Rating metal detectors is an incredibly subjective topic, while some machines are clearly better than others, price and availability should always be taken into consideration while ranking metal detectors, That's why for this year, our top 5 list will cover all bases in all price groups. If you are interested in any of the machines listed or want up to the minute pricing and bundle/promotional offers, please don't ever hesitate to contact us, we are always happy to help! Now, Read on to see our top 5 Metal detectors for 2020!
The XP Deus has been around for a while now, this multi-frequency metal detector is the king of iron and trash. While it runs multi-frequency, it doesn't happen at the same time making for much faster recovery speed, especially on iron and trash. The adjustable iron frequency makes this metal detector the undisputed king of separating trash from good finds quickly and accurately. We highly recommend the XP Deus for detecting around old houses and buildings that may have been torn down where you want to avoid the iron nails and junk and find those relics and treasures buried within the trash. At $1,049 the lightweight and technology packed XP Deus is one of our favorite machines at BBH and we're proud to be an authorized XP dealer.
The Nokta Makro Simplex is a feature-packed metal detector that offers the most "bang for your buck" Being waterproof and having Bluetooth, wireless headphones, and being extremely accurate, it's hard not to recommend the Nokta Makro Simplex. The Simplex boasts amazing depth, accuracy and recovery at an incredible price. The Simplex is waterproof and submersible to 10ft and has incredible backlighting for night time and underwater detecting. The first metal detector in the world with premium features usually found on a $700 metal detector at less than half that price!
The Minelab CTX 3030 is still the king of premium metal detectors. With its full-color display, 100+ frequencies, waterproof up to 100ft, and a vast array of accessories, if you looking for the metal detector that can do it all, then look no further than the CTX 3030! Not only is the CTX 3030 waterproof up to 100ft, a lot of thought and effort went into the design of the metal detector, special seals to protect the battery and electronics against dirt and debris, a special armrest lock for comfort and stability and high definition wireless headphones makes this metal detector one of the best in the world. Because of its frequency range, this metal detector is accurate on just about any type of surface including soil and sand, including over mineralized or salty seawater the CTX 3030 always finds it's marked. The CTX also boasts a target trace feature making it the best metal detector for coin spills!
There's a lot to love about the Minelab Equinox 600. This lightweight multi-frequency metal detector features a well backlit monochrome display that is easy to read in any condition. The Equinox is fully waterproof and submersible to 10ft and has a very rugged yet modern and elegant design. The equinox 600 also includes a wireless module allowing it to be connected to super low latency wireless headphones and supports aptx low latency audio. The Equinox 600 has 6 Custom Search Profiles, each detects mode features 2 custom search profiles so you can save your favorite settings in each mode.
The clear winner of the best metal detectors of 2020 is the Minelab Equinox 800. While it boasts all of the features listed for the equinox 600 listed above, the 800 also has a gold nugget/prospecting setting making the equinox 800 the best all-around metal detector on the market, and all for under $1,000! The Minelab equinox 800 is the most versatile machine on the market that will do anything you throw at it. Mineralized ground? check, Seawater? check, Gold prospecting, and nugget finding? check. All in one sleek, lightweight, and customizable package at an incredible price. It's no wonder the Minelab equinox 800 was out of stock and difficult to keep on our shelves over the last 12 months. If we ever had to recommend a single metal detector based on price, performance, and reliability, it'd be the Minelab equinox 800.