Not sure which one sounds normal. Abluftventilator vs Bad-Ventilator vs Badlüfter. Or perhaps some other words. Last time I just used deepl/dictionary for another word and someone said no one uses that word except for store catalogs.

It's the fan on the wall or ceiling that ventilate the bathroom. To remove condensation after showering for example.

Context is it's broken and I need to ask the Hausmeister to call a repairman to fix it.

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    Might be useful to know that the common English term (British English at least) for such a fan is an extractor fan.
    – dbmag9
    Jul 25, 2022 at 18:18
  • @dbmag9 You are correct according to google trends. trends.google.com/trends/…
    – dictum
    Jul 25, 2022 at 18:52
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    If you are missing such a specific word describing the context is usually also a good option. For example: "Der Lüfter in meinem Bad" also describes the device and does not require you to remember a word you will probably use twice in your entire life.
    – lidar
    Jul 25, 2022 at 19:17

2 Answers 2


There are many ways to call it and probably all should be understood by your Hausmeister.

  • (Bad)Lüfter or Lüfter im Bad

  • (Bad)Entlüfter or Entlüfter im Bad

  • Lüftungsanlage or Lüftungsanlage im Bad

  • ...

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    Austrian Badventilator, Kloventilator, Häuslventilator
    – dlatikay
    Jul 25, 2022 at 19:32

I would just call it, "der Ventilator im Bad." But I learned my German in the 1970's;-) (It was the first language I learned).

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