Since the Spoodle is a cross between a spoon and a ladle, it has a flat handle that comes out of the side of the sauce cup. Consequently, I would think that it would be a bit easier to use than a ladle with the handle orthogonal to the sauce cup. With the Spoodle, you just flip it to empty the sauce on a pie. With a ladle, you almost have to turn it upside down. I have a sauce ladle, but without the flat bottom, and I find it inconvenient to use, especially with a fairly thick sauce. The Vollrath Spoodle also has a thumb notch and a hook of some sort to keep the Spoodle from falling into the sauce container (which is not something that I would personally need in a home setting).