Well I've only been at it a week with this DE shaving and with a mug. It looks like the mug is going to be taking a back seat. Was just upstairs giving my $5.00 second hand store stoneware mug a try out before using it in the morning. It is about 4" across the top and about 3" tall. The flare to the sides makes it nearly impossible to "clank" the brush against it as you whip up the soap. As careful as I have been this past week my better half couldn't help but hear the occasional "clunk, clank" against the mug. Mind you, she would never complain or even bring it up - it's just not her. (And yes I know how lucky I am). But I'm going with the bowl for now. How about you?