Metal Detector Buying Guide

So you've decided you want to get into metal detecting as a hobby, that's great! Your most important purchase for your hobby will be your metal detector. Perhaps you are brand new to metal detecting or you are upgrading your detector. Whichever it is, you may need some help deciding which detector is best for you. This buying guide will help you choose the best detector for your needs and budget.


What will you be using the detector for? Are you going to start treasure hunting? Or are you looking for security options or is it just for around the house or workshop? Whichever it is we’ve structured the website to make shopping easy for you. You can also filter by category, price or brand.  On each product page you will find tabs for description, specifications and reviews. Check out the reviews tab to find out what others who bought the same product thought.

Some may suggest that the best place to start is with a budget, however it is first best to consider how much time you will be devoting to treasure hunting. Perhaps you are just testing the waters before you jump in full hog into a new hobby or you may be an experienced detectorist. Either way, if you are going to be spending a lot of time out in the field, then it is best to invest in a good quality model. As a general rule of thumb with metal detectors, the more you pay the more advanced features the machine has.



Do you have a set budget in mind? Is this your overall budget including the detector and accessories or just for the machine alone? Some essential accessories you will need for treasure hunting are gloves, digging tools and a cover to protect your search coil. Find out what you need in a basic kit for a day out in the field here.

No idea where to start? We recommend comparing this purchase to what you would spend on other hobbies or sports. Oftentimes it also comes down to a matter of personal preference.  Are you the type of person who just wants the basics? Or do you want the latest and greatest with all the bells and whistles. This also has to be taken into account when choosing a metal detector.



Are you good at adapting to new technology? The basic functions of any model are easy to grasp but if you want to do some serious prospecting and find specific targets you will need to adjust the detectors functions to get the best performance. Not so good? It is recommended to stick with a beginner or intermediate model. No problems adapting? Advanced level and up are suitable for you. If you have detected before then advanced level and up would be our recommendation for you.



There can be a lot of industry jargon on product descriptions so it pays to familiarise yourself with the basics of metal detecting, the lingo, functionality and if you really want to but not absolutely essential, some technical background helps too. This will give you a general understanding about different types of metal detectors and their capabilities. Once you are familiar with the features you can decide which are most important for you to have and compare different models. The basics of metal detecting are covered under in our metal detecting knowledge base.



Who is the detector for? It is for yourself, a child or for a gift?  All models are suitable for older children and adults with adjustable length.  If you are buying for yourself, it should be relatively easy to figure out which detector is best for you but if you are buying for someone else you may need to think hard about what will suit them.



Are all metal detectors the same? The simple answer is ‘no’. There are a number of manufacturers, producing different detector models, with different technical and operational features and different performance characteristics. Read our technical background page to find out more about the different types of metal detectors. 

Metal detectors can be used for a wide variety of prospecting activities and most detectors are designed to suit a specific range of metal detection functions. All our detectors suit general purpose treasure hunting.

Some brands have distinctive features and characteristics which some treasure hunters love and others not so much, again this is down to personal preference. Generally, treasure hunters can become quite attached to a particular brand and if you know anyone who is already into prospecting they will likely recommend the brand they already use. Be sure to do your own research and consider your own wants and needs before making your purchase.



No matter what you choose you can be rest assured peace of mind when you purchase from us as our metal detector brands are made in the USA and are covered by full warranty. And, if that’s not enough you’re also covered by our 30-day hassle-free return policy.

Happy shopping! 

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