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The Best Puzzles of 2022

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Mushrooms by Milot from New York Puzzle Company

Each mushroom illustration on this 1,000-word puzzle is labeled with its corresponding name in French, making for a fun language lesson. Read More

Pros

  • Includes French names
  • Challenging but fun

Cons

  • Thinner than other puzzles
  • Small pieces
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BetterCo. Gradient Jigsaw Puzzle

While it’s undoubtedly beautiful, users also mention that the quality of the puzzle itself is fantastic, so you can your purchase with peace of mind. Read More

Pros

  • Sustainably created
  • Great quality

Cons

  • Might be harder for the visually impaired
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Ravensburger Zodiac Puzzle

When completed, this puzzle measures approximately 48 by 32 inches, so you’ll want to be sure you start this one with sufficient table space. Read More

Pros

  • Brightly colored, high-resolution image
  • 3,000 pieces

Cons

  • None that we could find
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Blue Kazoo Nebula Galaxy

The Blue Kazoo Nebula puzzle is a great 20- by 30-inch, 1,000-piece puzzle that practically transports you to another galaxy when completed. Read More

Pros

  • Blue Kazoo offers lots of 1,000-piece puzzles
  • High-quality images

Cons

  • None that we could find
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Ravensburger New York Skyline Puzzle

An anti-glare surface and extra-thick cardboard make for a great puzzling experience, and reviews mention that the pieces interlock nicely. Read More

Pros

  • Challenging
  • Bigger pieces

Cons

  • None that we could find

I was the sort of kid who’d befriend their elderly neighbors and do puzzles with them until the sun went down and the streetlights came on. As an adult, I still love doing puzzles just as much as I did back then—and, luckily, my partner shares that affinity. While lots of people got into puzzles during the pandemic, I’ve always found a thrill in discovering new, well-designed puzzles that challenge me. There are plenty of puzzles to choose from, but not all are created equal. Image quality, and the fit of the pieces, can really affect your experience when putting together a puzzle.

We went through tons of reviews on Amazon in order to find some of the best puzzles available for any set of interests. Here are our favorites.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

Product image of Mushrooms by Milot from New York Puzzle Company
Mushrooms by Milot from New York Puzzle Company

The New York Puzzle Company is one of our favorite brands to browse when looking for a new puzzle. Smaller, oddly-shaped pieces may not be the best for those with dexterity issues, but if you’re looking for a challenge these are always sure to please. One of the best things about the New York Puzzle Company’s products is that they often teach you a little something while you’re putting the puzzle together.

This 1,000-piece mushroom puzzle is easily one of the coolest puzzles they’ve ever offered; each mushroom, or champignon, is labeled with its corresponding name in French, making for a fun language lesson. It definitely isn’t a pick for someone looking to casually do a puzzle over the course of a weekend, and we’d suggest this for those looking for a long-term challenge.

Pros

  • Includes French names

  • Challenging but fun

Cons

  • Thinner than other puzzles

  • Small pieces

Product image of BetterCo. Gradient Jigsaw Puzzle
BetterCo. Gradient Jigsaw Puzzle

If you’re a glutton for punishment as well as a fan of puzzles, then this Better Co. Gradient Puzzle will be right up your alley. Don’t let the alluring colors fool you—this 1,000-piece puzzle is definitely a doozy. While it’s undoubtedly beautiful, users also mention that the quality of the puzzle itself is fantastic, so you can purchase any of Better Co.’s puzzles with peace of mind.

What we love about Better Co. puzzles is that they’re made with 100% recycled cardboard, certified by the Forest Sustainability Council, and use entirely plant-based inks. Better Co. carries a variety of styles in both the 500- and 1,000-piece size.

Pros

  • Sustainably created

  • Great quality

Cons

  • Might be harder for the visually impaired

Product image of Ravensburger Zodiac Puzzle
Ravensburger Zodiac Puzzle

At 3,000 pieces, the Ravensburger zodiac puzzle seems like a dizzying challenge, even for diehard puzzle enthusiasts. But this puzzle is a hit across the board, as Ravensburger puzzles are known for their quality fit and crisp images.

We like this puzzle because of its brightly detailed astrological chart. When completed, this puzzle measures approximately 48 by 32 inches, so you’ll want to be sure you start this one with sufficient table space.

Pros

  • Brightly colored, high-resolution image

  • 3,000 pieces

Cons

  • None that we could find

Product image of Blue Kazoo Nebula Galaxy
Blue Kazoo Nebula Galaxy

The Blue Kazoo Nebula puzzle is a great 20- by 30-inch, 1,000-piece puzzle that practically transports you to another galaxy when completed. Choose a puzzle from the “Galaxy” series or one of their other detailed puzzles knowing that others rate Blue Kazoo puzzles high on their list because of their great, unputdownable quality.

Pros

  • Blue Kazoo offers lots of 1,000-piece puzzles

  • High-quality images

Cons

  • None that we could find

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Ravensburger New York Skyline Puzzle

A well-known name in the puzzle world, take yourself on a trip to the Big Apple with this 2,000-piece New York Skyline puzzle. An anti-glare surface and extra-thick cardboard make for a great puzzling experience, and reviews mention that the pieces interlock nicely, unlike other flimsier puzzles. Those who have finished this one call it challenging, even though it has larger pieces than other puzzles out there. A great option for framing, this puzzle is the perfect size and image resolution.

Pros

  • Challenging

  • Bigger pieces

Cons

  • None that we could find

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