Is There a difference in TV Mounts?
Updated: May 15
3 Main Types of TV Mounts
There are quite a few different types of TV mounts available for you, each allowing different levels of adjustment and having their pros and cons. We'll talk about the main 3 most consumers will ever need: flat mounts, tilt mounts, and full-motion mounts.
We’ll also explain VESA compliance. You’ll have more than enough information to decide which mount best fits your needs.
First of all, you’ll often see mounts described as VESA-compliant. What does this mean?
VESA stands for Video Electronics Standards Association, a technical standards organization for the digital display industry. VESA-compliant mounts fit VESA’s family of standards for display mounting. The system ensures compatibility of TVs and mounts regardless of manufacturer.
As a consumer, there’s no need to know the technical details of VESA compliance. The vast majority of today’s TVs and mounts fit VESA standards.
Now let’s take a look at the main 3 types of TV mounts used in most household applications.
"The Flat Mount"
FLAT MOUNTS Cost: $20-$100+
Best for: Flat surfaces; controlled lighting with no glare concerns; low budgets; a clean, minimalist look
Flat mounts, also called “fixed” or “flush” mounts, are the most basic of the three most common brackets. They allow you to mount your TV to a wall or other flat surface and position it flush against the wall. They do not allow any tilting or other adjustment of the TV once it’s mounted.
They provide a very minimalist, clean look, but keep in mind that you won’t be able to adjust the TV to remove glare. These are best for installations where you have total control over the lighting, to avoid glare on the TV screen; and for rooms where people will always be viewing the TV from the same position, ideally positioned centered in front of the TV.
They also offer only about one or two inches(even less with ultra slim flat mounts) of space between your TV and the wall, meaning you may have to detach your TV from the mount to plug or unplug your cables in the back.
These are best for installations where you have total control over the lighting, to avoid glare on the TV screen; and for rooms where people will always be viewing the TV from the same position, ideally positioned centered in front of the TV.
"The Tilt Mount"
Tilt Mounts Cost: $25-$150+
Best for: Avoiding glare; TVs mounted above eye level. Over Fireplaces. Bedrooms.
Tilt mounts look similar to flat mounts, but they allow you to tilt the display on a vertical axis. These mounts are useful for avoiding glare, or adjusting displays that are above eye level. They’re a little more expensive than flat mounts, but offer slightly more range of motion. They also allow for a little more access to inputs and cables behind your TV if needed.
"The full Motion Mount"
Full Motion Mounts
Best for: Larger budgets; placing a TV in a corner or in a niche when extension is needed.
Also referred to as “TV swivel arm mounts”, “retractable TV mounts” or “articulating TV mounts”, full-motion mounts offer the most range of motion. They can sit flat against the wall if you want. You can adjust them vertically, side-to-side (horizontally) or forwards and backwards. They also can be tilted up and down. The range of motion also makes it easier to access the cables and ports on the back of your display.
They come with either a single arm or duel arms, depending on your needs. Single arm mounts, of course are not going to be as heavy duty as a duel arm mount, but they tend to have a lower profile(closer to the wall) than duel arm mounts.
We carry multiple options depending upon your setup and decor.
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