A good TV wall mount is as important for your large flat-screen TV as the Apple Watch’s wristband is to its small screen. We spent more than 80 hours evaluating 50 different TV mounts and narrowed that list to the nine that are not only secure, but enhance your viewing experience. This is especially true if your living room isn't square. A good wall mount makes your TV as flexible as it needs to be for you to view it from the optimal angle.

Best Overall

Best Overall: Sanus Systems

The Sanus Systems VMPL50A-B1 is the overall best wall mount because it's going to meet the most needs for the most people. This tilting wall mount allows you to move your TV with just a light touch and installation is simple. It can hold a TV measuring 32 to 70 inches and weighing up to 150 pounds. This mount is also compatible with all VESA patterns up to 673 x 438, so while you should still double check your own TV before you buy a wall mount, this one will most likely fit.

Best Budget

Best Budget: Cheetah Mounts

The Cheetah Mounts brand is well known for its low-price guarantee on TV wall mounts, which is one reason it’s one of the most popular and highly rated mount brand on Amazon. Cheetah Mounts APTMM2B is a tilting wall mount that compares well with its competitors and costs less than $30. It supports up to 165 pounds, fits TVs as big as 65 inches, has a 1.5-inch profile and provides a 15-degree tilt – all features that make it one the best tilting TV wall mounts around.

Best Interactive

Best Interactive: OmniMount PLAY40

The OmniMount PLAY40 is our pick for the best interactive TV wall mount because it provides full horizontal and lateral movement with a sturdy articulating arm that can support TVs up to 55 inches and 40 pounds. If your TV is bigger than that, you can opt for the PLAY70 that supports up to 70 pounds. Either TV wall mount is ideal for situations where you’re often changing the viewing perspective.

Best Full Motion

Best Full Motion: VideoSecu ML531BE

The VideoSecu ML531BE is an extremely popular and affordable full motion TV wall mount. Plus, it’s rated to support TVs up to 55 inches and weighing up to 88 pounds, which is plenty sturdy. It extends up to 20 inches and only has a 2.2-inch profile. You can tilt it forward and backward and swivel your TV left or right up to 180 degrees.

Best Fixed Mount

Best Fixed Mount: Mount-It MI-305B

The Mount-It MI-305B is a simple but effective fixed TV wall mount that is affordable and capable of holding almost any TV that measures between 32 and 60 inches. It can support up to 175 pounds, which is far heavier than any TV you’re likely to own. With a slim mounting profile that’s just an inch, your TV will look like it’s hung like a painting. It also features anti-theft security features that make it very difficult for anyone to remove your TV. There isn’t much more you could want in the best fixed TV wall mount.

Best for Curved TVs

Best for Curved TVs: Loctek R2

Loctek makes a wide range of TV wall mounts, monitor mounts and other ergonomic products for the home and office, and it's one of the few manufacturers that makes wall mounts for curved TVs. The Loctek R2 is one of the best TV wall mounts for curved TVs because it combines the mobility of a full motion TV wall mount with stability and support. It supports TVs up to 70 inches and 99 pounds. In addition, it has a universal VESA pattern that fits TVs with patterns as large as 600 x 400.

Choosing a Wall Mount

At first glance, it may seem like all wall mounts are the same, but they do have some important differences, including tilt range, TV size compatibility and weight capacity. We suggest picking out your TV before purchasing a wall mount to ensure they are a proper match, as some mounts are only compatible with TVs up to a certain size and weight. 

Cost
TV wall mounts can vary wildly by cost. Some cost as little as $20 while others can exceed hundreds of dollars. Since there is little difference between a mount that costs over $200 and one that costs around $20, our recommendations focus on models that had the best specifications at the most affordable prices.

Popularity
The best way to gauge whether a product like a TV wall mount lives up to its listed specifications is to read user reviews. As such, we read hundreds of user reviews and considered each mount’s popularity compared to similar models. If a TV wall mount is popular among users and has very few bad reviews, it’s a safe bet.

Weight & Universal Mounting
Wall mounts vary in size to match a wide variety of TVs. Some only fit TVs between 20 and 32 inches, while others can fit models between 20 and 60 inches. We looked for mounts that fit the widest range of TV sizes.

We also looked for TV mounts with universal VESA Compliant brackets. These brackets can fit almost every type of TV on the market and range in size between 100 x 100 millimeters and 800 x 400 millimeters. Still, you should always make sure the brackets on the back of your TV fit within the specifications listed for the mount.

Mobility
We only considered the mobility specifications for mounts that moved. We took into account the maximum extension, pan, tilt and vertical movement.

Installation Tips

The most important thing to remember when installing a mount is that you have to find studs that can support the TV’s weight. Since you can’t see the studs in your wall, you need to use a stud finder.

TV wall mounts require either a single stud or a double stud. Typically, if the mount is rated to hold over 100 pounds, it’s going to require a double-stud installation. If this is the case, you need to determine whether your studs are separated by 16 or 24 inches. They are typically separated by 16 inches, but if you’re installing the mount in a corner, the studs are likely 24 inches apart.

Many mounts come with a built-in level. If yours doesn’t, you should definitely use one to ensure your TV doesn’t hang like a crooked painting.

Even though choosing a TV wall mount may seem straightforward, it can actually have a great impact on your TV viewing experience and the feel of your living room. Large flat-screen TVs aren't cheap, and you don't want an inadequate TV mount to fail and drop your entertainment hub to the floor. Making sure your TV is secure and the mount is reliable is of the utmost importance.

Contributing Reviewer: Anna Burleson