If you’ve been wanting to get into treasure hunting or have a child that’s interested, you might be asking yourself, what's a good beginner metal detector? We did the research to find out. Here you’ll find information about some of the best products we came across and some tips about what to look for in the best beginner metal detectors. Before we get into our reviews, check out some of the features you need to know before you shop.
Waterproof: If you want to be able to search in shallow water, you have to get a waterproof metal detector. We should note that the waterproof feature usually only extends to the disc and pole. The screen area isn’t waterproof.
Adjustable Discrimination: This means that there are settings available that make it so the metal detector doesn’t alarm at absolutely everything it finds. You can program it to ignore certain items or metals like iron that aren’t very valuable.
Battery Indicator: A battery indicator is important. Picture this: you’re on the trail of something you think is awesome and are trying to narrow down where to dig when your battery dies. Oh no! With a battery indicator, you’ll be prepared.
Tones: When you get close to something, the metal detector will let you know by beeping. Usually, it gets louder and/or faster as you get closer. Some of these even let you use headphones so you can search with some privacy.
Weight: Weight is pretty important. Remember, you’re going to be carrying this thing around for a long time. You don’t want it to be too heavy. The weights for our picks vary from 1.2 to 5.5 pounds.
Warranty: We love a good warranty, especially with a product like this. Of course, you want your metal detector to be as reliable as possible. A good warranty will be there just in case. They range from 1 to 10 years.
Now that you know what to look for when buying a metal detector, let’s get to our reviews. Here’s how we set it up. Our top and budget picks are the first 2 items on the list. This is a great place to start if you’re running short on time. But stick around if you can! Every product on this list has something great to bring to the table. Now, let’s go looking for treasure. On to the reviews!