## Which is better INDEX match or VLOOKUP?

INDEX-MATCH is much better: It’s never slower than VLOOKUP and can be much faster. It returns a reference rather than a value, which allows us to use it for more purposes. It doesn’t care where the result array is with regard to the lookup array.

## What is the difference between INDEX and VLOOKUP in Excel?

VLOOKUP can only be used for looking up values from Left to Right. INDEX MATCH can look up the values from Left to Right as well as Right to Left. VLOOKUP only can lookup through vertical lines, i.e. columns and not through rows. INDEX MATCH can lookup values through rows as well as columns.

**Why you should never use VLOOKUP?**

It can not lookup and return a value which is to the left of the lookup value. It works only with data which is arranged vertically. VLOOKUP would give a wrong result if you add/delete a new column in your data (as the column number value now refers to the wrong column).

**Why is INDEX match faster than VLOOKUP?**

One of the biggest issues with using VLOOKUP is that it uses a static column reference. On the other hand, INDEX MATCH uses a dynamic column reference which means it can lead to fewer errors when moving around columns. This is an advantage that becomes more apparent as you create larger and more complex spreadsheets.

### Is INDEX match slow?

If you need an exact match from sorted data, never rely on an approximate match. Instead, always use the dual-lookup method to make sure that Excel actually has found your lookup_value. At its worst, the INDEX-MATCH method is about as fast as VLOOKUP; at its best, it’s much faster.

### Does INDEX match use less memory than VLOOKUP?

VLOOKUP versus INDEX and MATCH or OFFSET. VLOOKUP is slightly faster (approx. 5%), simpler and uses less memory than a combination of MATCH and INDEX or OFFSET.

**Is INDEX match faster than Xlookup?**

INDEX/MATCH/MATCH calculates around 30% faster than a 2D XLOOKUP in our test workbook.

**Is VLOOKUP more efficient than VLOOKUP?**

According to the experiment run by Dailydoseofexcel.com, the Double-VLOOKUP is 28 times faster than the regular VLOOKUP for a table of 10,000 rows, and this increases up to 3,606 times faster than the regular VLOOKUP for a 1,000,000 table.

#### Do Vlookups slow down Excel?

When you use VLOOKUP in “exact match mode” on a large set of data, it can really slow down the calculation time in a worksheet.

#### Why would you use VLOOKUP over Xlookup?

Range lookup (VLOOKUP) / Match mode (XLOOKUP) The XLOOKUP defaults to an exact match where the VLOOKUP defaults to an approximate match. As the exact match is used most often, this setting would make the XLOOKUP more effective.

**Do Xlookups slow down Excel?**

**Why is index match better than VLOOKUP?**

INDEX-MATCH is much more flexible than Excel’s “lookup” functions.

## What is the difference between VLOOKUP and index?

Dynamic Column Reference Leads to Fewer Errors. The key difference between INDEX MATCH and VLOOKUP is that VLOOKUP requires a static column reference while INDEX MATCH uses a dynamic column

## Should I use match or VLOOKUP?

– lookup_value is the value that you want to match in lookup_array – lookup_array is the range of cells being searched. – [match_type] is a number, either -1, 0, or 1. We mostly use 0, which means to match the value exactly.

**Is XLOOKUP better than VLOOKUP?**

– XLOOKUP takes the lookup and result columns separately as arguments – For XLOOKUP we don’t need to specify the range_lookup parameter for exact matches i.e. True for exact match, False for approximation. – The XLOOKUP formula is simply shorter – Similarly to using the INDEX MATCH combo the XLOOKUP is safer as shifting columns will not break your formula