What are the Best Metal Detectors for Metal Detecting on the Beach?

By Daniel Bernzweig

So you have decided to take a trip to the shore. What better to bring to the beach than a metal detector? The beach is actually the first place that most people think of when they think of metal detecting. A salt water beach can be one of the most rewarding yet challenging places to use a metal detector. With this in mind, we will discuss the points to consider when choosing a metal detector for treasure hunting at the beach. We will also discuss some of the exciting things that you can find on the beach. Finally, we will review the best metal detectors to consider for hunting on the beach.

Let's get started picking out the best equipment for the beach. The most important consideration for hunting on the beach is to understand how to deal with the minerals that you will find there. Salt water and the so called “hot rocks” that you will find at the beach are necessary evils that must be dealt with. Salt water amplifies the normal ground minerals causing many land based detectors to chatter and provide false signals. This can be down right frustrating when you are just trying to have fun! Thankfully there are two ways to combat this. If you are on a budget, you will want to consider a Very Low Frequency (VLF) metal detector that has a ground adjust control. The ground balance feature will allow you to essentially tune your detector for the level of mineralization on the beach. Most entry level metal detectors feature a preset ground adjust. While these units are good for most conditions on dry land, they will prove frustrating to use at the beach. A metal detector with a VLF circuit and a ground adjust control will give you a fighting chance at the beach. The absolute best units for the beach feature circuitry use Pulse Induction (PI) technology. These types of units simply ignore the effects of minerals and allow you to just pick up your detector and start finding treasure. If you will spend the bulk of your time at the beach, this is the best type of metal detector for you.

Here is a list of the most popular metal detectors that we suggest for use at the beach. If you will be snorkeling or diving, be sure to read our article entitled ‘Underwater Metal Detectors -Reviewing the Best Options'.

Entry Level Beach Hunting Metal Detectors:

Mid Level Beach Hunting Metal Detectors

Premium Beach Hunting Metal Detectors:

Shallow Water Beach Hunting Metal Detectors:

Diving Metal Detectors for use at the Beach:

Top Beach Hunting Metal Detectors:

When hunting at the beach, it is not uncommon to find jewelry. It is a simple fact that when exposed to salt water, the skin shrinks and jewelry inevitably falls off. We hear of many of our MetalDetector.com customers finding rings with inscriptions and returning them to their owners. I can tell you from personal experience that there is nothing more exciting than returning a ring to someone years after they lost it. Unfortunately, many times, there is just no way to track down the owner. Every day the beaches are restocked with newly lost rings, earrings, chains and other lost valuables. Some treasure hunters that have easy access to the beach search these areas daily.

One of the nice features of the MetalDetector.com website is our shop by product feature tool. Just add the beach detector that you are considering to the comparison basket and select compare. You will be able to see all of the metal detectors features in a side by side comparison chart produced just for you! Let's take a look at some of the features that you will see offered in today's popular beach and underwater metal detectors. The first thing to consider is how and where you will be using your new metal detector. All models that you will find on the MetalDetector.com website include a waterproof search coil. If you will be simply hunting along the beach and not going in to the water deeper than your ankles, any of these models will be fine. You will just want to be sure that the unit you select includes a ground balance adjustment. If you will be going deeper than your ankles in to the water, you will want to select a metal detector that is completely waterproof. Some of these models are certified for use in shallow water, typically down to 10 feet. These units are great for treasure hunting up to you waist or for shallow water snorkeling. If you will be diving, you will want to select a model that is pressurized for diving.

With the price of precious metals on the rise, the incentive to grab a metal detector and head to the shoreline is increasing daily. While treasure hunting can be lucrative, it is also very relaxing and great exercise. Many people find that from the moment they slip on their metal detecting headphones and power up their detector, they are transported to another world. Treasure hunting can be whatever you make it out to be. For some it is a social activity that they share with friends. For others it is a great escape and a fine way to spend some time in personal contemplation.

Whatever your take on the hobby, now is the perfect time to get started. If you would like some personalized guidance on picking out the best model for your needs, pick up the phone and speak to one of our experienced product specialists. We are happy to discuss the options with you to help you pick out the unit that you will enjoy for years.

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