Welcome to our large ceiling mount test 2021. Here we present all the ceiling mounts that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.
We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best ceiling mount for you.
You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a ceiling mount.
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- 2 Summary
- 3 The Best Ceiling Mount: Our Choices
- 4 Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a ceiling mount
- 5 Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate wall and ceiling mounts
- 6 Facts worth knowing about ceiling brackets
- Wall and ceiling mounts are the ideal fixed point for your sling trainer or other equipment.
- With the right wall and ceiling mount, you can make your workout even harder.
- Wall and ceiling mounts can also be used to attach sandbags, rings or even the hammock.
The Best Ceiling Mount: Our Choices
Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a ceiling mount
What is a ceiling mount made of?
Normally, a ceiling mount for sling trainers consists of a metal plate with holes for the screws and an eyelet for attaching your suspension trainer or punching bag.
There are also variants consisting of a fixed ring that is attached to the metal plate, which in turn has a free-moving eyelet attached. This variant has the advantage that you can move even more freely and with less friction in your sling trainer.
How much do ceiling mounts cost?
Keep in mind that the ceiling mount has to support your weight plus a certain margin.
The clearance is necessary because the ceiling hook is not subjected to uniform loads, as vibrations occur during training with the sling trainer, which place different loads on the bracket.
Why do I need a ceiling mount?
Also or especially because it is the ideal attachment, like everything in life it also comes with most requirements. Your ceiling must be stable and solid, i.e. it should not be made of deer plaster boards, and it takes a lot of effort to fix this ceiling mount.
You need a drill, screws and dowels. Ideally, you will also have a pencil or biros to mark the places for the holes to be drilled.
Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate wall and ceiling mounts
Before you can mount anything on your ceiling or wall, you have to decide on and buy the right ceiling mount. The following criteria should help you to compare the many different products and to decide on one in the end.
The question you should ask yourself is: What should I look for before buying and how can I distinguish between good and bad sling trainers? Important features are:
- With or without movable O-ring
- Ceiling bracket material
- Number of holes
- Fixing material included
- Maximum load
To save you time, I have provided you with this small list. Further on in the text you will find the reasoning why you should pay attention to these factors.
With or without movable O-ring
Whether you choose a ceiling mount with or without a movable eye depends on what you want to hang on it. As the name suggests, a ceiling mount with a movable eye is more flexible. What you hang on it has more room to move in all directions.
In our opinion, it is rather unimportant for a hammock whether you attach it to ceiling brackets with or without a movable O-ring. Naturally, the hammock only knows the swinging movement. A 360 degree rotation, as in a rollover, is rather rare.
This is different with a punching bag or a sling trainer. If you attach a sling trainer to a ceiling mount with an O-ring, you automatically give your sling trainer more room to move.
This increased range of motion intensifies your training even more, as you have to use and activate more strength and, above all, more muscles. This makes your training more effective. You can find more information on strength training with slings in our guide. More range of motion means more intensive training.
Material of the ceiling mount
Since your ceiling mount has to bear the entire weight of what you hang on it and this weight can also fluctuate depending on what you do with it, the ceiling mount should be made of a very resistant material.
For example, stainless steel or iron is very sturdy. In any case, you should avoid ceiling mounts made of aluminium or a metal alloy with rather weak components such as zinc or lead, as these break or crack very quickly.
Also, the welding points are of great importance as they connect the O-ring or the mount to the metal plate that you screw to the ceiling. What good is a bomb-proof metal plate if the fixing breaks?
Number of holes
As with the material of the ceiling mount, the number of (possible) holes is crucial. Every dowel and every screw has a certain load-bearing capacity. The more screws and dowels you can use, or with which the ceiling mount is fastened, the higher the possible maximum load.
For people who don't like to drill holes, the door mount comes in handy. The door holder is attached to the rear end of the sling trainer and fixed to the door. However, the door must be closed.
Each additional screw increases the maximum load by its own weight.
Therefore, it is also logical that each screw more or each hole more with which you can attach your ceiling mount increases the safety of bearing the weight that rests on it.
Mounting hardware included
Whether or not the ceiling mount comes with mounting hardware, i.e. anchors and screws, is an advantage in that you can be sure that they are designed for the purpose of a ceiling mount. This means that they are designed to bear a heavy weight.
In addition, the delivery saves you a trip to the hardware store and the search for the right screws and dowels.
Of course, the maximum load is of decisive importance, especially for a ceiling fastening. After all, it is supposed to bear all the weight that is placed on it. Since you have to trust the ceiling mount, whether it is a hammock, punching bag or sling trainer, the maximum load is crucial.
You can find out how high the load capacity of the respective sling trainers is in our big comparison. Even the best screws and dowels won't save you from falling on your nose if the ceiling mount is not designed for the weight that the sling trainer and you exert on it.
Here, "a lot helps a lot" or the more resilient the better.
Facts worth knowing about ceiling brackets
Attaching a ceiling mount
Ideally, you should install the ceiling mount so that you have about 3m of space in one direction and about 2m to the side. This way you can exercise freely without worrying about bumping into anything.
If your ceiling mount does not come with screws and dowels, I recommend that you check the load capacity of the screws at your local hardware store before buying. Usually, the sales staff will be happy to guide you in the right direction with their expert knowledge.
You should also make sure that the dowels are the right ones, depending on what your ceiling is made of. There are different types of ceilings. Just like there are different types of people and sling trainers.
Can I make my own ceiling mounts?
Since a ceiling support for your sling trainer is supposed to hold your own weight, or your weight plus the forces acting on the ceiling hook while you train, this is not recommended. Sure, if you are a blacksmith or have learned something similar, you can do it.
However, since I have not learned to do this myself and do not trust myself to build something like this myself, I prefer not to. But if you trust yourself and your skills, then go ahead.
What else can I use ceiling mounts for?
Basically, a ceiling mount is meant to attach your training equipment to it.
Whether you want to attach a punching bag, a sling trainer, rings or a free-hanging pull-up bar is up to you. You can also attach a serano ham or a yawl. Joking aside.
The important thing is to make sure that the weight you put on the ceiling attachment is not the same as your own weight plus the training equipment. The movements you make on the training device, in our case the sling trainer, put a lot more strain on the ceiling attachment. You can find out more about this in the section "Determining the required carrying weight".
Determining the necessary weight for the ceiling mount
The good news first. You don't have to use complicated mathematical formulas to determine the weight that will be applied to your ceiling mount during exercise. A general rule of thumb would be your body weight plus 10%. This is the weight that will affect the ceiling mount during the workout.
However, since most ceiling mounts are designed to support a weight of over 150 kg, you should most likely not be in the group that pushes it to the limit. And if you do, that's no problem either. Just make sure when buying that the ceiling hook is designed for enough weight (body weight plus clearance).
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