The 5 Best Metal Detector in 2024

top 10 best metal detectorsJust to make sure we are on the same page, the best metal detector depends on who will be using the detector, so, it really depends on you!
I will try to provide different scenarios that may fit you with different explanations of why a certain metal detector may be better than the other.

There, answering this question is near to impossible, as there are many different factors to consider. In summary, I picked the detectors based on the reviews, personal experience, pricing and difficulty.

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

Want to skip the long read? Here is my choice for best metal detector:

Garrett ace 400iGarrett ace 400i is a perfect one to start learning how to metal detect and to go into advanced metal detecting with it. It’s well made, easy to get used to and comes at a very affordable price for a detector. It’s not only well made, but it also comes with plenty of accessories, that can help you get used.

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I realize 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 I 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

This list is still being updated, it contains affiliated links and I’m updating it year over year by comparing different metal detectors in the industry. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Model nameProduct imageShop
Garret Ace 250Garrett ACE 250
Garrett EuroACE
Garrett ACE 400iGarrett-ACE-400i-reviews
Fisher F44 WeatherproofFisher F44 Review
X-Terra 705 Minelab X-Terra 705 Review

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 the 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 about is what is going to be the best metal detector for YOU, thinking about what flexibility you want, how much mobility, what features it has and most importantly focused on the location and climate weather.

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, 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 lightweight 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 purchase 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?

X-Terra 705 metal detector on the grass

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 for 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 people’s choices. There have been many large valuable and huge finds of historical importance found with beginner metal detectors like the Garrett Ace 150 which wasn’t included in my list because there’s the upgraded version the Garrett Ace 250 model.

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 favorite metal detector and why? Please leave a comment below.

Feel free to comment about our top picks for this year!


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 Race - 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

    Jonathon Earl - March 22, 2020

    Your article is really helpful. thnks…

    Adrienne Zimmerman - June 11, 2020

    Honestly i’am not good at reading but your blog is really easy to understand, thanks for sharing…

    Perry Kramm - January 4, 2021

    Thank you very much for the information.

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?

    Steve Race - February 6, 2017

    Hi Kate,

    Not necessarily. I have included this because of the weight. I have a female friend that found metal detecting a bore due to the weight of the detector. Have a look at and let me know your thoughts.


      Lyndsay Scott - July 4, 2023

      I e had to upgrade to a legend as I couldn’t cope with the weight of the Garrett 300i so it’s a good point!

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 Race - 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 Race - 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.


    Ade - February 3, 2021

    I must have missed the comments were it stated women are weak, fragile that men believe them to be. Obviously not right…. hence the differing standards required by male to female members of the military, law enforcement, fire brigade! All equal yeah!!!

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 Race - 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 Race - 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 Race - 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

    Steve Race - April 17, 2017

    Hi Ceri,

    Thanks for your comment.

    If you want a top of the range with no expense spared, I recommend the XP deus ( I have only heard good things about this detector.

    Kind Regards

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?

    Steve Race - May 3, 2017

    Honestly Andrew, I will save 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 Race - 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 Race - 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 Race - 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 Race - 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 Race - 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 Race - 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 Race - 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 Race - 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 Race - 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 Race - 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 Race - 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 Race - 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.

Kevin Derby - December 27, 2017

Hi Steve

Great blog, perfect fun md for those wishing to get into the hobby!

Would you be kind enough to give me your thoughts on the comparison of the Ace 250 and the Viking VK40.

I’m new to detecting and want to get the best I can with the money I have to spend.

Many thanks

    Steve - December 27, 2017

    Hi Kevin, I’m glad you like it and welcome to the detectorist!
    I had to look into both of them and to compare each of the features and there are big similarities between them plus that they will withstand high humidity which is an important factor in the UK.

    My pick between them will be the Ace 250 because it really withstood the test of time and it has so many good reviews all over the web while the Viking VK40 has almost none. There’s another factor to take into consideration, the different modes that the Ace 250 has and it’s proven to work in any environment.

Samantha drake - December 27, 2017

My son is 13 he will be using his detector on fields and beach he has a budget of £300 please advice on best ones thankyou

Steve - December 27, 2017

Hi Samantha, I just updated the table list and I would like to recommend you the Garret Ace 250 from there. This metal detector doesn’t require any extra training and it’s a great start for newcomers and I think your son old enough to go to a real metal detector instead of kids metal detector. Let me know what you decided Samantha.

Gareth Davies - December 30, 2017

Hi, sorry but a total newbie, just recently received an invisua vspromd ( think that’s right) and was wondering about your thoughts on whether its a good starter model?

    Steve - December 31, 2017

    Hi Gareth,
    I’ve seen that metal detector, it’s a way to start but it really has limited capabilities. Don’t get me wrong, the detector It’s not that bad for someone new, but I think it’s quite limited in what it can do and that’s why It could ruin the whole experience for you.
    I suggest you give it a go, but if you really want a real metal detector that’s good for both starters and intermediary I would suggest you take Garrett ace 250 because it has more modes and it can detect more things thanks to the wide range of frequencies.

Steve Richardson - January 3, 2018

Hi Steve, I’m a beginner looking to get my first detector and have been advised to get the Fisher F22, what are your thoughts on it or would you suggest the Garrett Ace 300i instead? I will be detecting mainly in rural Devon locations including some beach work. Many thanks, Steve

    Steve - January 3, 2018

    Hi Steve, both of the models are more than enough for what you are looking for. I would go with the Ace 300i because I’m really used to them but Fisher F22 is a great metal detector as well.

Robert Morley - January 3, 2018

Hi there

I think I’ve lost a platinum ring in a bush. It’s a long story.

So I need a detector that has a good/reliable range that will detected platinum.

Any suggestions guys?


    Steve - January 3, 2018

    Hi Robert, I’m really sorry to hear that you lost it, but good thinking about using a metal detector to find it. The x terra 705 which is included in the top is going to be a good one for you, using Double-D Coils you can detect gold/platinum on the higher frequency.
    I’m considering that the ring is not well covered by earth, if that’s the case then you will need a professional tool and for that ctx 3030 will do the trick, but it’s expensive.

mike ripple - January 18, 2018

I have just acquired a working 1964-1965 “Hunter” made by Dr Charles Garrett in his garage.
It comes with 3 search attachment coils, a combo 12″/5″, a 8″, and a pointer. The serial # is 5-characters and stamped, 1 G O U H.
In original case.
Any value to these?

    Steve - January 18, 2018

    Hi Mike, just wow! You’re a lucky man, you have a piece of history in your hands. I’m not a vintage metal detector expert, but I can tell you that those do have value and that you should consider contacting an expert on that subject.

Dave - February 2, 2018

Hi Steve, great site. I’ve been looking at. C scope cs2mx as I’m a novice are these still suitable machines, it’s a grey model!. With 17khtz. It would seem quite powerful but me being ignorant is it worth going this route.

Alan Evans - February 4, 2018

What about the Whites Treasuremaster? Is it a contender in the better starter models?

    Steve - February 6, 2018

    Hi Alan and Dave,
    First of all, I am not familiar with C scope cs2mx and I didn’t find a lot of material from other users and I can’t tell if it’s good or not.

    Alan I think that the Whites Treasuremaster is a good model started metal detector, from what I saw that this model has to offer it can be a contender even for the mid range detectors.

Matthew - March 15, 2018

Hi Steve
I am new to metal detecting and only have a small kitty of no more than £150 pound.
There are 3 I am looking at:
Garret 150
Clarke MD1500
Whats your thoughts please, the plan is to use mainly on mountains and river banks, but also in the water and beaches.

    Steve - March 17, 2018

    Hi Matthew, my personal pick is going to be Garret 150 because it’s a popular model and it has a good reputation plus that it will stand a long time.
    All of the 3 models are great picks, you did a really good job researching this!

Gsry - April 8, 2018

Hi Steve new to detecting I’m looking for a metal detector what would u say is the best on the market at the minute, needs to have good depth range and be able to work on wet and dry sand

Steve Edwards - June 2, 2018

Hi Steve, thinking of getting into detecting as it’s interested me for a long time now. Got a budget of around £300-400. Will mainly be using on my local beach but will want to do countryside later too. Looking at Garrett euro ace, 400i, minelab safari or even a Fisher F5. Cheers, Steve

    Steve - June 6, 2018

    Hi Steve, congratulations on your research, those 3 metal detectors are great models for what you are looking. My favorite is the 400i because I have one, but we have good reviews from our followers for the Fisher F5 as well. My advice is to go with the one that you are comfortable and to take into consideration the weight of metal detector as well. Spending a few hours on the beach with a heavy detector will make the whole experience unpleasant.

adam dalmar - June 3, 2018

Thanks for the information and very interesting. I been reading a lot lately about metal and gold detectors and I want for east Africa in the price range of between 2000 and 2500 pounds. I never used any detector before but I been reading a lot about the subject and watching a lot videos. I am leaning to one brand that is all terrain but before I name the brand I need your advice. I need it for a dry land and mix of soil and volcanic products.

Adam Dalmar

    Steve - June 6, 2018

    Hi Adam,
    Since you mentioned that you plan to go for gold as well, I think there’s only one detector that may do a good job and that’s the ctx 3030, it’s closer to professional models but cheaper and without the headache of going thru an extensive training program. You will need some patience to fine tune it, but it will be worthy. Please let me know what you find on your journey!

keith johnson - June 12, 2018

Hi I’m fairly new to metal detecting. Could you recommend a model. I would like it for all terrain. I have a price range of up to £120. Any recommendations would be appreciated thanks

    Steve - June 15, 2018

    Hi Keith, I will recommend you the Garrett Ace 250 as a starter model, it has a good detection range and you can start without any extra training.

Matty - July 11, 2018

Hi everyone I use a Garrett ace 300i with the nel tornado coil never used any other detector so I Carnt say about others but this setup is very good I think I’ve had Charles the 1st halfcrown my 1st Roman coin was silver I had a jews harp the other day nice simple detector easy to use and I’ve had objects 20cm plus with it I love it….

sheena Ellis - July 31, 2018

Thank you for your time and advice. i have wanted to buy one from my mid-teens . now in my 40s. now all bills are paid i am looking for one so this is a great help. my next thing is looking where i can go without permission many thanks . i know a few places as it is common land and lots useit

    Steve - July 31, 2018

    Hi Ellis,
    You can start with either a beginner or mid-level metal detector.
    For starters you can go into public places and document later in case you find something what’s the procedure to declare it.

SEAN COGGLES - September 19, 2018

hi im just about to start up metal detecting can i please have some advice on wich machine to buy please

    Steve - September 26, 2018

    Hi Sean,
    You are in the right page in here, based on what your skill is I would suggest picking a metal detector from my list.

Patricia van Heerden - November 3, 2018

Hi there, I’m going to buy my son a metal detector for Christmas. I’m looking for a budget one around £150. He will be using it in water but just the coil needs to be waterproof, on land and on the beach.
I have read loads of reviews but they don’t seem to find what I’m looking for as I’m technically challenged and don’t understand half of it.
There was one that you can use in the water on the beach as well as the water in rivers but, for the life of me, I can’t find it.
However, one that can be used on land, in a river and on the dry sand at the beach will have to do then. Many thanks for any advice you can give. I’m really impressed with all the posts I’ve read here.

Nee - December 22, 2018

Hi Steve, Been some interesting reading within this blog thanks! Thinking about getting back into the hobby after a 30+ year respite. Had a basic Savo followed by a Fieldmaster FX55. Live in the midlands so it would be mainly used in the countryside. Got a budget of £700 . Doesn’t necessarily have to be a new model. What would you recommend? Cheers Nee

    Steve - December 23, 2018

    Hey, I am glad to hear that you got back into metal detecting after 30+ years, that’s an amazing story! What I would suggest it will be to go with the X-Terra 705 because it’s close to a high-end detector and you already know the basics so you won’t have to start with a beginner model.

Scott Koban - January 29, 2019

Dear Steve,

I have never detected before, and have budget of £200 max. Could you please suggest a detector that’s light in weight, and ideal for low to zero trash areas on ancient sites: precious metals, hoards?

I notice the Tesoro and Laser detectors are not mentioned. What’s your opinion?

Thank you for your time.


Craig Scott - February 9, 2019

To find a best affordable metal detector is a difficult task, but you can see the comparison and reviews of best metal detectors on our website. Thank you

Will Barton - February 9, 2019

Hi my thoughts
I personally wouldn’t buy a Garrett detector they are really made for the American market and not great on the beach. Depending on your budget I would go with either Minelab or XP Detector . If your not worried about weight get a Minelab full band spectrum machine second hand and buy some wireless headphones. You can Felcro the little receiver
near the headphone jack input , charge up and away you go. If weight is a problem I would go with a XP machine again depending on your budget secondhand goldmaxx or the Deus.

Becky - July 8, 2019

Hi there
I’m looking to buy a detector for mainly woodlands and inland..completely new to this so haven’t a clue. I was looking at the Garrett ace 250? Any advice?

meghdad Jalali - August 18, 2019

Hello , I need a help for choose Detector

Nokta Invenio Pro are good ?

    Steve - August 25, 2019

    Hey Jalali, sorry but I never heard of the metal detector.

mojahid ali - August 19, 2019

hi there i am a novice to metal detecting. Which detector would suit me i am looking for precious metals and stones. I want be able to use in all terrains and have a good range (depth) and not to complicated to use. thanks

    Steve - August 25, 2019

    Hi Mohjahid, I think that’s a good question and for something like that, any mid-range detector would do. The trouble with depth is that it usually required a detector with much more batter power, but it may be tricky to set it up quite right for your needs. My advice is to get a mid-range detector and start using it in the nature to get used to it. With time, it will get only better because you will figure out how to fine tune it for your specific needs.

Eddie - August 26, 2019

Hi Steve, I’m looking to find a platinum wedding band, would the Garret Ace 250 be suitable for this task, I can also hire this or a WASP II but I think the Garret is better just want to know if it would be suitable, thanks

    Steve - September 2, 2019

    Now it depends how deep it got buried and the type of soil. I think you’ll do better with a garret 400 because it’s a mid range or a gold detector, but that could go in the range of $x,xxx range for a good one.

Daniel - September 5, 2019

Hi Steve,
I’m looking at upgrading my son’s detector and have been looking at the Garrett machines (300i & 400i).
Would you say that it is worth the extra and going for the 400i?

    Steve - September 9, 2019

    Hi Daniel,
    I’m glad you mentioned the magic word “upgrade”, I think it’s better to save some cash for something better like a 400i because it comes with extra perks such as bigger depth, more modes, and overall a better experience.

Jen - September 30, 2019

Hi Steve,

My fiance specializes in World WW2 History, specifically Finnish War History.
Quite often he goes on history trips in search of war relics however he doesn’t have a metal detector.
Could you please if possible recommend a metal detector that he could use.
Greatly appreciated,

    Steve - October 1, 2019

    Hi Jen,
    In this particular case I would recommend Garrett Ace 250, easy to start, plug & play and it’s easy to carry along. This should be more than enough for his case.

Jennifer - October 1, 2019

Hi Steve,

Thank you very much for your help.


Rob - October 3, 2019

Hi Steve,

I’m a beginner. I am considering buying the Garret 400i. I am 6’4”, will it be long enough so I don’t have to stoop. I Have a bad back already!!. Also can you recommend the best pointer for under £50.

Many thanks in advance. Great Blog.

    Steve - October 4, 2019

    Hi Rob,
    They kind of have the standard size, to be frank, this is something that we can’t avoid with metal detectors. I’m having the same issue, I am 6’2” but I got used to the 400i pretty quickly, it’s not that short either. Regarding the other question, I can’t recommend you any pointer under £50, because I don’t know any. If you double your budget, you can see my recommendation in the best pinpointers review that I have created, in the menu.

barry geater - October 17, 2019

im 45 and looking for a good all rounder,not for beach etc.I am mostly going to be in fields and woods etc..but i wondering if there was a machine that searches for gold,silver and other metals one just one totally new so have not a clue as to which one to get but do not want something cheap which im going to have to upgrade pretty quickly.I am looking for something to last a few years at lest b4 i upgrade..thankyou for your time..barry

Paul - November 7, 2019

Hi Steve
Although I spent most of my career in Lincolnshire, I’m now semi-retired and living in SW France. I have a large plot of land in an area which is renowned for its ‘lost’ Roman villages and the meadow concerned has a spring and many fascinating humps and hollows which suggest that it has been inhabited for over 2000 years; we have found evidence of 4th century burials. I want to explore this are as responsibly as I can, but am worried that the soil is very stony. When the farmers plough nearby fields, they usually walk them carefully in advance and make collections of great slabs of ?limestone which would otherwise ruin their machinery and seem to lie and work their way up from say 50cm under the surface. I’m completely new to detecting and would really value your advice, if I’ve given you enough info to go on. I suppose I’m looking for something which detects as much as possible as deep as possible! Budget is a matter of negotiation between me and Santa Claus, whose arm I am prepared to break to get a good machine.

    Steve - November 10, 2019

    Hi Paul,
    That’s a really nice story, thanks for including all the details. Considering that you’re referring to the 4th century, I think researching for maps which I usually recommend will be pointless in your case, considering such an old era. Skipping that, I will recommend you one of the top metal detectors such as X-Terra 705, but it’s going to take you a while to get used to it, because it’s an advanced model.

Dave - February 19, 2020

Hi steve
Any info on viking detectors
Im debating whether toby one or would you recommend getting a garrett machine

Al - March 5, 2020


I want to purchase my first detector, probably used,I have shallow pockets but I think I need a detector which can cope with high materialisation as I live and want to hunt, mainly for Lamp Checks, in the Welsh Valleys. I know that as well as coal and sod there is iron ore at varying levels of density.

Any advice would be hugely welcome.

    Steve - March 6, 2020

    Hi Al,
    I can recommend you start with Garrett Ace 250 first, it’s easy to use and it will find most of the stuff. You’ll have to play for a while with the different modes that it has to see which will bring better results.

Al Warner - March 6, 2020

Thank you very much for your quick reply Steve, very much appreciated.

Eileen - April 13, 2020

I would like to purchase a detector for my grandson who is 6 foot 7 tall so it would need to be height adjustable. In addition it needs to be lightweight. I am unclear if they have to be used with headphones but if they do then they would need to be wireless ones. It will be used on fields and in streams so also needs to be waterproof. He is a beginner and also has learning difficulties so it will need to be simple to operate although once he is shown what to do he will pick it up. Price not too much of a problem, happy to go up to £800 or so all in if there is one you think might fit the bill. I know nothing whatsoever about metal detectors so thanks in advance for your help. Eileen

    Steve - April 22, 2020

    Hi Eileen, I would recommend you go with Garrett Ace 250 a great metal detector that’s lightweight and very good for entry-level.

Paul - April 19, 2020

Imho XP Deus still have not competitors.

ralph hughes - November 30, 2020

Hya all…used to be a “play at it” detectorist back in the 80’s with an old Cscope….and actually had a surprisingly amount of good luck with it, considering I didn’t really know what I was doing…work, marriage and family then took over … Now I find myself with time and money and would love to get back into the “Field”. Trouble is there is so much choice now and the technology bewilders me….I’m not to fussed at the cost…so please offer some good choices based on your experience…many thanks.

    Steve - December 26, 2020

    Hey Ralph,
    If you are not in a rush, please bear with me an extra month or two so that I have enough time to re-do my yearly research and see what newer models are out there.
    Since you’re a “veteran” I think a better fit for you will be a mid-range model (at least) so that you can make sure you’re not missing any spot.

spencer - December 21, 2020

HI Steve, I noticed that you haven’t mentioned the Garret apex, is there any reason why?… this model seemed quite a good mid range detector.

    Steve - December 26, 2020

    Hi Spencer,
    Good point, I had in mind to bring this model in 2021, because when I created this article the model was just released and I had almost no reviews on it so I couldn’t even compare it with the older generations.

Douglas Parsons - December 27, 2020

Hello my name is Doug and i am getting back into Metal Detecting and i would like a little advice please. Could tell me which machine is best for beaches fields and is water proof as there are some old mine buildings where i live and i would like to look at these. Thank you for giving me an insight to metal detecting and renewing my interest. Thank YOU dOUG.

    Steve - December 28, 2020

    Hi Douglas,
    I recommend you check the beach metal detectors page that we have dedicated for this.

Chris - March 2, 2021


Great sites with lots of useful info, thanks!

I’m looking to get my first detector and I was wondering, if you were to consider overall value for money, what detectors would you recommend for <£150?


    Steve - March 5, 2021

    Hi Chris, in that range there’s only 1 detector that I would even consider, that’s the Garrett Ace 150, it’s an entry model.

Norman - March 16, 2021

Hi. I joined the site the other week and posted but it seems to have disappeared.

I want to give the hobby another go having owned and used a rather old Whites Eagle Spectrum about 15 years ago for a couple of years. I want something relatively simple to use that has good depth, decent pinpointing and discrimination, and is easily upgradeable (software/hardware). It needs to be capable of taking me from novice to slightly more advanced levels. I will mainly be using it in fields and forests, and maybe very occasionally on a beach. I have a budget of £400 to £600. A few that have been recommended and that I have researched include the following:
Nokta Makro
Minelab X-Terra 705
Garrett Ace Apex

Any suggestions please?


underwater enclosure - March 17, 2021

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Ashley Simpson - May 27, 2021

Hi Steve, and everyone else reading this i am a complete noobie and looking into make taking up metal detecting as a hobby (and possible greatest find of this century) but i little lost of where to begin i think my budget for a detector is around £200 and living on the south coast i have plenty of beach to look on but really want to look inland fields and pastures also i think i like to introduce detecting to my 8 year son, could i please pick your brain for some recommendations for a starting out for the first time.

kind regards

Sarah - June 1, 2021

hi im from the united states Illinois to be exact and was curious if u could give me any information on the Micronta 300 deluxe metal detector with discriminatory? I just bought it and seems to be an older one I wonder if thats bad because I’m well like u on the hunt searching for old artifacts buried lol..well any help on this item would be so appreciated in advance thanks..sarah

    Steve - July 15, 2021

    Hi Sarah,
    Sadly I don’t know too much about the Micronata 300, but I’ll leave your message active so that maybe one of our members will help you out with a detailed review.

Katie Bee - December 29, 2021

Hi Steve, thank you so much for this article…. It’s helped me a lot as I’m just starting out and am doing this for my Dad really. Dad and I have had an interest in many things such as old coins and stamps etc…. We have collected for years but unfortunately I’ve just finished cancer treatment and dad has Alzheimer’s so neither of us are fit as a fiddle (at the moment).
My thoughts are that metal detecting might he the way forward for now as Dad can no long ‘sort’ things in order and struggles learning new things. I am not overly fit but could walk, carry and dig. We live near the beach (pretty compact sand) but also have friends who own land so would like an all terrain model that is light weight…. Budget isn’t really a problem but would be better at a lower end of the price range and if it’s something we like then we can Progress to a higher end model. I have the option of detecting in a field where lots of Roman relics have recently been found and so again, this would be something to consider. They will lend me a detector for this but I would love to be able to do it with my own detector as I feel theirs may be too advanced for a novice.
I appreciate all the help you have given people on here and am hopeful you might be able to help us too.
Thanks again xx

Graham H - January 14, 2022

Have you reviewed the Garrett ACE APEX HP at all? I was thinking of buying this for use on both beaches and fields but not sure how it compares to the many other similar models already listed/mentioned. Struggling to find much in the way of feedback on the model though. I am hoping it is an easy set up and simple to use for a newbie – seems to have a lot of good features form the description I read

    Steve - March 4, 2022

    Hi Graham, I didn’t get my hands on that bad boy yet, but once I’ll have it, I’ll add a complete blog review.

David Leadbetter - March 26, 2022

Is it worth taking up metal detecting now? My problem has always been finding places to get permission to search on.
People are always telling me it’s too late to start detecting now as the best places have already been selected and permission granted.

    Steve - June 15, 2022

    There’s never too late to start metal detecting, it’s a fun activity and you may even consider this as a sport. I highly recommend you start!

      Claire - November 13, 2022

      Hi there, I am looking for a starter metal detector for my adult son. My budget is below £100. I have looked for the Amzdeal Lightweight Metal Detector as recommended on here but I cannot find it for sale anywhere. Do you have any other recommendations please? Kindest regards Claire xx

Amy Gambrill - February 4, 2023

Hi I am looking to purchase one for my dad he is a very active 70 , loves heading to the beach, woods, fields and getting this as a retirement gift , what do I need?? And any recommendations for a good all rounder that I won’t need to upgrade in the long run
Thanks x

Al - November 22, 2023

Hi, Which areas in England do not require a permission? I mean, for example, I buy a detector and start detecting those places straight away? Thanks.

Val - December 3, 2023

We have a large pond with an island in our garden. It is a natural pond so sometimes it is shallow but also it is ancient -apparently mentioned in the Doomsday book. We are looking for a detector suitable for those conditions.

John - February 15, 2024

Best garrett detector for both pasture and beach(I have the At garrett in mind?) thanks.

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