Entertainment centers are so last year. If you want to modernize and maximize your space, you need to mount that TV. There’s a lot out there to choose from, so we’ve rounded up our picks for the best TV mounts around.
The Best TV Mounts at a Glance
The Best TV Mounts at a Glance
|Mount||TV Size||Max Weight||Type||Price||Our Recommendation|
|Sanus VLT6||46"–90"||Up to 150 lbs.||Tilt||$$$$||Best Overall|
|Sanus OLF18||37"–80"||Up to 125 lbs.||Full-motion||$$$$||Best Full-Motion Mount|
|VideoSecu ML531BE||25"–55"||Up to 88 lbs.||Full-motion||$$$||Best on a Budget|
|Mounting Dream MD2361-K||32"–50"||Up to 100 lbs.||Fixed||$$||Best Low-Profile Mount|
Data current as of 12/05/18. Pricing and features subject to change.
The Best Mounts for Your TV
Whether you want a svelte fixed mount to complement your modern décor or a full-motion monster that always provides the perfect viewing angle, one of these wall mounts is sure to suit your needs.
Best Overall TV Mount
This tilting mount from Sanus is a real heavyweight—literally. With a weight limit of up to 150 pounds and a maximum screen size of 90 inches, this mount is perfect for that giant home theater set you’ve been eyeing. The sturdiness, wide range of supported TV sizes, and ability to extend out from the wall up to 5 inches to get a full range of motion make this Sanus mount our top pick.
If you have a larger TV or want a full-motion mount for more flexibility, this Sanus model is our pick. It should cover all but the largest of screens, and the weight limit is also perfect for today’s TVs. The range of motion is wide enough to allow for mounting in tough spaces, so no need to worry about fitting it into that weird corner of your living room.
For a more budget-minded option or just a smaller TV, this VideoSecu full-motion mount is excellent. It can support smaller TVs than our other picks, making it a good option for an RV or mobile camper. With the full range of motion, you get good viewing angles even in a cramped space.
If you want your TV to sit as flush as possible, you’ll want a fixed TV mount. Because it doesn’t need to tilt or swivel, this mount holds your TV just 1 inch away from the wall, making it perfect for a clean look or fitting in tight spaces like an RV.
What to Look for in a TV Mount
Choosing a TV mount comes down to two things: whether it’ll hold your TV and whether it offers the adjustment range you need.
1. Supported TV Size
First, make sure the mount can support the size of your TV. Many mounts on the market are adjustable, but that doesn’t mean they’ll fit your TV. You need to make sure the VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association) measurements of your TV match up with the measurements of the mount. VESA defines the standard used to match screens like TVs and monitors to mounting stands. Unless your TV or mount is an oddball, this standard will help, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
2. Weight Capacity
You also need to make sure your chosen mount can handle the weight of your TV set. In fact, you could argue this is actually more important than size—if the TV is too heavy and the mount fails, it could leave you with a nasty repair or replacement bill.
Most modern TVs are much lighter than the heavy, old-school plasma sets. We’d recommend double-checking your TV’s weight before bolting it to the wall.
3. Viewing Angle and Adjustability
Lastly, consider the different ways you might want to angle your TV, and choose your mount accordingly. Try to be forward-thinking here—while you might need to only tilt your TV down right now, there’s a chance you’ll want to swivel it from side to side in the future. You can save time and effort by getting the more advanced mount that can do both now.
- Fixed: This is the simplest type of mount—it just holds your TV in place on the wall but doesn’t allow for any adjustments. This can lead to poor viewing angles since you may not be viewing the TV head-on, but it also tends to be the slimmest.
- Tilting: A tilting mount, well, tilts—typically in both directions. This lets you dial in the perfect viewing angle for your TV.
- Full-Motion (Articulating or Swiveling): A full-motion mount can move both vertically and from side to side, allowing you to achieve the perfect angle. Full-motion mounts also extend from the wall, so you can fine-tune the angle even more. If you are going to mount on the ceiling or in a corner, a full-motion mount is important to have.
TV Mount FAQs
What is a VESA mount?
VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association) defines the standard for mounting a flat panel display to a stand or wall mount. Using standards like VESA’s help ensure that any mount will work with any TV, provided it fits within the size and weight limits of the mount.
Here’s how it works: The VESA specification dictates a standard pattern of connectors that the TV and mount should use. Then all you do is line up the holes and bolt the TV to the mount—no fiddling necessary.
How exactly do I install a TV mount?
The process is pretty simple: attach the mount to the wall using the included hardware, then attach the TV to the brackets on the mount. That’s it, right?
- Don’t just mount the TV to any patch of drywall in your home. You need to make sure you’re mounting to wall studs, otherwise the drywall will eventually give under the weight. That’s not good. Not sure where your studs are? You can grab a handy stud finder to locate them.
- Have a plan for managing cables. Part of mounting a TV to your wall is cleaning up your living space—you don’t want ugly cords dangling below your sleek, mounted TV to ruin the aesthetic. A common method of cable management is to drill into the wall behind the mount and run them through there. There are also cable management sleeves available to bundle everything together and keep things neat.
What are the worst TV mount brands?
We haven’t found many TV mount brands that have awful reviews, but we recommend avoiding anything unusually cheap or flimsy. The peace of mind that comes with a proven brand is worth the extra expense. If you’re interested in a brand that’s not on our list, spend some time checking out reviews from customers before you strap your TV to it.
Can I mount a TV over a fireplace?
Sure you can. This is a popular idea. Some folks recommend against this, partly because it puts the TV at an awkward angle and partly because the heat and soot from the fireplace may interfere with the lifespan of the TV. If you’re really set on this option though, it’s doable.
Mounting the TV to a brick fireplace works just like mounting it to a wall stud. Just make sure you use a drill bit that can handle brick! You’ll also need a plan for cord storage—something to route them around the fireplace and down to the outlet.
Mounting a TV can be a great alternative to a basic entertainment center—and let’s face it, it’s just plain cool. Whether you’re mounting a small screen in your RV or an 80-inch monster in your home theater, one of these picks is sure to do the trick. And if you have any mounts or recommendations for other users, leave a comment and let us know!