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


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  1. I picked up a 500-piece puzzle by a company called Hammer + Axe, of a national park poster of Yellowstone National Park. It was a disaster. Many of the too-thin pieces were so similar in shape that I couldn’t finish the puzzle — I tried a dozen combinations of the 36 pieces of sky and never found the correct one. A company to avoid.

  2. What has happened to Ricordi? They used to be our first choice for fine art puzzles (Ravensburger might be better quality but their fine art range is limited). But there are so many defects nowadays; missing pieces, out of focus or pixelated images and a new one for us, the wrong puzzle in the box. The pieces seem thinner and slightly pillowed when cut. The range of fine art puzzles is still fabulous but I hesitate to buy now while there are so many quality issues.

  3. Hello. I’m from Australia. I’m a huge fan of Jan Van Haasteren. I have managed to find and purchase a few of his Jumbo brand puzzles based on your amazing brand comparison. A lot of his puzzles are released here by HOLDSONS, a New Zealand company, they also do Wasgij. I have purchase and completed one of Holdsons Jan Van Haasteren puzzles “The Park”. The image I feel is fantastic, great detail and Jan’s humour is always wonderful. Unfortunately l was let down by the quality of the Holdsons brand, loose fit, dust, image lift, glare and piece damage. I’m very wary of purchasing this brand in the future and would like to know if anyone has come across this brand and what they thought.

    1. I’ve just bought a Holdsons reprint of an Aimee Stewart puzzle called Happy Vibes and I was really disappointed in the quality. Tiny, thin pieces with a glossy finish and a loose fit. I’m also in Australia and the puzzle was actually more than the original Buffalo Games version would have been to buy online (I like to buy locally if I can). I won’t be purchasing any more of their puzzles and don’t even want to complete this one. It’s really disappointing when you’ve been looking forward to completing a specific puzzle to end up with something that’s such bad quality.

    2. Hi Rose. Sorry to hear about your experience with Holdsons, I know what it’s like to be excited about starting a new puzzle only to end up disappointed. I think Holdsons image range is fantastic, it’s such a shame the quality is so poor. I really like Aimee Stewart too, I recently purchased “Family Vacation” by Ravensburger. If you want a consistent local brand have you heard of or seen any Funbox puzzles (premiumpuzzles.com.au)
      I have completed two of theirs “Surf is up” and “Autumn Nights”. I love their piece thickness and feel with a good and minimal puzzle dust.

  4. Trefl Puzzles are the worst. I just finished a 4000 piece with only the box illustration to refer to. They need to include a poster, to show the variations in color close-up.
    There are too many identical pieces with similar colors so I had probably 10-15 pieces in the wrong place – close enough in color that it doesn’t show unless you point it out – but very annoying. I had four side-by-side edge pieces on the wrong side, for weeks, before I finally figured out I had to swap them with four side-by-side pieces on the opposite edge. They were 99% identical pieces, except for one tab.
    The pieces fray and come apart so easily. I worked with a bottle of glue on the table to fix the pieces. The colors are so similar that it often takes trial-and-error to see which piece fits and trying to get them out makes them fray and split. The puzzle pieces are a mess – no way I would pass this on to someone else.

  5. Have only lately gotten into puzzles. I try to buy made is US puzzles. Europe is OK, but try not to buy things from China, though this is really kind of impossible. Are all of the brands you’ve listed “designed” in the US (or other country stated) but actually MADE in China, or are they made in the countries indicated. (I know about some, because I’ve been keeping a list.)

  6. I have been doing my best to dry different brands and I recently completed my first puzzle from Eurographics, “Out of Storage”. A really nice simple picture, unfortunately I was not happy with the quality of this brand. Pieces thinner than I was expecting, a lot of puzzle dust, some bent pieces and piece fit very loose. Not an easy brand to recommend, although they do have great image variety. Heye, Jumbo, Gibsons and Ravensburger are my favourite’s. A local Australian brand Funbox has been very impressive too.

    1. Thanks for your comments. We have found the same, and also poor quality (delamination) with Ceaco. Our favorites so far are Springbok, Ravensburger, Heye, but we love the beautiful large pictures that come with Buffalo!

  7. I’m also from Australia and have found an amazing quality brand of puzzles called Funbox. They are popular here and my friends who do jigsaws also love them. Can you please do a review of them, Jon?

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