In the 1930s, Westye Bakke began experimenting with food refrigeration, partly because he was looking for a reliable way to store insulin for his son Bud, who had type 1 diabetes.
In 1943, Westye built his first free-standing freezer in his basement from scrap.
He bent the coils into the correct shape by hand.
Two years later, he launched the Sub-Zero Freezer Company and introduced the first ultra-low temperature food preservation system; literally sub-zero. The company quickly gained a solid reputation for its innovative capacity and high-quality products.
‘When my grandfather started the company in 1945, there were lots of refrigerator manufacturers in North America,’ says Jim Bakke, Westye’s grandson and current Sub-Zero director. ‘His strategy has always been to build the best refrigerators of the highest quality. He knew this would give him an advantage over his competitors in the long run. If you make a quality product, you’re always guaranteed customers.’
Fresh and innovative
Staying true to Westye’s early pioneering efforts, Sub-Zero continues to invent and refine methods to preserve food freshness and reduce waste.
PROLONG FOOD LIFE
We carried out some groundbreaking work with our separate refrigeration systems for the refrigerator and freezer. The dual refrigeration system keeps food fresher for longer, and minimises the risk of freezer burn.
Sub-Zero’s refrigeration appliances use an air purification system based on NASA technology. It removes ethylene and odours from the air in a refrigerator every twenty minutes.
LOCK IN THE COLD
The doors of a Sub-Zero are designed to preserve food. The seals are so tight that some owners have reported that even after a power cut of several days, frozen foods still don’t thaw.
At Sub-Zero, function has always prevailed over form. Even so, our designs are among the most imitated around. One example is the bold design of the grille above the twin compressors.
Over the years, we’ve expanded our vanguard position in design to include an integrated refrigeration system that fits seamlessly into your décor. Thanks to Sub-Zero’s countless options, you can give your kitchen the appearance of your preference.
Legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright was so impressed with our innovative approach to built-in design that he ordered Sub-Zero appliances for his visionary homes.
Built to last
Inspired by Westye’s desire to build nothing but the best, Sub-Zero has never compromised on quality. We only use top-quality materials and state-of-the-art technology, and the calibre of our craftsmanship is of a level you would expect to find in the world’s finest homes
MADE IN AMERICA
Our products are made in our factories in Wisconsin and Arizona,
where we check every step of the manufacturing process.
TESTED FOR RELIABILITY
Onze apparaten zijn ontworpen voor een levensduur van minimaal twintig jaar. Belangrijke onderdelen onderwerpen we aan extreme stresstests, voordat we ze in het definitieve ontwerp opnemen. En van elk apparaat testen we vooraf aan de levering iedere belangrijke functie.
We’re firm believers in the quality of our products, as is shown by our industry-leading warranties and the world-class customer service team of experts in Madison, Wisconsin. It’s also reflected in our network of carefully selected and trained installers and maintenance technicians.
Wolf brings decades of professional
cooking experience into your home
In 2000, Sub-Zero impressed the world with its launch of no fewer than fifty Wolf cooking appliances. These appliances gave home cooks temperature control previously only within reach of professionals. Wolf has more than eight decades of experience in commercial kitchens. Wolf’s technology, durability and design make this brand the ideal kitchen partner for Sub-Zero.