I didn't think the scoop mattered much until I tried this one. Boy, did it make a difference! My cat likes to dig in his box A LOT! Which most of the time results in tiny pieces of used litter scattered throughout the box and the scoop I had before did absolutely nothing to pick those pieces up. I had to put on gloves every day and hand pick used litter by hand, yuk! This scoop is really good at picking up those pieces, I didn't have to put on gloves since starting using it and the litter box stays really clean for significantly longer. I could not be happier. It's also a pretty big scoop so it's much faster to go through entire box which is also a plus.