Puzzle Brand Comparison

It’s difficult to find a good comparison of puzzle brands on the web.  We hope you find this useful!

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  Ravensbuger –– High quality thick and sturdy packaging and puzzle pieces.  Standard grid type puzzle. Wide range of images.

  Jumbo– High quality thick and sturdy packaging and puzzle pieces.  Standard grid type puzzle. Publishes JVH and Wasgij.

  Falcon — High quality thick and sturdy packaging and puzzle pieces.  Standard grid type puzzle. Tends to cozy UK images.

  Heye — Good quality boxes. Standard grid type puzzle with a wide variety of shapes. Best cartoon puzzles.

Piatnik — Good quality with thick pieces and a snug fit. Standard grid cut. Fine art, cartoon, and photo collage puzzles.

  Schmidt — High quality packaging and puzzle pieces.  Quirky grid cut with lots of variety. Excellent fantasy puzzles.

  Clementoni — Solid quality with thick pieces and a linen finish. Standard grid cut. Conventional images.

  Anatolian — Solid quality with thick pieces and nice boxes. Standard grid cut. Conventional licensed images.

  D-Toys (editions with “wide variety of shapes” sticker) –– Standard grid cut puzzle with six piece shapes. Offers unique cartoon, folk art (“classic tales”), and fine art puzzles.


  Gibson — Lovely boxes, thick pieces with a waxy feel. Overall stellar quality. Grid cut pieces. Pieces can appear to fit where they do not.

  House of Puzzles —  Best unusual piece cut and images created for puzzling with lots of colors and textures.

  WHSmith — Similar to Gibson, good boxes and sturdy puzzle pieces in a grid cut.  Pieces can appear to fit where they do not.

  Otter House – Nice smaller boxes, good overall quality on the pieces. Hard to get outside UK.


  Cobble Hill —  ‘Linen finish’ boxes and puzzle pieces have a nice feel. Pieces are thick. Random cut.

  Eurographics — Pieces are thick. Not quite grid cut with a wide variety of piece shapes. Large image selection. Some puzzle dust and glare.


  Bits and Pieces — Thick pieces with a non-grid cut.  Best shaped puzzles in the industry.

  Buffalo Games — Standard grid cut. Quality sturdy boxes and puzzle pieces, Wysocki, Josephine Wall, Aimee Stewart and more

  eeboo — Standard grid cut. Quality sturdy boxes and puzzle pieces, modern folksy round tables images and more

  Lafayette Puzzle Company — Grid cut puzzle with a seamless fit, sturdy and attractive boxes and pieces.

  Pomegranate — Fine art puzzles with excellent quality.

  Sunsout—  Unattractive boxes but good puzzles. Thick pieces with a non-grid cut. Tight fit. Tons of images.

  Springbok — Thick puzzle pieces, a super tight fit, unusual piece shapes and good colors. Images are so-so. Lots of photo puzzles.

 Vermont Christmas Company — Fairly thick puzzle pieces, a semi-random cut with a good variety of shapes, overall nice quality and lots of unique Christmas and Halloween images.

  White Mountain — Great image selection and regular releases. Larger pieces with a nice random cut. Pieces are on the thin side, with occasional image lift and some puzzle dust.


Puzzlelife — Puzzles come with a large poster and glue and are of good quality. Most reasonably priced of the Asian puzzle brands.

  Yanoman — Thick pieces with a grid cut similar to Ravensburger. Excellent overall quality.

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  Educa — Good overall quality, but they have many similarly shaped pieces, making puzzles with large areas of the same color or pattern  a challenge.

Castorland – Pieces feel a bit thin and some of their puzzles (like the 1500 pieces) have very small pieces. But the 1000 piece puzzles have decent quality. Haven’t tried the larger sizes.

Trefl — Pieces are a bit on the small side and grid cut is very standard. Pieces have a good thickness and density. They specialize mainly in photographic landscapes and collages, with only a few offerings that are illustrated.


  New York Puzzle Company — Nice boxes, thick pieces, and a creative non-grid cut. However, the looseness of the fit and high visibility of the piece cut when the puzzle is assembled is less than desirable. They have some great images that are worth these slight annoyances.

  MasterPieces — Quality too variable. Some puzzles have thinner pieces than desirable. Good boxes and images. Non-grid cut.


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  Ceaco — Pieces simply too thin. Warped out of box, some image lift, tons of puzzle dust.


  D-Toys (editions with only two piece shapes) — Pieces are too thin and easily warped or bent. Most D-Toys puzzles have better quality and six piece shapes.Look for “wide variety of shapes” sticker for better quality.

  King — Pieces are too thin and too similar in shape. Pieces appear to fit where they do not.



**Click here for our full Brand Comparison Sheet pdf**

 1. BOX — 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?

2. INSIDE THE BOX  — 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?

3. PIECE THICKNESS — 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?

4.  PIECE SIZE & SHAPE — Are the pieces standard shapes? Special shapes? How much variety do they have? Are they large or small?

5. PIECE FIT— 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?

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

7.  IMAGE VARIETY & ARTISTS — Does the brand have a wide variety of fun images and good artists?

**Click here for our full Brand Comparison Sheet pdf**



See our detail pages for photos and detailed info on each brand.

Anatolian quality detail page

Bits and Pieces quality detail page

Buffalo Games quality detail page

Castorland quality detail page

Ceaco brand quality detail page

Clementoni brand quality detail page

Cobble Hill quality detail page

D-Toys (“Wide variety of shapes” sticker) brand quality detail page

D-Toys (2 piece shapes only) brand quality detail page

Educa brand quality detail page

Eurographics brand quality detail page

Falcon brand quality detail page

Gibson quality detail page

Heye quality detail page 

House of Puzzles quality detail page

Jumbo quality detail page

Lafayette Puzzle Company quality detail page

Master Pieces quality detail page

New York Puzzle Company quality detail page

Piatnik quality detail page

Pomegranate quality detail page

Puzzlelife quality detail page

Ravensburger quality detail page

Schmidt quality detail page  (prior to 2015)

Schmidt “Premium Quality” detail page (**NEW – 2015 on)

Springbok  quality detail page

Sunsout  quality detail page

Trefl quality detail page

Vermont Christmas Company quality detail page

Wasgij quality detail page 

White Mountain quality detail page (updated 7/30/2016)

Yanoman quality detail page


212 thoughts on “Puzzle Brand Comparison

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  1. Excellent blog!
    I do not see a review of Dowdle puzzles. I received one for Christmas and found it to be good quality. I’d be interested to see what you think.

  2. I was extremely disappointed in Bits & Pieces. It was a grid cut, no interesting shapes as billed, and the pieces were rather thin, some with loose cardboard on the back.

  3. Ravensburger is our go to puzzle company. However, lately I am seeing small square boxes for the 1000pc puzzles that are small and deep. They do not feature the premium packaging we are used to and because the box is small the image is also small and the details are hard to make out if you rely on it. Has anyone else seen this or assembled one from the small box packageing?

    1. The spring I got in touch with ravensburger about the small square box because it didn’t include a poster inside that has a good big image of the puzzle. They told me that they were only including a poster in puzzles over 9000 pieces. Consequently, if it’s not in a rectangular box I just won’t buy it.

  4. Well! I left a rather disparaging comment regarding Bits & Pieces a few days ago. We ordered three puzzles, looking forward to the shape variation touted in this comparison. The first one we tried was made in China and an obvious knock-off, standard grid, not interesting. However, we just started Bits& Pieces puzzle number two. What a delight! Lots of variety, definitely NOT your standard puzzle—delightful! I don’t understand why they would include a knock-off, though. I wish there were a way to differentiate so I know what to buy next!

  5. Absolutely amazed at how many recent replies your blog is getting! I too want to share my thanks for your blog. I consult it very often when choosing a new brand to try out. 🙂 So far I’ve tried Piatnik and Clementoni because of your blog (Ravensburger and Heye were a given, I grew up with those). I liked the Clementoni quite a lot, but I think I still prefer Piatnik. :p

  6. Hi – have you tried Flame Tree Puzzles (it’s a UK brand). I love the images, but having done two or three of them, they’re on my blacklist because the image lifts so you don’t get a smooth puzzle – there are lumpy bits! Thanks for your blog, it’s fascinating.

  7. Does anyone know about Vinmea puzzles? I’m looking for a NYC skyline puzzle. Preferably one I can do on a table and not too many pieces. 1,000 max. I’d prefer 500 or less. I saw one by Vinmea by I usually stick to Ravenburg but thought I’d ask about Vinmea.

  8. Hi ! First, thank you for your the content of your blog (puzzles brands comparison) ! Very helpful, even for a puzzle “junkie’.
    Second, do you know anything about the following two brands : Tomax and DaliyFu ?
    Thank you again, and take care.

  9. We ordered three 1K piece puzzles off Amazon at the holidays: one Huadada brand, as well as Ravensburger and Buffalo Games. The Ravensburger had nice features but it was disappointing that there was no poster image included, and the back side of the pieces was colored blue, similar to a large area of the puzzle.

    The Huadada was hands down the best: came with large print of the puzzle image, and pieces fit well together with very few “near misses”. The best part was that the back sides were labeled with letters A-E, indicating in which area of the puzzle they belonged. This made working it as a family much more enjoyable for the family members who were less skilled/experienced. Would definitely order that brand again.

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