COUNTUNIQUEIFS Function – Google Sheets

The COUNTUNIQUEIFS function counts the unique values that meet multiple criteria in Google Sheets. This function accepts a variable number of arguments, each consisting of a range of cells and corresponding criteria. 

It is similar to the COUNTIFS function, which also accepts multiple criteria. However, COUNTUNIQUEIFS counts unique values, whereas COUNTIFS counts all values that meet the specified criteria.

The COUNTUNIQUEIFS function with its help text

Syntax

=COUNTUNIQUEIFS(range, criteria_range1, criterion1, [criteria_range2, …], [criterion2, …])

range – The cells with the unique values

criteria_range – The cells to evaluate against the criterion

criterion – The condition to apply to the criteria_range

Similar Functions

COUNT – Count the numeric values in a data set

COUNTA – Count the non-blank values in a data set

COUNTIF – Count the cells that match a criterion

COUNTIFS – Count the cells that match multiple criteria

COUNTUNIQUE – Count the unique values

COUNTUNIQUEIFS – Count the unique values that meet multiple criteria

COUNTBLANK – Count the blank cells

Examples

Example 1 – Conditionally Counting Unique Values With One Criterion

Firstly, let’s start with an example of counting unique values based on one condition.

The COUNTUNIQUEIFS function doing a conditional count of unique values
Conditionally Counting Unique Items

Formula used: =COUNTUNIQUEIFS(A2:A13,B2:B13,"East")

The first argument, A2:A13, specifies the range of cells to count. The second and third arguments, B2:B13 and "East" are the criteria_range containing the data to check against the criterion.

In other words, the COUNTUNIQUEIFS function counts the number of unique items in the East warehouse.

Let’s look at another example using one criterion from a different angle.

Example 2 – Conditionally Counting Unique Values With One Criterion

Let’s keep the same source data but look for the number of warehouses with wrenches. This example will help us to understand how to build different formulas to analyze the same data.

The COUNTUNIQUEIFS function doing a conditional count of unique values
Counting Unique Locations

Formula used: =COUNTUNIQUEIFS(B2:B13,A2:A13,"Wrench")

To find how many warehouses are stocking Wrenches, we will switch the values of the range and criteria_range from the first example. We want to count unique values in the range of B2:B13 if they match the criterion of "Wrench" in the criterian_range of A2:A13.

In other words, how many warehouses have wrenches in stock?

Last but not least, let’s look at a more complex example.

Example 3 – Conditionally Counting Unique Values With Two Criteria

Lastly, we will look for unique values based on the satisfaction of two conditions.

The COUNTUNIQUEIFS function doing a conditional count of unique values with two criteria
Counting Unique Locations with Two Criteria

Formula used: =COUNTUNIQUEIFS(B2:B13,A2:A13,"Pliers",C2:C13,">12")

As we increase the criteria, we start to see the power of the COUNTUNIQUEIFS function. In this example, we are looking for locations that have more than 12 cases of pliers. We count the warehouses by specifying B2:B13 as the range, then using A2:A13 and C2:C13 as the criteria_ranges.

As an interesting twist, since there was only one situation with more than 12 cases of Pliers, we would get the same result using the COUNTIFS function.

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