Very low frequency metal detectors, more commonly called VLF detectors, are what the majority of detectorists use for their backyard searches and most of their metal detecting needs.
But all VLF detectors are not equal when it comes to performance abilities. Before you buy one, you might want to check out our top picks for the best VLF metal detectors. Any one of the detectors on this list won’t steer you wrong.
Garrett AT Pro
This is a popular detector because it comes with a feature not many detectors do at this price level – it can be submerged in up to 10 feet of water. It comes with manual and automatic ground balancing.
It’s also great at detecting coins, and it’s fairly easy to use. At just 3 pounds, it’s light enough that you’ll be able to go on long hunts without feeling fatigued.
One word of caution – this works much better in freshwater than it does in saltwater, but it’s a great all-around metal detector.
The Fisher F75 is known in metal detecting circles as a great machine that finds deep targets accurately. The 11-inch elliptical coil helps with the depth, and you’ll be able to hunt ground faster than you would with a smaller coil.
This detector has a backlight, which will let you continue your hunt late in the night if you want.
It offers two-digit numeric target identification that will help you identify your target better, allowing you to make a more informed choice about whether it’s worth the effort of digging up.
One of the best things about it is that it has both automatic and manual ground balancing. That can help you cut back on those frustrating false positives you can get when you are metal detecting in places that have a lot of minerals in the ground.
If you’re a hardcore beach bunny who loves to hunt in the sand while watching the waves nearby, the MX5 might be a good choice for you.
When you properly adjust the settings, including the beach mode it comes with, to allow for the changing conditions, this detector can work on saltwater beaches as well as freshwater beaches.
This detector has automatic ground tracking, a weather-resistant control box, and a backlight.
If you’re having trouble honing in on a target, you can use the pinpoint mode that comes on this detector.
This multiple frequency metal detector can be submerged in water up to 10 feet. It has great discrimination capabilities which will help you weed out a large percentage of trashy signals.
Techies will love this detector because it has GPS locating capabilities. And you can download your favorite settings to your computer, as well as the exact locations where you found some of your best treasures on a dig.
Another benefit is that this comes with wireless headphones.
Garrett Ace 300
For an entry-level machine, this unit offers three big positives.
- It’s affordable.
- It has a numeric target identification feature, which not a lot of beginning detectors do.
- It’s easy to learn how to use. That’s great for detectorists who want to start detecting as soon as they see the UPS man walking up their drive carrying their metal detecting box.
This detector comes with five preset search modes – jewelry, coins, relics, custom, and zero. It also has three different audio sounds that will help you determine if a particular signal is something you might be interested in digging.
To help you weed out iron and concentrate more on precious metals, the Ace 300 comes with enhanced iron resolution.
While this machine isn’t quite as sophisticated as some of the others on this list, it is a good value for what you’ll pay.