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Using Sum Product Instead of VLOOKUP

I have read that SUMPRODUCT is very powerful and can be used instead of VLOOKUP.

Can someone please guide me or provide a link where I can learn about this technique please?



Active Member
VLOOKUP and INDEX/MATCH will be far faster than SUMPRODUCT at looking up an item in a list.

SUMPRODUCT is used for crunching lots of numbers together based on conditions. Yes, it conceivably be used in place of VLOOKUP or INDEX/MATCH. But it should not be.


Excel Ninja
Staff member
VLOOKUP and INDEX/MATCH will be far faster than SUMPRODUCT as they are simply searching or a value based on an index value
Best used when you want to return a single value

Sumproduct is a calculation machine and is great at crunching multiple Ranges/arrays of numbers as well as throwing in conditions for each array
Best used when you want to perform advanced sum's with multiple conditions
Yes it can find a single value but it uses shear grunt to do it


Active Member
I'd add "Best used when you want to perform advanced sums with multiple conditions and you can't use a PivotTable or the more-efficient SUMIFS"

Johnny C

New Member
SUMPRODUCT has the advantage that it can be used on non-contiguous data and will handle conditions on columns and rows at the same time.

I'm of an age that I can remember Excel before SUMIFS when SUMPRODUCT and the magnificent '*--1' were the only way of doing it.