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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Scroll down for links to each brand’s detail page.





  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


166 thoughts on “Puzzle Brand Comparison

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  1. My Ravensburger custom puzzle was a disappointment. My photo printed very dark on the puzzle and they seem to have no quality control. They offered me 35% discount to print it again but why should I have to pay anything to get my photo printed as it was supposed to be? I tried PuzzlesPrint and was happier with the image, the shapes, the finish, and the speed of delivery. In 48 hrs I had my puzzle all the way from Latvia!

  2. This puzzle comparison is wonderful. Really helpful. I hate “false positives” — pieces that appear to fit in one place but actually belong someplace else. Also, I prefer interesting shapes to the standard grid cut, and this column helps with that.

    Thank you.

  3. Hi. You have a very nice site with lots of info, I’m sorry my first post has to be a negative one. However, I am working on a 1500 piece “San Francisco” painted ladies by American Publishing and it has to be the lowest quality puzzle I have seen. It is vintage but doesn’t appear to have been assembled. Lots of paper dust and fragments in the box. Lots of hanging chads and unseparated pairs, some where the bottom layer is not even cut, delaminating tabs and one pair only half cut like a piece of the die was missing.The art on the box is nice but the actual puzzle art is poor. Over enlarged to the point of blurry and the color is bad. For instance the variegated green field of grass in the foreground is a mass of mottled gray and dark olive.
    Haven’t seen this puzzle for sale but others by American Publishing are on amazon for $20 and $30. Maybe puzzle enthusiasts know what they are buying but I gave $2 at an estate sale and I wish in had my 2 bucks back. This puzzle is unlikely to be finished.
    I hope this adds to your accumulation of information and helps others avoid a disappointment.

    1. Hi, Phillip. Welcome to the site and thanks for the comments on American Publishing. I have never heard of them. Good to know.

  4. Hi Jane, I just discovered your site and am so happy to find this. I’m a puzzle enthusiast and have struggled to find good reviews for all of the manufacturers out there. I’d be interested in your opinion of Galison and Re-Marks Puzzles. Thanks!

    1. Hi, Debra — Welcome! Hope you enjoy all the content here. I have not done those two brands, but if you have, please leave a comment and let us know what you thought. Or maybe someone else in our community will reply.

    2. Why did you delete my comment to Debra? I didn’t realize you censored comments on your blog if someone mentions another puzzle blogger. And I didn’t even mention the name of the blog, I was deliberately vague.

    3. Jillie. All comments must be approved before they will appear. This is to prevent a lot of spam, porn, etc. from appearing on the blog. Your earlier comment was not “deleted”. It had yet to be approved.

    4. Debra, Re-marks is one of my favorite puzzle brands, I find the quality to be very good. There’s another puzzle blogger who has reviewed several puzzles by Re-marks. She also reviewed a Galison puzzle, it was a double-sided puzzle and she reported it was of poor quality.

  5. I am so glad that I’ve found this site. I am currently working on a New York Puzzle Company jigsaw – it’s “The House Beautiful: Peacock Garden” and you are spot on about them obscuring the picture on the lids.

    The puzzle has a has a “Made in USA” sticker on top of the peacock’s tail. As you point out the image is small compared to the actual jigsaw and it is the only point of reference so the sticker potentially covers a lot of the jigsaw.

    There are plenty of other places they could have put this sticker so why on top of the image? I’m amazed at such an obvious oversight.

    Somebody needs to have a word…

  6. Have you given any thought to adding anything about the number of pieces by brand somewhere? For example, I’m a big Charles Wysocki fan. His older 1000 piece puzzles by MB actually contain 1008 pieces, however the Buffalo ones have 1026 pieces. The Hometown Collection by Mega also contain 1026 pieces. White Mountain actually contain 1000 or 550. You basically build the border (or at least two adjacent sides of it) multiply one horizontal side by a vertical side and get the correct amount of pieces, because the pieces are laid out in a grid. It comes in handy if you buy a puzzle at a store that only allows 7 days to return items. Anyway, I’m always looking online so I don’t have to do that & loved your brand comparison so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to ask. Thanks!

  7. Thank you for your reviews. It has been invaluable when searching for puzzles brands to try!. As a newcomer based in the UK. I have tried Gibson, & Ravensburger. I am bit surprised you haven’t reviewed or tried Wentworth. Yes, they are a little pricier. But the puzzles are extremely well made (wood based) and the ‘Whimsy’ pieces are fantastic. Makes it somuchmore enjoyable to do!

  8. I’m very impressed with your site. I just happened upon it as I was looking for reviews of a brand, before buying one of their puzzles. Didn’t see it here, but I’m sure you can’t possibly see or review every existing brand. (This one was Flame Tree publishing. Guess I’ll have to see for myself.) Our family loves Ravensburger puzzles best, recently discovered Dowdle, and have enjoyed other brands as well. Your analysis and review of various aspects is very helpful. I’ll know which others to try. Thanks for your efforts.

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