I read the OP's post and that's what I was responding to. You are the one who used the word "better" which neither I nor the OP had used.
I don't subscribe to the notion that a larger filter is automatically better, no. To me that is secondary to filtering efficiency. All assuming it is designed and constructed properly so that it does not fail during use.
If I was to use a bigger filter, it would be for the extra oil capacity it provides without overfilling the sump. But on my car I have a cartridge filter so bigger isn't a real option. That said, the filter element is bigger than all the complete filters on my previous cars.
Like you I don't find stuff in the pleats even after 50,000 km so what's the point.