Kangen Water Comparison – SD501

02/05/2011 , by Admin No Comments Kangen/Enagic, Site Sponsors

Are “Kangen Water Machines” from Enagic the best or just the most expensive?

Here we’ll take a look at the company’s SD501 Model in comparison to other water ionizers in the same price range.

At just under $4,000 the Enagic SD501 is supposed to be the best of the best when it comes to water ionizers.

Enagic representatives claim that the high price-tag is because the machine is better made using better components and can produce alkaline water, unlike any other water ionizer.

What exactly do you get for the $3,985 price tag?  Here are the specs as stated on the official Enagic Website:

Enagic Leveluk SD501

Plates

7 electrodes

Plate Surface Area

245 inches (*plate surface area no longer listed on the official Enagic website)

Plate Design

Flat – Platinum Coated Titanium (*“flat” plate designation no longer listed on official Enagic Website)

Maximum Wattage

230 watts

Flow Rate

  • Kangen Water (9.5pH)  3.5 – 7 liters/min (*represented as 1.2 – 2 gallons per minute on official Enagic Website)
  • Acidic water: (5.5 – 4.5pH) 1.5 – 2 liters/min (*represented as .4 to .7 gallons per minute on official Enagic Website)
  • Strong Acidic water: 0.6 – 1.1 liters/min (*represented as 0.16  – 0.3 gallons per minute on the official Enagic Website)

 

pH Level Selections

7 total:  4 alkaline, 1 neutral, 2 acidic

pH Range

2.5 – 11.0

Filtration System

Single Filter (5” height x 1.5” radius)

Alerts/ Announcements

Voice, LCD Screen and active level light indicator on control panel

Cost

$3,985

Warranty

5 years parts & labor (warranty can be extended by 3 years parts & labor for an additional $250 or extended for 3 years to include coverage of damage caused by enhancer solution for $400)

 

The next closest competitor in the $4,000 price range is the Evontis Elite which retails for $3,999.  Here we’ll add the Evontis specs side-by-side with the Enagic specifications:

Enagic Leveluk SD501

Evontis Elite

Plates

7 electrodes 9 electrodes

Plate Design

Flat – Platinum Coated Titanium (*“flat” plate designation no longer listed on official Enagic Website) Hybrid-Mesh

Maximum Wattage

230 watts 400 watts

Flow Rate

  • Kangen Water (9.5pH)  3.5 – 7 liters/min (*represented as 1.2 – 2 gallons per minute on official Enagic Website)
  • Acidic water: (5.5 – 4.5pH) 1.5 – 2 liters/min (*represented as .4 to .7 gallons per minute on official Enagic Website)
  • Strong Acidic water: 0.6 – 1.1 liters/min (*represented as 0.16  – 0.3 gallons per minute on the official Enagic Website)

 

1.5 to 3.0 liters/min at all pH levels

pH Level Selections

7 total:  4 alkaline, 1 neutral, 2 acidic 8 total:  4 alkaline, 1 neutral, 3 acidic (including turbo alkaline/acidic levels)

pH Range

2.5 – 11.0 2.0 – 12.0

Filtration System

Single Filter (5” height x 1.5” radius) Dual filters (each filter 8”height x 1.25” radius)

Alerts/ Announcements

Voice, LCD screen text and active level light indicator on control panel Voice, LCD screen text, LCD screen color

Information available on LCD Screen

pH Level  selection
  • pH level selection
  • flow rate
  • filter life
  • time in use
  • voice alert on/off indicator
  • filter door open/close indicator
  • additional indicators for advanced settings adjustments

 

Advanced Adjustments/ Settings

None available Voice on/offVolume

Power settings within each preset

Certified as Medical Device in Country of Origin

Yes (Japanese Ministry of Health & Labor) Yes (Korean Food & Drug Administration)

Cost

$3,985 $3,999

Warranty

5 years parts & labor (warranty can be extended by 3 years parts & labor for an additional $250 or extended for 3 years to include coverage of damage caused by enhancer solution for $400) LIFETIME covering parts & Labor

 

Enagic’s Leveluk SD501 requires the use of a chemical enhancer solution for producing the strong acidic and alkaline levels.  The literature that comes with this model and the enhancer solution states that water produced using this enhancer solution should not be consumed.  The Evontis Elite requires no additives to produce the stronger alkaline or acidic levels of water.  It may be necessary to slow the flow rate somewhat to achieve the strongest pH levels in some areas but this is true with the SD501 as well – only there is no ongoing cost for chemical solutions to produce these levels.

Also in the $4,000 price range is the Tyent UCE-9000T under counter water ionizer.  This model allows you to put the actual water ionizer itself under the counter with only the faucet that dispenses the water showing above the counter.   The faucet offers full control over every aspect of the unit’s operation:  pH level selection, voice alert function on/off controls, volume controls, advanced settings for adjusting the individual presets.  The faucet also displays remaining filter life, time of day and pH level in use is indicated by both voice alerts, on-screen readout and screen color.

The full retail price of the UCE-9000T is $3,999 but it can often be found on sale for $2,999 to $3,499.  Like the Evontis, the 9000T also comes with a lifetime warranty covering both parts & labor.  Additional comparative specs on the machine – 9 platinum/titanium plates, 375 watts of power, dual filtration.

If you are spending up to $4,000 for a water ionizer you are looking for a quality product that offers a lot of extra’s for the extra cost.  Enagic seems to fall short here when compared to other water ionizers in this higher price class.

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