Completing the best jigsaw puzzles is one of the simplest pleasures to be had. If you’ve had enough of endlessly scrolling with one eye on the TV, then you should try slowing things down with a well-designed puzzle.

Jigsaws come in many different designs, and in all sizes and difficulty levels. But they aren’t always that well made. Badly cut jigsaw puzzles are incredibly frustrating, as are sets with pieces missing (oof). To help you avoid disaster, we’ve found a selection of dreamily designed puzzles from the top companies out there.

All the puzzles below have stunning artwork, a decent level of challenge and a quality finish. Because the US and UK have different puzzles available in many cases, we have split the list in two, starting with the US (skip down to see the best jigsaw puzzles in the UK). However, many of the puzzles in each list are available in both countries so do check both lists out to make sure you don’t miss out on your perfect puzzle.

If you’re looking for more entertainment to enjoy at home, make sure you also check out our guide to the best board games.

The best jigsaw puzzles: US

Jigsaw puzzle based on impressionist painting of a flower-filled gardenCB

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01. The Artist’s Garden by Claude Monet

The best jigsaw puzzle for adults

Specifications

Pieces: 2,000

Size: 38.25 x 26.63 inches

Brand: EuroGraphics

Reasons to buy

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Big and beautiful

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Nice reproduction

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Challenging puzzle

Reasons to avoid

Too tough for small children

The Artist’s Garden in Giverny is one of Claude Monet’s most famous paintings, depicting, logically, his own garden. This large and beautifully produced jigsaw rendering of the impressionist classic is both inspiring and educational. It’s made in the US with high quality recycled board and printed with vegetable based ink, making it an eco-friendly option too. It’s a tough challenge due to the soft, diffuse impressionist style of the painting, but highly satisfying when you complete it.

Jigsaw puzzle box featuring Gustav Klimt's The KissCB endorsed

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02. Gustav Klimt The Kiss

The best 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle

Specifications

Pieces: 1000

Size: 19.25 x 26.5 inches

Brand: Eurographics

Reasons to buy

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Stunning artwork

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Excellent colour reproduction

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Challenging puzzle

Reasons to avoid

Too tough for young kids

This is another great jigsaw based on a famous piece of art. The Kiss is Austrian painter Gustav Klimt’s best-known work, and it’s an inspired choice for a jigsaw puzzle design. Klimt’s work, painted in 1907-8 during his ‘Golden Period’, is sumptuously exotic, fusing Art Nouveau with influences from the earlier Arts and Crafts movement. The many hues of lush gold make it an entertaining challenge even for experienced puzzlers.

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03. Andy Warhol Art Foil Puzzle with Vibrant Flowers

The best 500-piece jigsaw puzzle

Specifications

Pieces: 500

Size: 20 x 20 inches

Brand: Galison

Reasons to buy

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Evocative image

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Sturdy construction

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Suitable for 8 years+

Reasons to avoid

Print and box are quite small

Andy Warhol’s pop art hit the sweet spot between high art and populism, and his 1970 Flowers series was no exception. This Andy Warhol puzzle is full of colourful details that make it a fun and challenging jigsaw puzzle suitable for both adults and children (aged eight and above). The 500 puzzle pieces are of good quality – thick and sturdy with a white matte finish on the back. A print is also included in the box.

If Fish Could Walk jigsaw puzzle

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04. If Fish Could Walk

The best Ravensburger jigsaw puzzle

Specifications

Pieces: 2,000

Size: 39 x 30 inches

Brand: Ravensburger

Reasons to buy

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Intricate artwork

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Beautiful colour palette

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Complex and challenging

Reasons to avoid

Some blue dust comes off the back

This is one of the most beautiful puzzles we’ve seen. The 2,000 pieces make up a stunning, intricate piece of art by artist Demelse Haughton (who also has other art in the Ravensburger range). With a wonderful colour palette, the art is full of delightfully amusing details that answer the pondering question, what would we see if fish could walk? It’s quite a challenging puzzle, with gently fading shades of green and blue, and a lot of detail to get your head around. The puzzle itself is of brilliant quality,  with Ravensburger’s Softclick Technology ensuring pieces fit together seamlessly. 

Jigsaw puzzle tin featuring cartoon of a cat and a parrot

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05. Mudpuppy Frida Catlo Artsy Cat Puzzle

The best jigsaw puzzle for kids

Specifications

Pieces: 100

Size: 12 x 12 inches

Brand: Mudpuppy

Reasons to buy

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Cute picture

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Family-friendly puzzle

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Child-safe materials

Reasons to avoid

Not the largest puzzle

If you’re looking for the best jigsaw puzzle for kids, this offbeat puzzle should fit the bill. The cute, cheekily named Frida Catlo is inspired by the work of 20th century Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. The puzzle pieces come nicely presented in a 4. 25-inch diameter x 4. 75-inch tall storage tin that looks like a paint can, and the pieces are printed with no glare, non-toxic inks that are safe for children. This is a fun and original puzzle that kids (from age six and up) will love assembling and disassembling over and over.

Multiple Disney characters depicted in stained-glass style jigsaw puzzle

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06. Tenyo Disney All Characters Stained Glass Jigsaw Puzzle

The best Disney jigsaw puzzle

Specifications

Pieces: 2,000

Size: 29 x 40 inches

Brand: Tenyo

Reasons to buy

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Stunning design

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Made of glass

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Lots of pieces

Reasons to avoid

Not cheap

There are many Disney-themed jigsaw puzzles on the market, with artists offering endless interpretations of Disney’s much-loved characters. However, for our money, this Disney All Characters (opens in new tab) puzzle from Tenyo is the most unique and inspired with its stained-glass style. It features hundreds of characters from 31 movies, the most recent being 2011’s Tangled. Best of all, the puzzle’s actually made from glass, making it a different experience from your usual jigsaw puzzle. It even comes with packets of glue so you can permanently seal and display the completed image if you wish.

Wooden jigsaw puzzle in the shape of a fish

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07. Unidragon wooden puzzle jigsaw

The best wooden jigsaw puzzle

Specifications

Pieces: 108

Size: 8 x 8 inches

Brand: Unidragon

Reasons to buy

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Delightful artwork

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High quality material

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Can be framed

Reasons to avoid

Not large

From glass to wood, this colourful wooden puzzle is produced in Samara, Russian Federation. Unidragon’s gorgeous wooden puzzle is quite small at around 8 x 8 inches, and has just over 108 pieces, but it’s so pretty and well-constructed. The shape of each individual piece is inspired by marine life, adding extra interest to the process of building the puzzle, and the colours are super-vibrant. The puzzle comes in an attractive wooden box, which makes it a great gift idea.

The best jigsaw puzzles: UK

Painting of lips and stylised breath jigsaw puzzleCB

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01. Jonathan Adler 750 Piece Lips Shaped Puzzle

The best jigsaw puzzle for adults

Specifications

Pieces: 750

Size: 54 x 68cm

Brand: Galison

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous image

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First-class reproduction

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Challenging puzzle

Reasons to avoid

Unsuitable for young kids

For adults who love art, this Lips puzzle ticks all the boxes. Based on a sumptuous and evocative piece of art from the famed interiors and ceramics designer Jonathan Adler, it’s a beautifully made jigsaw with pieces that fit together easily. The surreal design and repeating colours make it a challenge to put together, even for the experienced puzzler. High-quality packaging make this an excellent gift for a jigsaw or art fan.

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02. Adult Jigsaw Moomin: A Dangerous Journey

The best illustration jigsaw puzzle

Specifications

Pieces: 1000

Size: 25.4 x 5.08 cm

Brand: Flame Tree Studios

Reasons to buy

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Beautiful design

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Interesting character detail

Reasons to avoid

Box doesn’t show full image

With whimsical illustration straight out of Finnish illustrator Tove Jansson’s book series, The Moomins, this puzzle was a real delight to complete. When we tested it, we found it the right balance of challenging (there’s a lot of green) and satisfying, as the character design adds real interest. The finished result was so pretty we were a bit sad about putting it back in the box (this is definitely one to frame). We thought it was a shame that the full design wasn’t on the front of the box as this would have helped our process, but it’s not a deal breaker. And it’s a bargain price, too. 

Keith Haring painting of colourful stylised figures jigsaw puzzleCB endorsed

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02. Eurographics Keith Haring puzzle

The best 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle

Specifications

Pieces: 1,000

Size: 19.25 x 26.5 inches

Brand: EuroGraphics

Reasons to buy

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Iconic artwork

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Glossy finish

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Challenging puzzle

Reasons to avoid

Not suitable for young children

We can’t get enough of this Mario-themed challenge puzzle, which is beautifully retro and makes us feel nostalgic. It’s a challenge puzzle, which means it’s not for the faint-hearted – each Mario is actually different, but all that red certainly makes it tricky to see how. The challenge puzzle range also includes Batman, Marvel and Pokemon, so we recommend you explore your other other options for more fun. Ravensburger’s puzzles are known for their exclusive, extra-thick cardboard combined with fine, linen-structured paper, which creates a glare-free image, so this 1,000 piece jigsaw is premium quality too.

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04. Ravensburger Super Mario Challenge Puzzle

The best Ravensburger jigsaw puzzle

Specifications

Pieces: 1,000

Size: 69.9 x 49.7cm

Brand: Ravensburger

Reasons to buy

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Bold retro design

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Genuinely challenging

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Loads of detail

Reasons to avoid

Not suitable for under-12s

Another one for art fans, this strikingly colourful puzzle features an iconic work of art by the late American pop artist Keith Haring. The pieces are well cut and have a glossy finish that brings the artwork to life. Although it’s a well-known piece of art, the chaotic nature of Haring’s work makes it quite a challenge to complete this 1,000 piece puzzle no matter how many times you attempt it. 

Jigsaw box cover featuring four impressionist paintings by Monet

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03. Galison Monet Double Sided Puzzle

The best 500-piece jigsaw puzzle

Specifications

Pieces: 500

Size: 24 x 18 inches

Brand: Galison

Reasons to buy

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Double the fun

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Gorgeous artwork

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Fun for all the family

Reasons to avoid

Requires a lot of patience

Why settle for one Monet painting when you can enjoy two with this double-sided Monet jigsaw puzzle? Featuring a pair of Claude Monet’s classic Waterlilies paintings, one side is glossy and the other matte, which makes differentiating the pieces fairly straightforward. At 24 x 18 inches, the finished puzzle is a good size for a kitchen or dining room table. It offers a great challenge, or rather two great challenges, for the whole family to tackle together.

Jigsaw puzzles with illustration of the solar system

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05. Larsen SS1 Solar System jigsaw

The best jigsaw puzzle for kids

Specifications

Pieces: 70

Size: 70 x 50cm

Brand: Larsen

Reasons to buy

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Educational

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Beautifully illustrated 

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Dwarf planets included

Reasons to avoid

Kids are always fascinated by the solar system so they should love this puzzle. It’s beautifully illustrated and scattered with scientific facts, such as the diameter of each planet, the orbital period and the distance from the sun. As well as the main planets, it also includes five dwarf planets: Eris, Makemake, Haumea, Ceres, and Pluto, making this jigsaw thoroughly educational as well as fun to complete. Note that this jigsaw puzzle comes in a tray, and the pieces sit in a frame, so there’s no actual box.

Disney posters jigsaw puzzle

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06. Disney Vintage Movie Posters

The best Disney jigsaw puzzle

Specifications

Pieces: 1,000

Size: 37.47 x 27.31 x 5.72 cm

Brand: Ravensburger

Reasons to buy

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Iconic artwork

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Vintage designs and dates add interest

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Collection of posters

Reasons to avoid

Quite easy to put together

This Disney puzzle showcases a wealth of Disney history, with a host of vintage posters and the dates of the films featured within the design. We love that this isn’t a cutesy Disney design, but a journey through Disney’s golden age, with a truly vintage colour palette, too. It’s not the most challenging puzzle, but the results are worth it. There are many Disney puzzles out there, but this is one of the best. It’s the perfect gift for the Disney fan in your life.

Wolf wooden jigsaw puzzle

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07. Prima Cumce Animal Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle

The best wooden puzzle

Specifications

Pieces: ‎100, 3, 5, 8 depending on model

Size: 19.7 x 15.6 x 4.2 cm

Brand: Prima Cumce

Reasons to buy

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Delightful images

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Unusual piece shapes

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Interesting challenge

Reasons to avoid

They’re quite small

Prima Cumce’s small but perfectly formed wooden puzzles are beautifully crafted. There’s a range of gorgeously stylised animal puzzles available. As well as the wolf pictured above), they make an owl, a dragon, an eagle, an elephant, a fox, and more. A lovely added touch is that the puzzle pieces themselves are shaped like animals and plants – how cool is that?

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