The Garrett AT series of metal detectors are pretty high spec and widely used by detectorists all over the world.
In a hurry...?
The best all terrain VLF metal detector from Garrett is the ATMax.
(Except if you are only interested in searching for Gold, then choose the ATGold).
They're so popular because each model is equipped with differing features which allow it to be more specialized in the specific type of hunting you're doing.
Some of these specializations include searching for gold, salt water use or the ability to use wireless accessories such as headphones, however all models offer exceptional performance and depth detection in all terrains.
What features and specifications do you need in a metal detector to find the type of hidden treasure you're searching for? Have you read our metal detecting for beginners guide?
The table below shows all the specifications for each of the Garrett All-Terrain metal detectors at a glance.
You can quickly see how the ATMax, ATGold & ATPro compare against each other.
Hopefully this should make it easier for you to decide which Garrett AT model is the best for you?
The ATMax is the top of the range All-Terrain series VLF metal detector from Garrett.
It retails for around $850 and features the latest Z-Lynk Wireless Technology for connecting compatible accessories.
The ATMax features a 8.5" x 11" DD PROformance search coil, weighs 3.03 lbs (1.4 kgs) and is extendable in length from 43" to 56" (1.09m - 1.4m).
The extra features which make the ATMax different from the other AT models include:
The ATPro is one of the most popular All-Terrain VLF detectors from Garrett.
It has been around for a few years and is still going strong due to its great value for money.
It retails for around $650 and has many useful features including adjustable notch discrimination, proportional and standard binary audio, digital target ID, is waterproof to 3m and can be used in salt water.
The ATPro also features a 8.5" x 11" DD PROformance search coil similar to the ATMax, weighs 3.03 lbs (1.4 kgs) and is extendable in length from 43" to 56" (1.09m - 1.4m).
It operates at a frequency of 15kHz which is good for finding objects such as coins, jewellery and other relics.
The ATGold is a specialized VLF metal detector which has been designed for finding Gold.
It retails for around $750 and is equipped with the best features for finding Gold nuggets in any environment or terrain.
The ATGold has been designed to be tough enough for hunting in dirty, dusty environments and also underwater. Although it's not recommended for use in salt water.
It features a 5" x 8" DD PROformance search coil which is better for detecting Gold, weighs 2.8 lbs (1.27 kgs) and is extendable in length from 43" to 56" (1.09m - 1.4m).
It operates at a frequency of 18kHz which is good for finding Gold nuggets.
Watch this short 18 minute video to see the ATGold in action finding Gold specimens in the field.