The 10 Best TV Mounts

Updated June 07, 2018 by Sam Kraft

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We spent 41 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. You’ve just treated yourself to a flashy new flat-screen TV for enjoying all your movies, shows and video games. Now comes the hard part: securing it to the wall. You don't want to risk the possibility of your costly investment falling and breaking, so make sure you select one of these mounts to keep it safely attached for your viewing pleasure. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best tv mount on Amazon.

10. Impact Mounts Plasma

The Impact Mounts Plasma comes with a solid back plate and vertical brackets, with holes that allow you to attach a padlock to prevent theft if it’s in a public area. While it tilts smoothly, the built-in level can be a little unreliable.
  • easy-to-follow instructions
  • high-quality screws included
  • can be difficult to plug in cables
Brand Impact Mounts
Model IM809
Weight 5.8 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

9. VonHaus Ultra Slim

With screws that drill easily into the wall, the VonHaus Ultra Slim requires only one stud for an effective installation. The entire unit feels very sturdy once it's assembled, eliminating any worries that it’ll come crashing down.
  • sits very close to the wall
  • load capacity is 88 pounds
  • hanging the tv can be a pain
Brand VonHaus
Model 05/038
Weight 9 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

8. Cheetah APTMM2B

Once installed, the positioning of the Cheetah APTMM2B can be adjusted three degrees either way so that it’s ideally situated for optimal viewing. It comes with a high-speed HDMI cable that features a protective jacket for long-lasting performance.
  • mounts to 16- or 24-inch studs
  • pull tabs for an easy release
  • no way to hide cords
Brand Cheetah APTMM2B
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

7. Mount Factory Full Motion

The Mount Factory Full Motion features convenient openings in the arms and back plate that provide space for organizing cables, which helps reduce clutter. The swing arm offers plenty of flexibility for adjusting the angle of the screen.
  • comes with a wrench
  • hdmi cable is 10 inches long
  • may require 2 people to set up
Brand Mount Factory
Model PRO-X6
Weight 16.6 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

6. Mount-It! Premium

Despite the fact that it’s built like a tank, it’s not very difficult to tilt, swivel or extend the Mount-It! Premium, which is ideal if you plan on frequently adjusting viewing angles. This low profile model will accommodate TVs that weigh up to 175 pounds.
  • easy to access the back of screen
  • compatible with most tv brands
  • instructions are not very clear
Brand Mount-It!
Model MI-484C
Weight 21.2 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

5. Wali LCD

Available in different designs for a variety of television sizes, the adaptable Wali LCD can be mounted to brick surfaces, wooden studs, or even concrete walls. It’s built with premium steel and is coated with an attractive and resilient finish.
  • designed for 1-person installation
  • does not get loose over time
  • 14-inch max extension
Brand WALI
Model WL-1330LM
Weight 7.8 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

4. AmazonBasics Articulating

Simple, affordable and easy to install, the AmazonBasics Articulating sits as close as 2.1 inches from the wall if you’re trying to save space, but can extend up to 16.1 inches into the room if that enhances your viewing experience.
  • includes mounting hardware
  • backed by a 1-year warranty
  • cable management system
Brand AmazonBasics
Model PBH-991
Weight 11.2 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

3. Sanus Flat

Its ability to shift laterally makes centering the Sanus Flat on your wall a straightforward and painless process. Even though it’s made from heavy-duty metal that won't bend or break, it weighs just eight pounds, which makes it easy to work with.
  • compact design saves space
  • easy to attach and detach tv
  • protrudes less than 2 inches
Brand Sanus
Model MLL11-B1
Weight 8.5 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

2. Mounting Dream MD2380

Versatile and stable, the Mounting Dream MD2380 accommodates most televisions sized between 26 and 55 inches. It’s built using advanced welding technology, which gives it plenty of strength. It also comes with a bonus torpedo level, which is a nice touch.
  • can swivel 45 degrees
  • 2 sizes to choose from
  • for studs with 16-inch centers
Brand Mounting Dream
Weight 13.7 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

1. VideoSecu Dual

The VideoSecu Dual is constructed to securely hold televisions 37 to 70 inches in size, and will support models that weigh up to 165 pounds. It can tilt 15 degrees and swivel side-to-side, which provides a customizable viewing experience.
  • comes with bolts and washers
  • quick and simple installation
  • includes expansion kit for large tvs
Brand VideoSecu
Model MW380B
Weight 17.3 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

Mounted Against All

I don't know if I could imagine a more miserable scenario: You've just pulled the popcorn out of the microwave and mixed a little vanilla extract into the Coke. You're all set for movie night, and the family couldn't be more excited. You've also just bought and hung a new 60" 4K TV with 3D and every other bell and whistle available to you. You hit play, and the cheap mount you selected fails, sending your brand new television crashing to the floor.

Each of these TV mounts works rather simply, though there are subtle differences from each to each, giving some a slight advantage over others. The key here in preventing a nightmare like the one above is weight distribution.

When you walk on fresh snow in your boots, your leg sinks through the light snowpack almost immediately. If you have a long distance to travel, all of this extra trudging is liable to tire you out before long, and your legs will be significantly colder for your effort. If, however, you were to employ a snowshoe, which is like a big tennis racket strapped to the bottom of your boot, your weight would be distributed over a larger area, and you would sink a heck of a lot less if you would sink at all.

If you think of the weight of your television in similar terms, it's the job of the TV mount to distribute the stress that your heavy TV would put on a pair of screws anchored in the wall. Instead of all that stress isolated in two or four points, these mounts distribute it across bars or plates that abut your wall for leverage. Sometimes your TV mounts directly to these bars or plates, and sometimes it mounts to an articulating arm so you can perfect its positioning in the room.

Wrestling With The Arm

Essentially, there are two types of TV mount for you to consider, although there are aspects of each that will help you further narrow down your selection to just a couple. One style mounts your TV nearly flush against the wall with little to no articulation. The other provides you with a kind of flexible arm for maneuvering and positioning your TV.

When flatscreen HDTVs first hit the market, I wanted nothing more than to recreate the mounting styles I saw in all the commercials, which positioned the units flush against the wall, and somehow managed to run them without any visible wires. At some point in the future, a combination of induction power, Bluetooth connectivity, and high speed wireless casting will make this kind of set up pretty effortless, but for now, it still requires that you drill a few holes in the wall and carefully run your wires through them to achieve this futuristic effect.

That kind of setup requires a flush-style mount, and you will quickly see that the primary difference among these mounts comes down to an aesthetic choice: where in your room do you wish to mount your TV and how do you want it to look?

The advantage of the flush mount is greater security compared to the more complicated articulating arms. Those arms have a lot of moving parts, which, in theory, decrease their stability, as the arms are only as strong as their weakest points. If your ideal mounting point is higher in the wall, however, most flush-mount systems sit your TV flat against the wall, which isn't great for the viewing angle, and is especially damaging to the 3D experience.

The articulating mounts, by contrast, allow you to mount your TV anywhere from the highest point on the wall to the most awkward corner of the room without any concern for how it will affect your viewing experience. In addition to their slight sacrifice in stability, however, you'll also see more of the mounting hardware in an articulating design, which detracts from that free-floating TV image that flatscreens have the potential to offer.

Whichever style suits you best, make sure you err on the side of a higher weight class than you might need, so long as that doesn't result in the mount itself protruding from the around the edges of the TV frame. That extra strength will give you much needed peace of mind, so you can focus on what's on the screen instead of what's going on behind it.

Flatscreens Take Over

Flatscreen mounts have been around for as long as there have been thin LCD and plasma TVs. Both of these screen types emerged in the early 80s, but, like the OLED TVs of today, they were prohibitively expensive, which kept them out of the home television market and exclusively in the computing sector for years.

LCD technology beat plasma to the consumer television market, with a portable LCD TV by Casio hitting the market in 1983. It wasn't until 1988, however, that anyone produced a commercially viable LCD TV for the home, when Sharp unveiled a 14" flatscreen model.

From there, the race was on, and television manufacturers competed like crazy to improve the display while cutting down on the cost. As the popularity of the TVs grew into the early 2000s, so, too, did an industry of attendant accessories absolutely explode. This industry, of course, included the first such mounts like the ones on our list.

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Last updated on June 07, 2018 by Sam Kraft

Sam is a marketing/communications professional and freelance writer who resides in Chicago, IL and is perpetually celebrating the Cubs’ 2016 World Series victory.

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