First and foremost, we have to admit that each of the machines is worth the money, and it will be unfair to underline a particular product as “the best”. So, check out the comparison and choose the most convenient option particularly for you.
Apex has more technologies applied compared to Vanquish 540 – the first one boasts Multi-Flex, Iron Volume, Multi-Salt, Z-Lynk, Apex Hybrid Audio, while the second one has Multi IQ and Iron Bias. Vanquish does not allow single frequency use, while the Apex does. Vanquish has a wider graphic scale, although the number of iron segments is smaller, which makes both detectors similar in the end. Vanquish has no ground balance feature. Both machines offer frequency shifts, but Apex has an impressively wider range of those. Vanquish is a bit heavier than Apex, and the last but not the least – Vanquish is powered with AA batteries, while Apex is rechargeable.
Nokta Makro Simplex metal detector is the new black in the niche of beginner level and middle level detectorists, but Apex seems to be close on their heels. Simplex is underwater machine, while Apex is not even close (waterproof search coil doesn’t count). The frequency technologies are different – multi frequency vs VLF (this just can’t be compared, this can only be preferred). Simplex has additional features like vibration mode, adjustable backlight and updatable software, while Apex has neither. In other aspects, the two machines are pretty much similar, but Apex’s price is way higher.