Magento 2 Simple Product with Custom Option VS Configurable Product

What is Magento Custom Option?

Custom option (or customizable option) in Magento allows to create product variations without depending on attributes. By adding custom options to a product, admin can easily create various options of different types, such as text field, text area, file, drop-down, multiple select, radio buttons, checkbox, date, date & time, time…

Custom option is ideal when the inventory needs are simple because it the newly created custom options are based on variations of one SKU. The variety of customization when adding new option is the greatest strength of custom option, even though it still has certain limitations.

Continue reading to see the pros and cons of using custom option for simple product in comparison with configurable product.

Compare Simple Product with Custom Options VS Configurable Product

Both simple product with custom options and configurable product offer admin solutions to create product variations but they have different approaches. While configurable product creates associated product based on attribute (for example: color, size…), simple product with custom options creates variations by adding customizable options to a product.

magento 2 Simple Product with Custom Option and configurable product

Using custom options for product has its own strengths and weaknesses. Depending on your purpose, you can choose the suitable method to create product. The simple product with custom options is ideal when you want to offer customization service for customer, for example selling T-shirt that customer can print any text on. However, if you want to sell T-shirt with different colors and sizes, configurable product is better solution.

Despite the pro of adding different custom option to product, Magento does not support uploading images for each option. Custom Option Image can solve that limitation and significantly improve product visual.

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