Mounting a TV on a wall not only looks nice but also frees up space and prevents your TV from tipping over. If you just need a simple, non-swiveling mount to securely hold your TV in place, we recommend the Sanus VMPL50A-B1 tilting mount for its solid steel construction, easy tilting mechanism, post-install leveling, and ample supply of included hardware. If you’re seeking more mobility to position your TV toward a specific seat or even point it into another room, we like the Sanus VLF728-B2 full-motion mount.
The Sanus VMPL50A-B1 fits TVs ranging in size from 32 to 70 inches and holds a TV less than 2 inches from the wall. You can tilt it up or down to reduce screen glare and to give yourself a little extra room to work behind the TV when you’re plugging in cables. Installation is easy, and we like how the monitor brackets make an audible click when the TV is properly hung on the wall plate. The mount also has adjustment screws, in case you’ve installed it a little out of level. In addition, you can fine-tune the knobs that control the tension of the tilt by hand, but if you don’t have enough room, Sanus supplies a convenient hex wrench for the job. The VMPL50A-B1 is UL-approved, as well, so it’s certified to hold its claimed maximum weight of 130 pounds.
If you want the option of pulling the TV out from the wall and angling it toward your seat, we recommend the Sanus VLF728-B2 (also sold as the Sanus BLF328-B1), which works with TVs ranging from 42 to 90 inches. This mount can extend a TV up to 28 inches off the wall—farther than most—which also gives it a wide range of side-to-side pivot. To stabilize the weight of the TV, the arms are large. But when you press the mount back against the wall, it has a thin profile of just over 2 inches. The mount’s smooth extension and pivoting motion give it a high-quality feel, and the adjustments, from the tilt lock to the screen leveling, are easy to use. This Sanus mount is big, but because TV mounts need to be screwed directly into wall studs, the VLF728-B2’s 32-inch-wide mounting bars allow for greater flexibility with placement. The UL-approved VLF728-B2 is priced in the midrange for high-end full-motion mounts.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive wall mount that still has a forward tilt feature and UL approval, we like the Monoprice 10483 EZ Series Tilt TV Wall Mount Bracket. It has a weight rating of 165 pounds and works with TVs from 37 to 70 inches. It doesn’t offer post-install level adjustment, and it can tilt only downward. But it holds a TV securely against the wall and won’t break the bank.
If you’re looking for a full-motion mount but the Sanus VLF728-B2’s price is over your budget, we also like the EchoGear EGLF2. Although it doesn’t measure up to the Sanus full-motion mount on any metric (other than its lower price), the EchoGear EGLF2 stood above the other contenders in its price range due to its long, 22-inch extension, smooth arm movements, and nice aesthetic touches (such as the curved corners of the mounting bars). This UL-approved EchoGear mount typically costs about $100, in line with the other inexpensive full-motion mounts we saw.