getFirstItem is not working on a collection while getData returns a row.

$product_obj       = $objectManager->create('Magento\Catalog\Model\Product');
$productCollection = $product_obj->getCollection()->addAttributeToFilter('erp_vc_item_code',$value->getVcItemCode());

print_r($productCollection->getSize()); // Prints 1
print_r($productCollection->getData()); // Prints an array
print_r($productCollection->getFirstItem()->getData()); // Does not prints anything
print_r($productCollection->getFirstItem()->getSku()); // Does not prints anything



  [0] => Array
        [entity_id] => 2087
        [attribute_set_id] => 4
        [type_id] => simple
        [sku] => Mouthwash---Fresh-To-Go-500ml
        [has_options] => 0
        [required_options] => 0
        [created_at] => 2022-03-27 16:31:08
        [updated_at] => 2022-03-27 16:31:09
        [erp_vc_item_code] => PCMO0000258



Sometimes the function works at other places but don't know why it does't work every time as expected.

  • I suggest to use \Magento\Catalog\Model\ResourceModel\Product\CollectionFactory for create product collection instead of call getCollection method from product. Jun 8 at 2:41
  • When it doesn't work then check with flush the cache. If it works after flush the cache, you need to use \Magento\Catalog\Model\ResourceModel\Product\CollectionFactory because it creates object every time and updated the data.
    – Mital Shah
    Jun 8 at 9:05
  • how about if I have to filter the result by an attribute value? Jun 8 at 22:28
  • In my case, the getFirstItem() returning 2 items, which must not happen. Is there any alternate for getFirstItem?
    – MSQ
    3 hours ago
  • Did you tried addAttributeToSelect('*') on getCollection method? 3 hours ago

2 Answers 2


Methods getSize, getData and getFirstItem use different logic


Calculates totals based on COUNT query

     * Get collection size
     * @return int
    public function getSize()
        if ($this->_totalRecords === null) {
            $sql = $this->getSelectCountSql();
            $this->_totalRecords = $this->_totalRecords ?? $this->getConnection()->fetchOne($sql, $this->_bindParams);
        return (int)$this->_totalRecords;


Loads items data without convert them into objects

     * Get all data array for collection
     * @return array
    public function getData()
        if ($this->_data === null) {
            $select = $this->getSelect();
            $this->_data = $this->_fetchAll($select);
        return $this->_data;


Try to load collection and returns first element. Returns empty entity if items is empty

     * Retrieve collection first item
     * @return DataObject
    public function getFirstItem()

        if (count($this->_items)) {
            return current($this->_items);

        return $this->_entityFactory->create($this->_itemObjectClass);

For debug your case I suggest to do:

  1. Run $productCollection->load(true); and check query

  2. Print count($productCollection->getItems()); - maybe you have empty items

  • Function getSize returns 1 and getData returns the array. So what is the solution to get the collection object. I know I can use loop to traverse the array but I wanted an uniformity. Based on your debug logic it prints me the SQL query, and on PhpMyAdmin it does not returns any row. Jun 8 at 22:25
  • You need to understand, why your query returns empty result. You can add to question as well. If you want some universal solution i suggest to create new Product instance and use loadByAttribute method to load entity. Using collection for your logic is overhead and looks like you have some extra logic behind scene. I tried to clarify how each used method works and why it doesn't work in some case. Jun 8 at 23:14

Try this:

     $objectManager = \Magento\Framework\App\ObjectManager::getInstance(); 
     $productCollection = $objectManager->create('Magento\Catalog\Model\ResourceModel\Product\Collection');
     $collection = $productCollection->addAttributeToSelect('*')->setPageSize(10);

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