While working with large amounts of data in Excel, sometimes you need to sum a column with criteria. In order to sum with criteria, we use the **SUMIF** function. Now, if you find yourself in a situation where you need to sum a column or row with multiple criteria, you can also use the **SUMIF** function. So, in this tutorial, we are going to show you how to use the **SUMIF** function with multiple criteria in Excel.

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## Excel SUMIF Function: Overview

**Summary:**

**The SUMIF function** sums the values in a range that meets the criteria that you specify. We Use the **SUMIF** function in Excel to sum cells based on numbers that meet specific criteria.

**Syntax:**

The syntax of the **SUMIF** function is as follows:

**=SUMIF (range, criteria, [sum_range])**

**Arguments:**

Argument | Required/Optional | Explanation |
---|---|---|

range |
Required | The range of cells that we want to be evaluated by criteria. |

criteria |
Required | The criteria are in the form of a number, expression, a cell reference, text, or a function that defines which cells will be added. |

sum range |
Optional | The actual cells to add if we need to combine cells other than those defined in the range argument. |

**Return Value:**

This application returns the sum of cells based on numbers that meet specific criteria.

**Available in Version:**

Office 365 ￭ Excel 2019 ￭ Excel 2016 ￭ Excel 2013 ￭ Excel 2011 for Mac ￭ Excel 2010 ￭

Excel 2007.

Now, you can’t directly use the **SUMIF** function with multiple criteria. Basically, the **SUMIF** function takes only a single condition. But, we can use the **SUMIF** function with other functions or methods to solve our problem. To demonstrate this tutorial, we are going to use the following dataset.

We are going to find total sales based on some criteria using the **SUMIF** function. In order to use the **SUMIF** function with multiple criteria, we are providing you with 3 methods that can truly solve your problem.

## 1. Combining SUMIF Functions to Apply Multiple Criteria in Excel

Now, the first one is pretty simple to use. As we know, the **SUMIF** function only takes a single condition. So, we can add multiple **SUMIF** functions with different conditions. It means we are summing up multiple criteria. Therefore, follow the below steps.

**The Generic Formula:**

`=SUMIF(range,criteria,sum_range)+SUMIF(range,criteria,sum_range)+........`

*Now, we are going to find the Total Sales of John and Stuart in January.*

📌** Steps:**

- First, type the following formula in
**Cell I5**:

`=SUMIF(C5:C12,H5,D5:D12)+SUMIF(C5:C12,H6,D5:D12)`

- Then, press
**Enter.**

- Consequently, as you can see, we have successfully found the Total Sales of
**John**and**Stuart**in**January**. - Therefore, you can add more criteria with this method. And easily find the Total Sales of any person or any Product.

🔎 **Breakdown of Formula**

**➤**** SUMIF(C5:C12,H5,D5:D12)**

Firstly, this function sums up **John’s **sale in **January **and returns **1200**.

**➤**** SUMIF(C5:C12,H6,D5:D12)**

Then, this function sums up **Stuart’s **sale in January and returns **700**.

**➤**** SUMIF(C5:C12,H5,D5:D12)+SUMIF(C5:C12,H6,D5:D12)**

Finally, our formula adds those values and returns **$1900.**

**Read More: ****How to Use SUMIFS Formula with Multiple Criteria in Excel**

## 2. Joining SUMPRODUCT with SUMIF Function for Multiple Criteria

Now, another way to use the **SUMIF** function with multiple criteria is using it with **the SUMORODUCT function. **The **SUMPRODUCT **function returns the sum of the products of similar ranges or arrays. The default method is multiplication, but you can also add, subtract and divide with this function. Now, we will use the multiple criteria as a range in the **SUMIF** function. After that, it will return an array. Then, our **SUMPRODUCT** function will add those arrays and return results. So, learn the following process.

**The Generic Formula:**

`=SUMPRODUCT(SUMIF(range,criteria_range,sum_range))`

*Now, we want to find the Total Sales of all the salespeople in March.*

📌 **Steps:**

- First, type the following formula in
**Cell J5**:

`=SUMPRODUCT(SUMIF(C5:C12,I5:I7,F5:F12))`

- Then, press
**Enter.**

- Hence, as you can see, we are successful in finding the total sales of all the salespeople in
**March**. - In our opinion, this formula is more efficient than the previous one if your criteria come from a particular column.
- Finally, you can easily pass those criteria as a range in the
**SUMIF**function.

🔎** Breakdown of Formula**

**➤**** SUMIF(C5:C12,I5:I7,F5:F12)**

First of all, this function will return an array: **{1300;700;1200}**

**➤**** SUMPRODUCT(SUMIF(C5:C12,I5:I7,F5:F12))**

Finally, SUMPRODUCT will add those arrays and return **$3200.**

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**How to Sum Visible Cells with Criteria in Excel****How to Sum Columns in Excel****How to Ignore Blank Cells in Excel Sum**

## 3. Merging Excel SUM and SUMIF Functions to Apply Multiple Criteria

Now, by combining the **SUM **and **SUMIF **functions we can perform this with multiple criteria. This function is almost similar to the 1st method. The basic difference is we are using the **SUM** function instead of the plus sign (+). Therefore, learn the following steps.

**The Generic Formula:**

`=SUM(SUMIF(range,criteria2,sum_range1),SUMIF(range,criteria2,sum_range2).......)`

*We want to find the total sales of the product Book in February and total sales of the product Pen in January.*

📌 **Steps:**

- First of all, type the following formula in
**Cell I5**:

`=SUM(SUMIF(B5:B12,H5,E5:E12),SUMIF(B5:B12,H6,D5:D12))`

- Then, press
**Enter.**

- Finally, you can see we are successful in finding the total sales of the product
**Book**in**February**and total sales of the product**Pen**in**January**.

🔎** Breakdown of Formula**

**➤**** SUMIF(B5:B12,H5,E5:E12)**

Firstly, this function will return **1000**.

**➤**** SUMIF(B5:B12,H6,D5:D12)**

Then, this function will return **1400**.

**➤**** SUM(SUMIF(B5:B12,H5,E5:E12),SUMIF(B5:B12,H6,D5:D12))**

Finally, the **SUM **function will add those values and return **$2400.**

## Excel SUMIFS Function for Multiple Criteria

Now, this part is a bonus for you. In order to sum up multiple criteria, you can use the **SUMIFS** function. This function takes multiple criteria. If you don’t want to use complex methods or formulas, this function will work with ease. This function sum cells that meet multiple criteria.

**The Basic Syntax of the SUMIFS Function:**

**Function Objective:**

Add the cells given by specified conditions or criteria*.*

**Syntax:**

`=`

`SUMIFS(sum_range, criteria_range1, criteria1, [criteria_range2, criteria2], ...)`

**Arguments Explanation:**

Arguments | Required/Optional | Explanation |
---|---|---|

sum_range |
Required | Range of cells that has to be summed under conditions or criteria. |

criteria_range1 |
Required | Range of cells where the criteria or condition will be applied. |

criteria1 |
Required | Condition for the criteria_range1. |

[criteria_range2] |
Optional | 2nd range of cells where the criteria or condition will be applied. |

[criteria2] |
Optional | Condition or criteria for the criteria_range2 |

**Return Value:**

The sum of the cells in a numeric value meeting all given criteria.

**Available in Version:**

Office 365 ￭ Excel 2019 ￭ Excel 2016 ￭ Excel 2013 ￭ Excel 2011 for Mac ￭ Excel 2010 ￭

Excel 2007.

*Now, We want to find the total sales of Stuart in January greater than $150.*

📌 **Steps:**

- First, type the following formula in
**Cell I7**:

`=SUMIFS(D5:D12,C5:C12,I4,D5:D12,">150")`

- Then, press
**Enter.**

- In the end, we are successful in finding the total sales of
**Stuart**in**January**greater than**$150.**

## SUMIF vs. SUMIFS in Excel

- The
**SUMIF**function allows only a single criterion, while**SUMIFS**can handle multiple principles. - In
**SUMIF**, the range and sum_range arguments are separate, while in**SUMIFS**, the sum_range is the first argument followed by pairs of criteria ranges and criteria. **SUMIFS**requires all rules to be met simultaneously, whereas**SUMIF**evaluates each criterion individually.**SUMIFS**offers more flexibility in specifying multiple criteria, making it suitable for complex conditions.

## 💬 **Things to Remember**

✎ Firstly, if you are working with a small dataset and single criteria then the **SUMIF** function will be efficient.

✎ Secondly, if you are working with a large dataset and complex criteria, using the **SUMIFS** function may be the optimal way.

## Frequently Asked Questions

**1. Can I combine different criteria types, such as text and numbers, in the “SUMIF” function?**

Yes, you can combine different types of rules, such as text and numbers, in the** SUMIF** function. Excel will evaluate the criteria based on their respective data types.

**2. Are there any limitations or considerations when using SUMIF with multiple criteria?**

When using **SUMIF** with multiple rules, keep in mind the following considerations:

- Each range and criterion pair should be in the same order.
- The number of ranges and criteria should be the same.
- The sum_range (range to be summed) must be the last argument in the formula.

**3. How do I sum values in Excel based on multiple rules using the “SUMIF” function?**

To sum values in Excel based on multiple rules using the **SUMIF** function, you need to provide alternating ranges and criteria pairs in the formula. The function will only sum the values that meet all the specified criteria.

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## Conclusion

To conclude, I hope you found this tutorial helpful to use **SUMIF** with multiple criteria. We recommend you learn and apply all these methods to your dataset. Definitely, it will improve your knowledge. Therefore, download the practice workbook and try these yourself. Also, feel free to give feedback in the comment section. Your valuable feedback keeps us motivated to create tutorials like this.