Buying a metal detector? If so, it’s important to shop around for the best price, package and customer service. Keep reading to find out what to look for in a metal detecting retailer.
Metal detectors can be expensive, so it’s vital to take your time when making a buying decision.
Choosing the right detector isn’t the only decision though. You also need to consider where to buy from. While a specific Tesoro, Teknetics or other machine is the same wherever you buy - assuming it’s not a counterfeit - the service, cost and included accessories may vary.
For this reason, it’s a good idea to know the best places to find metal detectors for sale. This allows you to compare stores and find the best deal.
Of course, price is always going to be the biggest factor - but it’s not the only thing to consider. Retailers can vary in terms of packages, shipping, returns policy and various other factors.
In this article, I’ll go through a few things you need to consider when deciding where to buy a detector. I’ve then listed some of the best options, along with any deals or discounts I’ve recently found.
Considerations When Choosing a Buying Location
Metal detectors from major brands, such as Minelab, Garrett and Fisher, are sold at many retailers. You shouldn't just buy from the first place you see though.
If you know which detector you want, here’s a list of considerations before deciding where to buy:
- Price. The most obvious consideration when choosing a detector is the price. Just like any product, the price of a detector may vary depending on the store – especially if a retailer is running a sale. It pays to shop around when buying a metal detector. Be quick if you find a detector for a discounted price though – these deals often don’t last long.
- Accessories Included. Metal detectors are often sold in packages with extra accessories or tools. Some retails may include a pinpointer, secondary coil or extra pair of headphones, while others just sell the basic detector. Extra accessories can be useful, but they are often low quality and not worth the added cost (although there are exceptions). At the very least, make sure you know exactly which items are included so you can check reviews before you buy.
- Warranty. It’s vital the metal detector covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. Warranties can vary from 2-5 years – and can save you a lot of money if the detector develops a fault. If you're in doubt, check whether the retailer is a certified dealer of the brand you're buying. Refurbished machines probably aren’t covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.
- Returns. It’s worth checking the returns policy of a store before buying a metal detector. This probably isn’t necessary for well-known stores, but for smaller retailers it’s important to know when and how you can return the item.
- Shipping. Most of us are used to next-day delivery – and many larger retailers offer quick shipping. Make sure you know how long shipping is likely to take before you buy though. And, more importantly, make sure you know how much it costs!
Where to Buy Metal Detectors?
Many retailers sell metal detectors. The problem is that most only stock entry-level models or those from cheap brands. Many of these machines are really just toys in comparison to machines from top brands.
With that said, there are plenty of places to buy models from Garrett, XP and other famous detector manufacturers. In the US, these include:
- Amazon - As with most industries, Amazon stocks a wide range of metal detecting products. This includes detectors from almost all major brands, including XP, Fisher, Garrett, Minelab and Tesoro. Amazon also provides fast shipping and usually competitive pricing.
- Walmart - The online Walmart store stocks a surprising array of entry-level and mid-range metal detectors. These include the Garrett AT Pro, XP DEUS and many more. I recommend avoiding the cheap models found in their stores though, as they are often little more than toys.
- MetalDetector.com - One of the biggest specialist stores for metal detectors is MetalDetectors.com. The company has over 35-years’ experience selling detectors, and stocks a huge array of models. They also have a strong community and resources section.
- Sears - As you would expect, Sears stocks a range of metal detectors from major brands such a Garrett and Fisher.
- Bass Pro - While Bass Pro doesn’t have the same range of brands as other stores on this list, they stock high-end models from companies such as Minelab and Fisher.
- Kellyco - Another specialist metal detecting store is Kellyco. The company offers a wide range of detectors from most major brands, including White’s, Makro, Fisher and Garrett. They also offer regular deals and discounts.
- Treasure Mountain - Like MetalDetector.com and Kellyco, Treasure Mountain is a specialist store for people interested in treasure hunting. They stock a variety of brands, such as Teknetics, XP and Minelab.
The brands above are a good place to start, but don't overlook local stores. By searching for “metal detectors near me” you’ll often uncover specialist detector stores, which can be great for getting advice about your purchase.
Many major stores, such as Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Target, also stock cheap metal detectors from brands such as Bounty Hunter and Barska. As you can buy excellent entry-level models from companies such as Fisher for less than $250, I highly recommend avoiding machines you see in these stores unless they are from a recognized brand.
You may need to do some more research if you’re outside of the US. Some of these brands ship to the UK, Canada and other countries - but be prepared to pay a lot more for shipping.
Latest Metal Detector Deals and Discounts
While researching articles for this site, I often come across deals on metal detectors. When I find a particularly good one, I’ll list it here.
What About Second-Hand?
There are plenty of used metal detectors on the market – especially on sites such as eBay and Craigslist.
Buying a second-hand detector can be a great way to save money, but there are some dangers you need to be aware of before committing to a purchase. For this reason, I’ve written a complete guide to buying a used metal detector.
Buying a metal detector is an exciting moment - but proper research is essential to avoid a costly mistake.
Along with researching the best models for your requirements, it’s also important to compare retailers to get the best deal. You should compare price, available packages, shipping costs, and returns policy before committing to a purchase.
Do you have any questions or feedback about where to buy a metal detector? If so, let me know in the comments section.