Puzzle Brand Comparison — Clementoni

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

SUMMARY:   56/70

Clementoni is an Italian puzzle brand with good quality. They have sturdy boxes and fairly thick pieces with a linen finish. Their piece cut and image selection is a bit on the conventional side. They carry mostly fine art, wildlife, and photographic puzzles with a few nice fantasy and collage images. If you like their images you can buy with confidence as the quality is quite acceptable.

The puzzle we reviewed for this brand comparison is “Egyptian Triptych” by Ciro Marchetti, 1000 piece panorama.

1. BOX  — 7/10

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?

It appears that all of their adult puzzles carry this “High Quality Collection” label, which is the sort of advertising I don’t really get, like slapping a “Nice Person” label on your forehead. If it’s true you don’t need it, and one half suspects it’s not true because why shout about it otherwise? So… I’m not crazy about that branding choice taking up so much of the box front.  Why not “Fantasy Collection” or something actually meaningful? Otherwise the box is sturdy and has a high resolution print of the puzzle. The size is rectangular, 11″ x1 4″, similar to most European brand boxes.

Front:

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Back:

The back has a generic message about the company. I love it when puzzle companies tell me more about the artist and Clementoni does not — there’s a tiny copyright type credit on the box and that’s it. You also can’t learn the artist’s name on their website. To me the artist is a collectible identifier, like an author’s name, and I like to learn more about them (note to Clementoni!).

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Side:

All four sides have the puzzle image, Clementoni logo, the genre (Fantasy–I like having the genre labelled), and piece size for easy reference. Thus you can stack your collection however you like.  The name of the puzzle is only printed small on one side.

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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?

The box contains only the bag of pieces and a guarantee card.

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The puzzle comes in a thick plastic bag. Puzzle dust is low. The pieces are fully separated and there are no hanging chads or trouble with the image lifting off corners.

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3. PIECE THICKNESS — 9/10

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?

As you can see below, Clementoni pieces are just slightly thinner than Ravensburger. The pieces definitely feel ‘thick enough’ as you are working the puzzle, and there were no issues with warping, bending, image peel, etc.

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4.  PIECE SIZE & SHAPE — 8/10

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

Clementoni pieces are a bit smaller than average, similar to Heye in the picture below (lower right).

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Their piece cut is standard grid. It’s a fairly conventional cut but does has a good variety of piece shapes, not all just two-knob, two-hole.

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5. PIECE FIT– 8/10

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?

The piece fit is good. I never had any confusion over whether a piece fit or not. The end result is not as seamless as Jumbo or Schmidt. The fit is not tight enough to be able to lift a puzzle corner without glue. You can move a small group of attached pieces while working on the puzzle, but only with care. (for very tight puzzle fits, see our pages on Springbok and Sunsout).

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Above: Egyptian Triptych. Click for close-up. Photo takes in 3 shots due to length.

 

6. IMAGE REPRODUCTION — 10/10

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

The finish on the Clementoni pieces is a linen-type matte, which means no glare and the pieces feel good to handle. See the detail below (click for close-up). The colors are quite good and the lines are crisp where they should be (as in the leaves in the image below).

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7.  IMAGE VARIETY & ARTISTS — 7/10

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

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Above: “Majestic Stallion”, “HQC Capri”, “Silent Whisper (detail, full is panorama)” (click for closer view)

Clementoni has what I’d consider a very standard sort of catalogue offering–lots of photographic scenic puzzles, fine art, wildlife, puppies and kittens, and licensed images. They carry a few nice fantasy puzzles and collages. They also have some very large puzzles–3000, 6000, and 13200 pieces! There probably is not much in their catalogue that you can’t find much closer to home (if you live in the US or UK anyway), though Clementoni is carried by US distributors (see Ace Puzzles and Serious Puzzles).

See their website with their full line-up here.

SUMMARY:   56/70

Clementoni is an Italian puzzle brand with good quality. They have sturdy boxes and fairly thick pieces with a linen finish. Their piece cut and image selection is a bit on the conventional side. They carry mostly fine art, wildlife, and photographic puzzles with a few nice fantasy and collage images. If you like their images you can buy with confidence as the quality is quite acceptable.

JJ

 

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  1. I’ve just got my first Clementoni for Christmas and already disappointed. It looks as if there has been a cutting issue, it’s going back tomorrow. Hope the replacement is better!!

  2. I have my first Clementoni puzzle,’Bowl of Flowers’ Van Dael.I find the pieces when fitted together very loose,annoying,falls apart when moving even a little area.Have put away for a while..will try it again later.White Mountain I can buy without even thinking about fit etc..

  3. I have severals Clementoni puzzles done, but I was a little bit dissapointed with Neuschwanstein Castle (6000 pcs). I noticed that there is a pattern in the arrangement of pieces, so that the left half contains the same pattern of shapes as the right half.

    1. Yes, I have recently finished the same puzzle. The same shapes were quite frustrating in the clouds and the sky, where the left and right sides are similar – quite a few of the same shaped pieces also have very similar colors…

    2. I know the puzzle you mean, though I haven’t done it. I have done plenty of 6K puzzles though, Clementoni incluced. The left and right sides (or even the 4 quadrants) are not ‘similar’ they are identical, to the point where the pieces are interchangeable. This isn’t a flaw, it is just how large puzzles are. Left mirroring right, or as I said, 4 quadrants. It is a limitation of the cutting jig.

  4. I’m an experienced “jigsaw puzzler.” I’ve worked various brands with the vast majority being Ravensburger . Recently I decided to give Clementoni a try and I have to say I was somewhat disappointed! The piece “fit” was at times loose and at times tight and there were far too many instances of uncertainty , where I wasn’t sure if two pieces were supposed to connect to each other. There were many weird cuts , such as oversized “knobs” and tiny “holes” on a significant number of pieces. I did manage to finish this 1000 piece puzzle , only to find one piece missing , which also ruined the experience!

    1. Bob – I’m so curious why one missing piece ‘ruined’ the experience. I buy a LOT of used puzzles, often finding 1000 piece Ravensburgers at Goodwill for a few dollars. When I’m done, if a piece or two is missing, it was still fun to assemble. I put a note in the box indicating how many pieces were missing and the date I completed it. Then I price it accordingly.

  5. I agree with “Bob”…. I’m currently working on a Clementoni puzzle – Tropic Beach – and because there is not much color variation, I’ve had an extremely hard time figuring out which of several pieces fits in a spot…. some of the piece shapes (in the same color) are almost identical! I currently have 3 edge pieces that don’t go anywhere!
    I’m going to keep working on it for a while but the frustration might cause me to throw all of the pieces back in the box 😦

  6. I’ve done a ravens burger puzzle. Many years ago. Now I have a Clementino in the mail. Excited to get started. Especially with this unfortunate covid-19 still lurking around. I’m even going to give a roll-up mat a shot. We’ll see…

  7. I have just finished the Clementoni “TITANIC” puzzle… the picture quality is fantastic, however I am missing 3 pieces (I have definitely not lost them as it was a very special puzzle to be framed and has not moved from its spot) does anyone know how I go about getting pieces that are missing?

    1. There should be a leaflet included. Fill in the form and add the barcode (if you use a Stanley you should be able to peel it off without destroying the box).

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