The first thing you should consider when choosing the best TV wall mount is how much weight it can hold. Check the TV’s weight which can be found on the product’s user manual, box, or if you bought it online, the product description. Make sure that it is compatible with the weight specified by the TV mount’s manufacturer, and that the arm is sturdy enough to support your television’s weight.
Screen Size and VESA Pattern Compatibility
Before buying a TV mount, check if it can accommodate your TV’s screen size and VESA pattern. Some TV wall mounts were built to only hold smaller TVs and computer monitors, while others can hold TVs with 50-inch screens and up.
Don’t forget the TV and TV wall mount’s VESA pattern, too. VESA stands for Video Electronics Standards Association, and this organization sets the standard for the size of the mounting holes located on the back of the TV. VESA patterns are measured in millimeters (100x100mm, 400x400mm, 600x400mm, etc.).
VESA pattern. Photo from Sceptre Inc.
The TV’s VESA pattern can be found on the TV wall mount’s product description or manual. But if you’ve thrown the paper manual away, you can still find its PDF manual online, or contact the manufacturer’s customer service to inquire about the VESA pattern. If all else fails, get a ruler or tape measure, and measure the distance between the mounting holes on the back of the TV. Convert inches or centimeters to millimeters to get its VESA pattern.
TV wall mounts are usually mounted on wood studs, concrete, and brick walls. Can’t find the wood stud behind the wall? Then use a stud finder to easily pinpoint it and mount your TV.
Do not install your TV wall mount on drywall unless the manufacturer explicitly states that you can do so. Read the TV mount’s product description or ask the store technician if it can be mounted on drywall.
TV Wall Mount Types
There are three types of TV wall mount: fixed, tilting, and full motion.
A fixed TV wall mount, also known as low-profile TV wall mount, is set close to the wall. This type of wall mount is the least versatile of the group as it cannot be tilted, swiveled, extended, or rotated. If you want a minimalist look for your living room or if you live in a smaller home, then a fixed wall mount is ideal for you.
A tilting TV wall mount is similar in appearance to a fixed wall mount except it has a mechanism that allows the user to tilt the screen. Most TV mounts can be tilted up or down up to 15°, but the extent can vary depending on the manufacturer and the model.
If you want a TV mount that can extend, tilt, swivel, or rotate, then a full-motion TV wall mount is exactly what you’re looking for. This type of wall mount has articulating arms that can tilt up and down, as well as pivot left and right. You can also pull the screen from the wall or push it back to save space.