Guide to TV Wall Mount Bracket Types

Choosing the best wall mount for your home

Television installers hanging large flat screen TV on wall

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There are several types of TV wall mount brackets to consider: low-profile (also called flat or fixed), tilting mounts, under-cabinet mounts, full-motion mounts, and ceiling mounts. All have their advantages and disadvantages.

Low-Profile Wall Mount Brackets

Typically, low-profile TV wall mounts brackets are the easiest to install and the lowest in cost compared to tilting and full-motion wall mounts.

The wall mounting process for a low-profile mount is only slightly more difficult than hanging a heavy picture on the wall. This ease of installation comes with a price — the inability to adjust the TV after it’s installed.

Low-profile mounts don’t tilt and they don‘t move up and down or left and right. This lack of movement makes switching out cables complicated. Since the flat panel TV doesn’t, on its wall mount, you have to physically remove the flat panel from the wall to change cables.

Tilting Wall Mount Brackets

Tilting TV wall mount brackets cost a little more than low-profile wall mounts and usually a little less than full-motion wall mounts.

Tilting wall mounts install with the same level of ease as low-profile mounts. The only significant difference between a tilting wall mount and a low-profile wall mount is that you can adjust the vertical viewing angle when using a tilting wall mount.

The wall mount has a pivot in the middle of the installation bracket that is like a seesaw turned on its side. The pivot makes it possible to maintain a good viewing angle whether you are lying on the floor or standing on a ladder.

As a result, changing out cables is easier with a tilting wall mount bracket than with a low-profile wall mount, but the tilt feature is limited. If you need horizontal swivel or tilt then a full-motion wall mount is a better option for you.

Full-Motion Wall Mount Brackets

Full-motion wall mounts are, as they proclaim, full motion. This motion, however, comes with a cost, which makes full-motion wall mounts the most expensive of the wall mounts.

In addition to being costly, full-motion wall mounts are usually more complicated to install. Because the mounting bracket has moving pieces — an arm — you’ll need two or three people to hang the TV on the wall mount bracket.

As far as motion goes, the key difference between full-motion and tilting wall mounts is that full-motion wall mounts brackets allow you to adjust the horizontal viewing angle by physically moving the flat panel away from the wall.

That is possible because full-motion wall mounts have a moveable arm that connects the flat panel to the wall. This arm makes it possible to extend the TV away from the wall so you can swivel it on its horizontal axis.

Ceiling Mount Brackets

When mounting your TV to the wall isn't an option, a ceiling mount may be the solution. Because these brackets are attached to the ceiling, most ceiling mounts rotate and tilt in all directions. A ceiling mount is also a good option when living space is limited. The difficulty of installation is the downside. You may need to hire a professional to install the mount safely.