At first glance this seems like one of those kitchen gadgets that the shop/manufacturer tries to persuade you you can't live without but is actually a bit of a swizz. After all, how hard can it be to measure spaghetti? Well, quite hard it seems judging by my attempts. January 2012 and the annual diet comments and this is the best way that I have found to properly measure out a portion (other than weighing it but spaghetti is hard to fit on scales!) It also looks good which, although not a necessity, is a nice bonus. I guess there probably are cheaper alternatives but I liked this one and don't regret buying it.