-Lynk, Carry Bag & More
You can use wireless headphones with this metal detector. There's an automatic ground balance, and an optimized frequency for detecting a variety of metal objects. You could even find brass relics with this one! It's ideal for saltwater beaches. The Garrett AT Max detector has five stars on Amazon.
10. XP ORX Metal Detector w/WSAudio Wireless Headphones and 9.5-Inch Elliptical DD Coil
The XP ORX also has five stars! There's 9.5-inch elliptical waterproof coil that's sensitive to small metal objects. There's 21 frequencies so you'll be able to spot some nice treasures, if you're looking in the right spot.
11. Garrett AT Pro Metal Detector Bonus Pack with ProPointer II and Edge Digger
The high-quality iron audio on this one is a plus. It's high-resolution, so it will be easy to know whether or not you've struck gold or a penny. It scores 4.7 out of 5 stars.
12. Fisher F19 Metal Detector
This Fisher F19 can be used at the beach. There's a 19 kHx operating frequency and a backlit display. A customer review says it's sensitive to small objects, which is nice. Try to fill up an old bucket or large Mason jar and cash in at the Coinstar. You never know, after finding coins for a few months you might walk out with a good wad of cash.
13. Fisher F75+ Metal Detector Bundle Package
14. Minelab Equinox 600 Multi-IQ Metal Detector with EQX 11" Double D Smart Coil
There's six custom search profiles on this metal detector from Minelab. Customizing detection can help you find the metal you're looking for and ignore the trash targets.
15. White's Beachhunter 300 w/12 Loop Metal Detector
The Beacherhunter 300 is ideal for treasure hunting in salt and freshwater. It has three controls for threshold, sensitivity, and ground. It's waterproof in depths up to 25 feet! Wow. The two search modules toggle between pinpointing and wide search. This one is top notch, and seems like it's worth every penny.