A few of the questions I am asked on a daily basis is  ''How deep does it go''? - '' What's it like near iron?'' ,does it reject coke? Does it work on a beach e.t.c

Which detector is the best?. 
Most detectors fit in to the ''mid range area'' where
they are all very similar.

However some excel in certain ways , others are not too good.

Years ago some of you may remember i created a test bed and tested dozens of detectors, it was very popular back then, since then everyone seems to have test on youtube and the like.
I have now added to and improved my old test bed and will start the testing again.

There are many more detectors on the market nowadays and there is almost too much choice!

There are many coils for sale now to suite most models and i will also be testing as many coils as possible so you can see what difference (if any) changing a coil makes

I do not think there is one detector out here that does everything perfectly, that's probably why a lot of us have several detectors

All detectors are set up to be stable and reject nails , small iron, and Coke  (if possible) which is what suits most people.

Quite a few detectors would give better results  if I ran them ''over sensitive'' or in ' All metal'' making them very unstable but I would not normally do this in the field.


Most of the targets have been buried for at least 15 Years

Most detectors will go a bit deeper if the ground has been undisturbed for 100's or 1000's of years.

But of course these conditions cannot be reproduced.

Some makes of detector work better on some fields than on others, whilst some makes of detector work anywhere without picking and choosing.

Some detectors may not be very deep but are very fast responding so they would be better in iron infested sites.

But I have found if you have a detector that is not the fastest at responding you just simply slow down.

Depth is not the 'be all and end all' - but it helps, the more powerful the detector the more it normally finds.

I will also not be holding back on my thoughts on every detector and the pro's and cons of each.

Beginners don't let any of my comments put you off any detector, all the tests are extreme, 90% of detectors will find 90% of what you walk over

Test bed pictures

Complete tests


Individual detector tests below with my comments and quick score guide


AKA Sorex


Minelab Explorer 11, Minelab Advantage, Minelab CTX 3030, Minelab Safari, Minelab E-trac

Minelab Explorer SE, Minelab Equinox 800, Minelab Gold Monster, Minelab Vanquish 540

Minelab Sovereign GT, Minelab Sovereign Elite, Minelab Musketeer Colt, Minelab X Terra 705

Minelab Musketeer XS, Minelab X Terra 70, Minelab X Terra 50, Minelab Sovereign XS2

Minelab GPX 5000Minelab Sovereign (Original)


Whites MX SportsWhites XLTWhites 6000 XLWhites Beach Hunter TDI

 Whites DFXWhites Surf 11. Whites MXT


Garrett AT MaxGarrett Euro AceGarrett Ace 400iGarrett Ace 250

Garrett Treasure Ace 300

Garrett AT ProGarrett ATGoldGarrett Ace 300i, Garrett Ace Apex



Makro/Nokta AnfibioNokta Velox OneMakro Multi KruzerNokta Simplex

Nokta ImpactMakro Racer 1Makro Racer 2Makro/Nokta KruzerNokta Fors Core Relic

Makro Gold Racer


Goldenmask 4 Pro 18khzThracianGoldenmask 4SGoldenmask 5+ SE

Goldenmask One 24 khzGoldenmask 1+ UKGoldenmask 4 18khz (Big Box)

Goldenmask 1+ 8khz



Teknetics G2Teknetics T2 Green 6.5 VersionTeknetics T2 SE

Teknetics G2+Teknetics PatriotTeknetics Eurotek Pro


Tesoro Lobo Supertraq, Laser Rapier PlusLaser Trident 1Laser Trident 1 Extreme

Laser Rapier11, Tesoro MojaveLaser Trident 11 SiLaser B1 Hi PowerLaser Hawkeye


XP 150XP Gmaxx 11XP ORXXP Goldmaxx OriginalXP Goldmaxx PowerXP Deus

XP 100


Fisher CZ21Fisher GoldbugFisher F44Fisher 1266 XFisher 1265 XFisher CZ 6Fisher F22Fisher Goldbug Pro

Fisher F75 Gold V9, Fisher F70 


C-Scope 2MXC-Scope 6MXIC-Scope Newforce R1C-Scope CS 5 MXP

C-Scope CS 3MX


Deeptech Vista Warrior,Deeptech Vista Mini MaxDeeptech Vista Gold

Deeptech Vista Gold GainDeeptech Vista Smart


Troy X5, Troy X3


Rutus Ultima


Red Heat MK 11


Quest Pro, Quest Q20


Nexus K11Nexus Standard MP


Pirate Apolania


Detector Pro Pirate


Viking VK 20Viking 5


Detech EDS Gold CatcherDetech Chaser, Detech Reacher 28 Khz