TV Wall Mounts Review
Why Purchase a TV Wall Mount?
The top performers in our review are the Level Mount DC50CDM, the Gold Award winner; the Arrowmounts AM-P18S, the Silver Award winner; and the Sanus Systems VMPL50A, the Bronze Award winner. Here's more on choosing a product to meet your needs, along with detail on how we arrived at our ranking of the top 10 TV wall mounts.
A good TV wall mount is as important to your large flat-screen TV as the wristband is to the Apple Watch. Not only does the wall mount secure your TV, ensuring it is safe and won't move around, it also enhances the viewing experience. Especially if your living room isn't a square box, a good TV wall mount will give your TV the flexibility it needs to be viewed from the optimal location.
At first glance, it may seem like all wall mounts are the same, but they do have some important differences. Tilt range, TV size compatibility and weight capacity are important factors that vary from mount to mount. We suggest picking your TV out before purchasing a wall mount to ensure a proper match. Some mounts are only compatible up to a certain size and weight of TV. For help deciding what TV is best for you, check out our reviews for LED TVs, smart TVs, 3D TVs and LCD TVs.
TV Wall Mounts: What We Evaluated, What We Found
Most TV wall brackets will work for most TVs. During the course of our research, we found that most TV wall mounts work for a large range of TV sizes. Unless your TV is larger than 60 inches or smaller than 30 inches, it should be easy to find one that supports your TV. Most mounts are also compatible with the majority of VESA mounting patterns. These patterns determine where and how the TV connects to the mount, and both need to have the same VESA pattern or you won't be able to mount the TV correctly. In short, look for the most compatibility you can get, but unless your TV is very large or very small, you shouldn't have much trouble finding a compatible TV wall mount.
The maximum tilt angle usually isn't very large. One of the major specifications that wall mount manufacturers tout is tilt angle. While you certainly want adjustability, most people don't need very much. Generally, installing your TV in an optimal location is the best approach. However, when that isn't an option, you definitely want all of the flexibility you can get. Tilting the TV up or down can also alleviate glare from windows or give you a better viewing angle if the TV is up too high or down too low. A wide tilt angle gives you more options to work with and options are always a good thing.
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What Else Is Important in Selecting a TV Wall Mount?
Even though TV wall mounts may seem like a mundane topic, they can actually have a great impact on your TV viewing experience and the feel of your living room. Large flat-screen TVs aren't cheap, and you don't want a cheap TV mount to fail and your entertainment hub to fall to the floor. Making sure your TV is secure and that the mount is reliable is of the utmost importance. For more in-depth information, check out our articles on TV wall mounts.
Here are a few more things to keep in mind:
When looking for the perfect TV wall mount, you will want one with a wide TV size range and a high weight capacity. These two specifications make installation easier and allow the mount to work with your future TV purchases. Even though modern flat-screen TVs aren't particularly heavy, the higher the weight rating, the better.
Because the TV is mounted on your wall, it may not give you the best viewing angle. This is where the degree of tilt comes in. The more flexibility you have when the TV is mounted, the better off you'll be in the long run. It's much easier to make a few angle adjustments than it is to re-install the TV in a new location. Angling your TV can also reduce the glare you get from windows during the day. Also, the range of motion a mount offers directly corresponds with how far away from the wall your TV will sit. More range means more distance from the wall. If you like a snug fit, then you'll want a mount with minimal tilt motion.
Ease of Installation
Installing the TV wall bracket and putting the TV on it shouldn't be a particularly difficult process. In order to make installation as painless as possible, look for TV mounts with built-in bubble levels, mounting hardware for most of the VESA compatibility options and clear installation instructions from the manufacturer. Some TV wall brackets also come with a stud finder. This is a welcome addition, because the fewer tools you need to buy to correctly install the wall mount, the better.
When the main difference between products is the available weight capacity and tilt angle, it is important to look at the additional features to make an educated choice. You want your TV wall mount to be adjustable after installation apart from just tilting. Horizontal adjustment bars can be very useful. Additionally, look for a mount with a built-in cord management system to help corral your cords and keep them out of sight.
Help & Support
A strong warranty is always something you want to have to fall back on in case your newly purchased TV mount is faulty. Some have five-year warranties, but the best TV wall mounts come with lifetime warranties. You also want to look for a TV wall mount manufacturer that is easy to find on the web. If you can't find the company, it will be hard to contact it for support, and you'll need to rely on the third-party vendor from which you purchased the mount.
TV Wall Mounts: Our Verdict & Recommendations
The Level Mount DC50CDM comes with everything you need for a quick and secure installation. It's also compatible with a wide variety of TVs. You can connect the DC50CDM to your TV with just about any VESA pattern. This wall mount's size range is smaller than most of the others on our lineup, but not by much. You can safely mount a TV that's anywhere from 26 inches to 57 inches wide on the DC50CDM. So, unless you have a very large TV or a rather small one, the DC50CDM is probably the best choice.
Arrowmounts' AM-P18S is an excellent TV mount because of its sturdy construction and the flexibility it gives to your TV. You can easily adjust your TV after you install it on this wall mount, which means you have control over the viewing angle and your overall viewing experience. The AM-P18S can hold up to 165 pounds, which is on the lower end of what you'll see on our lineup, but most flat-screen TVs aren't particularly heavy, so this shouldn't be much of a problem. You can fit TVs from 30 inches up to 60 inches on this wall mount.
Sanus Systems has a compelling TV wall mount in its VMPL50A. Its TV size compatibility is the largest out of any mount on our lineup. Anything from 32 inches all the way up to 70 inches will fit on this wall mount. You also get a wide variety of VESA mounting standards to choose from, which further increases its TV-mounting compatibility. The VMPL50A also has one of the smallest profiles on our lineup, sticking out just 1.8 inches from the wall. However, at only 10 degrees, this wall mount also has a relatively small tilt angle.
If you're budget-minded and want the absolute best bang for your buck, you should consider the Mount-It 318B. This wall mount doesn't come with all of the extra tools that some of the others do, and it has a slightly smaller tilt angle than most mounts on our lineup, but it remains a good option thanks to its low cost. The Mount-It 318B has most of the features that we like to see in the best TV wall mounts. Good support options, a five-year warranty, wide VESA pattern compatibility and decent specifications overall make the 318B a great choice.