Puzzles are an activity both kids and adults can enjoy, but while the best cheap puzzles are surprisingly inexpensive, that doesn’t mean they sacrifice quality. These puzzles feature eye-catching images and high-quality pieces that fit together easily.
When choosing a puzzle, you need to make sure it is age-appropriate for the person putting it together. This is
Above all important when buying a puzzle for a child, so you don’t end up with a puzzle that’s too difficult, but it’s also important when making sure you don’t buy a puzzle that’s too easy for adults. Use the suggested age range that is listed on the puzzle box as a guide, and also take into account the number of pieces in the puzzle, which for adult puzzles is usually between 100 and 1000 pieces (although some may have more). Generally speaking, the more pieces in the puzzle, the more difficult it is.
The cool thing about puzzles is that they can feature virtually any scene imaginable, so choose one that catches your eye. These five puzzles all cost less than $30, but Amazon reviewers say they’re high-quality picks that have provided hours of entertainment for their families.
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A colorful 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle
This inexpensive Ravensburger puzzle features images of several interesting (and colorful!) doors. The puzzle is really difficult – after all, it has 1,000 pieces – but not
so hard that it can’t be finished. Each piece of the puzzle gently clicks into place so you know it’s placed correctly.
The pieces are made of thick cardboard with an anti-reflective surface so you can really enjoy the final image.
Enthusiastic review from Amazon: “Ravensburger’s Gates of the World 1,000 piece puzzle is great entertainment value. I’ve done similar puzzles with different gates, and this one is great in size with crisp graphics, good interlocking and bright and interesting colors. Assembly was easier than I expected and a lot of fun.”
A challenging 1,000 piece skyscraper puzzle
If you are an avid puzzler or just looking for a challenge, this Bgraamiens 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle is definitely the one you want. The puzzle is particularly challenging because it depicts a bustling sea of skyscrapers, and each building features different colors and exteriors. You will need to match the drawing lines on the buildings for the pieces to fit. But don’t worry – if you need a little help, the pieces can actually be divided into sections (thanks to the letter system on the back of the pieces) to make it a little easier. The puzzle pieces are made of strong particle board on recycled paper.
Enthusiastic review from Amazon: “This fun puzzle is great for all skill levels. If you’re a beginner puzzler, you can use the letter sorting system to divide the pieces into 6 sections (AF). Doing one letter at a time and Turning all the letters face to face in the same way will navigate you through this puzzle. If you are an intermediate puzzler, you can sort by color and only use the letters in a pinch. The Random Cut pieces helps to complete the puzzle as each piece only fits in one place. If you are an experienced puzzler, like me, you can sort the pieces by color and do this by carefully looking at the illustrations on the top of the box The pieces are strong and I haven’t had any issues with layer separation, crushed corners or pieces not being cut completely.”
A uniquely shaped 206-piece wooden puzzle
You’ll be hard pressed to find a puzzle with a more unique shape than Hartmaze’s. The bright and colorful puzzle has 206 pieces that can be put together to form an owl. The parts are not made of cardboard, but rather of high quality wood (which certainly justifies the slightly higher price). With over 200 reviews on Amazon and a solid 4.5-star overall rating, it’s clear the site’s reviewers love this pick.
Enthusiastic review from Amazon: “Not flimsy pieces of cardboard. Each piece is intricate. Smaller puzzle but the individuality makes it a work of art. This was a gift for my best friend who loves puzzles. She framed it when she got it. ended.”
A round puzzle of 1000 pieces
Although this round puzzle by Bgraamiens is difficult, you will love the end result. The image is a brightly colored image titled “Magic Tree Of Life”. The puzzle has 1,000 pieces made from sturdy blue particleboard on recycled paper. And if you find the puzzle too difficult to complete, the pieces are divided into sections (as indicated by letters on the back) to make it a little easier.
Enthusiastic review from Amazon: “I really enjoyed browsing the collection of Bgraamiens puzzles. They are beautiful, stimulating and very fun. The format of the round puzzle is very good for working with several people. We have [had] some great conversations about this puzzle. All [Bgraamiens] the collection is high quality and the pieces fit well.”
A 500 piece puzzle featuring inspiring artists
This 500 piece puzzle from Mudpuppy features vibrant and eye-catching images of inspiring famous artists, musicians and performers. The puzzle includes illustrations by Frida Kahlo, Louis Armstrong, Misty Copeland, and more.
Puzzle pieces are made of sturdy 90% recycled paper and printed with non-toxic ink. You can also grab a Little Feminist version of the puzzle, which features notable women in history, from Cleopatra to Malala Yousafzai.
Enthusiastic review from Amazon: “I love the Mudpuppy puzzles! We have over 20 of them. They are so well made and have extra educational value for children. Due to their design, they are easy for even younger children to sort through. Our children are ages 4-19 and we love doing them together. You can do the 500 piece puzzles in an evening or an afternoon. We use them to learn more about the people pictured on the puzzles. They help making education fun!”