I know what you mean. the sides do taper out but my hand felt cramped in the bowl. Maybe I just have to get use to it. If the side was about 3/4 of an inch shorter I think it would be better. I'll give it another go tomorrow and try using my La Toja cream. The Pereira's bowl is about the same height but slightly wider so there is more hand room. And I have small hands too. Here are the Pereria's bowl and the Timeless side by side. (not my picture. I borrowed it from another post.) Not sure which one I like best yet.