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Magna tiles vs Picasso tiles: which is best for you?!

Deciding between Magna-tiles and Picasso tiles for your kids? Here is a side by side comparison of the two most popular magnetic tile brands!

Magnetic building tiles are a super popular stem toy for toddlers and young children – read our full comparison of all of the magnetic tile brands here!

Two of the most popular brands are Magna-Tiles and Picasso Tiles.

Magna-Tiles are the original brand of magnetic tiles. They are very high quality and very popular!

Picasso Tiles are the second most popular brand, and are way less expensive.

Let’s compare the two side by side to decide which is best for you and your family!

What are magnetic tiles?

Magnetic tiles are plastic tiles that come in geometric shapes. Along the edges of each shape are small magnets that can be used to connect the pieces.

These magnetic building blocks are great for teaching fine motor skills, creative thinking, and engineering skills! They are an open-ended toy perfect for toddlers and younger children.

Magnetic tiles are perfect for helping children to learn to build structures and what types of construction works and doesn’t work.

Plus, magnetic tiles can be built and arranged to work alongside other toys to build structures to support the play of those other toys.

Are Picasso tiles the same as Magna-tiles?

These two tile brands are extremely similar but not identical. However, they are both very high quality.

The most obvious visual difference is that Magna-tiles have metal rivets in each corner, while picasso tiles do not.

Picasso Tiles are also slightly heavier than Magna-Tiles, which can be bad for larger, taller builds. However, the difference is hardly significant.

It is also said that Picasso tiles have slightly stronger magnets than Magna-tiles, which might cancel out the weight for big builds!

Are Picasso Tiles compatible with Magna-Tiles?

Yes! These tiles are not identical, but the size and magnet placement line up so that they work together perfectly.

Are Magformers compatible with Picasso Tiles or Magna-Tiles?

Magformers come in the regular or Super size. Super magformers are larger than Picasso tiles and Magnatiles whereas their regular size are smaller.

This size difference means the magnets don’t line up, so they are hard to use together. However, you can configure different structures depending on how you use them.

Do Picasso tiles break easily?

One thing that you hear sometimes is that Picasso tiles break easily. I don’t think that is true. However, they lack the rivets that Magna-Tiles have in the corners. So, they are slightly less secure.

I have read parents saying that Picasso tiles get surface scratches more easily than Magna-Tiles. This is, however, cosmetic. When you have young children playing with any toy, you have to assume there will be scratches and dings.

Regardless of brand, if any magnetic tile cracks, you need to throw it out. Loose magnets are extremely dangerous around children or if digested.

Magna-Tiles vs Picasso tiles

Magna tiles vs Picasso tiles

Tile size

Magnatiles and Picasso tiles are the same size and shapes.

Shapes include:

  • equilateral triangles
  • isosceles triangles
  • right triangles
  • small squares
  • large squares

Magnet size and strength

The magnets on both sets of tiles are actually the same size. However, it is widely accepted that Picasso tiles have stronger magnets than Magna-tiles!


Magna-Tiles are held together with metal rivets in each corner. Picasso tiles are only held together with glue. This means that Magna-tiles are more secure and therefore safer long term.


Both of the products are high quality. However, it is said that Picasso tile plastic faces scratch more easily than Magna-Tiles.

This is a superficial difference that shouldn’t factor into the decision of a parent when considering the set is meant to build and destroy over and over.


Picasso Tiles are considered to be 1 percent heavier than Magna tiles. That means, 100 Picasso tiles will weigh the same as 101 Magnatiles.

Heavier tiles can be harder to build with, but the difference is pretty insignificant.


Magna-Tiles run over $1 a tile! In fact, $1 a tile is like a BlackFriday level good deal. On the other hand, Picasso tiles are half that price. You can get so many more tiles for your money if you go Picasso tiles!


Magna-Tiles and Picasso Tiles are both fantastic options – you can’t go wrong with either.

If you are on any sort of budget whatsoever, I’d say it’s better to have more Picasso Tiles than less Magnatiles.

If you have unlimited funds, then go with Magnatiles for the highest quality experience!

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