Garrett GTI 2500 Metal Detector

Garrett GTI 2500

If you’re an avid fan of metal detecting, you’ve probably dealt with your fair share of disappointing tools. A pinpointer, a hunting knife, headphones, perhaps a loop cover for your detector’s coil—any one of these things could break, or begin to wear down, and effectively ruin the entire experience.

In this Garrett 2500 Review there are very few disappointments (you will be glad to hear!) as we report our findings having tested this baby out over the course of 3 months. Before I get into the nitty gritty – specs, function etc I wanted to point out the GTI 2500 is one of the most honest metal detectors on the market. Yes, it will be a little on the heavy side for some diggers and yes there are alternatives that will target deeper (and likely to false a lot) but if you are on the hunt! for a machine in the $1,000 price bracket, it simply can’t be overlooked.

GTI 2500 Specifications

Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 10 inches
Weight: 20 pounds
Waterproof: Contact manufacturer
Users manual: Yes & instructional DVD
Targeting depth: 13 inches on a US quarter
Coil: 12.5″ additional included in some bundles
Power source: 8 AA batteries included
Warranty: 2 Years

The Good

    • Sturdy, manufactured to last
    • The Graphic Target Imaging (GTI) displays an accurate size and the depth of the target – easy to detect junk and wasting time digging it
    • Very rarely false’s
    • Automatic pinpointing
    • 7.2 KHz, adjustable frequency
    • Brilliant at finding coins via the in coin discrimination functionality
    • Easy to set up
    • Brilliant training DVD which provides valuable tips & tricks particularly beneficial to newbies
    • Huge display, easy to read

The Not So Good

      • Many of the operating buttons have multiple functions, which may confuse some newbies unfamiliar with metal detector functionality
      • Batteries aren’t the easiest to swap out
      • It may be a little on the heavy side for some diggers

GTI 2500 Overview

GTI 2500 LCD Screen

It will come as no surprise, to old diggers and new, that the most critical tool, the one you cannot risk going defective, is the metal detector. If your metal detector begins to slowly stop working, during a hunt it’s game over.

The GTI 2500 is about as reliable a machine as you can get. As with all Garrett detectors you can rest assured you are buying a product that has been manufactured to the highest of standards and dealing with a company that actually cares about it’s customers.

Since it’s the most expensive tool in your arsenal, you’ll want to put off replacing it for as long as possible. The end result of that will be days full of choppy signals and growls from your detector, as well as a plethora of missed opportunities. If you want to find coins, lost jewelry, and other hidden treasures without a painful interruption like a stressfully inept detector, then consider looking into Garrett metal detectors’ GTI 2500 – it’s a no brainer.

Setting The Standard

2500 Battery Image

The Garrett GTI 2500 is setting the standard for the kind of durability and reliability diggers expect. Although a high-functioning precision instrument and one of the best metal detectors on the market the 2500 can withstand years upon years of heavy use without any problems at all.

As long as it is cleaned and stored properly after each use, there are next to no limits of where you can take this surprisingly lightweight yet advanced instrument. The Garrett GTI 2500 metal detector is made to last, and picking one up will determine the route your every hunt takes for years to come.

One of the most interesting features included in this model is the Digital Signal Processing (DSP) chip. This small chip allows your metal detector to tell you the details of the item that is on its radar—details you wouldn’t think it was capable of.

It does more than tell you a coin is buried 6 inches underground, it tells you if that coin is a penny, dime, quarter or nickel! Such an accurate gauging system allows you to skip the trash and focus on the treasure, which makes it one of the best coin metal detectors out there. Hours spent digging up aluminium cans are seriously a thing of the past—and only Garrett’s GTI line is capable of such jarring accuracy.

Garrett GTI 2500

All detectors require a certain amount of setup, of course. Only the GTI 2500, however, attempts to make that setup as easy as possible, while retaining the diverse preferences that advanced diggers may desire.

If you’re looking for only a certain type of treasure, perhaps one you expect to encounter in a designated area, you can let your detector know that and it will only alert you when the target you have in mind is in range.

In a similar way, if you’re prepared to hunt in a particular type of terrain, use the interface to input that data to increase your detector’s ability to read in such an area. Admittedly, it may take some time for you to fully understand what you’re working with in regards to these settings. Attempting to master a device capable of feats like this one is supposed to take time, though. And the included instruction manual comes with a DVD that should assist you in the process of fully understanding what your metal detector is really capable of.

Complete with an adjustable audio threshold, an all metal deep-seeking mode, and an adjustable frequency, the GTI 2500 is the perfect device for a treasure hunter that is more than ready to jump into the field.


Despite all of the features and settings, this advanced machine weighs less than 15 pounds, which makes it perfect for longer excursions, or carrying it into more difficult terrain that has yet to be explored by other diggers. We get that the weight is a talking point as is the GTI’s appearance, which is hard to describe as a sleek, good looking device. I’m 6ft 1 and of average build, the 15 pound weight provides absolutely no problems for me to swing this baby around all day every day, if you are of lighter build you may find it more difficult to handle.

The device comes with walkman style noise-cancelling headphones that allow for you to take notice of even the lightest and most subtle beats and pings that the metal detector is capable of. The beautiful design is just a slight nod to how intricately the most detailed of features work together in this machine to make it a highly functional work of art.

Video Reviews Of The Garrett GTI 2500

GTI 2500 FAQ’s

Does It come With More Than One Search Coil?

It depends where you get it from. Many packs include the 9.5″, 12.5″ and the eagle eye depth multiplier which are easy to swap out and great if you intend to use on different terrains.

How Accurate Is The GTI 2500 At Revealing Your Targets Size And Depth?

After months of testing, I found it very accurate. The graphic imaging functionality is second to none. It really gives you a feel and understanding as to why the machine is priced at the $1,000 mark.

How Many Operating Modes?

The Garrett has 6 operating modes: custom, jewelry, coin, relics, all metal/nonmotion & zero.

Is The Instructional Video Available In Any Other Language?

It’s available in Spanish. Please contact your supplier or Garrett directly for further information.

Have You Got Any Advice As To Increase The Depth Capabilities Of This Machine?

If you purchase a package with the 9 1/2″ super deep imaging coil, be sure to use that. If you can’t find a package with the coil included it’s a great additional purchase to increase the GTI’s depth capabilities.

Final Word

Hopefully, after perusing this Garrett GTI 2500 review you feel you have a better understanding of the capabilities of this metal detector. It’s not a toy, it’s not for children, and it may not even be appropriate for a novice.

However, if you’re one to take your craft seriously, or if you’re newly getting into the hobby and think you’ll become a long term fan this just might be the perfect metal detector for you.

With lots of settings and features to explore, the GTI 2500 has potential to keep you entertained for a countless number of hours as you dig into the possibilities that it offers you. If you have any questions, or maybe would like to provide your own first hand experience of the machine in a mini GTI 2500 review, please use the comment section below.

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

1 Comment
  1. Mark Meador 6 months ago

    I own the AT PRO and the GTI2500. I find myself picking up the Gti2500 most of the time because I dig less and find more. It is superior for old coins and relics
    The AT PRO is my beach detector, it can’t be beat plus it can be taken into the surf.

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