Best TV wall mounts Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?’s round-up of the best TV wall mounts you can buy in 2021.
There are many good reasons to consider mounting your TV on a wall. Whether you don't have space for a traditional stand or just you prefer a minimal aesthetic, the good news is that fixing a TV to a wall can be a simple and easy task so long as you have a good TV wall mount to do the job.
It needn't be daunting, but there are several decisions that you need to make first. For starters, do you want a fixed, tilted or full-motion mount?
A fixed mount is more or less as it sounds – it’s fixed and doesn't move – so you’ll need to make sure the height and location are correct from the get-go. Tilted mounts allow you to tilt the TV’s position downwards, which can help if it has to be mounted higher than you might like - above a fireplace, for example. A full-motion mount can usually swing out between 90 and 180 degrees to help with tight spaces or several viewing positions.
Next, you’ll need to check that the bracket you've got your sights set on can handle the size and weight of your TV. This is usually clearly stated and should be strictly adhered to – they don’t list them for fun.
You’ll also need to know your TV’s VESA size. This is the standard used for TV brackets and wall mounting systems and is the distance between the four mounting holes on the back of the TV, measured in millimetres.
To work it out, measure the distance between the holes from left to right for the first measurement and then top to bottom for the second. The result is your telly’s VESA size. Be sure to check your TV is compatible with the mount you’ve got your eye on before you buy – most will be adjustable, but it’s worth double-checking.
Finally, before you start drilling, you’ll also want to check the wall you have in mind to mount it on is up to the job – and if you’re in any doubt, get expert advice.
Generally, most TVs are too heavy to secure to drywall, and the recommendations are that you fix it to the wall studs or dry-line plasterboard walls. Even then, you’ll want to check for pipes, cables and metal hiding in your wall of choice too, so paying a professional for peace of mind is a great idea in a lot of cases.
We’ve scoured the internet for the best-rated wall mounts at a range of prices. While we haven’t tested all of them ourselves, some are used by What Hi-Fi? staff and the others have been carefully researched, with particular attention paid to user reviews.
Read on for the best wall mounts you can buy.
If you’ve got a larger telly, the Sanus VLT5 has you covered, supporting TVs of between 51 and 80 inches and up to around 55kg.
It’s a tilting mount, which offers fingertip adjustment and comes with the ability to slide the TV side-to-side for good wall positioning. This is a big help if you’ve had to place the mount off-centre to account for wall studs.
A few members of the What Hi-Fi? team have this mount in their own homes and recommend it. Customer reviews online would back this up, suggesting it is sturdy, easy to install and supports a range of VESA patterns, from 200 x 100 to 600 x 400.
If you're looking for an affordable mount with lots of flexibility, the Invision HDTV-DXL should very much fit the bill.
Compatible with screens ranging in size from 37-inches to 70-inches, this mount offers 160 degrees of swivel and +8 to -5 degrees of tilt. The arms can extend up to 50cm into the room, but when flat against the wall, has a profile of just 5.8cm. That's a lot of versatility for a bracket costing so little, and it even comes with a spirit level and HDMI cable (although the cable isn't rated for 4K).
The user reviews for the Invision HDTV-DXL are exceptional, with buyers particularly praising its flexibility and strength.
If you’re looking for a more flexible bracket for your big-screen TV, the Vogels WALL 3345 should do the job, giving you the best viewing angle no matter where you’re sat.
The WALL 3345 can swivel your screen by 90 degrees to the left or right and up and down by 10 degrees each way. It’ll support TVs between 40 and 65 inches and weights up to 30kg, with a choice of 13 VESA patterns, from 100 x 100mm to 400 x 600mm.
There’s a cable inlay system for keeping cables neat and tidy, and it’s available in a choice of black or white.
Need it for a smaller TV? The WALL 3145 and WALL 3245 offer the same functionality for more compact screens and are well worth a look.
The One For All Ultra Slim WM6611 really lives up to its brand name, and supports screen sizes from a bedroom-friendly 32 inches, all the way up to a huge living room-dominating 84 inches, in a fixed design.
When mounted, there is a gap of just 13mm between screen and wall, making it clean and unobtrusive, plus its smart levelling system helps you to align your TV once installed so that you can straighten it later.
Installation should be easy too – simply connect the bracket to the wall with two screws, connect the mount to the TV, and then the two just click together.
The Ultra Slim WM 6611 supports weight up to 80kg and VESA patterns of 100 x 100 all the way up to 600 x 400. If you know your TV will be in the same spot for a while, this is an excellent mount to consider.
Just because you’ve got a small TV doesn't mean you won't need flexibility from your TV mount.
In fact, if you’re choosing a TV for a bedroom or kitchen, you might actually need more help when it comes to space or viewing position to ensure you can watch it as you move around the room.
The AVF Superior ACL224 secures TVs up to 40in and 20kg, swivelling through 180 degrees, extending to around 33cm and tilting up to 15 degrees.
It comes with all the fixtures and fittings you’ll need for both solid or stud walls and is compatible with VESA 50 x 50 to 200 x 200.
This Mounting Dream tilted mount is a budget wonder, fitting most TVs from 26-inches to 55-inches, and supporting weights all the way up to 40kg.
It’ll allow your screen to tilt 8 degrees up or down, perfect for avoiding glare, and will sit your TV just 38mm from the wall when upright.
Supporting VESA patterns from 75 x 75 to 400 x 400, reviews commend it for its good build quality and excellent value but recommend using your own spirit level rather than the one included in the box.
Mounting Dream also recommends you contact them to confirm your TV model number before buying to ensure the mount doesn’t block your inputs.