The 10 Best Metal Detectors For Kids
This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in October of 2019. Ideal for children under 10, these battery-operated metal detectors make great holiday or birthday gifts that’ll keep kids entertained for hours on the beach, in the backyard, or during nature walks and forest hikes. They beep and light up as your youngster hunts for hidden treasures and, you never know, they may discover a hidden hoard of valuables. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best metal detector for kids on Amazon.
November 08, 2019:
I wanted to highlight what I thought to be the most suitable metal detectors for kids (with ‘kids’ being the operative word) here. This essentially meant that selections were heavily weighted in favour of criteria like ease of use, simplicity, functionality as a toy, and most importantly, ability to engage a child or capture his or her attention (which I felt was the top priority with any of these products).
It goes without being said that these are functional but less sophisticated detectors, intended to capture a child’s attention - and if you’re looking for a professional model, you can check out the best metal detectors, or if you're looking for a more adult-appropriate entry-level model, you can have a look at the best metal detectors for beginners.
I would mention another sub-category of detectors and that’s those for adolescents, I’d define a suitable age to use these as anything between 10-15, but some parents may like to start early. This is the sub-category full of entry-level /semi-professional models and Bounty Hunter in fact makes some great entry-level products here (like the Quicksilver and Tracker IV). I may have to do a separate list on detectors for adolescents some other time.
Here though, I wanted to focus specifically on very young children and the market has its fair share of toys that may often produce a lot of inaccurate readings like false positives and false negatives. Both the Kidzlane 2-in-1 and Explore One Junior Blue are certainly built and marketed as toys – I wouldn’t expect any sophisticated level of metal detection with either, and they lack a visual interface (screen) that would otherwise notify you of, at the very least: (a) the type/quality of metal, and (b) depth of the metal.
Nevertheless, they are very good at keeping a child’s attention, especially with very young kids, with all the lighting and beeping- this is particularly true of the Kidzlane 2-in-1.
On the other end of the spectrum, the New Home Innovations Relic Hunter is a more bland and serious model that was certainly marketed for a slightly older age-bracket and even for adults as a rudimentary entry model, which is why I wanted to mention it. The detection capabilities of the New Home Innovations Relic Hunter, while better than some of the previously-mentioned toys aren’t necessarily better than some of the other more child-friendly models in the list.
Note that most of these devices have a detection depth of 4-6 inches, with larger metal objects being detectable by up to a foot.
In terms of an engaging and child-friendly visual interface, the Bounty Hunter Junior Target ID and Tacklife Junior Treasure Hunter are certainly at the top of the list (followed by the Intey Junior Yellow). However, I haven’t put the bounty hunter top because I felt that it fell short on other measures like suitable levels of detection accuracy (the Bounty Hunter Junior Target ID can be a little too sensitive here), sturdiness, ease of operation.
Ultimately, I feel that the Tacklife Junior Treasure Hunter is ultimately the best combination of operation simplicity, accuracy and user(child)-engagement (or attention-keeping).