Best Metal Detector for Finding Gold

Okay, let’s just get this out there straight off the bat.  The hands-down best gold detector on the market today is the Minelab 7000. But unless you know the location of General Yamashita’s gold bar stash then you may not want to pony up the insane asking price (around $8,000).

If you can afford to pay 8k for a detector then just stop reading right now and go check out the Minelab 7000.

If however, you would rather not raid your kid’s college fund to pay for your new detector then keep reading. We have plenty of more reasonably priced Gold Detectors on the list.

10 Best Gold Metal Detectors

ImageDetectorLevelTypeFrequency,  kHzStock CoilWeightPrice
Minelab X-Terra 705 Gold PackBeginnerVLF3, 7.5 & 18.75kHz – change frequency by changing coils10” Elliptical Double-D light weight, water resistant 18.75kHz2.9lb/1.3kg (external battery)$
Fisher Gold BugBeginnerVLF19 khz5″ DD2.5lb/1.1kg$
Fisher Gold Bug ProBeginnerVLF19 kHz6.5″2.5lb/1.1kg$$
Fisher Gold Bug 2Fisher Gold Bug 2IntermediateVLF71 kHz6.5×10″ Concentric2.9lb/1.3kg$$$
Garrett gold metal detectorGarrett AT GoldIntermediateVLF18 kHz5×8″ DD3.03lb/1.4kg$$$
Whites Goldmaster metal detectorWhite’s Goldmaster 24KIntermediateVLF48 kHz6×10″ DD3.6lb/1.6kg$$$
tesoro Lobo Supertraq metal detectorTesoro Lobo SuperTRAQIntermediateVLF17.8 kHz10″ DD3.5 lb/1.6kg$$$
Minelab 7000 - worlds best gold detectorMinelab GPZ 7000ExpertPIMultiple14×13″ DD7.32 lb/3.2 kg$$$$$+
Minelag GPX 5000 gold detectorMinelab GPX 5000ExpertPIMultiple11″ DD5.3lb/2.4kg$$$$$
XP Deus detector for finging goldXP DeusExpertMulti-FrequencyMultiple9″ dd waterproof wireless search coil2lbs/.9kg$$$$

Budget Gold Detectors

There are plenty of great “regular” metal detectors on the market for around $250-$300, but if you want to find gold you will need to spend at least $500 for an entry-level gold detector. Anything less is likely to be ineffective in the tough conditions where gold is usually found.

Here are 2 budget gold detectors that will get the job done…


Minelab X-Terra 705 Gold Pack

Best All Purpose Budget Gold Detector

Minelab X-Terra 705 Gold Pack

The X-Terra 705 has a large number of features and operating modes making it suitable for almost any type of metal detecting, be it for coins, jewelry, relics, or gold nuggets.

This is the machine for somebody who really wants all the features a top end gold detector offers and still have a good prospecting detector.

What really sets the X-Terra 705 apart however is all its other features. The X-Terra 705 is a good choice for somebody who wants all the coin and jewelry detecting options important to urban detectorists. It has discrimination and tone options equaling far more expensive detectors.

This detector has a unique design feature. The standard unit comes with a 5″ x 10″ DD 18.75 kHz coil. Accessory coils are available not only at 18.75 kHz, but also at 3 kHz and 7.55 kHz. You can literally change the frequency of the detector by changing the coil!

Weight including four AA batteries 2.9 lbs.

Over ten accessory coils are available for the X-Terra 705 (Minelab, Coiltek).

Features:

  • 18.75 kHz Double-D Elliptical coil – ideal for finding small gold
  • VFLEX technology – accurate detecting
  • Automatic ground balance – reduces false signals
  • Iron Mask discrimination – dig less trash
  • Retains last used settings – instant detecting on next start-up
  • Precise Pinpoint function – faster target recovery
  • Lightweight, ergonomic and easy to use
  • 4 x AA standard batteries
  • In-built speaker or optional headphones
  • Accessory coil options available
  • Quick Start Guide is available

Fisher Gold Bug

Best Budget Gold Detector For Beginners

Fisher Gold Bug

The Fisher Gold Bug is my top pick if you’re looking for a budget detector designed specifically for gold hunting. It’s a great detector and will definitely find gold…

But…

If you can afford to spend an extra $100 you should just skip down to the Gold Bug Pro. Most serious detectorists have moved up to the pro version because of the addition of manual ground balance.

If you really are looking for the absolute cheapest gold detector on the market (that will actually find gold), then read on…

As its name implies, the Gold Bug was created to find small gold nuggets in highly mineralized soil, that makes it a great choice for prospecting, but the target ID makes it good for more than just nugget hunting.

It also works reasonably well if you want to go hunting for relics, jewelry or coins.

To keep things simple the Fisher engineers created 2 two very different search modes for the Gold Bug; discriminate and all-metal.

The all metal mode is used to hunt for relics, coins, or jewelry. The discriminate mode is designed specifically for gold hunting.

The “gold mode” uses continuous ground balance with a ground mineralization readout and works particularly well in the black sand areas that gold is often found in without sending the readings haywire.

There are several things that make the Gold Bug the perfect Beginner friendly gold detector:

1. Price

You can usually pick up the stock Gold Bug for just under $500. There are cheaper detectors on the market but I would not recommend using them as a “Gold Detector” (if you actually want to find some gold)

2. Ergonomics

Great ergonomics make the Gold Bug a pleasure to use. I’ve spent many hours with this machine and after a while it feels like an extension of your arm. And at 2.5 pounds (including the 9 volt battery) the Gold Bug is one of the lightest detectors in its class, so your arm won’t get tired before making that big find.

3. Visual Display

The Gold Bug has one of the biggest and brightest LCD screens of any detector I have ever used. With its in-your-face target alerts and depth readouts, you won’t miss any treasure on this screen.

It features depth readouts, alerts for large targets, and a running signal strength indicator that tells you how likely you are to find gold. Kids love this detector as it is a bit like playing a video game.

4. No Motion Pinpoint

One of my favorite features of the Gold Bug is the no-motion pinpoint. With most detectors you need to wave the coil back and forward over the target to get a signal. But with No Motion Pinpoint you simply hold it over the area to pinpoint the target and start digging.


Gold Bug vs. Minelab X-Terra 705 – Click For More Information

So, which budget gold detector should you buy, the Fisher or the X-Terra?

In my opinion, if you will be hunting mostly for relics, jewelry and coins, and only occasionally looking for gold, then go with the X-Terra, it has more features that, when mastered, will increase your chances at finding multiple types of treasure.

If you will be hunting mostly for gold, and you don’t want to be distracted by extraneous features, then buy the Gold Bug.

The Gold Bug doesn’t have nearly as many features as the X-Terra 705 but for a detectorist who wants to keep things simple this could actually be an advantage.

They are both great budget detectors and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed which ever one you pick.

OK, so those are my picks for budget detectors, now lets get into the mid level detectors where the competition really heats up!

Mid-Range Gold Detectors

If you want greater sensitivity from a gold metal detector, but can’t afford the high-end models on this list, the following mid-range models could be the ideal solution.

All three detectors cost less than $1000, but are sensitive to small gold flakes and can handle high levels of mineralization.


Fisher Gold Bug Pro

Best Mid Level Detector For Beginners

Fisher Gold Bug Pro

Probably the most straight-forward and user-friendly mid-range detectors, even a beginner should be able to read the manual, tinker with the settings, and be finding gold nuggets in no time.

The only visible difference between the Gold Bug and the Gold Bug Pro is an option to manually adjust the ground balance.

But this is huge!

Ground balancing is essential for effective gold prospecting, it gives operators the control they need to filter out false signals and to reach the best depths possible.

The Gold Bug Pro is a ground balancing champ…

The machine has a real-time ground balancing system that is fully computerized. It self-calibrates providing constant ground condition readouts to indicate which minerals are present in the soil.

In other words, the Gold Bug Pro automatically eliminates all the distractions to help you locate those elusive gold nuggets, even if you are a novice detectorist.

This is one of the best gold detectors that any newbie who wishes to strike gold could get their hands on!

The Gold Bug Pro excels in differentiating between large iron objects and smaller pieces like nails so you can get a good idea of what lies beneath the soil without wasting your energy digging up garbage.

It handles highly mineralized ground conditions exceptionally well and has astoundingly accurate target discrimination. Avoiding iron and other false positives has never been easier.

It works especially well in shallow hunting grounds but like other VLF detectors, great depths are not the Gold Bug Pro’s strong suit. If you want to find deep gold you will need to step up to one of the High-End Detectors.

If you don’t mind spending an extra $100 the Fisher Gold Bug Pro is a nice upgrade to the less expensive Fisher Gold Bug. For a dedicated gold prospecting metal detector, I personally think it is worth the extra money to get the Gold Bug Pro for the manual ground balance feature.

Now that both detectors have been on the market for many years now, it seems almost all gold prospectors have gravitated toward the Gold Bug Pro, spending the extra money to have the manual ground balance feature.

Features:

The Fisher Gold Bug Pro is a quick, simple, and highly effective VLF gold metal detector. It is also an ultra-lightweight metal detector weighing only 2.5 pounds so you won’t get arm ache and give up inches away from the jackpot.

It measures 10.2 x 6.2 x 28.5 inches and needs 1 9V battery. Operating at 19kHz it has incredible sensitivity to even the smallest gold nuggets.

Variable Breakpoint Tone Discrimination

The Gold Bug Pro features the industry’s first variable breakpoint tone discrimination system. Also know as ‘V-Break’ this feature allows you to control The Gold Bug Pro’s computerized multi-tone audio with accurate precision.

It takes some getting used to, but because it helps distinguish low audio tone iron and high audio tone gold it’s worth learning the language.

The visual ID system also helps to pinpoint target location and cuts out frustrating ‘digging around only to find iron’ time. Save your energy for the gold.

Search Coils

Gold Bug Pro has fast re-tune and biaxial coils that really pinpoint gold over other metals. They’re the standard 5″ DD round closed coils which are waterproof – a feature not all gold detectors include. I like this a lot as it makes river prospecting an option.

If planning to get this detector for coin shooting or relic hunting, it is recommended to get the optional 11’’ DD waterproof search coil attachment too. Its sensitivity is top-notch and its shape is convenient for really getting into hard to reach nooks behind bushes and foliage.

When using the Gold Bug Pro, from the coils available I personally prefer the 5”x 10” DD, 5” DD round, and finally the 11” (DP) in that order. To be honest, that 5” x 10” DD coil stays on permanently now.


Fisher Gold Bug 2

Most Popular Gold Detector

Fisher Gold Bug 2

It shouldn’t surprise you to see a Fisher product in a list of the best metal detectors. After all, Fisher has been producing metal detection devices since 1931, and the quality (and reputation) of their products speaks for itself.

So what is the Gold Bug 2 like? How is it different from other detectors on the market today? The answer can be summed up in four words: quick location, minimal effort.

Fisher Gold Bug 2 is both hip and chest-mountable and very light, weighing roughly 3 pounds. But, the small weight is just the tip of the iceberg.

Gold Bug 2 offers extreme sensitivity. With 71kHz operation, it can find very small gold nuggets in very mineral-rich soil. On top of that, you can even set it up to ignore other bits of metal and dust and have it focus only on gold particles.

Depending on the soil, you can choose one of three mineralization modes: low, medium, or high. And if that isn’t enough for you in terms of power, you also get an audio boost for small, deep targets.

The Gold Bug 2 is extremely popular with novice gold hunters because of how light it is and how easy it is to use. But surprisingly, it retains that same popularity among veteran metal detector users.

It might also surprise you to learn that this product has been in production and retail since 1995. That’s almost two and a half decades of metal detection — and the people at Fisher have barely changed anything about it! If there was ever a reason to buy the Fisher Gold Bug 2, that would be it.

Features:

  • Technology: Induction Balance (IB)
  • Discrimination: Iron Disc setting
  • Operating Frequency: 71 kHz
  • Battery : Two 9V
  • Autotune Modes: Fast, Medium, and Slow Autotune modes
  • Weight: 3 pounds
  • Audio Boost – Yes
  • Ground Rejection: Course and Fine Tune Knobs
  • Hip Mount: Chest, Hip, or shaft mount
  • Soil Adjust: 3-position switch
  • Volume Control: One turn control
  • Audio Output: Dual headphone jacket
  • Threshold Control: One turn control

Gold Bug 2 Vs Gold Bug Pro – Click For More Information

Both the Gold Bug 2 and the Gold Bug Pro have excellent sensitivity when it comes to finding tiny gold nuggets. However, it is important to note that the Gold Bug 2 has an edge on finding small gold given the fact that it has a much higher frequency (71 kHz) than the Gold Bug Pro which has a frequency of about 19 kHz.

This means that the Gold Bug 2 can find more tiny gold nuggets than the Gold Bug Pro can. So if you want to prospect for gold in an area known to have extremely small gold then the Gold Bug 2 is the metal detector for you.

BUT…

The high sensitivity of the Gold Bug 2 may actually be a limitation when it comes to prospecting highly mineralized soils. The Gold Bug Pro with a reduced operating frequency and overall sensitivity work best in such conditions.

Given the fact that the Gold Bug Pro is also a better multipurpose metal detector, it is the better choice if you also want a detector that you can use for coins or relics.

The Gold Bug Pro is a digital system that, in addition to the audio signal, displays a visual target ID. This feature is missing on Gold Bug 2 which is an “old school” metal detector in this regard.

Gold Bug Pro vs Gold Bug 2 control panel

For experienced gold prospectors, the display screen may not be of much interest, but it is quite helpful to beginners as it provides important additional information that they can use to determine if they need to dig up the target or not.

I am confident in saying that neither of these metal detectors will disappoint. Both are very capable in the goldfields, and you can find lots of gold using either of them. They are two of the best gold detectors on the market today.

Garrett AT Gold Waterproof Metal Detector

Best Waterproof Gold Detector

Garrett AT Gold Waterproof Metal Detector

If you need a waterproof gold detector the Garrett AT Gold should be at the top of your list. This detector was designed to uncover tiny gold nuggets in all terrains and is waterproof to a maximum depth of 10 feet in freshwater lakes and streams.

Just don’t try to take the AT Gold in the ocean (there are other detectors for salt water)

If you often find yourself detecting in heavy rain the unit is a life saver. Even the speaker is waterproof.

Note that the unit itself may be submerged but if you want to put your head underwater you will need optional submersible headphones.

The AT Gold is a full featured detector and has everything you would expect from a dry land detector – LCD display, full control set and functions, speaker, interchangeable coils, and light weight.

There are optional coils, a real rarity in underwater detectors. Garrett has above water and underwater headphones for the unit, but an optional adapter will let you use your old favorites.

The AT Gold is a great waterproof detector….

BUT…

If you don’t need a waterproof detector there are better choices for the money. Here’s why:

Unfortunately, the waterproof design also means you need special silicone lubricated o-ring connectors for the coils and headphones. These connectors are delicate and collect dirt. They require quite a bit of extra care.

The coil connection in particular is in a maddening location making it almost impossible to connect coils with bare fingers alone.

Also, a special adapter must be purchased if you want to use your favorite headphones.
Another reason I don’t personally use the Garrett AT Gold on dry land is the weight.

At 3.03 lbs it is not the heaviest detector out there but compared to the Gold Bug Pro’s 2.5 lbs, it can get a bit tiring after a long day of detecting.

The AT Gold is an entry-level gold detector, but it isn’t as straightforward to use as the Gold Bug Pro. Instead, Garrett has jammed in a ton of extra features and adjustments.

A good example is the high-resolution iron discrimination. The AT Pro provides over 40 iron resolution points, which is great for separating trash from real targets. It can take some time to learn how to use this feature effectively, so be prepared to spend some time learning how to use it.

The “Pro” audio mode is also very effective for getting more information without constantly looking at your screen, once you learn to decipher these R2-D2 like blurps and bleeps it will greatly increase your productivity (and the amount of gold you find!)

Not for Beginners!!!!!

The AT Gold’s ability to detect almost everything can be very disheartening for a newbie who picks a high trash area to hunt in. It’s important to note the setting on this baby need to be fine-tuned in order not to have a disappointing day!


Whites Goldmaster 24k

Finds Deepest/Sallest Gold for Mid-Range Detector

White’s Goldmaster 24k

Unlike Fisher Gold Bug 2, the Goldmaster is a newcomer on the market. It’s a 48kHz induction balance metal detector with all the ‘trimmings.’

Whites Electronics, much like Fisher, is a well-known manufacturer of metal detectors. They’ve been in this business since the fifties, and professional gold hunters often recommend their products. So, naturally, the Goldmaster has some big shoes to fill.

When you pick up this detector, you will spot a large display in a firm, plastic casing. This display will show you the so-called Target Graph; with it, you can pick different Ferrous, Gold or High Conductor Ranges.

Goldmaster has ten sensitivity levels, as well as adjustable audio with two Boost levels. You can also adjust the level of metal discrimination in order to find your gold nuggets easily in mineral-rich environments or deep soil.

All you have to do is select the Iron Cancel setting and tap on it. That way, the Goldmaster will ignore mineral changes, hot rocks, and soil trash.

You can use this setting in both audio modes of the detector. The setting will decrease some of the sensitivity, but it’s necessary if you plan on looking for gold in places where there are countless other metals and non-metals alike.

The detector cannot use coils from previous products, but you do have a choice of attaching two coils. The basic one is the 5.5″ x 10″ DD oval search coil.

However, if you’re so inclined, you can order the 6.5″ round concentric coil as well which many prospectors are reporting to be almost magical at finding deep, micro flakes of gold.

Goldmaster 24k Replaces Whites GMT

The White’s Goldmaster 24K is the replacement for the old GMT model. But the Goldmaster 24 is based on entirely new technology. The 24k goes deeper, finds smaller gold, and handles severe soil conditions better than the legendary GMT.

Whites is still selling the GMT model, and I have seen some confusing sales copy out there on detector sites – so please don’t confuse the 2. Be sure to buy the Goldmaster 24k model- NOT the GMT.


Tesoro Lobo SuperTRAQ

Veteran users of metal detectors mourned in 2015 when Jack Gifford, the founder of Tesoro Electronics, passed away. It was this man who, in 1980, founded the company that would go on to make some of the best metal detectors in the trade.

A few of these detectors were so good that Tesoro kept them in production, just like Fisher did with the Gold Bug 2. One such product is the Lobo SuperTRAQ, which hasn’t changed a bit since 1997 when it first got on the market.

SuperTRAQ is a lightweight detector that’s very easy on the arm. Both regular and newbie users agree that weight is one of SuperTRAQ’s best features. But, it’s far from being the only one that makes it stand out.

This detector has something called ‘automatic ground tracking.’ The emphasis here is on that first word: automatic. Your device will track all ground conditions when you switch it to All Metals mode.

As one user put it — you turn it on, you set it, and then forget it.

Of course, if you’re looking for a detector that only finds bits of gold, you’re in luck. SuperTRAQ has a strong metal discrimination setting and extreme sensitivity. In addition, it has amazing audio feedback and provides a fast target response when detecting.

Finally, with SuperTRAQ, you get three modes for ground tracking. These are Normal, Alkali, and Black Sand. You can also adjust the threshold sensitivity, and if needed, give it a boost.

Despite being several decades older than most products on the market today, SuperTRAQ is still a great choice for gold detection in mineral-rich soil.

Tesoro Lobo SuperTRAQ Metal Detector – Best Gold Prospecting Detector

Features:
• Works well in all soil conditions
• Lightweight only 3.5 pounds
• A large wide-scan 10-inch coil
• Rating


Oldies But Goodies

You might notice a pattern with the mid-level detectors on my list: they are all relatively old machines. There’s a good reason for this! These models are proven to work in the challenging environments where gold is found, are highly durable, and provide all the features you need to hunt for gold.

While newer models in the “mid-range” price bracket add some useful extras, they almost never improve on the excellent sensitivity of these classic machines.

High-End Gold Detectors


Minelab GPZ 7000

Best Gold Finding Metal Detector in the Universe!

Minelab GPZ 7000

In 1985, the Goldseekers 15000 metal detector came out, manufactured by the then-newcomer Minelab. Right now, they are one of the world’s leading brands in this industry. Some of the best metal detectors come from Minelab, so it’s no wonder that no less than two will make it on this list.

A little under four years ago, Minelab unveiled the GPZ 7000. To this day, users claim it to be the best Minelab metal detector on the market.

Just one look at this beast can tell you that you’re not dealing with just any detector out there. The large circular coil, the strong, durable body, the amazing display with easy-to-use controls—it’s all there. But looks aren’t everything, so how does GPZ 7000 perform?

First, there’s the sensitivity and depth. GPZ 7000 users reported finding gold as deep as four feet in the ground. More importantly, the detector has such amazing sensitivity that it can find large nuggets of gold even in places that might have seemed depleted to other gold seekers.

Next, there’s the practicality of the device. For example, it has a waterproof coil at a depth of 1m or 3 feet. You can find small shavings of gold in rivers and streams without worrying about your detector malfunctioning.

Another good example is the wireless audio option. Namely, the GPZ 7000 has a built-in speaker that lets you know what you have found. However, if you prefer headphones, you can either use the detector’s own set or plug in any other headphones that you like. 

Finally, there’s the noise. Or rather, there is no noise. GPZ 7000 is one of those metal detectors that you don’t hear at all while it works — just pleasant hums and lots of uncovered gold.

Beware Counterfeit GPZ 7000s

In researching this review I found numerous warnings about people selling fake GPZ 7000s online, mostly from overseas. So, if you decide to buy a used GPZ 7000, or a new one from a dealer you have never heard of PLEASE do your due diligence before sending any money.


Minelab GPX 5000

2nd Best Gold Detector in the Universe

Minelab GPX 5000

If you clicked on the “Check Price” button above for the GPZ 7000 and almost went into cardiac arrest… just take a deep breath, relax and let me introduce you to the 2nd best gold detector on my list – available at about half the price.

The amazing GPX 5000.

Prospectors have been using this model since 2006 to find nuggets in the harshest locations around the world. From Australian to Zimbabwe the GPX 5000 has helped pull millions (maybe billions) of dollars in gold from Mother Earth’s greedy clutches.

Good metal detectors keep their designs for years, even decades. And GPX 5000 is one such detector, as it has a lot to offer to any prospective gold seeker.

This detector has a grand total of eight timings. Five of those are typical of Minelab detectors, but GPX 5000 has three new ones.

The first is Fine Gold Timing, which seeks out nuggets in any type of soil.

Next is Salt/Gold timing — the name says it all. You’ll find golden bits in salty, sandy areas like beaches.

Finally, there’s the Coin/Relic timing. This setting works for deep finds in any benign ground conditions.

In addition to eight timings, the GPX 5000 has six search modes. They are as follows:

  • General
  • Deep
  • Pinpoint
  • Hi-Mineral
  • Hi-Trash
  • Patch

Not only can you pick any of these modes, but you can also rename a few of them and even change the settings within a mode to your liking.

As a gold detector, the GPX 5000 performs well thanks to its Iron Reject option. With it,  you can seek out gold and gold alone, ignoring other types of metal in the ground.

Meanwhile, the detector’s performance is made better thanks to the Tune (Noise Cancel) option. You won’t have to worry about electrical interference buzzing away as you scan for gold with this option on.

And since we’re on the subject of noise, the GPX 5000 comes with lots of audio adjustments. You can set the volume and pitch of the signals to your liking.  


GPZ 700 vs GPX 5000 – Click For More Information

So, is this is like buying a high-end mountain bike where you pay 500% more to shave 2 percent of the bike’s weight or an Olympic sprint where the difference between 1st and 2nd place is .0005 of a second.

Unfortunately… no!

I’m not gonna lie to you, the GPZ 7000 will most assuredly find smaller, deeper gold than the GPX 5000. So, it really depends on your particular situation if it is worth spending the additional $4,000.

XP Deus

Lightest Gold Detector for Serious Prospectors

XP Deus

If the GPX 500o is still priced outside your comfort zone then you may want to take a look at the new kid on the block – the XP Deus.

This is one of the most talked about detectors in forums and Facebook groups right now and for good reason… The XP Deus is a serious high-end gold finding machine with a (relatively) low price point.

It’s refreshing to see a French manufacturer on this list. High-quality products can come from anywhere, but XP isn’t just ‘anywhere.’ They’ve been on the market since 1998, and in that time, they’ve made plenty of amazing products.

One of them made it to this list of best metal detectors, and it’s the mighty XP Deus, the first fully wireless metal detector on the market.

The ‘wireless’ bit is very cool. Deus’ coil, audio headphones, and remote control are all completely wireless and rechargeable. In fact, the headphones can actually control the detector itself.

All you have to do is program them with the remote, and you’re good to go. Imagine that—detecting gold and changing the settings just by tapping on the headphones. It’s portability taken to a whole new level.

The coil itself is connected to the remote and the headphones by a digital radio link. Most metal detectors need a wire connecting the control unit to the coil so that it can receive search data.

However, this coil contains an extremely small, powerful digital circuit. It receives the signal from the remote or the headphones quickly and efficiently.

You also won’t have to worry about damaging the mechanism if you’re looking for gold in rivulets and streams. Both the coil and the body of the detector are waterproof, and you even get a coil cover with your purchase. 

All three wireless bits have durable lithium-ion batteries with a long life. In addition, they are easy to charge since they use a USB connection. The average charge time is roughly two hours.

The XP Deus also happens to be one of the easiest detectors to set up. It has a telescoping feature that will get you out into the field in no time.

This detector is a technological wonder – but one of the most amazing features has nothing to do with the design – it is the warranty –

5 full years!

That’s more than double the warranty of most the other detectors on the list.

But, my favorite thing about this space-aged detector is the weight. Somehow XP managed to create a strong and reliable metal detector that weighs in at only 2 pounds (.9kg)!

If you will be hiking to remote locations with your detector then you should seriously consider buying the XP Deus.

How We Made Our Selection

To make sure that you get the best possible value for money our first selection criteria was to avoid any unknown brand names.

There’s probably nothing wrong with them but we much prefer to feature products from companies we know and trust. So, that’s why our reviews are made up of products from Garrett, Fisher, White’s, Minelab, etc… They all have years of happy customers behind them.

There are lots of companies selling “white label” metal detectors through Amazon and other stores, but we simply don’t know enough about them to recommend them to our visitors.

We also wanted to present you with a range of pricing options, so that nobody who wants to get involved in the fun hobby of treasure hunting feels like they’re priced out of the market.

A lower price limit of $500 on the products we reviewed was also mandatory, simply because we’ve found through experience that spending less than that can lead to questionable product quality.

Another focus was on reviewing models that were as multipurpose as possible, so most of the detectors in this roundup are either partially or fully waterproof. This might not seem like a big deal, but unless you only ever want to scan in fields or on dry beaches, then waterproofing is a feature you need to consider.

Basically, we wanted to strike a balance of price and features in each product we reviewed.

Gold Metal Detector Buying Guide Which Metal Detectors Do I Pick?

We put a lot of work into our reviews, but we understand they don’t always answer your most pressing questions about investing in a metal detector.

So, we decided to also put together a ‘Buyer’s Guide’ for you to help you avoid any cases of buyer’s remorse.

But please do let us know if you have any other questions you need us to provide answers to.

How often will you use it?

We understand that this is a difficult question for you to answer, but it’s an important one because it can save you a lot of money.

The reality is that if you’re just starting out in the realm of coin, relic and buried treasure hunting, then you probably don’t need to spend $7,000 on a metal detector.

The issue though is that this is a really addictive hobby, so you also don’t want to buy an entry-level model and then realize that you needed more power and features than you have.

So, if you’re 100% certain that you’ll only use your detector every other weekend, then a basic model will probably suit you.

If, however, you think you’ll use it more often than that then it makes more sense to invest in something more mid-range.

Should you buy second hand?

There’s no issue with you buying a second-user metal detector, as long as you know what to look for. If you’re inexperienced in the world of buying used detectors then you stand a very good chance of getting ripped off.

The secondhand market is flooded with cheap imitations of brand name models, with deals that sound almost too good to be true.

Because they are too good to be true.

Basically, you’re better off with a brand new detector that costs $500 than hoping you’ll get a good deal on a secondhand model. Plus, you also get a warranty with a new metal detector – something you won’t ever get with a used model.

Where will you use it?

Not every detector is suited to every environment, so you need to buy accordingly. If you’ve read through our reviews you’ll notice that certain models are waterproof, which makes them ideal for use at the beach or in a stream.

Other models aren’t even remotely waterproof, and exposure to moisture can ruin them. So, what we’re saying here is that if you live near a beach then please do invest in a detector designed for that type of landscape.

The same advice applies to anyone living in a more urban area, in that you’ll need a detector that is capable of filtering out underground power lines, and also “metal trash” like bottle caps and other items.

Obviously your physical location might change from time to time, but you still need to make your purchasing decision with that in mind.

Will it be used by adults or kids?

The metal detectors we listed above shouldn’t be treated as toys, except in the hands of a very capable and mature teenager. There are metal detectors made specifically for kids, but besides that any of the models reviewed above should only be used by adults.

Double-D or Concentric Coils?

Which of these is better?

Most people will tell you to get a metal detector with a Double-D coil, no matter what.

The problem with that advice is that although Double-D are generally better across the board in terms of detection, they’re also guilty of generating more false targets in the shape of bottle caps and other trash.

The reason a concentric/monoloop coil doesn’t have this problem is because it has a far narrower detection “beam” than a Double-D coil has.

What you will find is that most of the more expensive or advanced metal detectors feature DD coils, so it’s usually not a choice you’ll have to worry about making.

How important is an armrest?

If your metal detector weighs 4 lbs, then you can probably manage it for a few hours without causing yourself any injury. If, on the other hand, you’re using something like the White’s V3i, you absolutely need a comfortable and supporting armrest.

So, there you have it – 5 of the best gold metal detectors on the market today, and you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a lot of power and features from a trusted brand name.

Which metal detector would you choose as a gift for yourself?