In Magento 1.5 on the product page, I created a product collection (for related products) like this (I've omitted filters):

// $_products = Mage::getResourceModel('catalog/product_collection') // this variation makes no difference.
$_products = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')->getCollection()
                        ->addAttributeToSelect('some_dropdown_attr'); // does not work for dropdown/multiselect apparently

Now if I echo $_products->getSelect() I see that adding the dropdown attribute did nothing to modify the select. So the data for 'some_dropdown_attr' is not available that way. Isn't there a way to add it to the select. And if not, there certainly must be a way to get the value(s) of any dropdown (or multiselect) attribute for a certain product.

$_text_attr[] = array();
$_dropdown_attr[] = array();
foreach($_products as $_product) {
  $_text_attr[] = $_product->getData('some_text_attribute');
  // 1.) get resource - doesn't work
  // $_dropdown_attr[] = $_product->getResource()->getAttribute('some_dropdown_attr')->getFrontend()->getValue($_product); // results in array of "No"
  // 2.) get attribute text - doesn't work
  // $_dropdown_attr[] = $_product->getAttributeText('some_dropdown_attr'); // results in array of NULLS. 
  // Get attributes - doesn't work - array of "No". Also, even if it did work it seems idiotic to have to get all product attributes just to get the value of one
  // $_attrs = $_product->getAttributes();
  // $_dropdown_attr[] = $_attrs['some_dropdown_attr']->getFrontend()->getValue($_product);
  • Are you sure that the product you are using for tests has the attribute 'some_dropdown_attr'?
    – Marius
    Jan 18, 2014 at 8:15
  • @Marius Are you suggesting that one of the methods I tried should have worked? The value was visible in the Admin view for the product. I confirmed it was the right attribute by looking at the form field's id using Chrome's "Inspect Element." The id = the attribute code. Jan 19, 2014 at 19:36
  • In my opinion this should work $_product->getAttributeText('some_dropdown_attr')
    – Marius
    Jan 20, 2014 at 7:26

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As @marius points out in the comments the following should work:


Therefore only the following could be happening:

  • You must have mis-named your dropdown attribute
  • Ensure that the attribute has valid values applied on the current store view

If all else fails, there may be a problem with your attribute setup code; for instance, not visible in the frontend isn't set properly and you're using flat tables...

In that case to debug output it with the following code:

$attr = $_product->getResource()->getAttribute('some_dropdown_attr')->getFrontend()->getValue($_product);

If that works check your catalog attribute configuration or disable flat indexes.

  • Is there a way to go around the flat table and use the eav tables as the data source even when flat tables are activated? When I have tried your suggestions, I will let you know if they have worked. Feb 21, 2014 at 5:15
  • Your getResource() code to get the value of the attribute is returning "No", even though that is not the value of the attribute for that product. In the backend, I can see it using chrome's inspect element: <label for="some_dropdown_attr">Some Dropdown</label> and its value is NOT "No". Any ideas? Feb 26, 2014 at 0:02

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