I've been a fan of these since I first saw them in the store. It makes getting the bottoms of cups, bowls, pans, ect so much easier and prevents the tip of the wand from trying to scratch my dishes. I even never had an issue with durability since by the time the curve might be coming loose I was ready to switch the sponge anyway. But the addition of the hole is just mind-boggling to me. It didn't seem to make getting the soap initially spread into a new sponge any quicker than the old version which I thought might have been the reason. But when it comes to actually washing dishes the soap just drains out of the wand. A full wand that would have lasted me at least a couple of weeks was nearly empty after just a couple of days.