I've been using a ~3.5" metal shave bowl for some time. It's been fine, but this was a pretty cheap item, and it's beginning to corrode. The RS bowl is a huge step up in quality, and it won't oxidize like the metal. It also fits perfectly in my medicine cabinet - anything of a larger diameter would have been too big.
Personally, 3.5" is plenty for me, allowing plenty of room to get soap on my bursh, then creating the lather on my face. I'm totally satisfied, I just hope I don't drop it! ;-)
This bowl is a good quality and I really like the texture bumps in the bottom of the bowl. However the bowl is small (Like the size of a grapefruit in your hand) so it is challenging to whisk up a lather using a shaving brush. This would be a good bowl if used for traveling. It would be great if this bowl were offered in a larger size.
I like the textured bottom, but I find the bowl is too small. Soap spills up and over the sides when building lather; I think I will shop for something bigger.
Nice bowl. Fits nicely in my hand. Just know it will break if dropped.
This is the perfect sized shaving bowl. the textured bottom really helps make lather quickly, for 12.00 you can't go wrong.