Best Home Theater Gear for 2020
Sanus VMPL50A-B1 tilting wall bracket
The sturdy construction and helpful post-installation settings make it our preferred wall-mount TV mount.
* At the time of publication, the price was $ 110.
Flat screen TVs look best when they hang on the wall like a movie screen. It gives your room a cleaner, more professional look, and also doesn’t take up space that a lounging dog would better use. You need to make sure that the bracket you purchased can support the weight of the TV as well as the specific VESA hole pattern on the back of your TV. Adjustability is also crucial so you don’t end up with a distorted TV that needs to be re-assembled.
After all of our research and testing, we have found that the Sanus VMPL50A-B1 is the best tilting TV mount. This UL-approved bracket is designed for televisions ranging in size from 32 to 70 inches and can hold up to 130 pounds, which is more than adequate for any TV. The Sanus has one of the thinnest profiles of any mount we tested and holds the back of the TV about 1 inch from the wall. However, if it is tilted you still have room to get a hand behind the TV for wiring purposes. In our tests, installation was quick and easy, and once the TV is in place, the bracket is fully adjustable, both side-to-side (in case your bolts aren’t in exactly the right place) and two screws to correct level. You can manually adjust the tilt tension knobs that adjust the tilt motion. However, if there is not enough space, you can also adjust them with the included Allen key (although this is more difficult with larger TVs). The VMPL50A-B1 is compatible with 22 VESA patterns, and our model came with 10 screw sizes, the largest selection of any bracket tested.
The VMPL50A-B1 can be tilted 9 degrees forward and 10 degrees backwards. This was similar to the other mounts tested, most of which could be tilted back and forth between 7 and 10 degrees. Depending on the size of the TV, this tilting area can give you a few inches more space to squeeze your hand and plug in a new component. Some mounts offer a slightly greater tilt than the VMPL50A-B1, but we don’t think a degree or two will make that much difference in usability. Another thing we like is that this model has a nice incline up and down and you can adjust it with just one hand on the TV.
We also like that the brackets on the VMPL50A-B1 click into place with an audible click. Putting the TV up and hanging it on the wall plate is a cumbersome maneuver, and it was a relief for us to know when the TV was properly secured. It’s also nice that it clicks into place automatically. Some other models require you to secure the brackets with a turnbuckle, which is a little more time consuming.
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