How to show WooCommerce product quantities in a dropdown list

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Do you want to make it easier for your customers to select product quantities in your WooCommerce store? You can display them in a dropdown list!

Displaying product quantities in a dropdown list helps speed up the shopping flow on your online store, as your customers will be able to see how many units of a particular item they can add to their cart, and quickly choose their desired amount.

You can also use product dropdown options to display custom quantities for products, which is great if you want to sell products in bundles or if you want to control the minimum order that customers can make in your store. For instance, you can sell eggs by the dozen or cushions in sets of 4.

In this tutorial, we’ll talk about how WooCommerce quantity dropdown lists can benefit your online store and how you can add them to your product pages using the WooCommerce Minimum Maximum Quantity and Order plugin.

How do I add a quantity dropdown in WooCommerce? 

One way of doing this is to amend the code in your child theme templates, but it’s not the recommended option for most situations.

This is because if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing, you can easily break your site and prevent customers from accessing your online store. On top of this, it’s also a limited option. For instance, you can set up custom values by editing the code in the back end, but it doesn’t let you set different quantity values for different products in your online store.

Instead, you’re much better off using a dedicated WooCommerce quantity display plugin. This makes the entire process much easier and straightforward while offering you more functionality out of the box.

For this, we recommend using the WooCommerce Minimum Maximum Quantity and Order plugin to display a quantity dropdown list on your WooCommerce site.

Introducing WooCommerce Minimum Maximum Quantity and Order

The WooCommerce Minimum Maximum Quantity and Order plugin offers an intuitive solution for displaying product quantities in a dropdown list on your eCommerce store.

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The plugin comes with a wide range of features out of the box and gives you full control over how you set quantities for your products:

  • You can set minimum and maximum quantities for products that can be displayed in a quantity dropdown list on your product pages.
  • Set custom step values for your shop’s products. This way, if a customer buys golf balls that are sold in batches of 5 units, they will open the dropdown list and find “5”, “10”, “15”, and “20” as quantity options.
  • Alternatively, you can set minimum and maximum order quantities for your WooCommerce products. This means you can specify a value customers have to spend before they can purchase the product. For example, customers can’t spend less than $10 on chocolate bars.
  • The plugin also lets you set custom error messages and labels to help customers understand these quantity rules when shopping from your online store.
  • You can also use descriptive text instead of numerical values for the quantity dropdown list. This makes it easier for your customers to better visualize and compare different quantity options when purchasing products from your online store.

You can set pricing rules for individual products on your online store or set global rules that apply to all products and exclude any product you want. This ensures you have a lot of flexibility to configure your product quantity dropdown lists so they don’t all function the same way.

However, you don’t have to set dropdown lists on all your products. For instances where you prefer to keep the default quantity input, you can simply remove the product from the plugin’s quantity rules and display it the regular way.

Check out the WooCommerce Minimum Maximum Quantity and Order demo site to get a better idea of how the plugin works. You’ll be able to see all its key features in action and decide which ones are most relevant to your WooCommerce store.

Product with WooCommerce quantity dropdown

This way, you can get a feel for the plugin and see how it helps you enhance the shopping experience on your online store.

Understanding Quantity Rules in WooCommerce

Before we dive into the tutorial on displaying product quantities in a dropdown list, let’s take a moment to understand what quantity rules are and why they are crucial in a WooCommerce store.

Quantity rules in WooCommerce allow store owners to set specific limitations or requirements for product purchases. These rules can dictate the minimum and maximum quantities of a product that a customer can buy, as well as define increments in which the product can be purchased. 

There are several scenarios where setting up quantity rules becomes beneficial, such as:

  1. Bulk purchasing
  2. Promotional strategies
  3. Inventory management
  4. Custom packaging
  5. Minimizing loss

Setting up quantity rules can be done natively in WooCommerce for simple scenarios, but for more advanced options and ease of use, it’s often more efficient to use a dedicated plugin like The WooCommerce Minimum Maximum Quantity and Order plugin, which allows you to easily set up and manage a variety of quantity rules across different products and categories.

Display quantity fields as dropdowns in WooCommerce – video

You can check out the process for replacing your standard quantity fields with a select field in this video.

How to display WooCommerce product quantities in a drop-down list with the plugin

Step #1: Showcase product quantities in a dropdown list

With the WooCommerce Minimum Maximum Quantity and Order plugin installed and activated on your WooCommerce site, you can start showcasing product quantities in a dropdown list.

We’re going to showcase a couple of the plugin’s most essential features so that you can get the most value out of your dropdown lists.

Step #2: Set minimum and maximum product quantities

Simply navigate to WooCommerce → Min Max Rules and click on the Add New button to get started.

Add new min max rule

Using the Rule Applies To meta box, you can select specific products for displaying a quantity dropdown list or display it for all products on your WooCommerce site. The Roles field also lets you specify “exclusive” or special user roles that get to purchase custom quantities from your online store.

Set product quantity dropdown rules

The Quantity Rules meta box lets you set maximum and minimum product quantities for the products you specified earlier. For instance, you can let shoppers purchase a minimum of 3 t-shirts and a maximum of 12. This is useful if you sell products that already come in pre-defined quantities.

After specifying the minimum and maximum quantities for your products, make sure to check the Display as Dropdown checkbox before clicking on the Publish button to continue.

Product quantity dropdown preview

This lets your customers purchase products using a quantity dropdown list that has predefined minimum and maximum quantities.

Step #3: Set custom quantities on products

While setting minimum and maximum quantities and displaying the quantity selector as a dropdown list are great ways to improve the shopping experience of your WooCommerce site, you can do more with the WooCommerce Minimum Maximum Quantity and Order plugin.

The robust plugin lets you set custom quantities for products or sell products that come in pre-defined packaging. For instance, you can sell t-shirts in packs of 3, 6, 9, and 12 only.

Set custom quantities

To do this, set the Quantity Increment field to the quantity you want to sell your products in only. For example, if you sell eggs in half-dozen and dozen quantities only, it will only let customers add or remove eggs in increments of 6.

Defined product dropdown quantities

Using the Defined Quantities field, you can showcase custom quantity labels for predefined quantities. For instance, you can sell t-shirts in custom quantities like “3-piece pack”, “6-piece pack”, “9-piece pack”, and “12-piece pack”.

Just specify the quantity and use the “|” symbol to separate the quantity value from the quantity custom label. Once you’re ready, make sure to click on the Update button to continue.

Defined quantities preview

Customers on your online store can now easily select custom pre-defined quantities using the custom labels from a dropdown list. This ensures customers don’t end up ordering the wrong quantity for products that come in pre-packaged quantities and helps enhance the user experience on your online store.

Bonus: display product quantities with dropdowns in a product table

In this tutorial, we’ve shown you how to create dropdown lists in your product pages. But what if you want to add product tables to your store so that your customers can view multiple products in one list?

WooCommerce Minimum Maximum Quantity and Order integrates with WooCommerce Product Table Ultimate!

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WooCommerce Product Table Ultimate

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Using both plugins together, you can display multiple products at once in a table-style format and enable quantity dropdown lists for your WooCommerce store. This means your customers can easily browse through hundreds of products at once and add multiple products to their shopping cart at once while being able to use quantity dropdown lists to select the desired quantity of each product. This way, customers don’t have to worry about updating the cart quantity later on.

Improve your store experience with WooCommerce quantity dropdown lists!

Displaying a quantity dropdown list instead of the default WooCommerce text quantity field makes it easier for customers to purchase multiple units of a product from your online store. Since customers don’t have to manually enter quantities, it also helps speed up the shopping experience on your WooCommerce site. It’s perfect for businesses that want to cater to regular customers as well as wholesale customers and bulk buyers.

WooCommerce Minimum Maximum Quantity and Order comes pre-built with a lot of essential features that not only let you display a quantity dropdown list for your products but also let you set minimum and maximum quantity values, display custom quantity steps, and showcase text instead of numerical quantities. In addition to this, you can also set custom pricing rules on all your products, which helps you unlock the full potential of product quantity dropdown in WooCommerce.

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WooCommerce Minimum Maximum Quantity and Order

Maximise your store’s revenue by setting rules on quantity and values

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Ready to start showcasing WooCommerce product quantities in a dropdown list and improve the shopping experience on your online store? Get WooCommerce Minimum Maximum Quantity and Order and WooCommerce Product Table Ultimate today!

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