Only 20 years ago, the thought of mounting your television on the wall seemed preposterous, as the units of those days would have probably torn the plaster clean off. Thanks to the rate at which technology has evolved, nowadays it’s not only an option but practically a must-have for many homes up and down the country.
The greatest advantage to having a TV mount instead of a more traditional TV stand is the space they save. But there are other benefits too, such as giving the room a cleaner aesthetic and protecting your telly from being knocked over by any excitable little ones or pets. The only question is, which do you buy? In this article, we’re going to help you solve this and recommend ten great options to buy from Amazon, Argos and John Lewis.
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First things first: you need to buy a TV mount that is compatible with the specifications of your particular model. Usually, wall mounts are designed to fit between two specific sizes – for example, for screens of 32-55 inches – which gives a little leeway. However, it’s always worth being aware of the exact screen size of your TV.
As well as the size, most mounts come with a maximum weight capacity, so you’ll want to be sure that your model doesn’t exceed this. This can be checked by either doing a quick internet search for the make and model plus the word ‘weight’ or going old school and placing your TV on a set of scales.
The next thing you’ll want to consider is how flexible you want the bracket to be. Having a mount that can tilt and swivel allows you to alter the angle for optimum viewing pleasure, whether you're sat right in front of it or doing something else on the other side of the room.
There are generally two movements a wall mount can do, with options offering either one, the other or both if they are full motion. The first type is a tilt, which modifies the screen face vertically. This is especially adept at avoiding glare and other visual infractions, something that could be useful if you have a window nearby.
The other is a swivel capability, which allows for horizontal movement and means you can view the TV from different places within a room – and if placed well, even from other rooms. These types do tend to sit further from the wall so they’re not as flat, but the upside is that they have a greater range of motion.
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An extending arm will benefit those who are looking to have a better range of viewing. Previously the domain of smaller sets, more and more extending arms are becoming available for larger TVs. Just check the weight limits carefully, as the extended arm creates more strain on the setup!
If you’re looking to put up something smaller in a secondary room like a kitchen or bedroom, mounts with arms can be a perfect accompaniment due to their manoeuvrability.
Lastly, it's worth checking whether the wall mount comes with the hardware needed for getting the job done. Sometimes you’ll get everything – even a template and a spirit level – but other times you will only be given the screws. It's not the end of the world if not, it'll just mean a trip to the DIY shop.
Luckily most TVs today have adopted VESA, a common standard for sizing wall mounts. The VESA standards measure the distance between the four mounting holes on the back of your TV, and can be found in your TV's product manual or with a measuring tape.
Should you be unlucky, and find the screws and other parts provided will fit with the mount but not your specific model of TV, we would recommend searching online and finding the right ones. Picking up screws is cheaper than buying a new TV!
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Ultra Strong TV Wall Bracket｜HDTV-DXL
A What Hi-Fi Award Winner Engineered for Strength and Durability
Full Motion Wall Bracket｜LBSU-500A
The Best Full Motion Mount for Those Looking to Install in a Corner
Swing Arm TV Bracket｜LPA29-482
A Bracket for Extra-Large TVs With an Additional Anti-Theft Lock
Flat TV Wall Bracket｜JML2400
For Flat Attachment to Any Wall Including Plaster
Wall Mount for LCD/Plasma Panel｜VLT5 B2
Ideal for Those Who Have to Mount Off-Centre
TV Wall Bracket｜MD2463-02
The Best Full-Motion Option for Smaller TVs
One For All
Ultra Slim TV Bracket｜WM6611
An Incredibly Slim Bracket for a Sleeker Look
Swing Arm Wall TV Bracket｜P-SWB503B-1
Generous Horizontal and Vertical Manoeuvrability for Busy Homes
Full Motion TV Wall Mount｜EGMF2
An Easily-Adjusted Extending Arm for 60-Inch TVs
TV Wall Mount｜PLDTVM002UUKF
A Slender Design With a Considerable 60 kg Weight Load
When it comes to hanging something expensive, the last thing you want is for the mount to be flimsy. Enter the award-winning Ultra Strong TV Bracket from Invision, an extremely sturdy double-arm mount that is engineered for strength and durability.
Not only is it robust, but it's versatile too. The mount can either sit relatively flat or use the extension arm which goes up to 500 mm, as well as tilting up to 8° either up or down. This creates the optimal viewing experience, regardless of where you choose to sit. Plus, it comes with all the hardware you'll need to get it set up and ready to go.
If you're specifically looking for a corner mount system, then you could be in luck with this very economical option from Unho. Usually, these types are far more expensive (see ranking number 10), however, theirs comes in under £40!
There is a minor catch, which is that the screen size it can hold is a little smaller than the average UK TV. However, if it fits your telly, you've got a great deal on your hands. It also has a two-wall plate design for additional security, as well as the ability to swivel 90° either way and tilt up to 15° too.
Capable of holding both flat and curved TVs, this swing arm mount from Proper has a lot going for it – from the large screen size and respectable weight load to the tilt and swivel functions that bring greater enjoyment to your bingeing sessions.
However, it also has one other function that none of these other mounts do, and that is an anti-theft locking design. Granted, you'll need to get yourself a padlock, but this can help keep your TV secure even if your home is compromised, which might be worth it if you have a particularly expensive model.
This flat wall mount from AVF can heighten your viewing experience on any wall. The design allows you to place your TV anywhere you like, even on plaster without a stud, and can hold TVs with screens up to 39".
What's more, the design can easily be levelled thanks to a tilting function, although the company doesn't state specifically how many degrees it will go. All in all, if you're looking for something discreet for a smaller TV, this would be a great choice.
Proud owner of a big telly? This offering from Sanus has you covered as it supports TVs between 42 - 90" and up to around 55 kg. It has a smooth tilt function that can be used with the touch of a fingertip, plus the ability to slide the device left or right. This can be helpful if you need to mount off-centre due to the composition of your room.
The bracket itself is lightweight yet strong and durable and has a relatively low profile which is ideal for those wanting to keep their viewing space looking modern, sleek and clutter-free.
If you're looking to mount a small TV for casual viewing in a secondary room or you just have a smaller living room, then this option from Mounting Dream will be ideal. The arm works for televisions between 10 - 26", and it has a 360° rotational design along with a 15° up or down tilt.
The accessory comes with the full hardware kit for easy installation and even a 10-year warranty, which we think goes a long way in showing the company's trust in their products.
Quite possibly the slimmest bracket out there, this option from One For All leaves a tiny 13 mm of space between your wall and screen. It's suitable for a wide range of TV's from 32 - 84 " and is our strongest offering as it's capable of holding a mammoth 80 kg.
Additionally, this has a handy auto-lock and easy-release function, which means you should be able to get it up on the wall with only one pair of hands. Plus, if you do get it slightly wonky, the bracket can be adjusted with a screwdriver without having to take it off the wall.
The arm-like design of this mount is perfect for those who are often busy around the house but want to keep up with their latest Netflix drama while doing so. With this, you won't just hear your shows but you'll see them too, as the design swivels a complete 180° in both directions.
On top of that, the mount allows for 20° of tilt up or down, so there really is no excuse when it comes to the manoeuvrability. Some folks have raised concerns over the quality of the parts though, specifically the plastic covers and the single bolt that attaches the TV to the arm.
If you're looking for something a little more than your usual TV wall mount, look to this excellent extending bracket from ECHOGEAR. This mount is designed around simplicity, with a simple-to-assemble mount and in-built cable management.
This mount is also designed to be adjusted by hand, so can be adjusted frequently with relative ease. The downside is the weight limit sacrifice made for the sake of having only a single arm.
With a large maximum weight and a respectable size capacity, this affordable wall mount from Paladinz would be ideal for most of the nation. It has a slim design, with only 25 mm between wall and TV, as well as a cable management section.
We like that the company provide all the hardware for installation, though the concern is that some buyers found it difficult to install. Therefore, if it's your first time putting up one of these brackets, you might want to make sure you've got someone who knows what they're doing around.
Written and researched by Lewis Clark
No. 1: Invision ｜Ultra Strong TV Wall Bracket｜HDTV-DXL
No. 2: Unho｜Full Motion Wall Bracket｜LBSU-500A
No. 3: Proper｜Swing Arm TV Bracket｜LPA29-482
No. 4: AVF｜Flat TV Wall Bracket｜JML2400
No. 5: Sanus｜Wall Mount for LCD/Plasma Panel｜VLT5 B2
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