In Magento online store, grouped product and bundle product are two essential types of products that you probably need for your own store. However, it’s never been easy to distinguish between them. Yet, we were in your shoes too, confused by these two type of products at the first time. So, time by time, we have been getting to know what you need to use these types of products wisely. Let’s see!
Grouped product vs bundle product – similarities: Inventory and product images
Beforehand, we think you will want to hear a little about the similarities of these two products types, for the fact that you will soon use them frequently. There is no inventory. The actual bundle and grouped products themselves have no inventory and are simply just set to in or out of stock. About images for constituting products, default Magento 2 does not allow showing images for each constituting products in both grouped and bundle products.
Grouped product vs bundle product: Particular traits
A first glance, a grouped product mostly looks like a group, including products that can be sold separately, but carrying some similarities in term of functions or sub-categories. In general, these contribute to one big and general function (like accessories).
While a bundle product looks like one “body”, like a music band, carries parts that are hardly sold separately because it might make no sense.
Grouped product vs bundle product: Constituting products
In default Magneto 2, there are no images for constituting products.
In a grouped product, constituting products are bought individually if we want. In another word, we can treat them as single products.
On the contrary, we cannot buy constituting products of a bundle product separately because each individual option acts as a decision part for the final product.
Grouped product vs bundle product: Minicart display
Even though being called as a “group”, when we add items to the cart, each constituting products are listed separately as individuals. Here is the example.
And let’s see how does Magento 2 display grouped products in the minicart
While in bundle products, chosen constituting products will be displayed under the bundle product in the cart.
Let’s see how do these products appear in the cart
Only when you click on the drop-down, the list of product will show up
Grouped product vs bundle product: Customization
Customization is a noticeable trait of both two products, hence, we mention it here, separately. So, with grouped products, customization is limited. That means customization for grouped products depends upon choosing individual products and its quantity. For instance, with a set of clothes, which has a medium red t-shirt and large brown pants, a customer will only select the quantity for them, like 2 shirt and 1 pant. Therefore, if you want to have only a set of clothes with more custom options like size, color, etc, because the default of Magento does not allow adding custom options for grouped product, you might need this extension Grouped Product with Custom Options.
Bundle product has limitless customization. We can configure a bundle product with given options. Each configuration will result in a unique product which has its own existence. When buying a computer, for example, we select different RAM, CPU etc. each of the configurations really makes a product itself.
Grouped product vs bundle product: Benefits
Of course, in many cases, we will feel that both of the two types are suitable for one product. On the other hand, sometimes, none of them is suitable.
Obviously, grouped products allow customers to make a single purchase instead of buying separately things. Additionally, grouped products promote eye-catching special prices or promotion campaigns toward potential customers. On the other hand, bundle products allow combining any products with a wide range of colors, size, capacity, or memory, etc. This helps customers to custom their “bundle” conveniently.
Grouped product vs bundle product: Usages
Grouped products are supposed to integrate simple products for the convenience of customers, or in another word, you can sell products as groups or sets, such as a set of clothes, set of furniture, and so on or you can sell clothes, furniture individually if you want.
Meanwhile, if you sell a complex product like computers, camera, mobile phones, etc, just use bundle products.
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