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Gold Prospecting Metal Detectors

Metal detectors that were specifically designed to find gold in its natural form (nuggets) are listed below. If you are new to the hobby and looking for your first metal detector, keep in mind that not all metal detectors are capable of finding tiny specs of gold in the mountains or brooks you might be planning to visit.
While your average hobby detector will find a gold nugget, if its big enough (close to a coin in size), which is hard to come across, the detectors on this page, are optimized to find much smaller gold nuggets.
If you only plan to go prospecting once a year, and you want to primarily hunt for coins and jewelry locally, I would strongly advise buying a detector made just for that purpose. You will be less frustrated in the end.

There are a few general hobby detectors that have a prospecting mode, such as:

Minelab Sovereign GT
Teknetics G2
Minelab Xterra 705

that are not listed on this page. These are good choices if prospecting is something you would like to try, but don't want to buy a separate machine.

If you do not see a detector you are interested in listed here, please use the add a detector form.


Gold Bug DP (2) 4 stars
Gold Bug Pro (11) 5 stars!
Gold Strike (7) 4 stars


AT Gold (19) 4 stars
ATX (10) 4 stars
Scorpion Gold Stinger (25) 4 stars


GPX-4500 (2) 4 stars
GPZ 7000 (1) 5 stars!
Klondike (1) 5 stars!
SD 2100v2 (2) 4 stars
SD 2200v2 (1) 5 stars!
XT 17000 (0) n/a
XT 18000 (2) 5 stars!


FORS Gold (1) 1 star


Black Hawk (0) n/a

Other Companies

Deep Tech Vista Gold (2) 4 stars


Lobo SuperTRAQ (22) 5 stars!


Goldmaster V/SAT (2) 4 stars
TDI (17) 5 stars!
TDI pro (1) 5 stars!
TDI SL (3) 3 stars