Puzzle Brand Comparison — Eurographics

This page is part of our Puzzle Brand Comparison. You can find the overview page here.

SUMMARY: 63 points

Eurographics is a very solid puzzle brand from Canada. They have a not-quite standard grid puzzle cut with a wide variety of piece shapes, nice thick pieces, good boxes, and a large variety of available images. They were dinged a bit for some moderate puzzle dust, glossy piece finish/light glare, and including nothing but the puzzle bag in the box. If you enjoy collage or educational puzzles, Eurographics is a brand you must check out. Recommended.

1. BOX  — 9/10

How deluxe does the box looks and feel? Is it sturdy? Will it hold up over time?  How nicely does it arrange on the shelf?

The puzzle I evaluated was “Teapots”, one of Eurographics’s collage puzzles. This box is a standard rectangular size at 10″ x 14″.  This box is sturdy, both top and bottom, and has a glossy finish. This is the box I’m evaluating, though I have seen that some of their boxes are smaller and square (like for their Haruyo Morita kimono puzzles).


The front of the box is attractive with the puzzle image taking up most of the real estate, and the name of puzzle, brand, and piece count all very visible. The name of the artist is not on the front of the box. However, this is a collage puzzle for which no artist is credited. It’s likely it was designed in house. The artist name is on the front of the Haruyo Morita puzzle boxes.



All four sides have the necessary information for shelving — a small image of the puzzle, the Eurographics logo, the piece side, and name of puzzle. See my note about the lack of artist name above.  The release date is, sadly, no where on the box.



The back of the puzzle box is quite nice. It has specific information about this puzzle — in the form of information on tea. In addition, there are pictures of a few other collage puzzles in the Eurographics line.



Eurographics scores well in this category. The only deduction was for a lack of release date. I didn’t deduct for the lack of artist name since it’s a collage puzzle, and they do have the artist’s name on their Haruyo Morita kimono puzzles. But I didn’t give them a bonus point for it either, since artist name is not on most of their boxes.


2.  INSIDE THE BOX:  7/10

How deluxe are the internal goodies (such as posters or brochures)?  When you remove the pieces is there puzzle dust, pieces stuck together, hanging chads, and places where the image has begun to separate from the backs?

Inside the box there is nothing at all except the bag of puzzle pieces.


The puzzle pieces were in good condition, fully separated, no image lift or hanging chads, etc. However, you can see some puzzle dust in the box, which doesn’t bode well.


And yes, upon dumping the puzzle onto my JigBoard puzzle dust is definitely there. You can feel it on the tops of the pieces too. I’d say this amount of puzzle dust is ‘moderate’. Not a huge problem, but a nuisance.



I deducted three points for the lack of ‘goodies’ in the box and puzzle dust.



How thick are the pieces compared to other brands? How does a piece feel in your hand? How easily are pieces damaged or bent during assembly and separation?

I’m going to give Eurographics full marks for this. Although actually handling the pieces, they don’t feel *quite* as thick and sturdy as Ravensburger or Gibsons, they are really fairly thick, and a side-by-side comparison (below) doesn’t reveal much difference.

eurographics-1 Eurographics-3




Are the pieces standard shapes? Special shapes? How much variety do they have? Are they large or small?

Eurographics is not-quite a grid cut puzzle. That is, the corners of the pieces do not always line up so that one piece may extend past the sides of an adjacent piece. But the piece shapes are more or less the typical grid-cut shapes. There’s a wide variety in shapes and I never thought a piece went somewhere it didn’t actually go. The pieces are a good size, about equivalent to Ravensburger.




A basic 10–this is a very good puzzle cut, but not exceptionally creative in terms of odd shapes and figures.


5. PIECE FIT:  10/10

Do pieces interlock well? Can it be confusing if a piece fits or not?  Can you move groups of pieces together? Does it look snug when it’s done?

Like the puzzle cut, the puzzle fit is good but not extraordinary. You can move groups of joined pieces, but only with considerable care (or they fall apart).


A completed puzzle can be lifted by a corner for a bit, but could not be turned over or fully lifted without falling apart. So the fit is not “loose” but it’s not as tight as Sunsout and Springbok either.


The final look is flat and smooth, without any raised or ill-fitting pieces. You are always quite sure a piece fits where it is supposed to.



The final score in this category is also quite good for Eurographics. The fit is good and assembly is a pleasure. But it doesn’t have the ‘extra snap’ of a Ravensburger, the seamless look of a Jumbo, or the ‘push satisfaction’ or tightness of Springbok, so I didn’t award it extra bonus points.



Are the colors bright and vivid? Is the image sharp or feel like a bad Xerox? How is the finish/texture on the pieces?. 

In a collage puzzle, the image is only going to be as good as the source photographs. Overall, I found the image quality of “teapots” okay but not exceptional. For one thing, the teapots feel ‘underwhelming’ in the final puzzle compared to the dark lines of the puzzle cut itself. Part of this is because the background of the puzzle is white, but the overall effect isn’t something I’d care to hang up on a wall.


Also, the puzzle surface is really glossy leading to glare. You can see the windows reflected in the surface of the puzzle below.


And finally, while some teapots were sharp, others seemed like the source photo was a little fuzzy. As you can see below, the brown teapot is quite sharp but the white teapot below it is very ‘soft’ looking. (Yes, there is some blur from the camera, but you look at the areas where the puzzle piece lines are sharp but the teapot is soft, like on the white teapot.)



Deducting for the glossy surface and some less-than-sharp photo elements, the final score is a 7.


7. IMAGE VARIETY:  11/10

Does the brand have a wide variety of fun images and good artists?


Above: “Chicago Michigan Avenue” 1000 pieces, “Cookies” 1000 pieces, “Agemaki” by Haruyo Morita 1000 pieces. (click for closer view)

Eurographics carries a wide selection of images. They have photographic, collage, Asian, Americana scenery, Christmas, wildlife, inspirational, and fine art images. All of their images are good and they clearly take great care with their selection.

They’re probably best known for their collage images, particularly their ‘Cookies’, ‘Donuts’ and other ‘sweets’ collages. But it seems as though they have been broadening their focus lately to include more scenic puzzles.  They also have some very unusual medical type infographics puzzles like the one below, “The Heart”, as well as educational puzzles on ‘gemstones’, ‘atoms’, ‘elements’, ‘the solar system’, ‘fighter planes’, etc. So if you like educational puzzles, you should definitely check out Eurographics’s line of those.


You can see all of Eurographics’s current images here.


As I’ve pointed out a number of times, this category is very subjective. I have given Eurographics high marks for the breadth of their catalog. And they certainly deserve a bonus point for ‘best of industry’ for their educational puzzles (I’ve not seen their like elsewhere). Their images are definitely not oft-repeated licenses. For me personally, I’m very selective when it comes to collages, because there are so many on the market and prefer cartoon and painted scenic puzzles. So I’m not a huge purchaser of Eurographics (maybe 4 a year). I’d love to see something in their line like cartoon puzzles or a “puzzle plus” concept. (Hey, Eurographics, how about licensing the Kevin Whitlark “100 a and a b” type images like “100 Cats and a Dog”? Those are both collage and cartoon and currently only with Ceaco, which does’t have great quality. Just a thought. :-)).

My favorite Eurographics at the moment are the Haruyo Morita kimono puzzles, and their new Dona Gelsinger “Hometown Heroes”. But given Eurographics creativity and eye for images, I’m sure they will be expanding their offerings in years to come. I definitely look forward to seeing their new releases.


SUMMARY: 63 points

Eurographics is a very solid puzzle brand from Canada. They have a not-quite standard grid puzzle cut with a wide variety of piece shapes, nice thick pieces, good boxes, and a large variety of available images. They were dinged a bit for some moderate puzzle dust, glossy piece finish/light glare, and including nothing but the puzzle bag in the box. If you enjoy collage or educational puzzles, Eurographics is a brand you must check out. Recommended.



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  1. I too am amazed at the positive reviews. I completed one of their puzzles on March 28, 2020, with TWO PIECES MISSING. I immediately sent an email to the email address they list for missing pieces. As of today, July 14, still no reply. I even re-sent my email 3 more times, still no response.

  2. I want to thank Eurograghics and other puzzle makers for the enjoyment i got in assembling their puzzles, yes some were small, some were connected, they all locked together nicely. I liked that some of the pieces could lock into other places ( that is part of the challenge). I purchased the Corvette puzzle for my brother (Corvette enthusiast), and for me to assemble and to frame it under glass, however after assembling I noticed no border on the side ( frame would cover a portion of the vehicles, can I suggest maybe a 1/2 to 1″ border on puzzles? Thank you…..

  3. Did you ever try their SMART CUT (1.000 pieces) series ? I love them, as their weird shapes are like the old jig-saws of my (distant) childhood. I find the ‘standard’ ones – such as in Jumbo, Ravensburger and most other brands – boring and for years have avoided any puzzles with a lot of even colours for that reason. With Smart Cut if necessary you can concentrate on shape rather than colour.
    I’m not a fan of composite images or the ‘garish’ painted landscapes & pictures with added sunset colours (US taste ?), but there are plenty ones with great images, particularly the art series. Would love a series with vintage posters, but with just one per puzzle (like their Mucha one, but tourist ones would also be great).
    My only comment are the too big boxes, which take up too much space in storage.
    Generally I find their quality great and have become a junky of their Smart Cuts :-).

  4. I received a 1000 piece Yoga Dogs Eurographics puzzle as a gift for Christmas. I haven’t done a puzzle for years and it was a fun way to spend some time during the holidays, especially with Covid social restrictions. The picture was clear and I thought the puzzle quality was pretty good. HOWEVER, it was missing three very unique pieces so I couldn’t finish it. Very disappointing! There were also two extra pieces left over at the end which didn’t fit. One was an exact duplicate of a piece from my puzzle and the other appears to belong to a different picture entirely. So there are clearly a couple of other unhappy consumers out there somewhere who are missing pieces from their puzzles. Unfortunately, the person who bought me the puzzle doesn’t have the receipt which is a requirement for the Eurographics warranty. I just sent the company detailed photos showing the issues and am hoping they’ll swap me for a replacement copy of the same puzzle. Yes, I know…first world problems with everything else going on and it’s certainly not the end of the world lol! But it appears the company has a manufacturing issue and I thought it would be good for others to know about it. Hopefully, they stand behind their product. Will let you know how it turns out.

    1. How things turned out…it’s almost five months later and I’ve received absolutely no response from Eurographics. But that’s okay as I’ve now discovered Heye and Ravensburger puzzles after reading this fantastic blog. I’ve purchased and enjoyed numerous puzzles from both companies over the past few months. They both offer great quality, a variety of pictures and no missing pieces. Too bad for you Eurographics. Your company just lost a potential long term future consumer. After reading all the other recent posts here about your company it’s clearly Buyer Beware.

  5. I will never purchase another Eurographics puzzle. Not only were 4 pieces missing, but there was a duplicative piece! After 3 months of logging a request for a replacement, I have not heard one reply. What a joke of a company!

  6. Just finished our second consecutive Eurographics puzzle. Only one piece missing this time; the previous puzzle was missing five pieces. As other reviewers have said, there’s apparently no way to contact the company; the form on their Web site won’t work without a “Trace Code” from the box, which simply doesn’t exist. No more Eurographics for us.

  7. Received a Eurographics 1000 pce jigsaw ‘Blooming Garden’. Lovely picture. Unfortunately, missing one (or 2 – difficult to tell as it’s all from the same missing ‘hole’ in the picture. Extremely disappointed, as we spent hours putting it all together. I’ve emailed Eurographics, but it seems they only deal with US or Canadian customers 😦

  8. I just started a third Eurographics 1000-piece puzzle. The other two were older – one just purchased used, the other I bought somewhere a few years ago – and both had random-cut pieces and a more glossy finish. The newest one is a ribbon/grid cut, although at least with a little variation in the shapes (mostly with 2 nubs, but some have 1, 3, 4, or 0), and the finish is not matte, but not as glossy, and feels a bit textured.

    I much prefer the random cut, so I wonder how new this change is and if it’s permanent. I can live with the finsh change, I think, but the grid cut is very hit or miss for me, thanks to a few puzzles where the pieces were all the standard 2-nub H shape and many were exactly identical. Made the puzzle very hard to put together.

  9. I used to love this brand, but I just finished Famous Writers and a piece was missing AND there is a mistake. T.S. Eliot did NOT write Portrait of a Lady. It’s so easy to check these things–there’s really not excuse not to get this right. $18 wasted plus shipping.

  10. I just ordered and received 2 more Eurographics puzzles. The Euro I bought last month had what I am calling variable grid cut pieces – grid layout, but 5 basic piece shapes. I prefer random cut, but I can deal with this kind. BUT, I just opened one of the new ones, and it’s worse. Grid cut, but all the pieces are the same basic H shape with two nubs on opposite sides. The puzzle is the “Maintain the Right” Mountie, so large areas of red and blue. I haven’t had the nerve yet to open the other puzzle – although at least it’s a collage and not massive chunks of one color.

    I may have to stop buying new puzzles for a while. I like a challenge (I did the all-red Springbok round puzzle), but almost identical pieces is a little too much of a challenge.

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