in frontend/rwd/default/template/catalog/product/list.phtml round line 48 the $_product is fetched from the collection.

Our products have a style attribute. But that is missing here.

var_dump(get_class($_product)); // Mage_Catalog_Model_Product 
var_dump( $_product->getAttributeText('style') // false

If below that I do this:

$_product = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')->load( $_product->getId() );
var_dump(get_class($_product)); // Mage_Catalog_Model_Product 
var_dump( $_product->getAttributeText('style') // get the string with the value

But (re)loading every product here for 1 attrubute is probably bad for performance. What is going on here? How can I do this better.

1 Answer 1


For performance reasons, not all attributes are loaded in the collection.
Only the ones marked with "Used in product listing" (and a few other system attributes).
You should edit the attribute in the backend (Catalog->Attributes->Manage attributes) and set the flag Used in product listing to Yes.
A flat catalog reindex is required after that.

Side note: be careful with how many attributes you set to be used in product listing. If they are too many, you might end up going over the sql max row limit.

  • Thnx that helps.
    – janw
    Jul 21, 2014 at 13:14

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