Updated July 06, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

The 10 Best Metal Detectors For Beginners

video play icon
Best High-End
Best Mid-Range
Best Inexpensive

This wiki has been updated 12 times since it was first published in August of 2018. We won’t promise you'll find any long-lost treasure, but if you pick up one of these metal detectors for beginners, you will get plenty of other benefits. This hobby is an unusual form of exercise, a fun way to potentially boost your change collection, and a great way to dive into history. We’ve included models for everyone, including kids and those on a tight budget. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best metal detector for beginners on Amazon.

10. New Home Innovations Forager Go

9. Treasure Cove TC-3020

8. Bounty Hunter Junior

7. Teknetics Delta 4000

6. Garrett Pro Pointer AT

5. Bounty Hunter Quick Silver

4. National Geographic Pro Series

3. Garrett Ace 200

2. Bounty Hunter TK4

1. Fisher F22

Editor's Notes

July 03, 2019:

Metal detecting is only a fun hobby if you actually find things, which is why we wanted to make sure most of our choices had strong sensors. The only exception to this is the Bounty Hunter Junior, which shouldn't be expected to be the most powerful model considering how little it costs. It's still a great way to teach kids about the hobby and, as their interest grows, you can them move them up to a better, more costly model like the National Geographic Pro Series.

The Fisher F22, Garrett Ace 200, and Teknetics Delta 4000 are all made by well-respected companies that produce some of the best metal detectors out there. While the three units that made our list are their entry-level models, they still perform quite well. Not only can they find small objects at pretty impressive depths, but they also allow for a lot of adjustability to target specific materials and reject unwanted metals. We feel the Bounty Hunter TK4 and Bounty Hunter Quick Silver both offer a lot of value for their price, giving users features that would usually be reserved for slightly more expensive models.

If you don't plan on searching large areas, a pin pointer like the Garrett Pro Pointer AT might be a good choice. It is completely waterproof, so you can use it in shallow bodies of water; features a built-in flashlight; and comes with a belt holster for convenient carrying.


Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on July 06, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously at the keyboard or, perhaps, enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.


Thanks for reading the fine print. About the Wiki: We don't accept sponsorships, free goods, samples, promotional products, or other benefits from any of the product brands featured on this page, except in cases where those brands are manufactured by the retailer to which we are linking. For more information on our rankings, please read about us, linked below. The Wiki is a participant in associate programs from Amazon, Walmart, Ebay, Target, and others, and may earn advertising fees when you use our links to these websites. These fees will not increase your purchase price, which will be the same as any direct visitor to the merchant’s website. If you believe that your product should be included in this review, you may contact us, but we cannot guarantee a response, even if you send us flowers.