Enagic Kangen SD-501 Leveluk: 10 Point Inspection
Posted by Water Ionizer Expert on July 20, 2016 0 Comments
The Enagic Kangen SD-501 is a seven plate water ionizer that costs about twice what comparable machines cost. But when you look at this machine’s features, you’ll wonder why it costs so much. The Kangen machine has only 230 Watts of power, and just a single filter. It’s not powerful enough to make alkaline water with high antioxidant potential, and it’s filter doesn’t protect you from heavy metals or salt. The reason this machine is so expensive is that it’s sold through multi-level marketing. Enagic representatives try to justify the high price of this machine by claiming that it has more platinum on its plates than other ionizers, but that’s just not true. For example, the LIFE M-13 has 13 plates, and a lot more platinum, but it’s still cheaper than the Kangen machine.
pH and ORP tests over time
The best we could get out of this machine was a pH range of 5.1 to 9.9 without the use of Enagic’s chemical additive. It gave us a disappointing antioxidant ORP reading of -578. This means the Kangen machine performs about as well as many 5 plate entry level ionizers we’ve tested.
Over time, the machine’s pH and antioxidant ORP performance does hold up. After 6 months of use, we got a pH range of 5.3 to 10.0 and an antioxidant ORP level of -575. So the Kangen machine is reliable, but not very strong unless you add chemicals.
Our ruling: Pass The Kangen machines performance is underwhelming, but it does hold up over time.
Toxins filtered out
The Kangen machine’s single filter is inadequate, it doesn’t protect you against heavy metals, and most competing ionizers filters do. To get good filtration on this machine, you’d have to pay $150 extra for a prefilter system. But why pay extra? You could get a LIFE Ionizer, which costs less than a Kangen machine, and the LIFE machine comes with free custom filtration that does protect you from heavy metals and other toxins.
Our ruling: Fail The filter in this machine is inadequate, it doesn’t protect you from harmful metals like lead. We think it’s an outrage that Enagic makes you pay extra for a prefilter system when they should provide one free because their filter is not up to the job.
Quality of components
The Kangen machine is well built. It has large plates with a good coating of platinum on them. It’s shortcoming is that it’s built with older technology. Competing brands have long since moved on to technology such as SMPS power supplies and advanced cleaning technologies that make newer ionizers more powerful and able to work with hard water. The Kangen machine doesn’t work with hard water. If you use it with hard water, it will void your warranty and the repairs will cost around $800. If you have hard water, don’t buy a Kangen machine
Our ruling: Pass The Kangen machine is well-built, albeit with older technology.
White glove installation available
We don’t know of any installation services available for the Kangen machine. It’s sold by multi-level marketers and they don’t install it.
Our ruling: Fail You can’t get white glove installation for the Kangen machine
Evaluate user experience with in home trials
The Kangen system is easy to use, but it’s high maintenance. We really don’t like the fact that you have to add chemicals to get decent performance from this machine.
Our ruling: Pass The Kangen machine is easy to use, but high maintenance
Maintenance: Is it easy, effective?
You have to disassemble and manually clean this machine every six weeks. It’s a complicated 8 step process that you’ll get tired of doing very quickly. Additionally, you have to buy expensive chemicals from Enagic to clean it right.
Our ruling: Fail Maintenance for the Kangen machine is a pain in the neck, you have to constantly disassemble and clean this machine. It’s not worth the hassle
Warranties, return policy, user manual
The Kangen machine has a lousy warranty, it’s only covered for five years. To make matters worse, the warranty will only cover the machine’s plates once. If you want extra coverage for the plates, it will cost you $400 extra. The return policy is also awful, you only get three days to decide whether you want to return the machine, after that, you’re stuck with it. The user’s manual is somewhat confusing, and difficult to follow.
Our ruling: Fail The warranty on this machine is too short, and it doesn’t adequately cover damage to the plates. The return policy is also too short and the user’s manual is difficult to read
Customer Service/Tech support
Enagic has good customer service and tech support. Their service center is in the US, which we like because some companies make you ship your ionizer overseas for repairs.
Our ruling: Pass Enagic has good customer service and tech support
How the ionizer compares to other ionizers
Compared to other ionizers, the Kangen machine is way overpriced, and it underperforms for a machine in it’s price point. You simply don’t get your money’s worth from a Kangen machine
Our ruling: Fail The Kangen machine compares poorly to other ionizers. It’s overpriced and underpowered.
Taste of the water
The water from the Kangen machine tastes slightly sweet and refreshing, we just worry about the poor quality filtration on this machine.
Our ruling: Pass The water from the Kangen machine tastes good.
F = Our Grade for the Enagic Kangen SD-501 Leveluk: 5 out of 10 for 50%
The Enagic Kangen SD-501 is too expensive, and it lacks the power it needs to hit good pH and antioxidant ORP levels. The filter on this machine is inadequate, since it doesn’t protect you from heavy metals like lead. There are much better machines out there for the money.