Hood, debugger or exhaust: which can make your kitchen more charming?

Those who like to cook their own meals, prepare the family’s food and reinvent recipes know that it is inevitable: different odors always arise when frying, grilling, cooking or even boiling something. The issue is that when these smells (often uncomfortable) spread through the environment and even invade other spaces.

It is at this point that many people decide to install a device that filters the air. But which one to choose: hood, debugger or exhaust fan?

Thinking about this question that leaves so many people indecisive, we have prepared a post to help you understand the differences of each model and reach a verdict on which one is the best option for your home. Follow up!

What is the difference between the hood, debugger or exhaust fan?

It is normal to be confused and fear not making the best choice. After all, there are many different types of equipment available on the market! To complete, not everyone has one of them at home or knows the particularities and advantages of each piece.

So, let’s go by parts, agreed? The first point you should know is that all these products have the same purpose: to reduce the presence of odors, smoke and vapors in the kitchen and, consequently, in the rest of the house.

However, there are those that have secondary functions, in addition to differences in function, design and installation. Below, you will find out about these details. Look!


We started with the debugger, which is a very traditional model in the Brazilian market. His design is easily recognizable: rectangular and about 60 to 80 centimeters long and no more than 10 centimeters high. It must always be installed over the stove or cooktop.

The debugger works only when turned on, promoting a true cleansing of the environment while you cook. To do this, it absorbs the air below it, which carries the smoke, steam and grease produced (and exposed) into its filter.

In this space, the air is separated from other impurities, thus allowing it to be released without odors or presence of other elements. However, as it contains filters, it is necessary to carry out frequent maintenance on the device to replace them with new ones. After all, the more you cook in your home, the faster they get dirty and malfunction.

Exhaust fan

The exhaust fan, in turn, is a little different. Starting with its shape, which can be square or circular, while internally, it has propellers that resemble a fan. As for size, domestic models range from 20 to 50 centimeters.

This appliance can be installed in any part of the kitchen, it is recommended that it be placed as high as possible. That’s why many people place it on top of walls or even on the ceiling. However, an interesting tip: in very spacious kitchens, it is recommended that it be close to the stove or cooktop to ensure a more efficient result.

It is worth mentioning that the hood requires a duct to be made that connects it to an external area, where the air outlet will be located. In other words, this product is simultaneously inside and outside your property.

It works continuously when activated. Basically, what it does is pull the hot air out of the room—we’ve included both steam and smoke here—and transfers it inside to the outside exit point (that’s why the duct is so important). With that, the space is odorless and, to top it off, with a more pleasant temperature.

However, it is important to keep in mind that the hood does not filter the air or remove the grease present in it. So be aware: if fat is responsible for the uncomfortable smell in the kitchen, the problem will unfortunately not be solved.


Finally, we come to the hood that, in recent years, has been launched in increasingly modern and elegant models. It is that apparatus in the shape of an inverted “T”, in which the base is rectangular and there is always the presence of a column. Its length is between 60 and 80 centimeters, while its height is around 40 to 60 centimeters.

Among the three devices mentioned here, it is certainly the most complex. This is due to the fact that most models have not just one function, but two. They can work in debug mode or exhaust mode at will, doing the same job as competing appliances. Very interesting, right?

That’s why the installation of the hood also requires the presence of a duct (to expel hot air) and needs to be done over the stove or cooktop (to purify the air on it), whether placed next to the cabinets or inserted on an island in the middle of the environment.

How to choose the best option?

To choose the best equipment among the hood, debugger or exhaust fan, you must take into account the specifics of each one and their capacity to deal with the problems generated by vapors, odors and grease. Another interesting point to consider is the size of your kitchen.

If the place is compact and even the furniture is reduced to gain space, the ideal is to invest in an option that will not visually pollute the room, make installation difficult and the main thing: occupy a very large area – which could be used, for for example, for niches, shelves or even hanging cabinets.

What can make your kitchen more charming?

“I already know the differences between the three device options. But which one will enhance and make the decoration of the kitchen in my home more charming?”, you must be thinking. Therefore, know that the hoods have stood out when it comes to interior design, precisely because of what we are talking about: the modern and elegant look they have and the possibility of operating in two modes.

To top it off, they are quite versatile aesthetically. This allows them to be inserted in kitchens with different types of decor, from Scandinavian to Oriental.

As you have read, the decision between the hood, debugger or exhaust fan must be made wisely, always taking into account not only appearance but functionality, installation, and efficiency. So, read and reread this post to take all the necessary notes and assess which of the three equipment fits best in your apartment’s decor.