I've been doing 5-gal, full boils for many years now. I was given a homemade hop spider for Christmas and have used it several times now. Generally, it just feels like more work to me. One more thing to clean. Gets in the way of my immersion chiller. Requires some additional stirring to get the hops submerged and dispersed. One more chance to burn myself as I try to extract it from the boil. However, despite that, it's kind of nice when making a batch with more than a few ounces of hops. I don't have to wort about my spigot clogging when I drain my kettle into my fermentor.