SumProduct Alternative - Performance Issues


New Member
Mar 17, 2019

I quite often use SumProduct to perform calculations where I have multiple criteria in rows and at least 1 criteria in the columns, the formula may look like:
=SUMPRODUCT((Column1 = X)*(Column 2 = Y)*(Row1 = A)* (Data Set))

The number of rows in Column1/2 could be 5000 plus and the Row1 would normally be about 50 columns across

I find that this will make the workbook extremely slow and was hoping that something could provide an alternative formula that is not so calculation intensive



Well-known Member
Dec 23, 2017
The way I do those sort of calculations is to use a "Helper" column, where you create an extra column with both "column" conditions in it, then you can use the IFS functions on the row. This will be much faster than sum product


New Member
Mar 17, 2019
Thanks Offthelip. I'm not 100% sure how that would work when I am trying to retrieve a sum of values from a dataset based on both column and row criteria?

I'm thinking only SUMPRODUCT allows this calculation? Maybe the best idea is to reorganise the dataset so it is aggregated and a standard SUMIF can be performed?

Many thanks

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