I own 5 - 6 of these. If you are carrying a heavy bucket full of bait and water down the beach while surf fishing, the comfort of this handle just cannot compare to the metal / plastic ones. Actually when you are carrying anything anywhere the comfort doesn't compare. I have the Shurhold red plastic base in a couple of them that keeps a cleaning brush out of the sinking dirt, and has a receptacle that measures the correct amount of soap for you. I use other buckets to store other boat cleaning items like the soap, buffing compound polish, brushes, pads etc. One I use for general storage of some stuff unrelated to boating or fishing. I have not used them for my cast nets but should probably give it a try - getting those back into the bucket they came in is always a hassle. The Shurhold buckets, like most of their products, just can't be beat, and are worth the substantial difference in price compared to your basic Home Depot bucket. I know it's weird to get excited about a bucket but, well, ok I'm weird then.