If you’re anything like me, there’s little more that you look forward to than having a quiet night in, a cup of tea (or wine) and a high quality puzzle to get burrowed in and completely lose track of time. ⏰ It may seem simple, but finding a jigsaw puzzle that’s worth getting lost in for hours (or days) isn’t all that easy, whether you’re new to board games, or an experienced aficionado. 🤓
That said, we’re pleased to report: Your search for the best puzzle brands ends here. 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻
In this article, we’ve made your job uber easy and have compiled puzzle brands which feature high quality puzzles so you’ll be well on your way to having (or hosting!) a game night which ticks all the boxes. 💯
What to look for
We know that a high quality puzzle draws out problem-solving skills and grows resilience in its users. The puzzle-solving process also helps hone players’ short-term memory skills. 🧠🧠🧠
But what specific qualities do we seek in our jigsaw puzzles, and what are some of the defining traits of high quality puzzles?
While this ultimately comes down to a question of personal preference, we have highlighted 3 key traits which we’ve found to present themselves among the best puzzle brands that we’ve highlighted. These traits are:
- Brands offering a good range of sizes and complexity of puzzles (so you never ever get bored with the puzzles on offer!) 👍🏻
- Physical durability of puzzle pieces with minimal puzzle dust (that allow for repeated plays and to stand the test of time!) 💪🏻
- Quality of the puzzle image (that truly rewards players for all the time and effort sown into solving the puzzle! Nothing worse than a blurry puzzle picture…) 👀
With these in mind, let’s jump right into the review.
Why you should trust us
Our team has spent over 15 hours extensively testing and researching the best puzzle brands. Our goal is to find the best brands who care about your well-being and help people live better lives. We evaluate products based on their quality, effectiveness and customer support.
We often ask ourselves a simple question: would we buy the product for ourselves and recommend it to our family and friends? This review is reviewed and thoroughly vetted by Amy Bells, our in-house wellness and self-care expert and product tester herself!
For indie art lovers: Goodfit
If you’re someone that loves the traditional experience of jigsaw puzzle solving, but can hugely appreciate indie art, then Goodfit is guaranteed to catch your fancy.
They feature gorgeous (and we mean gorgeous) puzzles which, once solved, could easily be framed up to form an eye-catching center-piece in any living or bedroom. 😍😍😍
A picture captures a thousand words so do head over to their website to check out pictorial samples of the puzzles, but some examples of their puzzles are aptly (and stylishly) named “Manifestations of Luv”, “Oasis”, “Dreamclutter” and “Savage Nature”. 🤩
We especially love the fact that Goodfit’s jigsaw puzzles showcase exclusive artwork from emerging talent and internationally recognized artists. In their words: “Whether you’re an art collector, a design lover, or a puzzle fanatic, we think we’re a good fit.” We can’t help but stan a company that supports budding talent! 🤜🏻🤛🏻
The brand offers puzzles which range between 500 pieces to 1000 pieces, which does offer some range in complexity and sizes of the puzzle. The puzzle pieces are also made from thick, premium cardboard made from recycled materials, ensuring minimum puzzle dust. It’s finished with a linen texture to create a clean, low-to-no glare, non-slip piece that has a wonderful hand feel. 😇
For limited-edition sets: Ordinary Habit
If you’re looking to purchase unique, limited edition jigsaw puzzle sets that are beautifully constructed and thoughtfully designed, Ordinary Habit easily fits the bill. They feature a wide variety of puzzles ranging between 100 to 1000 puzzle pieces, so you know there’s something for everyone. 😌
We love how the underlying puzzle art really does feature something for everyone, with a variety of art styles, scenes, and subjects. It’s also a special feature that these puzzles are sold on a limited-edition basis, which makes it highly unlikely to walk into a friend’s home and find an identical completed puzzle set framed up (*awkward*) 🥵🥵🥵
Beyond the visual beauty of Ordinary Habit’s offerings, its founders set out to create products that would be simple to use, beautiful to look at, and luxurious in quality. 😚 Starting with a line of jigsaw puzzles, they have now expanded the collections to include matching cards and accessories for home and life. Each item they offer is meant to serve as both a reason to gather together with friends, and as an escape for individuals in search of quietude – games to be brought out at a party, or used as a form of tactile meditation throughout your day. (Don’t you already feel so much more at peace just reading this?) 😇😇😇
Another reason to love the brand: They’re fully committed to cultivating mindfulness. That’s why they’re donating a portion of the proceeds on a recurring basis to groups that support emotional and mental wellness, including The Loveland Foundation, which brings opportunity and healing to Black women and girls. Bringing the ‘feel-good’ factor to a whole ‘nother level of authenticity right here. We absolutely love puzzle brands which give back to the community. ☑️☑️☑️
For lovers of whimsy: Le Puzz
If you’re someone who strays away from the “artsy fartsy” end of puzzle brands and much prefers to not take puzzles too seriously, then Le Puzz brings the fun factor 1000%. 🤭🤭🤭
The brand’s website immediately signposts their quirkiness in their eye-catching welcome message: Welcome to the Wonderfully Whimsical Weirdo Wigsaw Wuzzle Wumpany. 🤡
Le Puzz has a unique approach of collecting vintage jigsaw puzzles from the 60s, 70s, and 80s with an “old sense of humour”, so this may very well be a fun puzzle set to work on with the family or across generational lines. 👶🏻👧🏻👵🏻👨🏻👩🏻👴🏻
Something unique about Le Puzz’s puzzles is that while most jigsaw puzzle pieces are either ribbon cut (i.e. in a fairly even grid with a few different piece shapes), theirs is a random cut which looks like a tangle of vines with pieces darting off in all directions. This makes these jigsaw puzzles ideal for the more advanced players in our midst, or for anyone who loves a bit of a challenge. 👀👍🏻
They also steer clear from the frustration of having a thin, flimsy puzzle that breaks apart while you’re working at it. Instead, Le Puzz boasts “extra-thick puzzle pieces” which fit snugly and are easily transported and framed once completed. 🖼
For the widest range of puzzles: Piecework
If you’re looking for a brand that literally offers something for everyone, Piecework has you covered. They’ve got kids puzzles, mini puzzles and puzzles ranging between 500 to 1500 piece count, so the range of sizes and complexity definitely ranks Piecework one of the best jigsaw puzzle companies in the market. 📈
And if you’re concerned if the size and complexity range means the quality of the image or puzzle pieces are compromised on, worry no more – Piecework boasts a huge range of stunning puzzles which any casual player or puzzle addict would be proud to play and frame. 🤩🤩🤩
As a whole, the brand has a wholesome message that is sure to resonate with throngs of busy readers and players alike: Piecework is an antidote to an obsessive work culture and an addiction to screens. We hope to be a signal to not only take care of yourself, but to love yourself and enjoy each day in all the ways that make you feel good. *Happy tears all around*
As an added bonus, Piecework features some uber cute merch, including a “Puzzle Person” hat and socks, so those proud to be puzzlers can flaunt their status any day of the week! 💁🏻♀️💁🏻♂️💁🏻
For girl-power masterpieces: Jiggy
As a puzzle brand founded by females and in support of women artists, Jiggy’s products are eye-catching works which feature emerging female artists with top-grade aesthetics inspired by fine art. The brand focuses not only on providing a sublime puzzle-solving experience, but really emphasizes the fact that every solved puzzle is meant to be framed. 🖌🖼
This means each jigsaw puzzle set comes with all you need to preserve the masterpiece long after the last puzzle piece is set in place, including a specially created Jiggy puzzle glue to keep your pieces in place and a straight-edge scraper to ensure that the glue is applied in a thin, even layer. *satisfying* 🤤 The brand also sells gallery-worthy frames that take your completed puzzle pieces to a whole new level of artistic display, though do note that the frames are currently only sold to US-based customers.
Something really special that you get with Jiggy’s jigsaw puzzles are a stunningly designed clear container to store pieces that have yet to be pieced together, making the work in progress a pleasure to look at even while you hack away at the puzzle solving! 😍
As a huge plus point to the brand, a cut of the proceeds are channeled directly to the female designers of the jigsaw puzzle pieces, and the brand also ships carbon neutral to all its customers! 💚
Let’s get solving!
The 5 puzzle brands listed above each boast a wide range of high quality puzzles that would serve well as either a gift to others or a treat for self. There’s just something special about cracking open a new box of puzzles and being committed to see it through till the final product comes together. 😎
If you’re very much in need of a quiet night in or a friendly games night with friends and family, we’d highly recommend any of these puzzle brands that’ll provide a calming, engaging experience, and will also serve as a visual masterpiece for the home. ❤️
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