Exhaust Fan Vs Chimney in India: Which One Is Best for The Kitchen?

Last updated: October 23rd, 2022

Indian kitchen is best known for its powerful flavors and delicacies and sometimes these flavors leave behind a strong smell that can wander in the kitchen for a long time and even spread in the whole house! This is where a kitchen chimney and exhaust fan come into play. If you are someone looking for the right option to choose from, then it is better to have an understanding of these two things in advance for making a perfect choice.

Cooking in the Indian kitchen most of the time leaves behind a lot of smoke and subtle oily matter in the air as it involves lots of frying, grilling, and similar activities. If there is no place for this smoke to go then it sits in the atmosphere of the kitchen itself and even spreads into the house and may even accumulate on the surfaces like walls, fan blades, and interior.

How Does An Exhaust Fan Functions?

An exhaust fan is very similar to that of a normal ceiling fan. However, instead of throwing the air towards the rooms it sucks and eliminates it in the outer atmosphere. Exhaust fans are usually used in bathrooms and kitchens to eliminate bad odor and smoke to some extent. To be fair, the exhaust fans should only be used in bathrooms instead of using it kitchen as it doesn’t perform that well there.

When the fan is powered on the blades rotate creating a vacuum around the fan that sucks the humid bathroom air and throws it out. However, in the kitchen, it may throw out some smoke and odor but the oil and grease particles remain in the air and eventually create a nuisance.

How Does The Kitchen Chimney Functions?

There are two types of chimneys, Ductless and Ducted chimneys. Ductless chimneys recirculate the kitchen air by eliminating the oil/grease particles, smoke, and odor through the inner filtration system. The ducted chimney is slightly expensive and instead of recirculation the air it completely throws out the unwanted air particles that create nuisance into the outer atmosphere.

Difference Between Kitchen Chimney and an Exhaust Fan

For better understanding let’s differentiate them based on their functions and other aspects of performance.

Exhaust Fan Kitchen Chimney
Expels out the smoke and bad odor. Expels out the bad odor, smoke, oil, and grease particles in the air.
Cleaning of kitchen fan blades, tiles, stoves, and walls is required and more frequent. Cleaning frequency reduces drastically with no need to clean the walls, fan blades, and other interior aspects of grease and accumulated oil particles.
Low budget, price starts from 1000 Rupees in Indian Market. Expensive, price starts from 10000 rupees in Indian Market.
Consumes less power, around 65 watts. Consumes more power, around 230 watts.


An exhaust fan seems like a cheaper option but fails to perform the function of getting rid of the greasy and oily kitchen smoke particles. On the other hand, the kitchen chimney is expensive but drastically reduces the kitchen cleaning frequency and also gets rid of the oil and grease particles more efficiently.

Now, the choice totally depends on the consumer whether he/she wants all benefits that come with the kitchen chimney or partial benefits of the exhaust fan. We firmly recommend going with the dedicated kitchen chimney of your choice as it is completely worth the money spent and beneficial in the long run.

WRITTEN BY Aman Sharma

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