What Metal Detector To Buy In 2019?
Here I have another very useful post for the upcoming new year – which metal detector should you choose and buy in this new year of 2019?
A difficult topic, because there are many models and the choice is really huge and wide. Digging through forums, watching YouTube, reading different opinions and reviews of other detectorists is usually what you have to do, but I decided to make it easier for everyone; I made an honest list, as I see it, of models that you can safely buy in 2019. The main thing is not the rating, not an indicator of which metal detector is better or worse, it is just information for consideration and the choice of a metal detector if you are faced with such a choice. I do not pretend to have a complete answer, but I know the topic quite well, and therefore I can give you some advice. For the convenience of selection, I broke the entire list into three parts – the first part is detectors for a beginner, and next some more powerful detectors for an advanced digger and finally professional metal detectors for the gurus in the detecting world, although the super-professionals, for the most part, know themselves what they need to buy and often have more than one detector, and can boast about an arsenal of metal detectors for various types and types of detecting. But this list will be useful for everyone. So, let’s begin.
What metal detector to buy for a beginner?
Perhaps the cheapest metal detector that is decent.
Yes, it was possible to give this place of honor to different GoFind or Bounty Hunter series, but the Eurotek is a legendary model, which has everything you need, the right set of settings and at a very good price. If you go below this price when buying a metal detector, you’ll search for large ferrous metal pieces, but to go far above it is to go to another price class. For a newbie, if you’re not sure about the detecting hobby, this is one of the best tools to start your search.
Garrett ACE 200i
The ACE has been famous for more than a decade, and now new ACE models have arrived, with which you can search and find detectors at an affordable budget for yourself.
The ACE 200 does not have some certain features, like the Teknetics Eurotek, but it still is a good device to start detecting.
The Fisher F11 series can be taken immediately and without thinking as your first metal detector. If we talk about F22 or even F44, then this is a detector that will last for several years of detecting for sure. It is deep, accurate in the definition of metals and, perhaps, it is one of those devices that can be taken by a newbie with an eye to the future – the F44 can be used until you grow out of it. And then you can think about models that are more expensive.
I myself have had the F44, I was very pleased with it. And more than one generation of detectorists has already grown up with this detector.
Garrett ACE 400i
This is the second metal detector, after F44, which can be bought with an eye to the future. This is a real workhorse detector that is suitable for a beginner and is enough for a couple of years of detecting for sure.
It is durable and it’s performance pleases, what else is needed from a detector for a beginner?
Golden Mask 1+ UK
The representative of analog detectors. Yes, it would be possible to also add the Tesoro, but it seems that Tesoro will completely disappear in a short time, and the Golden Mask will remain.
1+ is one of the best models of this company and is perfect for a beginner. The functions are simple – it squeaks, you dig. Experience will come with hard work, but it will come. This model is quite deep and very quickly fulfills all the goals, the necessary settings for a beginner too, but there is no need for more!
What metal detector to buy for an advanced digger?
An old man who does not give you up. Yes, a lot of fakes were made, and yes – not for the first ten years, but the device is still in the lead due to its price.
It is very cheap and for its price this metal detector shows very good results, I would even say – very excellent results!
In order not to chase the heavily promoted brands, you can take a long-proven option. But the main thing here is the price tag. It won’t be cheaper than it already is, but its price is at the level of a bit more expensive detector than a metal detector for a beginner. That is something to think about.
The novelty of this digging season is a new metal detector from the Frenchies! It shows good search results with quite a decent budget. It may come as a metal detector for a beginner. It is best to take a kit with wireless headphones and a 9″ HF coil.
In terms of performance, it is at the Deus level in the Coin Deep and Coin Fast/Gold programs. But it is not quite at the level of the Deus, naturally, but at its price and for an inexperienced digger who does not want to understand all the settings of a more advanced model, the ORX version will last for a long time.
This is a fairly a new model from last year from the Turkish company Makro. A good detector, it is now noticeably cheaper, which means that we can recommend it.
As you have already noticed – in this part there are already quite a lot of multi-frequency models, these devices are newer and more serious, with better search characteristics than detectors for beginners. But no one says that the Makro Kruzer 14 is located somewhere in the back row, no, it is quite possible to buy it, one search frequency (14 kHz) is perfect for the main search tasks of most detectorists.
XP Deus Lite
This XP Deus option is bundled only with headphones and no control screen. This significantly affects the price, and the search programs can be pre-stored in the headphones using someone else’s Deus control unit, so all that remains is to change your own programs and select them to fit your search conditions.
It is not necessary to pay an extra serious amount for the screen with settings!
Nokta/Makro Anfibio 14/19
This is a single-frequency version of the metal detector Anfibio. It is suitable as a universal option for most types of detecting.
This metal detector, like the Makro Kruzer model, is waterproof and comes complete with wireless headphones that make life much easier for a detectorist. In addition, the Anfibio differs from Makro Kruzer and this is expressed in the new stem (more reliable and with excellent balance), and another search coil in the kit (11″ round coil), which has a greater depth than the standard coil on all Makro and Nokta detectors to the model Anfibio.
Minelab Equinox 600
The equinoxes have already quite seriously set their roots in the entire digging community – someone is crazy about them, someone considers these metal detectors too complicated or unworthy of their attention, but I will say that Minelab never made bad detectors in the price tag above $500.
Each time these were models that had all the necessary search functions and showed excellent search results. The Equinox 600 model is no exception and fully confirms my words. Of the entire list of detectors, this is the first device in which there are several (3) search frequencies and they all work together (Multi-IQ technology). It gives excellent results on the difficult ground when searching at a beach or on a regular field! Try it and you will understand what I am talking about.
Which metal detector to buy for a professional detectorist?
Garrett AT MAX
The American company Garrett has always been famous for the quality and performance of its metal detectors, and therefore it is not surprising that the Garrett AT MAX is on our list. I advise you to take this detector immediately with wireless headphones because they are very comfortable and they easily fit on the head, they perfectly transmit the sound and completely without interference.
This metal detector itself is very easy to learn, you can even start using it as a beginner, there are no complicated settings. It can work on any soil and is ground balanced without problems even on a saltwater surface. This is an excellent choice for those who want a professional detector, but do not want to understand the settings and do not bother with different combinations of parameters – just turn it on, balance the ground, set the desired level of sensitivity and you can go detecting. Do not forget about the water resistance of the metal detector, with it you can search even under water.
Nokta/Makro Anfibio Multi
This is a Multi-frequency version of the metal detector Anfibio, it works on a choice of one of the three frequencies, the detector is waterproof, you’ll be able to search underwater at depths of up to 5 meters.
The set also comes with wireless headphones. The Anfibio is quite easy to learn and for each type and task of detecting it has its own search program, which makes it very flexible to various search tasks, everything from a park to a plowed field.
The XP Deus metal detector in its complete set has been number one among the most purchased and popular professional metal detector for many years.
Many say that this detector is full of unnecessary settings, difficult to learn, but it is much easier to use one of the 10 ready-made search programs and tweak the settings a little in your own way, and then you can go digging and finding the finds. The Deus is always a compromise option if it is difficult to choose a metal detector for yourself. Yes, it has its drawbacks, but its advantages are quite substantial for most detectorists who chose the Deus as their main metal detector.
An old veteran who survived a whole generation. It is considered the deepest of all the metal detectors listed here, but it is also quite difficult to learn and configure.
But if you understand the logic of this metal detector, then you’ll pick up a lot of good finds. At least, this is the only metal detector with which I’ve found brass wire at the depth of one of Fischer’s small shovels …
Minelab Equinox 800
We conclude this list with the top-end version of the metal detector Equinox. But what is so special with it, it would seem? Five frequencies that all can work together (Multi-IQ technology).
To master it is quite simple, the depth is also amazing. It sees targets where many metal detectors are silent and do not see any target at all, a fact I have verified. You also get good wireless headphones in the kit, the sound quality is very good. I don’t even know what else to add – when you begin to understand this metal detector, the number of useful finds will grow, you’ll dig little garbage, you’ll mostly find useful targets.
And what metal detector do you have? And what are you thinking of buying? What do you looking for in your next metal detector? Share your thoughts in the comments, as this is an important topic to discuss!