The Sub-Zero Story
When Westye Bakke began experimenting with refrigeration in the 1930s, he was, in part, searching for a reliable way to store insulin—his young son, Bud, needed it to manage his juvenile diabetes.
Westye launched Sub-Zero Freezer Company in 1945, introducing the first system for preserving food at ultra-low temperatures—literally sub-zero. The company would quickly establish a reputation for quality and innovation.
“When my grandfather started the business in 1945 there were many, many refrigeration manufacturers throughout North America,” says Jim Bakke, Westye’s grandson and the current president of Sub-Zero. “His strategy was always to build the best, highest-quality refrigeration, because he knew if he did that, he had the staying power that the other people didn’t. If you build a quality product, you will always have customers.”
Staying true to Westye’s earliest pioneering efforts, Sub-Zero continues to refine and invent ways to preserve your food’s freshness and reduce waste.
PROLONG FOOD LIFE
SEALS IN THE COLD
An icon in design
At Sub-Zero, function has always preceded form, but that has not stopped our designs from becoming some of the most imitated—like the bold look of the louvered grille over our dual compressors.
Through the years, Sub-Zero has expanded its design leadership with integrated refrigeration that blends in seamlessly with your décor. Your kitchen can be anything you imagine thanks to the countless choices of Sub-Zero.
Our innovative built-in design approach impressed legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who commissioned Sub-Zero appliances for the visionary homes he designed.
Built to last
TESTED FOR DEPENDABILITY
A LIFETIME OF SUPPORT
We stand by our products with industry-leading warranties, a best-in-class customer service team of experts in Madison, Wisconsin, and a network of hand-selected and trained installers and service technicians.