10 Best Gold Metal Detectors In 2021

Using quality gold metal detectors is not necessarily considered a cheap metal detecting hobby. Gold detectors range from $99.00-$7,999.00 and that’s a huge difference from low to high. I’m going to help you narrow it down, starting with the manufacturers that have designed gold detectors. Like I’ve said in other articles, find the brand that you like, all brands have a different look, feel, and function. Doing some research online on YouTube and the manufacturer’s websites will help you to decide which brand suits you.

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This full featured detector has everything you would expect from a dry land detector – LCD display, full control set and functions, speaker, interchangeable coils, and light weight. I no longer list general purpose VLF detectors running under 18 kHz because they are too common and that being the case they offer nothing special to the potential gold prospector. If you are interested in other general purpose detectors that might make good prospecting machine but are not listed here, look at my more comprehensive reviews list. Many discontinued prospecting detectors are also listed there. The newest gold detector to hit the market is the Minelab Gold Monster 1000. Minelab is the leader in pulse induction detector technology, yet their VLF options were outdated and limited.

Following the assassination of American president James Garfield in 1881, Alexander Graham Bell – the inventor of telephone – attempted to create a metal detector similar to Gustave Trouvé’s device. Graham Bell used his metal detectors unit to try to locate the fatal bullet inside President Garfield’s body. Bell’s metal detector worked, but the metal coil springs of James Garfield’s bed threw the detector off, and the search for the bullet failed.

Minelab is one of the leading companies in metal detection and has a few models made for gold detection on the market. The Gold Bug 2 offers extraordinary sensitivity; at 71 kHz it features a very high operating frequency. The Gold Bug 2 also features iron discrimination, is dust and moisture resistant, has audio-boost, and can operate in any type of soil with the choice of three mineralization modes. High sensitivity to detect small gold nuggets and also larger treasures, this Teknetics G2 Gold machine has become the tool of choice. Mineralized soils and ocean detecting up to 10ft are easy targets for this Pulse Induction metal detector from Garrett.

How Do You Determine Which Gold Detector Will Work For You?

The White’s line will be largely dropped as out of date for todays market. However, the last White’s model produced, the Goldmaster 24K, is a superior product, and extremely competitive in its class. I personally had settled on it as my preference over other 30 kHz plus dedicated prospecting detectors, due to the overall physical design, tuning options, and affordable coil selection. Garrett has just introduced the 24K back into the market at a very attractive price. The popular aftermarket coil manufacturer, NEL coils, has just announced support for the 24K. I’m happy to see Garrett finally make some moves again in the prospecting market, and admit to having a biased view on this one.

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Don’t be intimidated by the need to ground balance, after you have done it once or twice, it will become second nature. Metal detectors that feature automatic ground tracking will require less adjustment and produce less false ground signal noise. A better question might be how deep do you really need to go? Modern prospecting detectors can discover gold as small as a half a grain.