So you’re starting a career in metal detecting? Fantastic! Welcome onboard to a world of possibilities.
Metal detecting can be an exciting and leisure activity while being productive and profitable—conveniently mixing your hobby with financial advantages.
For potential detectors, the latter part provides the best attraction.
The very first thing you will need as you start treasure hunting is a metal detector. A device that can find different sizes of metal in the ground or underwater. Since you are starting metal detecting for the first time, there’s every chance you do not understand the technicalities of its operation just yet. So, what you need is a metal detector that is simple and straightforward to use without complicated buttons, controls and adjustments.
This is why we’ve curated a list of the best entry-level metal detectors.
After considering so many important factors like budget (entry-level detectors generally cost low prices), the type of technology used, the condition for detecting, etc., we are pretty confident this list encompasses the best beginner detectors in the industry.
Other factors include Operating frequency, accessories, type of search coil, operating technology, etc.
Some of the top brands in Metal detecting consistently design new models to fit into every category, and they dominate this list deservedly. The Fisher’s, the Whites, the Garrett’s—all feature on the best entry-level detectors in the planet.
We loved the Fisher F22 that is weatherproof and can brave different conditions, be it rain or humid environments, during treasure hunting. The Bounty hunter Tracker IV also stood out for its remarkable performance for a low price.
Have a look at the rest of them below.
Fisher F22 Weatherproof Metal detector
Are you looking for the best metal detector to begin your career in metal detecting? And one that is suited for beginners type of hunting like coins, relics, etc? The first detector that comes to mind is the Fisher F22, and we’re duly starting this list with it. Since coin and relic hunting cuts across all age groups, you need a device that is easy to operate and understand—a detector like the F22. One unique feature of this metal detector is that it has four modes of operation for metal detecting. They include custom mode, jewelry mode, coin, and Artifact mode. The F22 also has a visual target identification system to separate junk metals from the valuable ones. While this metal detector is not entirely waterproof, it is weatherproof and, thus, can withstand weather conditions like rain, storms, fast winds, etc. Finally, and perfect for a coin hunter, the F22 has three search coils and sensitivity controls to adjust the level of control, and a 5-year warranty on the product to give customer satisfaction.
Minelab X-terra 305 metal detector
If you’re worried as a newbie in the metal industry, or metal detectors being too difficult to operate, you may want to breathe easy from now on. The X-terra 305 is a remarkable entry-level detector and it is one of Minelab’s in-actual operation VFLEX technology detector. The X-Terra 305 is the perfect tool for you to begin your coin, relic, and gold hunting; it is also used by professionals across the world. It has manual ground balance operation that enables it work in the most difficult of land terrains. The two-frequency operation is perfect to switch from coin to relic hunting. And of all Minelab’s metal detectors that use VFLEX technology, the X-Terra 305 is the cheapest and this makes it a very popular choice in detecting. The depth indicator feature is a useful tool that this metal detector uses to calculate how far it will take you to dig up prospective metals in the ground and display it on the screen.
Garrett ACE 400 metal detectors
The ACE series from Garrett takes treasure hunting to a different level with top performance for low prices. And the best of them all is the ACE 400. It’s simple operation is perfect for beginners in metal detecting. Starting operation frequency at 10kHz, the ACE 400 is significantly higher than its counterparts and also working at a signal strength recommended for the best coin hunting. Like the rest of the metal detectors from the ACE series, 400 is very lightweight and has an adjustable stem that improves handling during coin hunting. Perhaps the best feature of this metal detector is the frequency adjustment option that allows you to control frequency signals to optimize your hunt. The Iron audio system lets you hear the sound of discriminated iron targets and control the signal only to pick valuable metals. What else is in the box? Precisely what is in the ACE 300: Easy stow headphones that are fully submersible and wireless for standard use, ACE cover-up coil protection, and some recovery tools for hunting across different terrains. The 4 AA batteries also power the device for 20 hours each.
Garrett AT Pro metal detector
When you’re exploring the best entry-level metal detectors for gold, you can quickly become overwhelmed from choice, but the Garrett AT pro stands out here and is the top choice for beginners and experts alike. With its Iron Audio system, you can hear the Iron trash in the ground—sounds like a grunt—and ultimately avoid them; it saves you a lot of time to be used chasing valuable treasure.This metal detector also boasts of advanced audio modes to indicate the depth of metals in the ground, their size, and conductivity (useful information to determine the type of metal it is). Electronic pinpointing and Fast break ground balance are also features of the AT pro that makes it a top detectors choice. The latter feature is useful in ground situations with high mineralization. Finally, the AT pro will work fully submerged underwater up to a depth of 10 feet, and the massive 8.5” x 11” search coil improves its sensitivity to find the smallest gold nuggets in the ground.
Garrett ACE 300 metal detectors
The ACE 300 is another top-rated choice for coin and relic hunting, and it represents the second Garrett metal detector on this list of entry level metal detectors. For its price, you will not get a better deal with any other device. The ACE 300 has an adjustable operating frequency with a 7” x 10” concentric PROformance search coils to improve sensitivity and also reduce interference. The electronic pinpointing tells you the exact location of targets, depth levels, and how fast you can reach your treasure. Furthermore, the ACE300 uses an advanced and new pulse-width-modulation Audio to hear more precise and more authentic signals from metals. An advanced Iron detector with better visual resolution identifies unwanted metals and uses the discrimination system to discard them. What else is in the box? Easy stow headphones that are fully submersible and wireless for standard use, ACE cover-up coil protection, and some recovery tools for hunting across different terrains
Minelab Vanquish 340 metal detector
The vanquish uses a multi-frequency system and 12″ search coil to optimize coin and relic hunting to top standards. The Minelab’s V10 10×7″ Double-D coil is also included in this product. Minelab, as we already know, are responsible for some of the most technological advanced metal detectors in the world, and this detector, didn’t disappoint. The multi-IQ technology is like combining the potentials of multiple meta detectors and placing them into one body. And when you’re ready, all you need to do is to set the Vanquish to one of the three search modes: Coin, All Metal, and Relic mode. Easy and straightforward! After you locate your metal, the four discrimination segments helps you curate the types of metals you want the device to notify you as valuable or the ones that you want to discard as mere Iron junk. The Vanquish 340 is also considerably lightweight at 2.6 pounds and has a LED backlight for night hunting. It is waterproof – fully submersible up to 3.3 ft underwater, and—with 9 volts batteries—can give up to 30 hours of coin hunting.
Bounty Hunter Tracker IV
The tracker IV is the most prevalent metal detector from Bounty Hunter, and it is not hard to see why: it provides remarkable performance for a low price. The simple design and operation of the Tracker IV are also what makes it so accessible in the market for beginners and professionals alike. Operating frequency is 6.7kHz—that utilizes three search modes—and the waterproof search coil makes underwater detecting a possibility. The three search modes are All-metal (for detecting all types of metal like Iron, gold, aluminum, silver, copper, steel, brass, etc), Tone (automatic Iron rejection and two audio tones), and Full discriminate (single tone to discriminate all types of trash metals). What makes the Tracker IV so convenient for entry-level detecting, is its basic controls. The only adjustable settings in the entire device are the search mode, discrimination, and sensitivity—all of which have a simple switch to control them. Sadly, the tracker IV doesn’t have target ID, Iron Audio and depth indicator that is present in standard metal detectors.
Nokta Makro Simplex
Another entry-level metal detector that is simple and easy-to-use. The simplex has an auto ground balancing and comes with built-in search modes which include All Metal, park, Field, and beach. It is waterproof-fully submersible up to 10ft underwater, and the operating frequency of 12kHz makes it a perfect device for treasure hunting. The vibration of the simplex is its own creative way of showing that it has detected a target in a particular area. It has a very simple, adapted for easy and less complicated handling. Not to mention that the simplex is very lightweight at merely 2.9 pounds and, consequently, can be used for extended periods without getting tired from the load. For all its admirable qualities, this metal detector is probably most popular for its lightning. So, when it comes to night-time coin, relic and gold hunting, you know who you’re banking on. LCD backlight, a very bright LED flashlight, and keypad backlight maintain top-quality lighting for this beauty.
Garrett ACE 250 metal detector
The Garrett 250 is made for coin and relic hunting. The operating frequency of this detector stands at 6.5kHz, which is good for picking up coin signals. A necessary upgrade of this metal detector from the ACE 200 is it’s comes with adjustable sensitivity unlike the former. There are Five search modes for the ACE 250: All metals (this is suited, with a high sensitivity, to locate any kind of metal object), jewelry (objects like rings, earrings, wristwatches, etc, made from valuable metal), Custom (default mode), relics (for artifacts and old objects from a long time), and coins. The operating mode is of types: Full-range, multi-notch discrimination. 4 AA alkaline batteries each have 20 hours of life in each of them; so the ACE 250 is trusted to go the miles with the sufficient power it needs. For children and young beginners in coin hunting, the lightweight and adjustable length of this model in the Garrett GTI series makes it a perfect device to start your hunt, and carry around as you travel. One downside of this entry-level metal detector is that it is not waterproof. Although for its price, you can hardly expect the ACE 250 to have it all.
Quest Scuba Tector
The Quest Scuba Tector is a performance-oriented entry-level metal detector capable of extensive hunting underwater and on land. The Scuba Tector follows the trend of many underwater detector by featuring a pulse-induction technology coupled with a 5×4” mono search coil for powerful sensitivity and to reach incredible depths. It is waterproof, submersible up to 200ft—tailor-made to locate coins, relics, gold, and jewelry that have been buried deep underwater. It is still a mystery how the Scuba Tector sells for its price despite having features that makes it one of the best underwater detectors around. For an entry level detector, you need something that is easy to operate and less complicated to handle; this is why the Scuba Tector uses a simple operation mechanism. With the click of a single button, you are ready for efficient treasure hunting. To switch to dive mode (the suitable mode for underwater deep hunting) all you need to do is to press two buttons for two seconds and this metal detector is ready to go.
National Geographic Pro metal detector
The National Geographic pro is not on this list because for an entry-level detector (and for its price), it gives an incredible level of quality. While it is mainly used by children and people who want to take metal detecting as a hobby, this detector can perform on an even higher level—as some professional metal detectors have found out. When it comes to metal detectors, this one is the absolute bargain. With a three-metal detection mode, the PRO can detect all metals, metals that are not iron, and Metals that are not Iron and Aluminium. It also features four ranges of sensitivity and search-discrimination. They include Iron, Aluminum, Rings (similar types of jewelry), and high-value coins. Like most metal detectors on this list, the PRO is very lightweight; this makes it a popular choice for children—and it is waterproof. All National Geographic toys—a category that this metal detector falls under—have a 100% satisfaction guarantee for customers, so you get the National Geographic Pro for your kids with the assurance that they will love it, and travel with it everywhere they go (since the Pro is very portable, and folds up to 22”)
Bounty Hunter Platinum
Although it’s been years since the Bounty hunter platinum was released as the first model of their PRO series, it is still an efficient metal detector, highly regarded in the metal detecting world. It is unique with its graphic target depth indicator that digitally displays valuable metal targets and calculates how far you will need to dig. The adjustable sensitivity allows it to go to the extreme depths to find treasure. The ergonomic s-rod handle gives it a very straightforward handling that beginners in metal detecting can easily maneuver. The 11” DD waterproof search coil allows it to search for valuable metals underwater. And with a frequency of 7.8kHz, it is the ultimate detector for coin and relic hunting. The bounty hunter platinum has seven levels of adjustable discrimination—each by category and four audio feedback tones. The automatic ground balance of this metal detector is a needed feature to reduce the effect of mineralization in certain grounds
White’s Coinmaster GT Metal detector
Coinmaster’s solid Target ID allows you to identify the metals you come across as you haunt for valuable coins. The audio mode, similarly, will enable you to hear the signal emitted by nearby artifacts. But hearing the signal of every metal you come across can be quite tiring and—in a way—anti-climactic, don’t you think? Not to worry, the coinmaster takes care of this with a five-range discrimination system. What this does is that it allows you to pick and curate the types of signals you want to hear. For example, if you’ve programmed your Coinmaster only to give you the feedback signal sound of bronze coins, this is what it will do. This metal detector also comes with a 9” waterproof search coil and Beach mode system; that makes it work well underwater. The automatic ground balance of the coin master adjusts itself as you seek in coins in the ground.
The name ‘Whites’ on the label of any metal detector is a sure sign that you are getting the best quality, and White’s All-purpose Treasuremaster is a remarkable metal detector that the beginners and professionals all wax lyrical. Few detectors can claim to be truly all-purpose and the Treasuremaster is one of them—it will find anything from gold and silver coins to relic items to jewelry. All this is made possible by its 9.5” concentric search coil and 7.81kHz operating frequency. You can adjust the sensitivity to personalize your signals to fluid targets in deep parts of the ground or in highly mineralized grounds. The treasuremaster’s 8 modes of customized discrimination enables it to identify the majority of junk and thrash metals and to eliminate them from the way of finding valuable metals. The visual target ID is an efficient feature that indicates on a large LCD screen, the depth of metal targets in the ground and how long it will take to get there. Couple the visual target with 4-tone audio ID that uses unique sounds to alert you on finding several types of metals. The Treasuremaster’s is top-of-line performance enhanced and its lightweight feature makes it capable of gong long hours of hunting without having a physical toll on you.
Bounty Hunter Lone star Pro
Widely regarded as a middle-level metal detector, the Lone star Pro has simple controls and easy to understand LCD display that every beginner will understand perfectly. Like many detectors on this list, it features a graphic target depth indicator but also tops it up with sensitivity chart and a multiple notching system. The target depth indicator displays the depth of valuable targets and how far you have to dig to get it in the soil. It has a single search mode and a single discrimination mode that ignores every junk and trash metal for only valuable metal targets. However, the target ID will indicate the exact type of metal it has uncovered in the soil with its unique icons for metals like gold, silver, iron, etc. Adjustable sensitivity for treasure hunting at great depths and also highly mineralized grounds. The lone star pro has an interchangeable coil system with 8.” Concentric waterproof search coil and a 7.69kHz operating frequency to find treasure in the field and the smallest quantity.
Fisher Labs F11 Metal detector
Few brands can boast of the unbelievable number of high-grade metal detectors that Fisher put out consistently. And they regularly give us the option of different kind of treasure hunting in one device—it is why everyone loves a Fisher. The F11 is perfect for gold prospecting, coin hunting, and relic hunting, and its features are custom-made for just that. With a 3-mode operation system that includes Jewelry, artifacts, and coins, you can switch and specialize the F11 depending on the type of treasure you are seeking. An impressive 9-segment visual display Target ID recognizes a series of valuable metals in the soil and utilizes signal analysis to detect precisely where they are.The F11 also comes with 2 AA 9-volt alkaline batteries that give you 20 hours of hunting time each, so you’re sure never to lose ground with this detector. Finally, we always like our metal detectors light—especially when going for long periods of hunting—and the little 2.29 pounds that the F11 stands at makes it conveniently lightweight; thus, suitable for extended use.
Teknetics Delta 4000 metal detector
Teknetics are one of the leading brands in metal detecting, and the Delta 4000 is one of our top picks for its popular easy-to-use features that are convenient for beginners. It has adjustable discrimination and sensitivity that allows it to select the types of metals it wants to target in the ground and also to personality operations by going to considerable depth to find treasures. The one-touch pinpoint mode also determines the extent of valuable metals and how long it will take to dig. Target identification helps it recognize precise metal targets in the ground and a digital chart on the screen to display target features and category icons. The preset ground balance helps it maneuver fields of high mineralization, and it is straightforward to use with a simple switch to turn on, and then you’re ready. The operating frequency of the Delta 4000 is 7.69kHz with 8” concentric standard search coil for high sensitivity and efficiency in locating coins and valuable metals. This metal detector uses a 9V alkaline battery that gives it up to 25 hours of metal detecting. Lastly, the delta 4000 comes with adjustable length of 43”-53” and 5 discrimination modes adjustment.
Nokta Makro PulseDive Scuba detector
With the Pulsedive, you are getting remarkable efficiency for a low price. We’re putting our money on this Scuba detector—yep, suitable for Scuba diving—to blow your mind. This IP68-rated waterproof device is submersible up to 200ft; makes it one of the best underwater metal detectors in the world. Pulse induction technology enables this beauty to dispel electrons in saltwater and to ignore soil with high ground mineralization. When metal targets are located, the PulseDive uses four efficient means of indication and they are: Audio only, vibration only, audio and Vibration, and LED indicator. It also features a powerful LED flashlight for good vision at night during detecting. For the dive mode, the PulseDive locks the keys of operation and every other part that can be punctured by water pressure at massive depths.
Whites X-Venture Metal detector
Whites x-venture is a good option for kids and one of the easy operation metal detectors you can find around. And despite being a beginner and entry-level detector, the Xventure is an excellent device for all-round hunting. It comes with three search modes: pinpoint, coin, and jewelry. The pinpoint mode detects the precise location of metal targets in the ground and shows you how deep you must dig to access it. Coin mode is custom-made for finding coins of all kinds of metals and across different terrains. The jewelry mode will identify items like rings, earrings, necklaces, etc., that are made from valuable metals. The target identification system of the venture is in 5 segments: Iron, nickel, pull-tap, foil, and coin. The system uses simple icons to represent each of these metals, and a flashing LED light to indicate its presence nearby during hunting. It also comes with a waterproof standard and more depth capacity. Two-year product warranty means you have all the time to enjoy your entry into metal detecting wit this beauty before moving on to more advanced metal detectors
Nokta Makro—AU Gold metal detector
This new iteration from Makro’s whole series of gold metal detectors has an operating frequency of 56kHz—indicating that it is custom-made for gold prospecting. While one could argue that the AU is strictly for gold detection, it has versatile sensitivity also to locate coins, relics, and other valuable metals. It uses Visual LED discrimination to identify the different types of metals and ignore the ones that are of zero utility.High mineralization cancellation is another quality of the AU Gold metal detector. Switching between automatic, manual, and tracking, it can withstand magnetic interference and detect gold nuggets in the soil. Furthermore, this metal detector comes with a hip mount for extended use despite being 1.5kg weight. The waterproof search coil will trace signals underwater, comfortably making the AU Gold capable of metal detecting in all terrains—on ground and underwater. The ground balance can be adjusted through a manual and easy-to-read switch, and the tracking can sum up the quantity of mineralization. For long and extended periods of detecting, the AU has 4 AA alkaline batteries that each have over 20 hours of life in them.
The truth is we are just as excited as you begin your journey in metal detecting. Curating this list was even more fun than we expected, and all the devices here are perfectly suitable for entry-level detecting.
They come with many top features for improved performance and ease-of-use when treasure hunting. So, which device on this list are you initiating your hunting career with.