Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about living room furniture and décor — including the best area rugs, the best lounge chair with back support, and the best digital picture frames — here, we’ve rounded up the best TV consoles and stands to elevate your TV, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated TV console
In over 3,000 reviews of this wooden TV stand, 64 percent of which are 5-star, “sturdy” and “solid” are words that comes up over and over again. “With the price being what it is, I figured it would be flimsy and look cheap … it is not,” writes one reviewer. “This TV stand is very durable and stronger than expected.” And reviewers note that despite the particleboard, this stand also looks great. “This TV stand is STURDY, and it looks beautiful. A great piece to ensure your living room looks polished,” another reviewer enthuses. And though several note that the package is heavy, the stand is fairly easy to put together once it’s out of the box. “I am too old and weak to put things together. I decided I didn’t want to ask anyone, so I attempted and it was so easy to put together alone,” says one satisfied customer. “I was done in about an hour only because my grandson was in the way!”
Best-rated (less-expensive) TV console
“This cart is BEAUTIFUL,” writes one reviewer. “It looks exactly like two Sanus entertainment carts I already own that cost me $400 each. This gives you every bit of the quality for a fraction of the price.” Another says, “It’s so cute, minimalist, and chic all at the same time. I bet the ‘Fab Fives’ from Queer Eye (both the original and new ones) would approve of this.” In addition to its style, reviewers praise this stand for being sturdy, functional, and a great deal. One person took to all-caps to express their enthusiasm: “I HAVE A BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF FURNITURE FOR 40 BUCKS.” Another thing that came up again and again was how easy this stand was to assemble. “It’s like Lincoln Logs. You stack, no tools … Simple as simple can be … I LOVE THIS CONCEPT and will fill my new place with it.”
And now for some micro-picks for every type of TV stand or console you might be looking for.
Best TV stand with mount
This TV stand is “a great option if you live in an apartment and can’t wall-mount your TV,” as one wall-hole-phobic renter puts it. “I like the sleek look of it, and it’s a lot easier than trying to bolt the TV up on the wall (and better since I’m renting),” another five-star reviewer says. A third reviewer echoed this sentiment, saying, “I didn’t want to mount our 50-inch TV to the wall. This seemed like a perfect solution and it was.”
Best wooden TV stand
“I love the white oak look and barn doors,” says one reviewer of this stand. And many say they can’t believe it isn’t more expensive. “It’s much more BEAUTIFUL in person,” writes one reviewer. “Photos just don’t [do it] justice … and the price is awesome compared to my local furniture stores.” Some reviewers note that it does take some time to assemble, but the instructions are clear. As one person writes: “I assembled this entirely by myself with a toddler climbing all over me at the time.”
Best TV stand with wheels
Reviewers say they like having a TV stand with wheels because it lets them easily move the TV between rooms or change its positioning. It also has locking casters so you don’t need to worry about it rolling out of place. “I was surprised at the quality of the wheels, they swivel and move quite smoothly,” writes one reviewer. Another notes, “The wheels effortlessly glide on heavy-pile carpet even though they are on the smaller side.” A few reviewers also mention having great experiences with the company’s customer service, who were very responsive if any issues came up: “One of the shelves arrived dented-in pretty good; a quick email to their warranty service (info included in the package) and a replacement was on its way in no time with no hassle at all.”
Best simple TV stand
Many reviewers mention how easy this TV stand is to put together. “This is without question the easiest stand to set up,” writes one reviewer. “It all screws together at the posts and it took less than ten minutes to assemble.” People also mention that it’s very sturdy. “There is no give or wobble to this once assembled — the fifth support post really adds stability,” writes one reviewer who also praises the “open-back” design, which makes it “so easy to thread wires behind.”
Best TV stand with storage
Many satisfied reviewers laud this Sauder TV stand for the storage space. “Lots of storage and fits our dish box and gaming consoles in the center,” says on reviewer. Another adds: “It looks super chic in my living room and holds my (reduced because of streaming) DVD collection.” People also like the look of the “salt oak” finish. “For the inexpensive price paid I love this product, especially the color,” writes one reviewer.