Thinking about a flat screen TV wall mount can really set the heart racing! It is exciting, isn't it?
No? Oh, well maybe it's just me then!
Ok, you're right, so it's not the most thrilling thing in the world of audio-visual technology. However, getting the right wall mount (also known as TV mounting brackets) can be an important part in getting the best out of your flat panel TV.
You know, the one you've spent a small fortune on. You want to get the best from it.
There are a few ways that we can place the TV screen in our room, but one of the most common ways is by hanging it on the wall. After all, being able to put the screen on a wall is one of the great things about buying a flat panel TV.
So, if you are wondering, “what size or type of wall mount do I need for my TV?” - then you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I will look at the different ways to wall mount an LED, plasma or OLED TV. What we need to consider when buying flat screen mounts, and do a few TV wall mount reviews to help you decide which one to buy in 2018.
If you don't want to hang your TV on the wall, you could check out our guide to flat screen TV stands and cabinets.
It doesn't matter if you've got an LED, plasma or LCD screen, the majority of wall mounts will be suitable for any type of flat panel TV. There are just a few things to consider before you can choose the right one.
However, the first thing that you need to decide is the type of wall bracket that will be most suitable for your room. When you start looking around you will find there are a wide variety of mounts that are available for hanging a flat panel TV.
We can break these flat screen TV wall brackets into four main categories, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. So, let us look at the different types and understand the difference between them.
This is the most basic type of TV wall mount, and in many situations, it can be all that you need.
It is also commonly referred to as a flat or low profile TV wall mount. We can see an example of the Mounting Dream MD2361-K Low Profile TV Wall Bracket pictured here.
This type allows the TV to be placed as close to the wall as possible without sticking out into the room. This can make the most of the thin depth of your TV. Just make sure you allow for enough room to install cables behind the TV.
If the HDMI connections on your TV are on the rear, then you might need to consider buying right-angle HDMI adapters or cables. If the HDMI ports are on the side of the TV, then this shouldn’t be a problem.
To use this type of wall bracket, you will need a good-sized wall area. This will allow the TV to be placed in exactly the right aspect and height for your viewing position.
Some wall brackets of this type allow more options for positioning as they can slide from side-to-side - but not all mounts will do this. Therefore, if you buy a low profile wall mount you will need to be very precise when you fix the mount to the wall. Once it is in position, there is no going back - without a lot of trouble!
For more information on low profile wall mounts, go to the fixed TV wall mount guide.
This is like the low profile wall bracket except it allows the screen to tilt up or down while attached to the wall.
The tilting angle is usually around 15 degrees each way, but this can vary between models. As you can see from the picture of the Echogear EGLT1 Tilting Low Profile TV Wall Mount, it looks very much like a fixed wall mount. The difference is the ability to tilt the screen up or down while it is in position on the wall.
The ability to adjust the vertical angle of the screen gives an advantage in many situations.
For example, if you need to install the screen higher than is ideal (such as over a fireplace), you can angle the screen down towards your viewing position.
You can also adjust the viewing angle slightly if you ever need to move your seating position forward or backward a little.
Angling the screen up or down can also allow you to reduce glare from windows and lights. Older-style plasma screens could often be reflective, so this was especially useful in previous years. However, many modern flat screen LED TVs can also be reflective, so this may still prove to be a useful feature.
If you are unsure between a fixed bracket and a tilting wall mount, then maybe a tilting mount would be a wise choice. It will cost a similar amount to a fixed wall mount and will have a very similar low profile design. However, it will have the added advantage of being able to tilt if required.
You can get a more detailed review in our guide to tilting flat panel TV wall mounts.
Articulating TV wall mounts allow greater flexibility when it comes to changing the position of the screen. The best articulating TV mount will allow a wide range of movement.
They can range from a simple pivot mount which allows the screen some movement from left to right, to the more flexible tilt and swivel TV mounts. These allow the screen to be pulled away from the wall and angled up or down. Most articulating TV wall mounting brackets will allow some, or a combination, of these movements.
A bracket of this type can also be called a swing-arm wall bracket.
You can see an example here of the WALI WL-1330LM Articulating TV Wall Mount.
In some rooms, these TV wall brackets are especially useful as they allow a screen to be installed in the corner. This is a big advantage over the flat and tilt models which require a large flat wall area. They will usually have a smaller mounting bracket which can be attached to the wall in various places. So, if you need a TV wall mount in the corner of your room, this is the type of mount you should be looking at.
The important thing to consider is what type of extra movement you need to alter the position of your screen. Different models will offer various types of movement. Up or down. Left to right. You should also be able to push the screen back to the wall when it is not in use.
Go to our guide to articulating flat screen TV wall mounts for more detailed information.
These TV wall mounts are the most versatile type that you can buy. They are sometimes called a full motion wall mount, although that term is also used with simple articulating mounts. The term cantilever mount is also used.
They will allow you to move the screen to almost any position you could possibly want. This allows easy day-to-day alterations to the position of the screen. Like the Mount Factory PRO-X6 Full Motion Articulating Wall Mount pictured below.
These mounts are fixed against the wall like a standard flat wall bracket - although not quite as close due to the folded extension arms. They will also allow the screen to be pulled right out, turned left or right, and tilted up or down.
Some models even allow the screen to be turned completely upside down. Very useful for those occasions when you need to watch TV while doing a handstand!
These models are generally the most expensive. Yet, if you need the extra movement they allow then a fully articulating mount may be right for your room.
You can get more detailed information in our guide to fully articulating TV mounting brackets.
You now understand the different types of TV wall brackets that there are. So, you are now in a better position to consider the actual make and model of mount that you want.
The problem is, there are so many to choose from, that is no easy task! But never fear, I have put together a list of the top rated TV wall mounts. I cover all the different types that are a good solid choice.
After that, I mention a further 5 which might fit the spot. If you don’t fancy any of these TV wall mount brands, then you are on your own after that!
At the time of writing, this articulating TV wall mount was the number one seller in the TV mounts category at Amazon.com.
It has an articulating arm which can retract to the wall to save space, but which will pull out to a 20-inch extension. It is rated to support TVs up to 88 lbs in weight and is suitable for TVs with a screen size from 22 to 42-inches.
Having said that, they do say that some 55-inch models will
also be fine, as long as they meet the weight and VESA requirements.
Speaking of which, the native VESA sizes supported are 100 x 100, 200 x 100 and 200 x 200. However, it does come with 4 removable mount adapters which extend the supported VESA right up to 400 x 400 (and many sizes in between).
If you are unsure of what the VESA standard is, then I explain more about it further down the page – what is the VESA wall mounting pattern?
It supports a tilt of 15° forward, and 5° backward – plus a full 180° swivel from side-to-side. All in all, it offers very good movement for many situations.
But that’s not all, as part of the package you will also get a 10-foot HDMI and a 6-inch magnetic bubble level (to get it aligned on the wall correctly). There is also an assortment of bolts, screws and washers which should save you hunting around the house for the right fixings. Some buyers have complained that they didn’t receive these extras, so make sure you get them as they are included in the price of the package.CLICK FOR LATEST PRICE
This Sanus mount is a low profile tilting wall mount. Therefore, it won’t be any good for mounting your TV in a corner but offers extra movement over a standard fixed wall mount.
It has a tilt of up to 10°, which they claim can be moved easily with just a touch of your finger. This can be useful to reduce glare at different times of the day. Not only that, but this mount also offers lateral movement from side-to-side. So, you can slide the TV for optimal placement even after the back plate has been fixed to the wall.
Once you have your TV in the perfect position, there is a locking mechanism to hold it securely in place. There is also an optional padlock, which is not part of this package, which can be bought to add even better security.
It isn’t a wall mount that you would get for a smaller flat screen TV, but it does support a wide range of larger TVs from 37 to 80-inches. As for the weight, it will be suitable for any TV up to a maximum of 130 lbs, which should cover most situations.
The available VESA patterns for this wall mount are 100 x 100, 200 x 200, 300 x 300, 400 x 400 and 600 x 400.
Some reviews have suggested that it is also suitable for curved TVs.CLICK FOR LATEST PRICE
This wall mount from Mounting Dream is a fully articulating wall mount. It has full motion support with 5° upward and 15° downward tilt. As for swivel, it will allow up to 45° movement either left or right.
When it is fully pushed back, your TV will be 3.6 inches from the wall, and it will pull out to 15.2 inches into the room.
It supports TVs from 26 to 55-inches in size, so not the largest sizes available these days, but should be suitable for most people. The maximum TV weight it supports is 99 lbs.
Your TV will need to support a VESA mounting pattern of between 75 x 75, up to a maximum of 400 x 400. Therefore, it should be fine for most TVs in this aspect. However, always check your TV first before ordering to make sure it will fit.
Unlike most, the manufacturers also offer some helpful installation guidelines. I think this is very useful in helping people make the right decision when buying a wall mount.
They state that this mount shouldn’t be attached to a dry wall alone. Because of the potential size and weight of the TV, they suggest to only fix this mount to a concrete wall, or into 16-inch wood studs.
Finally, you also get some useful extras with the package. A 6 foot HDMI cable is included, along with a bubble level. There’s no excuse for a wonky TV now! It also comes with all the necessary fixings for both wall and TV mounting.CLICK FOR LATEST PRICE
Our next contender is another full motion articulating wall mount. This heavy-gauge universal wall mount will support TVs up to a whopping 132 lbs. That’s heavy!
Make sure that you attach this to a wall that will support the weight if you have a TV of that size.
This is a heavy duty TV wall mount.
As for screen size, the suggested range is 37 to 70 inches. Again, not for smaller TVs.
When fully pushed in, this will be 2.6 inches from your wall and will extend out to 16 inches. It will swivel up to 150° from side-to-side, although that is rated for a 37-inch TV so maybe slightly less if your TV is larger than this.
But what about the VESA pattern I hear you cry. See, I knew you would start enjoying this stuff! Well, there are quite a few supported patterns.
200 x 100 / 200 x 200 / 300 x 200 / 300 x 300 / 400 x 200 / 400 x 300 / 400 x 400 / 500 x 300 / 600 x 200 / 600 x 400
To stand out from the competition, Echogear also highlights their 7 days a week support helpline. If you are a little unsure about all this installing hardware lark, that might be a great reason to pick one of their products.
There’s no doubt this is right up there if you are looking for the best full motion TV mount.CLICK FOR LATEST PRICE
Last, but not least in our top 5, comes another wall mount from our friends at Sanus. This time we look at one of their fully articulating wall mounts for larger TVs. And I mean BIG!
The OLF18 model will support TVs from 37 to 80 inches and a maximum of 125 lbs (that’s a big TV). They say that the actual weight supported has been tested up to 4 times this number, so you shouldn’t have any worries on this score.
It will extend out to an impressive 18.44 inches (to be precise), and when retracted will be around 3 inches from the wall. Ok, I know you love the precise numbers, they say 2.97 inches from the wall. Happy now?
For those of you with seating around the room, the swivel from left to right can be up to 60° each way. There is also the ability to tilt up to a maximum of 15°, which is common for this type of wall mount.
It supports a whopping eleven VESA patterns, so should be suitable for many TV types. They start at 100 x 100 and go up to the largest size of 600 x 400.
You want to know them all you say? My fingers are getting tired with all this typing you know. Ok, here you go:
100 x 100 / 200 x 100 / 200 x 200 / 300 x 200 / 300 x 300 / 400 x 200 / 500 x 200 / 400 x 300 / 400 x 400 / 500 x 400 / 600 x 400
What other features can you expect? Sanus highlight built-in cable management which could prove very useful if you want a very tidy installation. They also have a 7 day a week US-based support helpline to sort out any problems you might have.
Finally, not only do they provide all the essential fixings you should need to hang your TV, they go one step further. Sanus says that if you have a unique TV that doesn’t fit the fixings they supply, they will find the correct screws for your TV and supply them for free. Not bad at all.CLICK FOR LATEST PRICE
The top 5 TV wall mounts should give you plenty of options. However, if you want to look at a few more, then here are the next best rated TV wall mounts:
Choosing the right type of TV wall mount is only one thing to consider.
You've decided which type of flat panel TV wall mount is right for your room. So, what else do we need to think about when we are looking to buy a mount for a flat screen television?
We have mentioned some of the important specifications above, but let’s just quickly go through them in a bit more detail.
Each wall bracket that you see listed will be rated for a particular screen size - or more commonly a range of screen sizes.
Therefore, make sure that you buy the right mount for the size of your TV screen. For example, a wall mount may be rated for any screen from 22 inches to 40 inches. So just double-check that you know what screen size you have before choosing a wall mount.
If you’re unsure, you can measure it yourself. The size of flat screen TV is measured diagonally from corner to corner.
Wall mounts are also designed to support a maximum weight.
It may well be that the screen size specification listed above will also consider the weight of the screen. However, also double-check if there is a maximum weight listed for the wall mount, and then check to see the weight of your TV.
You really don't want to buy a wall mount that cannot support the weight of your TV. You may find yourself being woken up in the middle of the night by a loud crash - when your expensive flat screen TV falls off the wall. Ooops!
It is advisable to keep on the safe side and buy a mount that can easily support the weight of your TV. So, give yourself a little bit of headroom to be sure.
If your TV weighs 40 pounds, then don't buy a bracket that supports a maximum weight of 40 pounds. Go for a little bit extra and get one that supports 50 or 60 pounds to be safe.
A common rating you will see is the VESA mounting interface standard - also known as the Flat Display Mounting Interface (FDMI).
The VESA standard indicates the distance between the holes on the mount. It is these holes that need to match with the mounting holes on the back of your flat screen TV. If the holes on the TV don't line up with those on the mount, then you won't be able to attach one to the other.
Common sizes are 75 x 75 mm (VESA 75) and 200 x 200 mm (VESA 200) - although there are much more. So, for example, VESA 75 has four holes laid out in a square 75 mm apart.
Some people will use the term, “a 100mm VESA mount”, for example. This would refer to a VESA 100 or 100 x 100 mm mount.
So, how can you tell what VESA standard your TV supports?
Well, the manual for your TV will tell you which hole configurations are on the back of the screen. If you can’t find the manual, just go to the manufacturer's website and they find the specification for your TV there. Failing that, if you have the TV already, you could just measure it yourself.
When you buy a mount, just make sure it has mounting holes that match those on your screen. If you know the VESA mounting pattern of your TV, then it should be easy to find a matching mount.
Just remember that many wall brackets will support more than one hole configuration.
You can also buy universal wall mounts which are adjustable to fit any hole configuration that isn't a VESA standard. It is more common in larger screen sizes (say over 42 inches) to have non-standard hole configurations.
The main things to think about are:
You can insert the name of any TV brand here. Samsung, Sony, LG – the answer is the same. Your TV will come with standard size mounting holes on the back, usually based on the VESA standard. Therefore, you don’t need a specific make of TV wall mount for your television. Most wall mounts will be suitable for any make or model of TV, you just need to consider the important issues listed above:
Ah, the million-dollar question! So, you have the TV. You have the wall mount. Now what?
Mounting your TV on the wall can be great in theory, but can be a bit daunting when it comes to doing it for real. Now we must consider things like drilling the right holes in the wall, finding the wall studs - and making sure the TV doesn’t fall off when we let go!
This may be something you are comfortable with, or it may be right out of your comfort zone.
The general plan of action is to:
While that sounds easy, in practice it may prove a little more challenging. Check out this video of a man who knows what he is doing:
Well, that wasn’t so bad, was it? Easy when you know how.
However, if that is all bit much for you, then I would recommend getting in a professional to do the job properly. Sometimes, the best way to get a job done is to bite the bullet and pay for somebody who will do everything efficiently and professionally.
Many local TV retail shops will offer an installation service. You don’t necessarily have to buy your TV or mount from them. Just pay for them to come and do the installation. Just make it clear you already have all the necessary hardware.
There is another alternative. Amazon now offers a wide range of approved professional services that you can buy. Fortunately for us, that also includes a TV wall mounting service.
They will provide a free estimate from a local handpicked professional, who will come and mount your TV using all the hardware that you supply.
You provide the TV and the wall mount. They provide the skill!
Follow the link below for more information the Amazon TV wall mounting service.AMAZON TV WALL MOUNTING
Although not the most exciting thing you will buy for your home theater setup, buying the best flat screen TV wall mount is an important decision.
It may be that you just need to buy the cheapest fixed wall bracket that you can find and that will do the job for you. However, you may also need to think if you need extra movement like swivel and tilt to get the best viewing angle in your room.
The last thing to remember is to make sure you get a wall mount that fits the back of your TV and will hold the weight of it.
TV wall mounts might not be very sexy, but they are very important. Hopefully my flat screen TV wall mount reviews have been useful in helping you decide.