Even when all 5 of our children were living at home, I found a 1/4-cup ladle the best thing to dish out pancake batter onto my large griddle.
Unless, as Andy noted, you are cooking for a crowd, the funnel gadget isn't really necessary. Just my opinion, though.
"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
This is real inspiration. Look what Julia became!