JavaScript: How to check if an object is NaN

JavaScript's NaN ("Not a Number") is hard to compare against. It never equals anything, not even itself:

NaN === NaN;        // false
Number.NaN === NaN; // false

There is the isNaN method, but it is not really what you are looking for:

isNaN(NaN)     // true
isNaN('hello') // true

Option 1: ES6

The method determines whether two values are the same value. It even works for NaN:, NaN) // true

Option 2: ES5

The example above shows that simply using isNaN would match other objects, too. However, look at the weird type of "Not a Number":

typeof NaN // "number"

Hence we can actually check against NaN like this:

var something = NaN;
typeof something === 'number' && isNaN(something) // true


Arne Hartherz almost 7 years ago
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