Puzzle Brand Comparison — Pomegranate

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

SUMMARY:   58/70

Pomegranate is a US company (Portland, Oregon) that makes high-end fine art puzzles along with calendars, art books, and other licensed art products.  Their puzzles come in lovely, sturdy boxes and their pieces are thick and of excellent quality. They have standard grid cut puzzles with a good variety of shapes. If you like fine art puzzles, you’ll love Pomegranate. They don’t carry any other type of puzzle.

The puzzle reviewed for this brand comparison was “Birdtopia” by Charlie Harper, 1000 pieces.

1. BOX  — 10/10

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 Pomegranate boxes are unusually thick and sturdy for US puzzles.  The design is simple but effective. The size is rectangular, 11″ x 13″.

Front:

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Back:

The back has information on the artist and puzzle image. Yay! Very nice.

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Side:

All four sides have the puzzle image, name of puzzle and artist, Pomegranate logo, and piece size for easy reference. Thus you can stack your collection however you like.  The puzzle image is a bit small, but that’s likely because this particular puzzle is long and narrow.

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2. INSIDE THE BOX  — 8/10

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 puzzle pieces.  The pieces come in a ziplock bag, so it’s reusable. They’re the first brand I’ve tested that has a resealable puzzle bag, so that’s quite nice. It would have been lovely to have a small brochure of other puzzles in the line.

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Puzzle dust is non-existent. 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 — 10/10

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?

Pomegranate pieces are about the same thickness as Ravensburger. They feel really solid and sturdy 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?

Pomegranate pieces are average in size, similar to Ravensburger in the picture below.

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Pomegranate’s piece cut is a standard grid. There are a good variety of piece shapes for a grid-cut puzzle.

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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 with satisfying interlock. There were maybe five times during this puzzle where I thought a piece fit and only when I had the surrounding pieces did I realize it did not fit there. This could get tedious in a puzzle where there are large areas of solid color or pattern. The surface of the completed puzzle is smooth but not as seamless as Jumbo or Schmidt.

The fit is fairly tight. You can move sections of the assembled puzzle with care. (for very tight puzzle fits, see our pages on Springbok and Sunsout).

 

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Above: “Birdtopia” by Charlie Harper, 1000 pieces. Click for closer view.

6. IMAGE REPRODUCTION — 8/10

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 Pomegranate pieces is glossy, which looks and feels nice but causes some light glare, as you can see from these images, especially if working the puzzle under artificial lights. As you might expect from a brand dedicated to reproducing fine art masterpieces, the colors and the sharpness of the resolution are excellent.

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Above: “Birdtopia” by Charlie Harper. The glossiness of the pieces leads to some light glare.

7.  IMAGE VARIETY & ARTISTS — 6/10

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

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Above: “Mt. Lefroy” by Lawren S. Harris, “Flower Cycles” by Rosalind Wise, “Edward Gorey” (click for closer view)

As always, this is a very subjective rating. I rank Pomegranate lower in this category only because they have a very specific focus, and don’t carry a wide variety of images and artists.  However, in the fine art category, Pomegranate is definitely one of the best.  They seem to carry more modern art than classical art and quite a lot of abstract and highly simplistic images. I find maybe half their catalogue too low color or low detail for me, but I do like their Charlie Harper, Edward Gorey, and Asian art puzzles. I hope they will carry more Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo!

See their website with their full line-up here.

SUMMARY:   58/70

Pomegranate is a US company (Portland, Oregon) that makes high-end fine art puzzles along with calendars, art books, and other licensed art products.  Their puzzles come in lovely, sturdy boxes and their pieces are thick and of excellent quality. They have standard grid cut puzzles with a good variety of shapes. If you like fine art puzzles, you’ll love Pomegranate. They don’t carry any other type of puzzle.

JJ

 

10 responses to Puzzle Brand Comparison — Pomegranate

  1. Ron Jorgenson says:

    The size actually varies. A standard 1000 piece count puzzle is actually 10×13″. Smaller piece counts have smaller boxes.

  2. Melissa Ostrowski says:

    I recently put together a Pomegranate Puzzle and four pieces were completely misshapen. They had the correct image, but missed the shape to fit into the correct spot on the puzzle – not even a close fit. I have contacted the company and I am waiting for a response. Trying to see if this is common with Pomegranate before purchasing another one. I do like everything else about the puzzle, but what a disappointment!

    • That is disappointing, Melissa. I’ve done a lot of Pomegranate and I’ve never seen anything like that. They’re customer service is quite good, so hopefully they will send you a new puzzle!

  3. Billsville Mike says:

    A lot of us in the Flickr puzzle scene have been getting into Pomegranate puzzles lately. In every case we have experienced, the puzzles have a matte finish with no glare at all so you may have received an atypical example.
    I am surprised that you rate them so low for “Image Variety” – this is exactly what so many of us love the most about Pomegranate! They go out of their way to find unique, interesting, colorful images that haven’t already been used by other brands. For a small company, they offer plenty of variety.
    While I suppose that a resealable ziplock style bag could be seen as a plus in terms of being re-usable, I don’t like this recent trend in puzzle packaging. Many times a puzzle owner will crack open the outer box to peer at the pieces, but never get any further. A puzzle that has an opened box but factory, heat-sealed pouch of pieces retains much more value on the second-hand market because it can still be considered almost certainly complete. A ziplock bag removes this important subcategory.

  4. Billsville Mike says:

    Just a quick follow-up and correction on my comment about resealable bags: I just checked some brand-new Pomegranates and they do in fact have a separate seal above the ziplock that therefore ‘factory seals’ the inner bag. Other brands that I have seen, such as Grafika (Poland), Road (Japan), and Gold (Turkey) do not.

  5. Kristen says:

    I purchased two Pomegranate jigsaws for Christmas (500 and 1000 pieces). It is our first experience with this brand, and we are having a miserable time with pieces that seem to fit, but don’t, really, or places where two or three pieces each ALMOST fits perfectly. This is happening in large, solid or near-solid border areas. As an example, we were able to move a large section of the main image from one border location to another (a matter of four connecting pieces) when we realized we hadn’t placed it properly — but it seemed to connect beautifully in both locations. We aren’t jigsaw experts, but have done quite a few challenging puzzles; we have never encountered this situation before. I think we are close to packing it in with this puzzle (Colourful Wild Owl), not bothering with the other (Peace Celebrations, Moscow) and not purchasing from this brand again.

    • Kristen says:

      Here’s an update from me on my comment (above) about Pomegranate. We have almost completed the 1,000-piece puzzle (Peace Celebrations), and have had a much better experience with this one than with the 500-piece Colourful Wild Owl. The latter continued to be a real pain, and the final border — the edges — was almost impossible, again because pieces fit in multiple positions, with none being obviously right or wrong. Maybe it is just this particular puzzle (the owl) that is the problem.

  6. I do want to update my comment on Pomegranate: in just one puzzle, I found 4 pieces that were not finished nicely – separated layers as though they had been wet, or smashed as though cut with a dull blade. I sent a picture to Pomegranate and their customer service could not have been better. They sent a replacement puzzle as soon as they received a new batch in the warehouse, so that did take a couple of weeks. They did not want the damaged pieces sent to them, or the entire puzzle returned. I still just love them!

  7. Debbie Moore says:

    We’ve been working Pomegranate puzzles, with my elderly mother who has dementia, for about 3 months. She loves them and we love them, too. The matte finish is great, really cuts down on the glare problem we have with other brands. The 300 piece size is just right for her. The pieces are large and thick. We have purchased other brands, but Pomegranate puzzles are the best.

  8. Tuuundiii says:

    Just bought my first two pomegranade artpiece puzzles (1000 ). Never heard of them before but will be looking for these from now on. I cannot say anything bad, unique pieces , fits and locks well, sturdy pieces. I’d rate them head to head with Ravensburger, however i prefer these cuts better as the shapes are more unusual, less symmetrical than a ravensburger. My new favourite brand.

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