jQuery.fn.each vs. jQuery.fn.quickEach (v41)

Revision 41 of this benchmark created by Jason on


The quickEach method will pass a non-unique jQuery instance to the callback meaning that there will be no need to instantiate a fresh jQuery instance on each iteration. Most of the slow-down inherent in jQuery’s native iterator method (each) is the constant need to have access to jQuery’s methods, and so most developers see constructing multiple instances as no issue… A better approach would be quickEach.

Preparation HTML

<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1/jquery.min.js">
  var a = $('<div/>').append(Array(100).join('<a></a>')).find('a');

  jQuery.fn.quickEach = (function() {
    var jq = jQuery([1]);
    return function(c) {
      var i = -1,
          el, len = this.length;
      try {
        while (++i < len && (el = jq[0] = this[i]) && c.call(jq[0], i, jq) !== false);
      } catch (e) {
        delete jq[0];
        throw e;
      delete jq[0];
      return this;

   * jQuery each2 - v0.2 - 8/02/2010
   * http://benalman.com/projects/jquery-misc-plugins/
   * Inspired by James Padolsey's quickEach
   * http://gist.github.com/500145
   * Copyright (c) 2010 "Cowboy" Ben Alman
   * Dual licensed under the MIT and GPL licenses.
   * http://benalman.com/about/license/

  (function($) {

    // Create a placeholder jQuery object with a length of 1. The single item
    // is completely arbitrary and will be replaced.
    var jq = $([1]);

    $.fn.each2 = function(fn) {
      var i = -1;

      while (
      // Set both the first element AND context property of the placeholder
      // jQuery object to the DOM element. When i has been incremented past the
      // end, this[++i] will return undefined and abort the while loop.
      (jq.context = jq[0] = this[++i])

      // Invoke the callback function in the context of the DOM element,
      // passing both the index and the placeholder jQuery object in. Like
      // .each, if the callback returns `false`, abort the while loop.
      && fn.call(jq[0], i, jq) !== false) {}

      // Return the initial jQuery object for chainability.
      return this;


Test runner

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Testing in
a.each(function() {
a.quickEach(function() {
a.each2(function(i, elem) {


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