Low-Profile TV Brackets
Typically, low-profile TV brackets are the easiest to install and the lowest in cost compared to tilting and full-motion TV brackets.
The wall mounting process for a low-profile TV bracket is about as difficult as hanging a picture on the wall. This ease of installation comes with a price -- an inability to adjust the TV once it’s installed.
That’s right, low-profile TV brackets don’t tilt and they don‘t move up/down or left/right. This lack of movement also makes it complicated when trying to switch out cables. Since the flat panel doesn’t move, you’ll have to physically remove the flat panel from the wall in order to change out cables.
Tilting TV BracketsTilting TV brackets usually cost more than low-profile brackets. They're more comparable in cost to full-motion TV brackets.
Tilting TV brackets should install with the same level of ease as a low-profile bracket. The only significant difference between tilting and low-profile TV brackets is that you can adjust the vertical viewing angle when using a tilting bracket.
Basically, the tilting TV bracket has a pivot, sort of like a see-saw turned on its side. The pivot makes it possible to maintain a good viewing angle when lying on the floor or standing on a ladder (should you be installing crown molding when watching TV).
As a result, changing out cables is easier with tilting TV brackets in comparison to a low-profile brackets, but the tilt is feature is limited. If you need horizontal swivel or tilt then a full-motion TV bracket might be a better option.
Full-Motion TV Brackets
Full-motion TV brackets are exactly as they say – capable of full motion. This motion, however, comes with a cost, which makes full-motion TV brackets the most expensive of the TV brackets.
In addition to being costly, full-motion TV brackets are usually more complicated to install because the mounting bracket has moving pieces -- an arm. As a result, you’ll want 2-3 people to help when hanging the TV.
As far as motion, the key difference between full-motion and tilting TV brackets is that full-motion TV brackets allow you to adjust the horizontal viewing angle by physically moving the flat panel away from the wall.
That’s because full-motion TV brackets have an arm connected between the TV and the wall bracket. This arm makes it possible to extend the TV away from the wall so you can swivel it on its horizontal axis.
This swiveling function is an excellent convenience for entertaining or watching TV from the kitchen when the TV is in the living room.