How to Choose The Best Wall Mount for TV
Choosing the best wall mount for TV can be proven difficult to decide because there are so many different sizes, brands and types of wall mounts. Getting the wrong mount can cause you time, money and patience as you will try to work it properly on your TV or returning it would be a hassle. We will help you to get best wall mount for your TV using this guide, if you need full-motion / flexible, low profile and fixed mount. Whatever you were looking for a good wall mount, be sure to follow along.
Full-Motion / Flexible Mount
Full motion wall mounts or flexible mount will give you the ability to pull your TV out of the wall and swivel on any direction that you wanted. Full motion mounts are great for corner TV installations, good for built in TV cabinets that used to keep CTR Television.
Mount like this can be attach to the back of the TV cabinets and an arm can bring the TV to flush the front, making an illusion that your TV is floating. These mounts are more expensive and slightly difficult to install than it’s counterpart. Some dual arm full-motion mounts can pull out from a wall up to 30 inches or more. While less expensive single arm can typically pull about 10 inches. We recommend that more like 20 inches of arm for corner installations for large TV.
Keep in mind that you will going to need longer cords for full motion mounts. We suggest to go for 8 foot to 12 foot cable to fit different situations. More or so, you’ll likely to use 4 feet of cable by routing it in a such a way you can mount your TV on your wall. Another thing to consider is when your TV will not be as close to the wall as your tilt or fixed mount.
Pros: Great for corners, cabinets, recessed locations, and other situations where the TV needs to pull out and swivel.
Cons: They are harder to install, more expensive, and require longer cords.
Low-Profile / Fixed Wall Mount
Fixed mount or low-profile mount is used when you want your TV close or fixed to the wall as possible. They do not tilt, swivel or move at all, but they are typically the lest expensive of any type of mount. Unfortunately, in most cases the TV is so close to the wall you can’t get your hands to plugin the cable at the back of the TV that faces the wall. You will need 90 degrees adapters and you need to add spaces to bring the TV out from the wall.
If you’re connections are on the side of the TV, that’s a lot better though sometimes pushing the cord can push the bottom of the TV out of the mount, we need to be careful doing that. If we need your TV to be as close as to the wall as possible, we also suggest to tilting the wall mounts over to fixed mount designs. Another alternative would be is to utilize a full-motion mount within a cavity which can provide the cleanest look of the TV flush within the wall.
Pros: Least expensive wall mount option. Easier to install than full-motion. Mounts TV closer to the wall than full-motion or tilting, on a flat wall.
Cons: Cables might make the TV tilt up.
Tilting Wall Mounts
Tilting wall mounts is the typical choice for most occasions. It mounts very close to the wall, and can handle more weight that a full-motion design and provides easier installation. Your TV won’t actually move up or down on the wall rather tilts up or down and cannot be pulled from the wall. This is great if you have a heavy TV set and your mount is being put on eye level.
Pro: The best choice for most installations. Allows for the TV to tilt up or down. Less expensive than full-motion mounts, but more pricey than low-profile. Easier to install than full-motion.
Cons: Doesn’t provide any flexibility, can’t move up or down.
Choosing the Best Proper Size Wall Mount
Wall mounts are usually based off the VESA standard and can support multiple sizes of TV sets. You can look at your TV manual and see where the bolt pattern is, and then find a wall mount that is compatible with your TV. Most wall mounts will list on the side of the box what bolt pattern they have. This takes out the guess work out of you, if you are going to mount a certain TV. Also make sure you check the weight of the TV and the mount that can support it. Checking the weight and bolt pattern specifications you can determine what kind of wall mount would fit your TV.
What Makes One Wall Mount Better Than Another Mount?
As you shop for a wall mount you might notice that prices vary significantly between different brands and styles. It has been our experience that less expensive wall mounts tend to lack useful features that many more expensive mounts include. With that said, we have installed many inexpensive mounts successfully. Here are a few things to look for:
As you look for a wall mount, you might notice that prices vary between different brands and styles. In experience, the less expensive wall mounts tend to lack useful features that many more expensive mounts can include. We have installed too many inexpensive mounts successfully. Here are few things to look for:
- Level Adjustment – Mounts will allow you to adjust the level of your TV after it’s on the wall. Particularly useful when your trying to level a TV within a fireplace mantle.
- Lock Mechanism – Commercial mounts have a spot for a lock to keep the TV from being stolen.
- Precision Height Adjustment – Once the TV is mounted on the wall, you can adjust it up or down about an inch, this is a must when trying to mount a TV in a recessed area.
- Hardware – Cheap mounts tend to come with fewer bolts and low grade bolts. Lag bolts holds the mount on the wall and low grade bolts can break while tightening them down.
- Flexibility – Once your TV is mounted, you have to loosen screws to make adjustment as opposed to simply using your hand to tilt, pan or extend your televisions you might desire.
As long as the your wall mount that you purchase is rated to handle your TV, you shouldn’t worry about the TV falling off the wall. All these extra features we discussed are great to have but not always needed. The real tip is knowing how to install the TV mount so it is secured, looks good and works as we wanted.
There’s a lot of special mounts that we didn’t cover (maybe next blog post), the best place to find detailed information is from the manufacturers website. If you take some time checking the best brands that creates these best wall mount for tv, you’ll get the idea what kind of product, materials they are made of.
What about your experience mounting your TV on a wall? You can share your tips and story thru our comments below. We will list them on to help others 🙂