Gas Strut and Full Motion Mounts: When to Use What

Which mount to choose

The world of TV and monitor mounts is filled with a dazzling variety of different products that can hold up your screens in a variety of ways and places. To the uninitiated, it can seem confusing–after all, a TV mount is a TV mount, right?

Today we’ll look at two of the most unique TV mount types in the market, describe how they work, and examine their strengths and drawbacks, so you can identify what would be most suitable for your intended use.

Gas Strut Mounts

The main difference between gas strut mounts and full motion mounts is what they use to provide their counter-balance force. Gas strut mounts use gas stored in a cylinder to provide pneumatic pressure to hold a screen at your desired height and angle.

The main advantage of gas strut mounts that make them popular is how smoothly they move, and how completely silent they are as they move as well. Here at Tigermount, we have gas strut mounts available for mounting TVs as well as mounting monitors.

One thing to take note of however is that gas cylinders have a slightly shorter lifespan than a full motion mount as over time, gas can escape from even the best quality cylinders like ours. At the same time, the gas cylinder will take up space and even when flat and unextended, will cause the screen to protrude.

Full Motion Mounts

Full motion mounts use mechanical action and springs to provide counterbalancing force, allowing the mount to extend and retract, and retain its position once set. They rely on the extension of arm segments, and can come in either single arm or double arm configurations catering to different weight and mobility requirements.

The advantage of full-motion mounts is that they are long-lasting, and they will not lose force over time as the springs work mechanically and consistently. Full-motion mounts can also be retracted to be completely flat against the wall. However, they will not move as smoothly or silently as gas strut mounts.

When to Use Each Mount

Given their relative strengths and drawbacks, our experts at Tigermount recommend that you use full-motion TV mounts when you anticipate that you will be moving your screen around longer, as it would create more wear and tear that a full-motion mount can weather better. At the same time, you should use full-motion TV mounts if you want your screen to retract and fold flat against the wall.

On the other hand, if your focus is on the smoothness and silent operation, for example in a classroom setting, then a gas strut mount is your ideal choice. It is also gives a premium touch to your TV and monitor experience which you can afford if you don’t intend to move the TV or monitor much, or if you don’t anticipate needing the mount to last that long.

If you’re in doubt, get in touch with our experts at Tigermount, and we’ll help you find the right mount for your setup!