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All models are submersible up to 10 ft., and with a minimum of 40 iron discrimination settings, and digital target ID functionality,  you can eliminate junk finds. The automatic ground balance helps beginners to make finds, while advanced users can fine-tune the balance manually. Suitable for all-terrain searching, each model represents excellent value for money.

Based on user feedback, AT Pro is not recommended on wet land but is capable on dry sand. 

AT Max on the other hand  has S-shaft design that is more ergonomic than the straight shaft design. If you’re planning to improve your set up, you can find more aftermarket accessories and upgrades available, such as coils. Garret has a better warranty and repair service.

Last but not the least, AT Gold. This machine is waterproof up to 10 feet which is great for both dry and wet sandy beaches. Equipped with optional automatic ground balance that is helpful for beginners with four frequencies and a digital screen.

Comparison Table

Garrett AT PRO Garrett AT MAX Garrett AT Gold
Why Consider? The most affordable model in the range and an ideal choice for beginners. Comes with Pro search modes as you become more confident with your detector Integrated wireless Z-Lynk technology provides comfort and convenience by removing the need for cables. High-spec audio transmission and search coil. Designed to locate small nuggets and jewelry, the sensitive search coil finds what other detectors may miss.
Ideal for:
Beginners and casual hobbyists can benefit from the easy set-up, and develop to use the more advanced features. Advanced or professional users, and those who search in saltwater environments. Average detectorists looking to make regular small finds, even on previously searched ground.
Iron Discrimination Segments 40 Levels 44 Levels 44 Levels
Notch Discrimination
Adjustable Adjustable Fixed
Is the Volume Adjustable? No Yes No
Tone Levels
3 3 3
Search Modes 6 4 3
Sensitivity Depth Adjustment
8 8 8
Threshold Adjustment? No Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes
Waterproof Up to 10 ft. Up to 10 ft. Up to 10 ft.
Battery Condition Indicator
Yes Yes Yes
Depth Indicator Yes Yes Yes
Search Coil
8.5” x 11″ PROformance DD Search Coil 8.5” x 11″ PROformance DD Search Coil 5” x 8” DD PROformance Search Coil
Total Weight 3.03 lbs. 3.03 lbs. 2.8 lbs.
Headphones Included?
Yes Yes Yes
Operating Frequency 15 kHz 13.6 kHz 18 kHz
Digital Target ID
Yes Yes Yes
Length 43-56” (adjustable) 43-56” (adjustable) 43-56” (adjustable)


For detectorists who are just starting out, the Garrett AT Pro is an ideal choice because it’s easy to use, yet has added features and modes as you become more experienced and knowledgeable. If you’re specifically after gold, the Garrett AT Gold’s unique frequency can detect even the tiniest nuggets. 

Our top choice is the Garrett AT Max for experts and those that enjoy hunting on the seashore in saline environments.

Check out our guide with more articles on popular metal detectors brands and reviews and comparisons of the top models. Our article on guides to make your buying decision simple should help you pick the best metal detector for your detecting needs.