Grouped products (variants)
Grouped products, or products with variants, are a convenient tool to sell a product that has various supplementary items or attribute sets. Various combinations of such a product can be sold as separate products, and the price may vary.
In nopCommerce, grouped products look like a single product details page displaying all the possible options. It is a convenient and SEO-friendly tool to sell complex products.
For example, a base product, such as a camera body, can be grouped with various sets of lenses. Another use case of a grouped product is selling a type of product with various attribute sets. For example, chocolate with various flavors. In this case, a customer can easily see the main product and all its options on the same page.
Adding a new grouped product
To create a grouped product, go to Catalog → Products. There are several steps to follow:
Learn how to fill in the product fields here.
Create several products with a simple product type. These are the variants of the main product. Use the Visible individually checkbox to define whether you want them to be visible separately in catalog and search results or only shown on the product page of the main product.
Create a Grouped (product with variants) product and assign these simple products you created in the previous step in the Associated products (variants) panel:
- In the public store, a customer sees a separate Add to cart button for each associated product on the grouped product details page.
- A simple product can only be associated with one grouped product.
- Grouped products are not orderable directly. However, simple products are associated with them. For example, a customer cannot order the Creative Sound Card product directly. Instead, they must order an OEM or Retail version of the Creative Sound Card. In this case, the grouped product is the Creative Sound Card, and there are two associated simple products for this grouped product: OEM and Retail, each with potentially different prices.