TV Tip-overs Part 4

I’m reviewing five different TV Anti-tip straps or kits so you can see what is currently available.​
 
1. Anti-Tip Furniture/Flat Screen TV Safety Strap by Safety Innovations
This strap is made of polypropylene webbing, attaches to the TV’s VESA mount and to either the cart your TV sits on or the wallboard that your wall is constructed from. I have to give this a thumbs down. I’m not terribly comfortable asking the same material my beach chair is constructed from to protect my kids. If you put enough force on the TV here is what could happen. The webbing could break or the webbing will tear away from the metal clips. If it is attached to the wall the screws will get pulled out of the wallboard. If it is attached to the cart the cart itself could tip over. This one is not a great idea.
 
2. QuakeHOLD Flat Screen Safety Strap
This gem is made of nylon with the length adjusted and secured by velcro. It appears to attach to the back of the flat panel by using the VESA mounts. Unfortunately their documentation is not very clear so I could be wrong. QuakeHOLD has a system where the straps appear to attach to a couple of steel plates that attach to another surface with a peel and press adhesive. The problem with adhesives is over time they dry out and lose adhesion. If that other surface is not properly prepared for an adhesive, any adhesive it will not stick properly and will fail under even a small amount of force. This product is a really bad idea and not one I recommend.
 
3. Kidco Anti-Tip TV Strap
This strap is made of a thin strip of nylon, attaches to the TV’s VESA mount and to either the cart your TV sits on or the wallboard that your wall is constructed from. Nylon? And the strap is thin. I’m not all that convinced that this product has the ability to protect my kids. If you put enough force on the TV here is what could happen. The nylon could rip or it will tear away from the metal clips. If it is attached to the wall the screws will get pulled out of the wallboard. If it is attached to the cart the cart itself could tip over. This one is definitely not on my good list.
 
4. Sanus ELM701 Anti-Tip Strap
Sanus is an audio accessory company that produces some pretty good furniture for home electronics and very good wall mounts for flat panel TVs. I don’t know what they were thinking with this strap, it is definitely the least impressive of the group. This is another polypropylene strap so I have doubts about its strength and durability in extreme situations. It attaches to the TV’s VESA mount and to either the cart your TV sits on or wallboard. Instead of two connecting points to the cart or wall the Sanus only has one. That means the stress is concentrated on one point instead of spread between two. Like the other three items i f it is attached to the wall the screws will get pulled out of the wallboard. If it is attached to the cart the cart itself could tip over. Absolutely not one I would recommend.
 
5. Hangman Products TV Anti-tip Kit
Hangman’s main business is selling heavy duty aircraft grade aluminum picture frame hangers. They are used to designing hardware that can handle a lot of weight and stress. They introduced their very successful all steel Furniture Anti-tip kit a few years back. One feature I always liked is Hangman specifically advises you to attach the cable to a stud in the wall. The TV Anti-tip kit is also all steel and if anything, is even more heavy duty. It features two aircraft grade steel cables, bolts for the VESA mount on the back of the TV and heavy-duty brackets to attach the cables to studs in the wall. When you install this anti-tip kit properly that TV isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon.
 
Hangman includes very clear directions with each anti-tip kit and also has a YouTube video showing you how to install the item. This is the only anti-tip kit that we recommend. Honestly, nothing else we’ve reviewed even comes close. You can order the Hangman Products TV Anti-tip kit from hangmanproducts.com or you can just click TV Anti-tip kit.
 
Doing these reviews brought up a thought. One way to slow down the near epidemic in TV tip-overs is to ask the big boxes that sell these flat panels to sell TV anti-tip kits at the same time. Something to think about.