Ice machines have only been used in and around the house for around 200 years. Before this period, if you lived in a hot climate, you may well have never seen ice in your entire lifetime.

Before the pioneering ice machines were invented, ice was cut from lakes and rivers and stored in insulated areas for the summer months. Ice was often imported to warmer areas but the quality of the ice was always a concern.

A Very Intelligent Invention

The first ice machine was patented in 1851 by a scientist and physician called Dr John Gowrie, he was seen as the forefather of refrigeration. This model however, was never taken into commercial production. Dr Gowrie was also responsible for an early air cooling system that was used in a Florida hospital.

The following few years saw 3 more patents granted for ice machines. In 1853 Alexander Twining, in 1855 James Harrison and in 1866 Thaddeus Lowe invented the first commercially constructed ice machine. The first commercially produced ice was sold in Dallas during the same year.

Widespread Refrigeration in the Home

From its invention in the 1800’s, refrigeration was continuously developed by many different people from every corner of the globe. Old fashioned ice boxes were replaced with home refrigerators, but the early models did not feature freezer compartments

By the 1920’s many households would have refrigerators in the home. Ice cube trays and freezer compartments were slowly added to new models. Ice was being made in regular houses for the first time.

Ice Makers at Home

The first manufacturer of a refrigerator with a built in ice maker was the Servel company. From the early 1950’s, technology had grown to the point where the appliance could be directly connected to main water line, the user no longer had to manually fill the appliance. By 1960 refrigerators with built in ice making functions were wide spread.

The Modern ‘In Door’ Models

With the rise in popularity of in home ice making appliances, Frigidaire invented the first refrigerator with an ice maker in the door. This allowed the user to collect water and ice without having to open the appliance door. This model first went to market in 1965 and sold for many years.

By the mid 1980’s, ice making capabilities in home appliances had improved greatly. The appliances could store up to 12 pounds of ice. 

The Future

The kitchen home appliance market has become a huge one. Ice making machines are now available in different sizes, shapes and models. Portable ice machines have become a popular choice amongst consumers. While many of these models require manual filling, they can produce a large amount of ice in a short space of time.

Under counter machines, which usually connect directly into the water line, as well as permanent stand-alone models are available. To select the correct model for you, simply click the following link, ice maker machine for sale. Here you will find plenty of reviews and detailed specification on a wide range of machines.