The 10 Best Metal Detector To Buy This Year

best metal detectorThe best metal detector depends on who will be using the detector.

There, answering this question is near on impossible, as there are many different factors to consider.

With technology advancing at the speed of light, new models are being constantly released on to the market.

But If I am to pick my number one metal detector, I will go with this one here.

I realise that you may have landed on this page meaning a few different things so I have separated this post into sections below, trying to answer all possible meanings for what is the best metal detector?

If we was answering this question based on ratings given on the internet then here is the information I have gathered from sites like Amazon, Joan Allen and Regton.

I have put them into the top 3 or 4 in their respective user levels.

Best Metal Detectors

Metal DetectorLevelOur Rating
Garrett Ace 250 Beginner ★★★★☆ Buy on Amazon
Fisher F2 Beginner ★★★★☆ Buy on Amazon
Bounty Hunter Tracker IV Beginner ★★★★☆ Buy on Amazon
Garrett Ace 150 Beginner ★★★★☆ Buy on Amazon
Garrett 400i Intermediate ★★★★★ Buy on Amazon
Garrett AT Pro Intermediate ★★★★☆ Buy on Amazon
Minelab X-Terra 705 Intermediate ★★★★★ Buy on Amazon
Garrett Euro Ace Intermediate ★★★★★ Buy on Amazon
Minelab CTX 3030 Advanced ★★★★☆ Buy on Amazon
XP Deus Advanced ★★★★★ Buy on Amazon

What is the best metal detector for the UK?

There are many different models of metal detectors, that are designed specifically for different terrains. Will you be searching in land, in fields and pastures, and the woods etc, will you be searching the beach on wet sand? Or perhaps you are looking for a metal detector that is capable of handling all terrains. It’s always better to try and answer this question initially before you find the best metal detector. When we ask the question what is the best metal detector?, what we really should be thinking is what the best metal detector for YOU is.

What can you afford? Do you have a budget? If you are a beginner and just starting out, then is it better to try with a less expensive detector until you know if it is a hobby you will stick with? Again this is another very important factor as with different budgets you will have different options.

Who will be using the metal detector?

Is the metal detector just for you to use, or is it a metal detector for a kid, lady, or someone with restricted mobility be using the detector.

Do you need something that is light and easy to handle?

What I would suggest you do if you are trying to find the best metal detector for you personally is take a pen an paper and ask yourself some of these questions first, and write down what you are looking for. So for example, a light weight metal detector for beach detecting with a budget of £150 – £200. Try to remember in your budget you may need headphones, digging tools and attire. Once you have done this then you can look for the best metal detector for you.

Some good things to remember while making the decision are:

  1. Try and stick with well known established manufacturers, like Garrett, Minelab, Tesoro, Bounty Hunter, White’s, XP, Teknetics etc
  2. Avoid fakes and buy from a reputable source where your purchased is covered. Amazon, Ebay, Regton, Joan Allen to name a few.
  3. Length of Warranty and Guarantee.

What is the best metal detector for searching inland in the UK?

Based on a little research from friends, forums, Facebook pages and other customer reviews from around the internet the evidence would suggest the X-Terra 705 to be the most popular and successful metal detector.

What is the best metal detector for searching the beach in the UK?

Again basing this on experience, word of mouth, forums, other websites and Facebook and Twitter mentions the AT Pro  would probably be the most popular for these conditions. You should read this post for a more detailed review of beach metal detectors.


To summarise it all does really depend on what you are asking, like in all aspects of life it is a matter of preference what might be the best to someone else may not be the best for you.

You have to also consider the fact that luck plays a role in peoples choices. There have been many large valuable and huge finds of historical importance found with beginner metal detectors like the Garrett Ace 150.

Does it mean it is the best metal detector because somebody once became a millionaire with this detector? Certainly not.

We all have different needs in life, and we all have our own opinions. What is the best metal detector, is a question that causes many debates, and much banter among friends and associates.

Ask yourself what you want from a metal detector, apart from it to find the biggest hoard ever known to mankind.

Do some research and read some metal detector reviews. If you would like any help in choosing then please feel free to drop me an email with what you are looking for, and I will try to advise you to the best of my knowledge. We don’t sell metal detectors here so you can rest assured that the advice we will give you is totally unbiased.

What is your favourite metal detector and why? Please leave a comment below.


I’m one of the founders of this blog. A 32 yr old from Lincolnshire & proud father of 3 beautiful children. My first metal detector was a garret ace 150 but I am currently using the Garrett ace 400i. My best find was a roman coin. Feel free to ask me any questions.

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jason callaghan - December 30, 2016

you seem to have over looked the makro racer 1 and 2 more european sales than a lot of other brands new innoative design and tech applications for price of other high end machines

    Steve - January 2, 2017

    Hi Jason,

    Thanks for your input. I will do more research on the makro and see what I can find. I have not personally used a makro before and don’t have much experience with them. But, I will research them and add more information on them.
    Thanks again

Kate - January 11, 2017

Thanks for your advice – very useful as I set out to buy my first metal detector. However as a woman, I was interested in your comment ‘!s the metal detector just for you to use, or is it a metal detector for a kid, lady, or someone with restricted mobility be using the detector’ Do I need to consider my gender when buying one?

Alan Dudley - January 18, 2017

Hi , i am going to Australia for 3 months travelling and want to take a metal detector with me . I want somthing primary for gold but want to use it on beaches etc back in west sussex.
What can you recommend

Smith - January 26, 2017

You’ve left out the ADX 150 , !!

    Steve - February 6, 2017

    Hey Smith,

    I am working on an updated list and will see if I can include the ADX 150 if it makes the top 10.


Bar Lloyd - February 10, 2017

I am grateful for your efforts. A big help!

Ahocs - March 1, 2017

Thanks for compoling this information. As a woman, however, I resented being automatically put in the same category with kids or people with reduced mobility. Most women are not the weak , fragile beings men would like to believe them to be.

    Steve - April 17, 2017

    Hi Ahocs,

    I am very sorry if the post came out wrong. I included this because I get a vast amount of emails from site users, ladies included asking about which metal detectors to buy. One of the main features they ask about is for a metal detector that is light and easy to carry around.


Huseyin Bozkina - March 3, 2017

Hi, i want to buy a metal detector from uk and take it to turkey in my car as i will be driving there. would it be a problem to take a metal detector to another country?

    Steve - March 8, 2017

    I don’t think you should have any issue but I will check with the turkey customs just to be sure.

rodders - March 6, 2017

what about the fisher f 75 ?

    Steve - March 9, 2017

    I am working on an updated list. After compiling my results I will see if it makes the top 10.

    The F75 is a good metal detector.

John Price - March 20, 2017

Hi, I’ve just started back into metal detecting, now retired, and got out my C-Scope from the wardrobe, I’ve had this model for a number of years now, but hardly used it, now I find it a bit heavy in the field and complicated. Could you recommend a detector to take it’s place. I was hoping to part exchange it if possible, thanks.

John Price - March 20, 2017

I should mention it’s a C- Scope CS1220XD, sorry.

Mark - March 28, 2017

Hi Steve, Your article has been very helpful and your thoughts on which questions to ask yourself about what you want in a metal detector have led me to the following answers:

Use: all terrains
User: amateur
Cost: £250 max
Depth readings no further than 3 ft
Sturdy – unlikely to be replaced with a newer model in the future as I’m only interested in finding a balance between a hobby and fun for the family – so a certain amount of durability is preferable.
Technologically helpful: if it can help pick out coins over nails then a certain level of discerning detecting technology would make it more fun for the family…..if that makes sense?

Anyway, with the above considerations in mind, I wonder, if you have the time and it’s not too much trouble, you could advise the most suitable detector?

Your help and opinions are very much appreciated.

jason callaghan - April 2, 2017

hi steve just wondered which machine you would suggest to work rivers in water and gravel with excellent iron discrim

vince - April 5, 2017

I want to metal detect on a sandy beach for mainly jewllers and coins (money).
I have budget of around 150 to 300 pounds.
will the barret euro ace (or simular)will do.
I have heard they are not good on wet sand.
please reply soon.

    Steve - April 17, 2017

    Hi Vince,

    Thanks for visiting. The Garret Ace will do the trick. Please note the device is not fully waterproof. It will work well for dry beach detecting.


CERI TWISTON DAVIES - April 15, 2017

i am in the market for a metal detector that would help me locate oil fuel lines (copper) and power cables buried at a depth of 70 cm any suggestions most welcome

Jason - April 20, 2017

Hi All

Really new to all this and was hoping for a bit of help – I’m looking for a Metal detector for under £100 and was hoping you could recommend a few if possible to go out and have a bit of fun with my daughter and if we both enjoy it more and more then invest in a better one. – I appreciate your not going to get loads for under £100 but I want something that will find some items underground.

Andrew - May 2, 2017

Looking for a detector (for beginners with good documentation on how to use it) that would work in Mexico.

Found out that my wife’s family has large plots of land where relics are always dug up. A lot of the land has not been used for hundreds of years and is quite compact and clay.

I would be looking for gold and silver, primarily.

Would a sub-£100 machine work or would I be better saving up for an ace?

Mikal - May 6, 2017

Hello Steve
What a wonderful approach you have. Thank you. I am pleased that you have remembered that as a grandmother, and quite petite, and with no longer the full strength I had when I was younger, what do you recommend please, for the woods and fields, for buried coins and other treasures. Budget no object. Thank you.

    Steve - May 18, 2017

    Hello Mikal,

    Considering that you want something lightweight and that you have the experience with this kind of equipment I would go with Garrett AT Pro Metal Detector because it has a big advantage in the woods and fields.
    Moreover, it has only 5 pounds (~2.26 kg) which is lightweight compared with other metal detectors.

jason callaghan - May 7, 2017

hi steve just wondered now makro and nokta have joint forces if you have played with the contravesial impact is this end of days for the deus with true die hardcore detectorists interested on your comments

Jack - May 16, 2017


Firstly, great site and thank you for your dedication.

I am a complete novice and I am looking for a detector that I can use in woodlands and fields. I have no plans to work the beaches but it would be nice if I had the option. The Garret 400i looks promising as well as the X Terra 705 although the latter seems a bit trickier to use. I’m also looking for an up to date book on the subject – relevant to the UK.

Many thanks.

    Steve - May 22, 2017

    Hello Jack,

    Since you plan to use it in UK, from those two I’ll go with X Terra 705 because it’s light (2.9 pounds) you could use on the beach, woodlands and fields without a problem.
    It’s not a fully waterproof metal detector but the coil is which is more than enough for your needs.

Andreas - May 22, 2017

Hi Steve
interesting for coins and gold detection. budget 300-400 euros. what is your recommendation for a begginer?

    Steve - May 22, 2017

    Hello Andreas,

    If you are a beginner and you want something that will last and you want gold detection I would suggest you pick any of top 4 models at the start of the list in this article.

    My personal picks considering that you want to go after coins and gold would be either Fisher F2 or Garrett Ace 250. In case you want more info about those 2, we have reviews in there as well.

Jane - May 22, 2017

Hi, After looking at your web site I have decided to buy the Garrett Ace 250 for my husbands birthday. What ear phones would be the Best Buy . I think that they don’t come with the detector. He will be a beginner ..

THank you

    Steve - May 22, 2017

    Hello Jane,

    You are right, they don’t come with a pair of ear phones.
    Considering the model you decided to buy I think I have the right pair of headphones which will fit right away. The model is Garrett Metal Detectors Easy Stow and it’s made by the same company.
    Here’s a link to help you out

    What a lovely idea of a present you have, I can bet your husband will love it!

    Reply - June 19, 2017

Hi, thanks for the great site and the many information you share, is very useful and I keep all your suggestions for make the right choice on purchase the right metal detector.

I am newbie and wish to get suggestion regarding metal detector made in China (don’t crucifix me!).
I am not talking about cheap copies of most rinomate brand(Garret/Raider, GF2/Tecknics), but to consider if China has build a quality tool for the right price.

I am living in Dubai and here there is a big Chinese mall(DragonMart), the largest trading hub for Chinese products outside mainland China. I hate to admit that they sell anything, and in 3 different quality: cheap, fair and good.
I love fishing and I can tell you I bought many equipment that still work perfect and compete with most rinomate brands.
In electronic also for fish finders,drones, rc toys, etc.

My question is can you please comment the follow metal detector, it look pretty able to stand out of the crow with really reasonable price. There is even a new model MD6038, but I was not able to find online.

They sell even in Amazon, and the final price (here in Dubai) is only 51$
I was not able to find review of this product.

Thank you.

Peter - June 22, 2017

Hi Steve, Great site,
I’m looking to buy a metal detector for a specific purpose. My wife has lost a silver bracelet somewhere on the local allotments. This has left her distraught and me responsible some how. Can you recommend a inexpensive but effective metal detector to find a small silver bracelet. Thanks. Peter

    Steve - June 25, 2017

    Hi Peter,
    I had to think for a while to decide what could be a good fit for your, to be inexpensive and effective at the same time. I would like to recommend you Bounty Hunter quick silver metal detector is good for depth in the range from 3″ to 6″, so you should be able to find a small silver bracelet with patience.

Todd Palmer - July 15, 2017

Hi Steve,
Many thanks for your helpful review — a quick question for you…I need a detector to find iron rebar stakes in a very heavy clay soil here in East Africa (I’m a scientist studying plants, and we use either rebar stakes or large nails to mark the positions of plants, but these get buried under soil when elephants step on them, or otherwise). I am guessing that I don’t need anything very sophisticated, but would love any recommendation you might have for such a basic use. Thanks much, Todd

JonR - July 19, 2017

As an amateur detectorist who wants to start up my hobby again, I would like advice on a good intermediate detector with a very good visual indicator / colour screen etc. This is because I am deaf and wear hearing aids and as a result I find it difficult to hear certain sounds or even differentiate between tones! I am based in Hertfordshire and love looking for coins / jewellery. My budget is 600+

    Steve - July 20, 2017

    Hi Jon,
    I’m glad to see that you want to get back to this hobby. For what you are looking and without relying too much on the sound I think there are only 2 options, one right in the buged and one more advanced that costs more.
    Garrett at pro is going to be great for what you need with a good depth and easy to use indicators. While Minelab ctx 3030 is more for the professionals and it’s harder to get used to.

    Let me know what you’ve decided, I would like to know as well.

Steve - July 19, 2017

Hi Todd,

It’s a tricky question, I think that finding iron stakes will be easy with any detector, but you’ll have to watch out for humidity as well. This metal detector, Garrett ace 250 is cheap, has a good depth range, easy to use and will be ok with humidity.

Ross - July 23, 2017

Hi I’m stuck between Garrett ace 250 or the Garrett 300i

    Steve - July 23, 2017

    Hi Ross,
    That’s a good question, I think 300i just outperforms 250 in pretty much anything. It wasn’t included in this top because the model was too fresh and there weren’t enough reviews.

    I included my own review, here’s just a short list of great things with the Garrett Ace 300i has a higher frequency to detect better than 250, there’s no need of a pointer (250 requires one) so you end up with the same price and it can do something new, to eliminate interference which will be really useful.

Tim - July 27, 2017


You have heard this so many times but I am an absolute novice and been many reviews and forums but still struggling.

I have been looking at the Garrett 400i as not intending to use near water it will be around fields and some woodland and will need good sound quality.

I see a lot have people value your opinion and would appreciate some advice.



    Steve - July 29, 2017

    Hi Tim,
    I’m glad you didn’t rush into buying something without doing research first, this is really crucial when you start this hobby. A bad metal detector could ruin the fun. For a novice, I’d suggest Garrett Ace 250 because it’s affordable and easy to get it ready to use for the fields.
    If you want to use a better model and a high-quality sound is a must have then Garrett 400i is the right decision, it’s like an upgrade for the 250 in every aspect, but it’s going to be a little more advanced to use.
    If you have the time please take a look at my both articles about Garrett Ace 250 and 400i as well.

Milan Muller - August 13, 2017

Hi Steve ,Im new to a metal detecting ,but im really interested for a long time.My question is , my budget is £400 max, which metal detector you would recomend to me? My plan is to search on the fields and on the beach as well.Thanks for any sugestion . With regards Milan

Steve - August 15, 2017

Hello Milan,
With that budget in mind and knowing that you would go to the beach as well, something that will last on high humidity is suggested. Having that in mind I think there are 3 options, Garrett Ace 250, the newer model 300i or Garrett Ace 400i, which is more advanced.
I have created reviews for all of the models.

Mark Duckett - August 26, 2017

Hi guys.
Hope you give me a bit of advice on choosing an upgrade to my minelab explorer 2.I have been looking at xp deus and minelab ctx but I interested in anything that will do well on pasture as well as wet sand.
Cheers Mark

    Steve - August 29, 2017

    Hello Mark,
    Both of xp deus and minelab ctx will have no problems with pastures and will have a high frequency to detect well-buried objects.
    When it comes to wet sand and high humidity environment I’ll suggest going with the Minelab ctx 3030 which is waterproof. It’s going to be an easy choice for you because you already have experience with minelab explorer 2.

Mark - August 28, 2017

I’m looking for a simple to use detector, principally for searching my own field, and the land around the house. The land is a mix of approx 12″ topsoil over clay in parts then a large amount of sandy subsoil. I have areas of rough grass and am about to carry out a lot of groundwork so I will also be searching over loose soil. I’m a complete novice and want something I can pick up and just go without too much fiddling. I’d be happy to buy a top spec secondhand machine, or else have a sort of mental budget of £100 to £200 for a new machine, but principally it needs to be easy to use. I can also see a use for one in locating oil lines below ground, (I am a heating engineer), which could be anywhere up to 500mm below ground. I’m baffled by the choice, what would you suggest? With kind regards, Mark

    Steve - August 29, 2017

    Hi Mark,
    I would advise you to go either with Garrett ace 150 or the improved model of it, the Garrett Ace 250. Both are in your budget and will have a good detection below ground. You can check both of the reviews at the top of this page. Those models are easy to use without having to do complicated setups. Let me know what you decided.

cambo - October 3, 2017

Just bought an entay how bad are they

Michael - October 17, 2017

Hi Steve, can you please recommend a detector for use in field terrain as well as use with wet and dry sand on the beach. I would need a detector that is reasonably light in weight as I have arthritis of the spine. Many thanks and appreciate your advice. Regards, Michael

    Steve - October 19, 2017

    Hi Michael,
    I think there’s one metal detector to fit your needs which can stand against humidity, has a good review plus it’s lightweight with only 1.3 kg’s is the minelab x-terra 705. I included a review and I suggest you watch the videos as well to get a sense of how it is to have one.

freddy clark - October 22, 2017

Hi Steve, I’m looking for a metal detector for abit of all round use, for relics and coins etc, have a budget of around £500, a friend suggested the Garrett ace 400i, but just wondered if you could help and have Amy suggestions!

Many thanks, fred

    Steve - October 22, 2017

    Hi Freddy, for what you are looking the Garrett Ace 400i is going to be a great choice which I highly suggest. In case you are looking for something similar, you can also compare it with the Minelab X-Terra 705 which is another great metal detector.
    Let me know what you’ve decided?

Carl - October 27, 2017

Hi Steve,

Just getting into detecting and looking at the impact, what’s your thoughts.I have over 15 years in the military using vallon vmr and various gpr systems including teaching them before retiring.Looking at a hobby close to my old job of hunting IEDs but with more reword and less risk.Looking at multi terrain , mineral content and targets.Thoughts please on this new detector on the market for all terrain and and multiple countries with the usual target of ferrious and non fermions targets

Kind Regards

    Steve - October 28, 2017

    Hi Carl,
    Glad to see that you want to pursue your passion, that’s all about metal detecting! You have a lot of experience in the field, so in this case, I think you are in the advanced league. You want a metal detector that is ok in any type of weather, that will last you a long time and that you can take it out in multiple countries.
    In this specific case, I think there’s only a good fit and that’s the xp deus metal detector. It’s lightweight, it has all kinds of settings and noise reduction plus a lithium battery which lasts longer than other batteries and it can handle any type of weather.

Sian - October 30, 2017

Hi Steve,
I’m looking for a beginners detector for my dad – nothing too technical and it would need to be buget – probably under £150. Is there anything you would suggest?

    Steve - October 31, 2017

    Hi Sian,
    I think you should check Garrett ACE 250, it’s a little over the budget, but I think it’s going to be worth the effort.
    Metal detecting hobby really depends on the metal detector and if not a good one, it can ruin the whole experience. I hope this helps, let me know what you decided?

Vas - November 13, 2017

Hi Steve.I’m looking for a detector for use in the beach(also after tide) and under shallow sea water.Is the AT Pro a good idea? What is the better choice for you?

    Steve - November 14, 2017

    Hi Vas, You did your research really well and the right choice for the beach is the AT Pro, it has 5 stars from reviews. I suggest you take a look at the review and the comments for at pro model, people mentioned that it will take some time to get used to it, it’s not straight out of the box and you probably have to fine tune it for your specific needs.

Nicholas Musselle - December 1, 2017

only 6 weeks detecting, really getting addicted to it, however, a few times now had a good signal with my 400i, 60-80. dug it nothing there? nothing on my spade, any advice please.

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