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10 Best 3D Puzzles for Adults in 2022 (Bepuzzled, Ravensburger, and More)

3D puzzles are a great way to challenge yourself and pass away the time - even for adults! But it can be a bit tricky to find the one that has the right balance between complexity and fun. To solve this issue, we looked at puzzles in wood, crystal, and foam; they were shaped like castles, pirate ships, and dragons. 

Along the way, we found that the best match what you’re looking for in terms of design, complexity, and size. Generally speaking, the hardest puzzles have more pieces, include moving parts, and come with detailed instructions. Keeping all these things in mind, we hand-picked a few that could double as works of art or feats of engineering, with Ukrainian Bridge taking our top spot.

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  • Last updated: 08-19-2022
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How to Choose a 3D Puzzle for Adults – Buying Guide

Aside from how the finished product looks, these are the factors to keep in mind when choosing a 3D puzzle.

Check the Puzzle Type, Which Determines the Look and Shape

There are three main types of 3D puzzles: jigsaw, wooden, and crystal. Each has different visual characteristics, and deciding on a type should be one of the first things you do.

Jigsaw Puzzles are the Most Versatile

Jigsaw Puzzles are the Most Versatile
Jigsaw 3D puzzles are generally made from cardboard, foam, or plastic and feature typical “puzzle pieces” with interlocking sides and printed designs. These tend to be the most versatile, with the widest range of designs.

You Can Customize Wooden Puzzles

You Can Customize Wooden Puzzles
Wooden puzzles generally come unfinished, which allows you to leave it as is or paint it for a custom look. Mechanical and geometric designs often fall under this category.

Crystal Puzzles Can Be Very Complex

Crystal puzzles are clear plastic pieces that fit together precisely to create a 3D shape. These often have fewer pieces but may still take a long time to figure out as many of the pieces can look the same. Crystal puzzles often take the shape of animals or items.

Make Sure You Have Enough Space to Build and Display

Make Sure You Have Enough Space to Build and Display
For many people, doing a 3D puzzle is meant to be a days-long effort, so it’s important that you have enough space to accommodate not just the finished product but also your mid-process puzzle for as long as you need.
As fun as it might be to build a three-foot pirate ship, if it means displacing your family from the dining room table for a month, you might want to consider something smaller. If you’re planning on displaying it, you should also be sure to check that the finished product fits within the space that you have.

Judge Complexity by the Number of Pieces

Judge Complexity by the Number of Pieces
Generally speaking, the more pieces a puzzle has, the more complex it’s going to be, and the longer it’s going to take.
While there are some notable exceptions—if a puzzle consists of 100 nearly identical pieces, for example—piece number gives you a pretty good gauge of how long a puzzle might take you. Don’t forget to consider your attention span as well as your tolerance for frustration when considering how complex of a puzzle you’re looking for.

Think About Whether or Not You Want Instructions

Think About Whether or Not You Want Instructions
If you want to figure it out on your own, then you can get a set that has zero instructions.
But it sucks to have a half-finished puzzle lying around forever, so consider getting one with instructions to use as a cheat sheet. You always have the option of not looking at it until you’re ready to. Puzzles that come with instructions also tend to be more difficult, which could mean more fun too.

Consider Looking for Puzzles With Lights or Moving Parts If You Plan to Display It

Some people construct puzzles just for the fun of the build and break them down again after. Others prefer to keep their finished pieces on display.
If you’re the type that prefers to display your finished product, it might be worth looking into puzzles that have working lights or moving parts. These extras can make a puzzle a bit more difficult, but it can also make it a much more interesting display.

10 Best 3D Puzzles for Adults

Picking out a puzzle that appeals to you is naturally a subjective task. The ones we’ve chosen are high quality, fairly difficult, and good looking.
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Ukrainian Bridge Mechanical Models Mechanical Steam Locomotive 1

Ukrainian Bridge

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CubicFun Barcelona City 1

CubicFun

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Bepuzzled Crystal Dragon Puzzle 1

Bepuzzled

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4D Cityscape 4D New York City Skyline 1

4D Cityscape

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Ravensburger The Earth 3D Jigsaw Puzzle 1

Ravensburger

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ROBOTIME Music Box Robot 1

ROBOTIME

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CubicFun 3D Pirate Ship 1

CubicFun

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Bepuzzled Tinkerbell Crystal Puzzle 1

Bepuzzled

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Wrebbit 3D Hogwarts Astronomy Tower 1

Wrebbit 3D

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Wood Trick Wooden Robot Hand 1

Wood Trick

Name

Mechanical Models Mechanical Steam Locomotive

Barcelona City

Crystal Dragon Puzzle

4D New York City Skyline

The Earth 3D Jigsaw Puzzle

Music Box Robot

3D Pirate Ship

Tinkerbell Crystal Puzzle

Hogwarts Astronomy Tower

Wooden Robot Hand

Features

A Highly Complex Puzzle With Moving Parts

Build This Architectural Puzzle Without Glue

The Finished Piece Works Amazingly as Decor

Learn About the City as You Build

Build a Practical, Fully Functioning Globe

Best Multi-Functional Wooden Puzzle

Lights Up With Included LEDs

A Crystal Puzzle for Disney Lovers

Complicated and Detailed for Veteran 3D Puzzle Builders

Create a Functioning, Working Mechanical Hand

Price$68.99$19.99$13.39$37.38$34.99$35.99$45.99$10.99$49.95$49.90
TypeWoodFoam jigsawCrystalJigsawPlastic jigsawWoodFoam jigsawCrystalFoam jigsawWood
Size12 x 3.9 x 4.9 in.20.9 x 7.1 x 8.1 in.5 x 8 x 5.5 in.28 x 12 x 4 in.8.7 x 8.7 in. (minus the stand)5.9 x 3.6 x 7.3 in.26.65 x 10 x 25.2 in.3.6 x 2.9 x 5.4 in.15.5 x 12.8 x 19.3 in.20.5 x 10.6 x 4.4 in.
Pieces4431845690054022134043875220
InstructionsYesYesAvailable onlineNoNoYesYesNoYesYes
ExtrasMoving partsMoving partsInteractive history lessonMoving partsMoving parts, lights, music boxLightsMoving parts
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Ukrainian BridgeMechanical Models Mechanical Steam Locomotive

$68.99

TypeWood
Size12 x 3.9 x 4.9 in.
Pieces443
InstructionsYes
ExtrasMoving parts
2

CubicFunBarcelona City

$19.99

TypeFoam jigsaw
Size20.9 x 7.1 x 8.1 in.
Pieces184
InstructionsYes
Extras
3

BepuzzledCrystal Dragon Puzzle

$13.39

TypeCrystal
Size5 x 8 x 5.5 in.
Pieces56
InstructionsAvailable online
ExtrasMoving parts
4

4D Cityscape4D New York City Skyline

$37.38

TypeJigsaw
Size28 x 12 x 4 in.
Pieces900
InstructionsNo
ExtrasInteractive history lesson
5

RavensburgerThe Earth 3D Jigsaw Puzzle

$34.99

TypePlastic jigsaw
Size8.7 x 8.7 in. (minus the stand)
Pieces540
InstructionsNo
ExtrasMoving parts
6

ROBOTIMEMusic Box Robot

$35.99

TypeWood
Size5.9 x 3.6 x 7.3 in.
Pieces221
InstructionsYes
ExtrasMoving parts, lights, music box
7

CubicFun3D Pirate Ship

$45.99

TypeFoam jigsaw
Size26.65 x 10 x 25.2 in.
Pieces340
InstructionsYes
ExtrasLights
8

BepuzzledTinkerbell Crystal Puzzle

$10.99

TypeCrystal
Size3.6 x 2.9 x 5.4 in.
Pieces43
InstructionsNo
Extras
9

Wrebbit 3DHogwarts Astronomy Tower

$49.95

TypeFoam jigsaw
Size15.5 x 12.8 x 19.3 in.
Pieces875
InstructionsYes
Extras
10

Wood TrickWooden Robot Hand

$49.90

TypeWood
Size20.5 x 10.6 x 4.4 in.
Pieces220
InstructionsYes
ExtrasMoving parts

How to Glue a 3D Puzzle Together

How to Glue a 3D Puzzle Together
If you’re hoping to immortalize your completed piece, you might want to consider adhering the pieces together. However, when you’re dealing with a 3D structure, it’s a bit harder than gluing together a regular flat puzzle.
For puzzles with foam pieces, it might make sense to use pins at the edges rather than glue. This will hold the sides together while giving you some leeway to take it apart in the future.
For other types, it makes more sense to an adhesive. But rather than using a spray adhesive as you would with a 2D puzzle, you’ll get a stronger hold with an adhesive that you apply between each piece. As you’ll be gluing as you go, look for a quick-drying craft glue so that you don’t have to slow your building pace too much.

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