A household projector is the perfect way to bring the theater experience to the comfort of your home. When adding a projector to your entertainment room, it is vital to create a clear line of sight from the projector to the projection wall. The best way to accomplish this is to install the projector in your ceiling with a projector mount. Creating a few huge holes in your ceiling may be a little daunting, but the best projector ceiling mounts do most of the work for you. We’ve done the research and have compiled the best projector mounting system comparisons and reviews. By comparing them side-by-side, your top choices can be narrowed down in a glance. We even have articles on projector mounts to ensure your decision is an informed one. At TopTenREVIEWS We Do the Research So You Don’t Have To.™
You may be asking the question, “What’s the difference? A projector mount is a projector mount, right?” Wrong. Projector mounts may all seem the same, but they actually vary in size, weight capacity, adjustability and added features. And while any of the ceiling mounted projector kits in our lineup would be fine to mount your projector, we think the best mounts are the Atdec Telehook TH-WH-PJ-CM, Sanus Systems VMPR1 and Vantage Point CGUPM12.
Whether your home has a vaulted or a standard 9-foot ceiling, we’d recommend investing in a projector mount that can extend down from its normal, flush location next to the ceiling. This will ensure a lifetime of use in several different rooms. Projector technology may change over time, but we bet in 10 years, the same mounts will be sufficient. Some projector mounts can extend up to 35 inches from the ceiling. You’ll also want a mount that can securely compensate for your projector’s weight. The average projector weighs 20 pounds, so a weight capacity of up to 40 pounds is plenty. Look for a reasonable angle of adjustment in tilt and roll. A projector ceiling mount that can swivel 360 degrees is also a plus. The best projector mounts can be adjusted even after they're mounted.
Ease of Installation
Hanging a high-end projector from your ceiling can be a little nerve wracking. Not only are you screwing something expensive into your ceiling, you are creating several large and noticeable holes. You want to make sure you correctly install it the first time to prevent unnecessary holes and headaches. Installation instructions and a universal mounting pattern are good qualities to look for in a projector mount.
After your projector is mounted, it is a pain to uninstall it just to change a burnt out light bulb. Look for a projector mount that has a quick release feature. Quick release makes it easy to release the projector, change the light bulb and pop it right back into place. On the flip side, if you're using the projector in a public place, a key and lock system is essential to prevent theft.
Help & Support
A comprehensive warranty is key when you purchase a projector mount. You want to purchase a product from a company willing to back up its mounts with at least a 10-year warranty. The best offer a lifetime warranty with 24-hour customer support. Because most projector mount manufacturers do extend the courtesy of a warranty, you also want to look for a good customer support base. If they are going to guarantee their product for a lifetime, you want to be sure that lifetime of customer support is a happy one.
Once you experience the magnitude of a projected screen in your home, there is no going back to standard, flat screen TVs. Believe us when we say that a projector will revolutionize the way your family watches TV. Make sure you do it right from the beginning by purchasing and properly installing a ceiling projector mount. After a Star Wars marathon with your new projection setup, you’ll thank us.