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

 

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. I’m new to jigsaw puzzles. So far Pomegranate puzzles have the best quality. I love the thickness and feel of the pieces. It’s definitely thicker than Ravensburger. I bought a Ravensburger puzzle because your brand comparison rated it high on the thickness. It’s not even close to Pomegranate.

  4. Am working a charlie Harper 1000 pc puzzle now, and definitely experiencing the issue of pieces that seem to fit but don’t. And you realize it only when you can’t find the connector or realize that one part of an image looks fine once you build it out it does not match at the other side. The California Desert Mountains has large areas of solid black interior and edge, and am now down to trialing fewer than 100 pieces that after trialing every piece with the correct profile I do not have a match. Which means I must have used that solid black piece somewhere where it appeared to fit but was not the ‘perfect’ match. And yes, as another comment mentioned I do have entire sections that I can lift up, moved down three spaces and it still seems to fit perfectly. I’m fine with challenges but this is just silly.

  5. Nice puzzle! Am roughly 1/4 the way done. The only thing I don’t like is that the two sides
    were cut so that 1/16″ – 3\32″ were missing. It became obvious looking for the fawn’s nose pieces and some leaves/flowers on the left. Really like the matte finish and artwork!

  6. I just purchased and worked a puzzle titled “Mola Salsa” by Pomegranate. I was extremely unhappy with the uniform puzzle shapes. Within the 5 basic puzzle piece shapes, the pieces for this puzzle were all the same. I had to line up puzzle pieces by shape and color, and move my connecting piece down a column of pieces to find a match to do the wallpaper. About 15% of the time there were more than one piece that would fit. So I had to always have a framing piece to place a new piece. I had to majorly redo the upper border pieces and molcajete, because I would get to a situation where remaining pieces would not fit. And when I tried to attach the wall paper pieces to the the border they would not fit. I was going to remove a few pieces for a photo, but I was concerned about getting them back into the right place. I’m just going to heat fuse this puzzle and hang it for the art. I will never try to work it again. However, the box, color, piece thickness were outstanding. There was no puzzle dust. Why a company would create a puzzle using such great quality materials and then have such a lousy piece design, I do not know or understand. Looking forward, I really like the art on their new puzzles, but I am reluctant to purchase another puzzle from them because of this really bad experience.

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