I LOVE these sponges. This one, the purple one, is strong as expected but it also is less prone to that gross sponge smell that some sponges get when they have water left in them. Someone, I think it's my dad, doesn't wring out the sponge after using it and it gets a smell. I feel as though these ones are more forgiving. They are also at Wal-mart so you can get a banging deal on them. Bonus, they also don't fall apart. When they get old they get kind of shrively and it's hard to revive them in water. That's when you know it's time to grab a new one. Enjoy!