Without a shadow of a doubt, Enagic makes the best water ionizer on the planet. The standard, water filters that come with the Kangen machines are less than ideal for most users. It can reduce some of the Chlorine, but probably not much else (including the byproducts of chlorine disinfection).
As an Enagic user myself, I’ve never been satisfied with the optional pre-filtration system.
In a different world, you would not have to worry about arsenic in your drinking water.
Unfortunately, with rampant water pollution permeating our environment, you cannot be too careful when it comes to the water that you and your family use every day.
But how can you protect your family from the danger of arsenic in water?
The Gold Standard in Filtration
That’s where Multipure comes in. Multipure is a family-owned company that manufactures their own water filtration systems in the USA.
More importantly, Multipure products have more NSF-Certifications for contaminant reduction than any other filters of its kind (NSF-Certification is the Gold Standard for Water Filters).
I’d go as far to say that Multipure is simply the best non-RO water filter available anywhere (and RO water isn’t well-suited for the Ionizer machines).
Consumer Reports Doesn’t Lie
Multipure’s bestselling Aquaversa is the #1 Rated Undersink Water Filter by Consumer Reports (if you’re familiar with CR, you know that is not an easy feat to attain). You can see the screenshot below, taken from the CR website’s Undersink Water Filters page.
Or, if you get the CR magazine, you can see the Aquaversa listed in the April, 2018 Kitchen Planning & Buying Guide issue.
But for most Enagic users, the best option is the Multipure Aquaperform, a slightly upgraded model that reduces every contaminant the Aquaversa does (with the addition of reducing Arsenic V), AND gets the highest water flow rate of any product they offer.
The Only Option for Arsenic
The Aquaperform (and it’s big brother, the Aqualuxe) are actually the ONLY non-RO water filters available in the USA and Canada that are certified by NSF to reduce Arsenic V.
That is what I am excited!
As an Enagic Distributor for many years, I’ve been satisfied with the Aquaperform. I’ve had many customers on well water with Arsenic, and reverse osmosis is just not a good option for use with an ionizer (for many reasons). I was very pleased to learn of a safe, viable option for my customers with Arsenic in their water.
The flow rate from Aquaperform does not slow the flow rate at all.
This is usually a sign that the filter isn’t filtering down to very fine pore size, meaning it’s probably not addressing the health-hazardous contaminants from the water.
The Issue with Chloramines
Another common issue that surfaces about prefiltration are Chloramines. Chloramines are much more difficult to address than chlorine, and the internal filter in the Enagic systems will not handle them. The Aquaperform is NSF-Certified for chloramine reduction for 600 gallons (1 year in many cases).
Many filters on the market claim to be able to reduce chloramines, but it’s important to look for NSF-Certification. Many of these products use a granular media instead of a solid block for filtration, and this usually results in a sharp reduction in performance over time (due to channeling).
Even if the product is a solid block, there’s no way of knowing its efficacy without independent third party testing. NSF-Certification for chloramines ensures that your filter will deliver a minimum 97.5% reduction of chloramines for the entire rated duration (600 gallons, in the case of the Aquaperform).
One of the biggest priorities in prefiltration is effective chloramine reduction and the ability to still have a strong flow of water (because in many cases, good water filters slow down water flow output). The Aquaperform accomplishes both of these tasks better than any other filter I’ve seen.
The Value of Stainless Steel
The Aquaperform also creates extra perceived value for your customers and prospects. It’s an 11-inch tall, 5.75-inch wide Stainless Steel Cylindrical Tank. It has some mass to it, and it just oozes quality. Think of it as being on par with the nicest stainless steel appliances you’ll see in high-end kitchens.
It’s just a night and day difference when you compare the plastic cartridge.
NSF Certification: The Proof Will Set You Free
Now, back to the NSF Certification for a moment. It’s important to note that many water filters have some degree of NSF-Certification. The key is knowing precisely which contaminants a filter is and is not certified to handle.
If you look at the image below, you’ll see the number of products that are certified by NSF to reduce various single contaminants.
You can see, for example, that there are 1,462 different products that can reduce Cysts from water according to NSF Standards. But there are only 45 products that are certified to reduce PCB from water (polychlorinated biphenyl, a man-made industrial chemical that’s been found in water supplies and has been associated with various forms of cancer).
As you can see, there’s a large variety among NSF-Certified Water Filters with respect to what contaminants they address.
Where it really gets interesting is when you take that same list of products and sort by combined contaminant reduction ability.
As you can see, the field narrows very quickly as you begin adding contaminants to the mix. You’ll notice on the right the two circled bars of 5 and 1, respectively.
The 5 are all products that are NSF-Certified to reduce Cysts, Lead, Mercury, Asbestos, MTBE, Volatile Organic Compounds (a large list of them), PCB, Chloramine, and all 3 groups of Emerging Compounds, which are pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and insecticides that have been found in water supplies (Google NSF Std. 401 if you wish to learn more about these Emerging Compounds).
Multipure happens to make all 5 of those products.
And the 1 product on the right that handles all the aforementioned plus Arsenic, Bacteria, and Virus…Multipure make that product too (it’s called the Aqualuxe). (For a complete list of what Multipure Systems are certified to reduce, click here.)
This unparalleled level of NSF Certification is what’s helped Multipure become one of the largest Carbon Block manufacturers in the world.
That’s why it’s no surprise that as Enagic distributor the Multipure Aquaperform is a no brainer.
In my opinion, Multipure and Enagic are “the perfect pairing.”
Multipure products come with a 90-Day Money Back Guarantee. They also come with a lifetime warranty on the housing.
Multipure products are reasonably priced and work well for a wide variety of applications. Whether you’re on municipal water dowsed with chloramines or on a well, they’re the best all-around point of use systems I’ve seen.
For Enagic distributors and customers, I just don’t know of anything that comes close to the value the Aquaperform delivers as a prefilter. If you scour NSF’s certification listings, you’ll be hard pressed to find another filter that even comes close to the combination of contaminant reduction AND high flow rate.
Q: Does the Aquaperform reduce fluoride?
A: Multipure has a system that is certified to reduce Flouride which is the Reverse Osmosis. It’s a 5-stage reverse osmosis system that can be used with the AquaPerform.
There are other water filters on the market that claim to be able to reduce fluoride. Generally they consist of either bone char (as in charred cattle bones) and/or activated alumina as the filtration media.
These media can reduce fluoride BUT are really only effective when your water has acidic pH levels of 5.5-6.5. They also tend to require long soak times to be effective, ideally for about 20 minutes. Since most municipal tap water is at a neutral ph (usually in the 7.4 range), and since you’re going to want to get a nice, fast flow rate, these media will not effectively address the fluoride.
Water filtration is one of the most deceptive practices in the industry.
If you own a prefilter that claims to reduce fluoride, ask the company that makes it for independent lab results at a neutral pH, over the lifespan of the cartridge (not just tested when it’s brand new). Our experience is that with these media, at a neutral pH, over the lifespan of the filter, the results are disappointing.
Q: Is the AquaPerform difficult to hook up to a Enagic K8, SD501, JR4?
A: It can be really straightforward or a little more complicated, depending on your set up.
Here is what it looks like if you want to put it on the counter-top.
They do have a few options, depending on whether your set up is under the sink and with the optional acrylic base.
Here is another under the sink option with it being mounted.
Q: Can I make money with Multipure by referring my Enagic downline and customers who need a good prefilter for their Kangen water?
A: Yes, contact me here and I’ll explain how it works. Since you’re working the Enagic business you don’t want to dilute your focus from your main objective, which is selling Enagic ionizers. But since you and your customers need a prefilter anyway, why not make a little extra cash while ensuring they get the best product? I have an arrangement where you can pick up extra money with very little effort on your part, with no commitments or anything. Please feel free to reach out to me.
Q: Why is the filter cartridge capacity only 600 gallons?
A: Take a look at the filter cartridge for the Aquaperform. It’s substantial. It’s got some serious mass to it and it’s a solid block. And it’s certified to last 600 gallons.
That’s an Aquaperform cartridge cut in half. If your current water filter is the same or less in size, ask yourself how could it last 1500 or more gallons?
The answer is that it’s probably not lab tested to last as long as it’s advertised. And even if it is, you have to ask the question, what specifically is it tested to reduce for that long duration?
In every case I’ve seen, the cartridge is either not lab tested and just estimated, OR it’s rated for only chlorine and taste/odor improvement for the advertised duration. Chlorine is easy to address.
The Aquaperform will reduce chlorine for a very long time, almost into infinity. It’s the other contaminants (particularly the health hazardous compounds under NSF-Standard 53) that use up the capacity much faster. Of course, these contaminants pose the greatest risks to your health.
With all of that said, if you’re installing the Aquaperform in an under-counter, below the sink setup, there’s an optional capacity monitor (inexpensive) that when used, will extend the cartridge capacity to 960 gallons.
For the Aquaperform to be Certified by NSF for 600 gallons, it has to pass laboratory testing for everything it’s certified to reduce for 1,200 gallons. They cut the figure in half to add another layer of redundancy (part of why NSF Certification is The Gold Standard).
Q: I have another question. I’d like to order an Aquaperform. I’d like to learn more about how the commission opportunity works with Multipure.
A: Contact me here or send me a message on Facebook, and I’ll be happy to assist you.
Hi Nate, Great review and info! We are looking to purchase, but may have an unusual situation. Our water flow is like this: City water comes into the house, goes through the soft water machine/process, then we get our drinking water from the Kangen machine. We want to put a filter between the incoming soft water and the Kangen machine and would install under the sink in our laundry room. The Kangen machine is above the sink, in a cabinet. Is there anything we need to consider with this set-up with the Aquaversa? Chris
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