Best TV Wall Mount
Selecting the best wall mount for your home is really a question of where you plan on placing your flat-screen TV. You have three options to choose from, each one offering particular advantages in certain type of mounting situations and television weights and sizes. The most common is the tilting mount; keeping the television close to the wall in much the same way a low-profile mount would, except this mount does exactly what it says it can do: tilt. Usually offering a ten degree tilt up and down, this mount is perfect for positioning your television higher on the wall, above eye level. Low-profile mounts do not move in any way, they are stationary mounts that do one thing only; keep your TV hung up on the wall. These mounts are called "low-profile" because you can hardly see them when in use. There is such a small gap between the back of your unit and the wall that they're hardly, if ever, visible.
Unfortunately, while these are often the least expensive mounts to buy they can also be problematic since most cables and cords connecting the television to cable boxes or Blu-ray players are plugged into the back of it. So this mount could pose some clearance issues with your cables. The final mount you can choose is a full motion or articulating mount. These are slightly more complex as they feature an articulating arm that lets you extend and retract the TV from the wall, in addition to tilting and swiveling capabilities. These mounts are often the most expensive because they offer so much movement and require more hardware in their manufacturing, not to mention they can be more challenging to install.
But these mounts are well-suited for positioning your TV along corners, though do they require more room to operate as some of these mounts can extend out from the wall up to 20" or more. All of these mounts are viable options for just about any television, but be sure you choose the proper size that fits with your specific TV brand and model. Consult the VESA standard compatibility between your TV and the mount first; this is the industry standard for how apart your mounting holes are on the back of your television. If your mount and television don't conform to one another, you will not be able to attach them. While this isn't a complicated matter to determine, it is crucial for the proper installation of your television and the safety of anyone who might come in close proximity with it.
VideoSecu Tilt TV Wall Mount MF608B
Cheetah Mounts APTMM2B Flush TiltTV Wall Mount Bracket
Mount-It! MI-310B Heavy Duty Articulating Wall Mount
VideoSecu MF601B Flat Low Profile TV Mount
Cheetah Mounts APFMSB Flat Screen TV Wall Mount Bracket
The VideoSecu MF60B tilt mount can hold almost any flat panel television from 23 inches to 65 inches in size, and up to 165 pounds in weight. Its compatibility with 24-inch studs helps to ensure that the installation will be secure, even with a larger television. An open wall plate is also included for easy access to wires.
Installation is relatively simple, and no more difficult than most other mounts with a full mounting kit included with this option. Once installed, the mount can tilt up to 15 degrees forward or backward, allowing for quickly adjusting the viewing angle. Alternatively, it can be kept nearly flush to the wall for a clean, modern look. Relatively affordable, the VideoSecu MF60B is a solid all-around choice for a tilting TV wall mount.
The Cheetah Mounts APTMM2B can hold most TVs from 32 inches to 65 inches in size, up to a maximum weight of 165 pounds. The mount itself might look deceptively small, but Cheetah Mounts has made good use of simple, low-cost design and durable heavy duty construction. Even with its ability to accommodate larger televisions, the APTMM2B is relatively low-profile, extending less than two inches from the wall.
This wall mount offers tilting up to 25 degrees, although larger screens may only tilt up to 15 degrees. Although Cheetah Mounts does include a mounting kit and instruction manual, the instructions can be somewhat difficult to follow but installation itself remains fairly simple. The APTMM2B is designed for easy cord management, keeping messy-looking wires safely tucked out of sight. If you're looking for an affordable, no-frills mount that can hold larger TVs, this is a good choice.
The Mount-It! MI-310B offers the sturdiness and flexibility of dual retractable arms, allowing it to extend up to 20 inches from the wall. This articulating TV wall mount can also tilt up to 15 degrees and swivel 60 degrees side to side. Despite this movement, the MI-310B can accommodate televisions of 32 to 60-inches in size, and weight of up to 175 pounds. Although this MI-310B comes with a mounting kit and can fit most TVs, it’s worth noting this mount is also capable of mounting Panasonic plasmas. Relatively affordable for how sturdy it is, this TV wall mount also comes with an included six foot HDMI cable.
The VideoSecu MF601B offers a sturdy and basic TV wall mount at an affordable price. This mount holds up to 165 pounds of weight and accommodates most flat panel TVs ranging from 23 to 65 inches in size, including plasma models. The MF601B sticks out about 1.5 inches from the wall making it very low-profile for the range of TVs it can hold up.
This mount uses a universal mounting bracket compatible with multiple mounting patterns and includes a mounting kit and manual for easy installation. The open wall plate helps to route cables which can be one of the more frustrating parts of installation a TV wall mount. Although the MF601B doesn't have tilting capabilities, this basic mount is a popular choice thanks to its combination of heavy-duty construction, versatility, and price.
Cheetah Mounts TV wall mounts have enjoyed considerable popularity online due to their sturdy construction and affordable price tags. The APFMSB displays these characteristics, standing out also for the inclusion of a 10-foot Twisted Veins HDMI cable. This mount can hold up to 115 pounds and is compatible with most flat panel TVs ranging from 20 inches to 55 inches in size. The APFMSB comes out just a single inch from the wall, making for a very sleek, low-profile appearance. Adjustable height tabs and a simple lock and unlock system add convenience; this TV wall mount is already simple to install, and comes with a mounting kit and separate bubble level. Cheetah Mounts offers a lifetime guarantee for their products, unlike many other budget-friendly manufacturers.