# Using Excel Sumif or Vlookup Functions

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One of the questions that we have been receiving quite a bit in recent months has been regarding the difference between the Sumif and Vlookup functions in excel. They are fairly different but there is some confusion regarding their use. Let’s start off by explaining both:

Sumif function: Is used to sum the quantity (or any other data in a separate column) for a specific criteria. We already wrote about this function, you can find out more about the sumif and countif functions
Vlookup function: Is used to find a reference associated to a specific criteria

These are the formulas used:

=SUMIF(A:A,”Strawberry”,B:B)
=VLOOKUP(“Strawberry”,A:B,2,FALSE)

When do you use each one?

Vlookup

-If you only have one sample for each “fruit”
-If the data you are looking for is not a number
-If you want to easily spot a “missing fruit” – vlookup will give you a “N/A” result when a vlookup returns no results

Sumif

-If you have more than one sample
-If you want to avoid getting “N/A” errors that will screw up calculations in your spreadsheet

Does that explain it well enough?

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9 Feedbacks on "Using Excel Sumif or Vlookup Functions"

### mehra

How could we use vlookup and sumif if we have the same refference 3 or 4 time and want to find out with vlookup and it comes as it added the whole same refference in 1 cell plz help me out if we can

### ata

i would like to know how to write a formula to help me find out about our hotel stay over guests. I will have arrival list and departure list two columns with names i would like to see which names are match and if they are i would like to see in the cell next to arrival name cell stay over written

### dayanand patil

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