5 Best Metal Detectors in 2020

Metal detectors can be seen as professional equipment or as a device for an interesting hobby. The ground holds many metal things in it that people have left there over the years, and it might be interesting to find them. Also, the police and army have a need to use metal detectors to find material evidence. Explorers and investigators need them, because it is possible to find things up to a foot or more underground with a metal detector. Many of these devices also allow the user to distinguish between different metals, so they will be useful in recycling to sort different metals for each other.

A good metal detector finds any kind of metal and can find something as small as a clothespin, even if it is hidden deep underground. Some of these devices are overpriced, and some are affordable. In this list we have the 5 best detectors for their money – all are great at their job and all have an adequate price.

Place#
Product
Editor’s Rating
Editor’s Opinion
Has screen
#1
Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV
9.8
/
10
Editor’s Pick
#2
Canway Metal Detector High Accuracy Adjustable Waterproof
9.6
/
10
Very adjustable and ergonomic design
#3
Garrett ACE 250 Submersible
9.4
/
10
High-end, very precise detector
#4
RM RICOMAX Metal Detector
9.3
/
10
Affordable model for all ages
#5
DR.ÖTEK Junior Metal Detector for Kids
9.1
/
10
Best beginner model
Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV
#1
Editor’s Pick
Editor’s Rating:
9.8
/
10

This is a ruggedized model for use in bad weather and rough terrain. The device has a mode for All-Metal and a discrimination mode for looking for certain metals. There is a two-tone audio mode for differentiating between different metals. The device is trained not to respond to minerals in the ground, which usually cause other detectors to give a false reading.

The device can detect large objects, up to three feet under the ground. Its operating frequency is 6.7 kHz. The notch control can help you distinguish garbage or unwanted sorts of metal from the needed ones.

The device comes in a special compact container – easy to ship and unpack.

Pros:

  • Immediately shows what kind of metal it has found – differentiates between all kinds of metals
  • Very light, maneuverable and easy to use
  • The battery lasts a very long while

Cons:

  • A fair amount of tinkering is needed to prevent the device from giving false positives.

Canway Metal Detector High Accuracy Adjustable Waterproof
#2
Very adjustable and ergonomic design
Editor’s Rating:
9.6
/
10

This model extends from only 30 in up 40 inches. This allows both kids and adults to use it. The comfortable arm rest allows you to carry it easily, as if it was a part of your arm. The device immediately tells you what kind of metal you have found, and it has a different audio tone for each kind of metal. There is a pinpointer ability, which allows the user to see exactly where the target is. You can set it to ignore unwanted sorts of metal and show only the needed kind.

The device detects metals up to 7.1 inches under the ground. The coil is waterproofed, so you can search for objects that are submerged in water. This allows you to go searching on a riverside or beach. The data is displayed on an easy-to-read LCD screen.

The manufacturer offers a two-year guarantee with this model, and sends a free shovel and carrying bag with it.

Pros:

  • Very ergonomic and comfortable design, easy to carry for a long time
  • Easily tells the difference between different metals and will identify even a small coin with accuracy
  • The pinpointer function is convenient, and it lets you find the exact position of an object

Cons:

  • Does not detect metals deep underground

Garrett ACE 250 Submersible
#3
High-end, very precise detector
Editor’s Rating:
9.4
/
10

This is a very precise and powerful model, with a great detector that can display the exact position of an object. There is a switch that allows you to set an unwanted type of metal or object, so the device will ignore that kind of find.

The sensitivity control will help you ignore false positives. The depth indicator will show how far underground your target is. There are 8 levels of sensitivity, designed for searching in different kinds of soil.

The metal detector has a pretty low price for the level of tech it offers. The process of tuning and editing the settings is very easy. The brand is well-known for making quality products, and their models are fully worth their price. This model in particular is perfectly suited for both beginners and professional seekers. The ACE series is actually one of the most popular.

Pros:

  • Finds even the smallest coins or buttons, and displays the type of metal
  • Very comfortable, and manages to remain light too
  • Can search underwater because of the waterproof coil

Cons:

  • Pretty expensive, but totally worth the money

RM RICOMAX Metal Detector
#4
Affordable model for all ages
Editor’s Rating:
9.3
/
10

This is an easy-to-use device with a simple gage detector – the closer you are to the target, the more the gage moves to the right. The device can easily tell between different metals. The body has a port for headphones, so the user can listen to the different tones. The machine makes different tones for different metals.

The device can be ordered to discriminate between different metals and filter out garbage metals. It can also search for all metals without discrimination.

The wide 8 inch coil allows you to cover a large area and search more efficiently. The detector can see up to 8 inches under the ground. The stem can be stretched from 33 inches to 40.6 inches, so anyone can use it, independent of age and height.

The detector is amazingly light and it is shipped with an easy to use carrying bag, which is easy to carry around without even noticing it.

Pros:

  • Ultra-light and adjustable – will fit children of almost any age
  • Has many great abilities – can tell difference between metals and pinpoint targets.
  • Very sensitive and will find even small screws and coins

Cons:

  • You have to tinker with the settings to make it work properly

DR.ÖTEK Junior Metal Detector for Kids
#5
Best beginner model
Editor’s Rating:
9.1
/
10

This model’s price and simplicity make it a great gift for kids. It is also light, easy to control and is still able to do most things you expect from a detector. The metal detector can tell the difference between different metals, and uses an array of LED lights to show different metals. The pinpointing ability also allows you to find exactly where a treasure is in the ground.

The waterproof coil is a great idea – it will let you search under water or in wet places without worrying about it. The coil’s diameter is 8.3 inches, which is pretty large, and this allows the user to quickly scan a large area.

The LEDs are great, because they make hunting in the dark much easier. They are also bright and look nice, making the model more stylish. However, tyou can also enable a buzzer, which works instead of the LEDs.

Pros:

  • Very light, affordable and a great gift for kids
  • Tells the difference between a great variety of metals and even alloys
  • Setup is very simple, and all that is needed is a D battery

Cons:

  • Is not as accurate as many adult models