Updated October 03, 2019 by Tina Morna Freitas

The 8 Best Metal Detectors For Gold

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This wiki has been updated 13 times since it was first published in August of 2018. Metal detectors are a fun way to pass the time in the great outdoors, but if you're serious about finding gold, you'll want a model that is designed to distinguish between different types of metals, so you don't waste all your time digging up discarded nails. Our selection includes a range of options for everyone from the serious prospector to the occasional hobbyist hoping to find some treasure. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best metal detector for gold on Amazon.

8. National Geographic Pro Series

7. Fisher Gold Bug-2 Combo

6. Bounty Hunter Land Ranger

5. White's Goldmaster GMT

4. Fisher Gold Bug Pro

3. Bounty Hunter Gold Digger

2. Garrett AT

1. Minelab Equinox 800

Editor's Notes

October 02, 2019:

Whether you are prospecting for nuggets or hoping to find misplaced jewelry will in part determine the best gold detector for you.

The innovative Minelab Equinox 800 comes with two gold programs already built into the unit allows you to choose between single or multi-frequency functions to give you more control over what you hear, plus it's suitable for beach and salt water use, so you get a lot of functionality for the money.

While most of the choices on our list feature additional modes, like all-metal for greater usefulness and versatility, the White's Goldmaster GMT is laser focused on finding gold nuggets and even gold flakes, but it's definitely not for the novice treasure hunter.

We decided to include the National Geographic Pro Series on this list even though it is unlikely to find small nuggets, because this model is of a much higher quality than most of the children's metal detectors out there. It's a solid choice for the beginner and can find gold jewelry.


Tina Morna Freitas
Last updated on October 03, 2019 by Tina Morna Freitas

Tina Morna Freitas is a writer who lives in Chicago with her family and three cats. She has a B.A. in anthropology with a minor in English, and has built a freelance career over the years in writing and digital marketing. Her passions for cooking, decorating and home improvement contribute to her extensive knowledge of all things kitchen and home goods. In addition, her 20 years as a parent inform her expertise in the endless stream of toys and equipment that inevitably takes over the homes of most parents. She also enjoys gardening, making and sipping margaritas, and aspires to be a crazy cat lady once all the children are grown.


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