Fisher F22 Metal Detector Review

Fisher F22 Metal Detector

Fisher F22 Metal Detector
The Fisher F22 metal detector is a great entry level machine. It’s easy to set up, easy to use, built to last and the perfect machine for anyone looking to start off a fun hobby of metal detecting

It features 4 modes of operation artefact, jewellery, coin and custom, which allows you to program the machine to match the type of metal you are hunting.

At just $230 the F22 is a powerful, reliable all-rounder which can handle most terrains. It’s light in weight at just 3 pounds, provides good depth and fast recovery speed.

If you are looking to get into metal detecting we honestly couldn’t recommend a better entry level machine.

We love the F22’s predecessor the Fisher F2 and can honestly say the F22 is even better, featuring several improvements and enhancements.

As with all our reviews we aim to be impartial and also put every machine through its paces, so without further ado let’s jump straight into this Fisher F22 metal detector review.

Fisher F22 Metal Detector
Top Pick Entry Level Detector

F22 Specifications

Dimensions: 22 x 8 x 5 inches
Weight: 3 pounds
Waterproof: Coil can be submerged
Users manual: Yes
Targeting depth: Coins at 9 inches
Coil: Elliptical Waterproof
Power source: 2 AA betteries

The Good

  • Quick & Easy Set up
  • Lightweight
  • Features professional-grade weatherproofing for use in the toughest conditions
  • 5-year warranty for peace of mind
  • Excellent VDI Readout, which makes it very easy to determine what your targeting
  • Sturdy, built to last
  • Accurate depth gauge
  • Excellent battery life 25 – 30 hours
  • Multiple clear alert tones, handy for those that don’t want to have their eyes fixed to a screen for long periods of time
  • Good recovery speed

The Not So Good

  • Depth indicator readout often inaccurate
  • False signals when hunting in early morning dew, wetter conditions
  • Battery box cap flimsy

Fisher F22 Features Review

Fisher F22 Screen Image

The F22’s depth indicator features a 3-bar readout that indicates the target is buried shallow, medium or deep.

It’s easy to follow and via much testing we found it to be pretty accurate for a $200 machine. 1 bar indicates an item is buried 0 – 4 inches, 2 bars 4 – 9 and 3 bars deeper than 9 inches.

It has 10 adjustable sensitivity levels and four modes of operation coin, artefact, jewellery and custom, which are perfect for beginners.

The 9-segment target ID is easy to read and will help you separate the junk from the bling, while the four tone alert provides a pretty accurate identification of what you are targeting without the need to even look at the screen.


It’s important to firstly understand the Fisher F22 is not a waterproof or underwater detector. While the standard elliptical search coil can be submerged, the unit itself should always be 12 inches clear of the electronics box.

While this metal detector is advertised as adverse to weather conditions due to its “professional grade weatherproofing” we found it struggled to cope with rainy and damp conditions. On two occasions, the F22 froze altogether in drizzly conditions and on others we noticed it started behaving nervously in the wet.

Fisher F22 Metal Detector
Top Pick Entry Level Detector

F22 Coil Thoughts

The F22 saw Fisher introduce a new search coil with the machine. We were very impressed with the 9” triangulated elliptical search coil, finding it excellent at discriminating targets and designed perfectly to sweep narrow spaces in between rocks etc.

For a metal detector sold within the $200 price bracket, it was also very nice to have the option of submersing the coil in shallow water.

Fisher F22 vs F2

We enjoyed testing the F2 and also found it to be a good entry level machine. However, those that made the purchase just before the F22 was released will be kicking themselves. The F22 not only features all of the good from the F2, but some other significant improvements.

For a start you are able to save your configuration set up on the F22, unlike the F2 where your often perfect set up would be erased! The coil mentioned above is also a vast improvement to the standard 9” on the F2. Improved circuitry which equates to faster processing and recovery is also clearly evident. To summarize Fisher metal detectors designed the F22 is an upgrade to the F2 which has undoubtedly been achieved.

F22 Video Instructional & Reviews

Top Tip

Invest in the very best pinpointer detector that your budget will allow. Recovery time will dramatically speed up and your whole experience hunting will be enhanced.

Final Word

We hope you enjoyed our review of the Fisher F22 metal detector and are closer to making a decision as to whether or not to make the purchase. It really is an excellent entry level detector, which is reliable, accurate and will provide many fun days out hunting.

While we weren’t particularly impressed with its capabilities to work in wet weather its important to note that the problems we encountered happened only part of the time. It’s also possible the machine we were testing had a slight defect, which can happen and something Fisher will be happy to help with.

Please leave your comments, questions and thoughts below and as always, GL & HH!

Hi, I'm Brian and I've been digging for the best part of 10 years. I decided to set up Metal Detector List to provide impartial reviews of the very best metal detectors on the market to enable hunters of all levels to make an informed decision before making a purchase


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