Looking for the best metal detector for beginners will likely be overwhelming for a new metal detectorist. There are numerous brands, models, and other options to pick from. Being familiar with what to search for will make this a simpler process.
Some of the things that are likely to affect your choice about what the best beginner metal detector are the cost, the features, and how you plan to utilize the detector. If you’re planning to use the metal detector for gold prospecting or in the water, you may want one specialized for those needs. But for almost all beginners, a general purpose detector likely will be what you want.
Factors to Consider when Selecting your First Detector
The most important factor that you need to determine before selecting a beginner metal detector is the areas you will be primarily utilizing your metal detector. For metal detecting primarily on dry lands such as your backyard, woods, playgrounds, fairgrounds, parks, etc., an all-purpose land or relic detector will be suitable.
The coil on the bottom of most of these metal detectors is waterproof and can be used near the edge of water or submerged a few inches, however, the electronic components that are contained in the housing near the top of the detector are not waterproof the detector will become damaged if it is dropped or submerged in water.
If you live near the ocean or other large bodies of water and want to utilize your metal detector in or under the water to find objects, you will need to purchase a detector that is waterproof. While many individuals assume that the depth range of a metal detector is one of the most important factors.
This is not the case as the majority of metal detectors are all about the same when it comes to their range of depth detection except for models that are highly advanced and extremely expensive. Another important feature that a beginner metal detector should have is a display screen that shows the type of metal detected.
A good beginner metal detector will also have a setting that can be adjusted for the level of discrimination. This discrimination setting allows you the ability to “tell” your detector to eliminate or ignore certain objects such as rusty nails, aluminum cans, or other unwanted objects and target only desirable items that contain metals such as gold and silver.
However, what many individuals who are starting out in the hobby of metal detecting do not understand is that in some circumstances it is not beneficial not to set the level of discrimination to high as certain objects such as coins made out of nickel and even gold rings can be missed as they produce the same conductivity reading as aluminum pull tabs.
Tips for the Beginning Detectorist
If you are utilizing your detector in an area that contains a high amount of “junk” or “trash,” then you will most likely want to set the discrimination level of your metal detector higher to avoid consistently digging up undesirable items. However, in areas that have a minimal amount of trash you can set this level lower which will reduce your chances of missing the valuable items.
To avoid any disappointment in the performance of your metal detector, it is best to purchase an entry level or beginner metal detector from a reputable manufacturer and avoid purchasing the inexpensive models seen in mass retail or toy stores.