Frigidaire is an American brand of consumer and commercial appliances. It was founded as the Guardian Frigerator Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and developed the first self-contained refrigerator (invented by Nathaniel B. Wales and Alfred Mellowes) in 1916.
In 1918, William C. Durant, a founder of General Motors, personally invested in the company and in 1919, it adopted the name Frigidaire. The brand was so well known in the refrigeration field in the early 20th century that many Americans called any refrigerator, whatever its brand, a “Frigidaire”. The name Frigidaire or the earlier version, Frigerator, may be the actual origin of the slang term “fridge”.
It offers a full range of energy efficient, high-quality kitchen and laundry appliances, including refrigerators, ranges and ovens, range hoods, microwaves, dishwashers, washers and dryers. It has been designed to help families make the most of their time and space with high-performing, easy-to-use appliances with time-saving features.
In 2018 , Frigidaire celebrated 100 years of meaningful innovation, including inventing the first home refrigerator, the first home freezer, and the first room air conditioner.
In 1918, W.C. Durant purchases the manufacturing company that built the first self-contained refrigerator and coins the name Frigidaire. In 1929, Frigidaire originally calls it an Ice Cream Cabinet. But the first chest-style freezer proves to have many more uses. In 1929, Frigidaire invents the first commercially successful “room cooler” and transforms what it means to be comfortable in your home.