I have owned the Peely Bin and the White Compost Crock and had problems with both. I decided to try this crock as a replacement and am satisfied overall with the item in use.The item is decorative, although it is actually slightly bulkier in looks than the image suggested (to me) that it would be. It occupies more space than the peely bin or white compost crock because of the larger diameter of the base and this is emphasised by the fact that the handle hangs down and touches the work surface more than an inch in front of the base, which I found detracted from the appearance of the item.I am not keen on the handle, even though it fits well onto the base, simply because of the extra space it uses on the work surface. I prefer using the crock without the handle and just take care emptying it.I am not convinced by the filter in the lid as it gets mouldy if scraps touch it and, if your bin gets used as much as mine does, then it will tend to be emptied often and not accumulate any odours. The greatest advantage this crock has over the others in the Lakeland range is that it has a better usable capacity. It has the biggest diameter of the lot and that means it copes with bulkier items such as leeks without needing to be immediately emptied. In summary, the item looks nice and decorative on your work surface and it is not immediately obvious what its function is. The handle fits well and did not fall off in use although I have removed mine as I prefer the looks of the item without it.