Updated August 06, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

The 10 Best Waterproof Metal Detectors

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This wiki has been updated 5 times since it was first published in August of 2018. From scuba diving to beachcombing, treasure hunters are sure to find the right underwater metal detector among our comprehensive selection. We’ve rounded up picks appropriate for both salt and fresh water, from completely submersible units any expert would appreciate to budget-friendly options ideal for casual hobbyists. These offerings work equally well on dry land, too. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best waterproof metal detector on Amazon.

10. Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker

9. Garrett Pro-Pointer

8. Fisher 1280X Aquanaut

7. Whites TDI BeachHunter Extreme

6. Minelab Excalibur II 1000

5. Garrett AT Pro

4. White's Surfmaster DF

3. Minelab Equinox 600

2. Bounty Hunter Land Ranger Pro

1. Fisher CZ-21

Special Honors

Tesoro Sand Shark The Sand Shark is a microprocessor-controlled pulse induction model that is specifically designed to excel in saltwater environments. Whether you are hunting on a damp beach or 100-feet underwater, it offers a high level of sensitivity and has the right amount enough discrimination that you won't waste time digging up junk. tesoro.com

Editor's Notes

August 02, 2019:

Finding the right waterproof metal detector can be difficult for beginners. While an experienced user might already know what features they want and be willing to shell out well over $500 for a high-performance model, those new to the hobby with limited knowledge may not be. Unfortunately, buying a low-quality unit can often lead to becoming disillusioned with treasure hunting, since they may not discriminate between junk and valuables well enough, or worse, simply not detect anything at all. That being said, we believe we have done a good job of identifying good models for both beginners and old hands.

Beginners who aren't yet ready to make a big investment, but still want something that performs reasonably well, should look to the Bounty Hunter Land Ranger Pro or Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker. Though these both only have a waterproof search coil and pole, they are budget-friendly and perform better than most other units in their price range. If having a waterproof coil isn't that important to you, then you may want to check out our more comprehensive list of metal detectors for beginners.

If you are a diver, whether a beginner or not, you don't just need a fully submersible unit, but one that can withstand depths of at least 25 feet, such as the Fisher CZ-21, Whites TDI BeachHunter Extreme, Minelab Excalibur II 1000, Fisher 1280X Aquanaut, and White's Surfmaster DF. Deepwater divers will want to restrict themselves to choosing between the Fisher CZ-21, Minelab Excalibur II 1000, and Fisher 1280X Aquanaut, which are all designed for use at depths well over 100 feet. It is worth mentioning that the Fisher 1280X Aquanaut is not ideal for saltwater use, since it only utilizes a single frequency, though it will work well enough for the periodic marine dive.

The Minelab Equinox 600, Garrett AT Pro, and Garrett Pro-Pointer are also fully submersible units, but not designed for use more than 10 feet deep, so they are best for waist-deep wading or perhaps very shallow snorkeling.


Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on August 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.


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