I must confess, I have never used a butter dish before. I'm so glad I've tried this. It makes it so much easier than unwrapping and wrapping your individual sticks. This is plenty big enough to fit 2 in at a time. I was worried that my butter would take on smells from other items in the refrigerator but I'm happy to report I have had no problems at all! The smearing knife that comes with it is a great plus, especially since it has it's own place right in the lid. I absolutely love the cute cow design and have had nice comments on it.