It was a few days ago…
Someone approached you regarding Enagic Kagen Water.
He kept telling you stuff such as that the human body is comprised of 70% water and that in order to maintain optimal health, the water we drink must be as clean as possible.
Apparently, Enagic Kagen Water along with its water filters is the answer to that problem you didn’t even know you had…
He also told you that after purchasing a filter, you can start selling them to other people and earn thousands of dollars per month just like he does!
Then, he started throwing some random earning figures at your face talking about reaching levels, earning commissions, recruiting other people to build “business franchises”, etc…
-“And if you recruit x people and sell x water filters you’ll earn $xxxx of commissions per month… Easy peasy!”
He probably even told you how Enagic’s water purifiers are going to be the next huge thing after the release of the first iPhone, or something of a similar nature.
Classic MLM pep talk right?
However, you’ve heard your fair share of MLM horror stories and now you can’t stop wondering if Enagic Kangen Water is a scammy pyramid scheme like those who just suck people’s money along with their time without giving them anything in return…
Well, you definitely landed just in the right place!
In this review, I am going to cover every single aspect of Enagic Kangen Water, such as
- What is Enagic Kangen Water about?
- Is Enagic Kangen Water a Scam? A pyramid scheme maybe? Or a legit MLM company?
- How to join Enagic Kangen Water as a Distributor?
- How much does it cost to join Enagic Kangen Water?
- Pros and cons of joining Enagic Kangen Water
- Enagic’s compensation plan
- Can you really make money with Enagic Kangen Water, and if yes, how much?
- and much more
In addition, I am going to let you know about a couple of alternative money-making opportunities.
This way, you’ll have every piece of information you might possibly need to make an informed decision about whether Enagic Kangen Water is worth your time and attention or if you’d better invest in a more legit and promising program.
Let’s get cracking!
Enagic Kangen Water MLM Overview
Company Name: Enagic Kangen Water Co., Ltd.
Owners: Hironari Ohshiro (Founder & CEO)
Price to join:
- $1980 – $5980 (one-time product purchase)
- Up to $75 per month (Custom-built website + access to all the features in your back office)
Official Website: enagic.com
Suggested? Not at all…
Before I move on to the actual Enagic Kangen Water MLM review, I want to reveal to you some statistics about the MLM business model that will probably SHOCK you to your very core.
What is Enagic Kangen Water About?
Enagic Kangen Water manufactures and distributes ISO-certified water filtration and alkaline-ionizer systems.
The company was initially launched as Sony Specialty Trading Operation in 1974 in Okinawa, Japan by Hironari Oshiro.
Hironari Oshiro changed the name of the company to Enagic in 1987. At that time, Enagic’s factory in Osaka was operating as a medical equipment manufacturer.
In 1990, Enagic started manufacturing and selling the Kangen Water systems.
In 1998, Enagic created its current 8-Point compensation structure and started operating as an MLM company.
In 2003 Enagic USA, Inc. was born and the company initiated its global operations.
The company’s headquarters are in Japan, but over the years, Enagic has established more than 40 offices in 23 different countries, serving all 5 continents, and as it seems Enagic is going to keep expanding over time.
Besides its water filtration systems, Enagic also distributes replacement filters, water bottles, electrolysis enhancers, nutritional supplements, device parts, and accessories.
Enagic is certified to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 13485 for quality control and environmental management.
It has earned a Water Quality Association Gold Seal for product certification and is a member of the Direct Selling Association.
The company’s philosophy is geared around 3 “true health” principles:
- Realizing true physical health through pure and healthy drinking water
- Realizing true financial health through a wealth-developing business opportunity
- Realizing true mental health through personal growth and finding contentment in all aspects of life
Its purpose is to spread these 3 principles through healthy drinking water, an exciting business, and personal growth.
According to Enagic’s website, the company is a family that supports one another to achieve universal success (classic MLM talk).
It also goes on to claim that as a result of its philosophy, its global distributors are able to achieve financial freedom and realize their dreams while promoting a product they believe in and truly love (100% unrealistic & unsubstantiated claim).
You can find out more about Enagic Kangen Water, its products, mission, vision, policies, certifications, awards, compensation plan, etc on the company’s official website.
Enagic is mostly known about its water filtering and ionization machines.
Those machines are manufactured at Enagic’s own manufacturing facilities in Japan and not only filter tap water, but they are also able to produce 5 types of water through electrolysis which can be used for various purposes each.
- Strong Kangen Water – Food preparation, cleaning, remove stains, wash dishes
- Kangen Water – Drinking, coffee & tea, soups & stews, water plants
- Clean Water – Cook baby food, take your medication
- Beauty Water – Face wash, haircare, pet care, polishing glasses, cleaning, freeze food
- Strong Acidic Water – Disinfecting, hygiene, commercial uses
Enagic’s flagship water ionization machine is the Leveluk SD501.
Leveluk SD501 produces all 5 types of water and costs $3980.
The rest of Enagic’s machines are as follows:
- Anespa DX – $2890 (Contains a blend of natural hot spring ingredients and minerals)
- K8 – $4980 (higher antioxidant production)
- Leveluk JRII – $2380 (Lower power consumption – Recommended for small houses)
- Leveluk Super 501 – $5980 (Recommended for heavy home use)
- Leveluk SD501U – $4980 (Smaller construction – Saves space)
- Leveluk SD501 Platinum – $4280 (Speaks notifications in 5 languages – More high-tech)
- Leveluk R – $1980 (The cheapest model – Produces 3 types of water instead of 5)
In addition to the water purification machines, Enagic also manufactures and distributes
- Replacement filters and parts
- Electrolysis enhancers
- Pre-filtration systems
- Turmeric-based personal care products and supplements
- and more
All those products can add up to dozens so I won’t be listing every single one of them right here for obvious reasons.
You can find out more information about Enagic’s products and their respective prices on the company’s official website and/or e-shop.
The majority of MLM companies have so overly complicated compensation plans that it feels like you need to have a rocket scientist doctorate to understand just their first paragraph.
Enagic’s compensation plan is definitely no exception… In fact, it’s officially the most stupidly complicated and unclear compensation plan I’ve come across until now.
Nonetheless, I’ll try my best to get you up to speed.
Enagic Kangen Water compensates its Distributors in several ways.
Only a few of them are actually barely described on the company’s website as the company doesn’t have an official PDF compensation plan available to the public, something that is unacceptable, to say the least.
So, the ways that Enagic compensates its Distributors are the following:
- Direct Sales Commissions
- Override Commissions
- Educational Allowance
- Monthly Incentive
- Quarterly Incentive
- Title Incentive
- Group Sale Award
- Step-up Award
- Ukon DD Commission
1 • Direct Sales Commissions
Earn commissions for every direct sale you make.
Each direct sale pays out 8 points.
Each point has a specific value depending on the product sold.
For instance, each point you’ll earn by selling the SD501, which is actually Enagic’s flagship product, pays out $285.
The number of points you receive per product sale depends on your current rank.
- Rank 1A = 1 Point
- Rank 2A = 2 Points
- Rank 3A = 3 Points
- Rank 4A = 4 Points
- Rank 5A = 5 Points
- Rank 6A = 6 Points
For instance, if you sell an SD501 and your rank is 3A, you’ll earn 3 Points * $285 per Point = $855
The remaining 5 Points from that sale will be paid out to your upline Distributors until all 8 Points have been paid.
2 • Override Commissions
Override Commissions are paid by Enagic through a uni-level structure based on the Points the direct sales of the Distributors in your downline generate up to 8 levels deep.
- 1st Level = the Distributors you have personally recruited
- 2nd Level = the Distributors your 1st Level Distributors have recruited
- 3rd Level = the recruits of your 2nd Level of Distributors
- and so on…
The higher your rank, the more points you will earn through the direct sales of your downline.
For instance, if you are ranked as a 1A you’ll earn 1 point for every direct sale made by Distributors in your downline up to 7 Levels deep.
However, if you are ranked as a 4A you’ll earn
- 4 Points for every direct sale made by Distributors in your Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5
- 3 Points for every direct sale made by Distributors in your Level 6
- 2 Points for every direct sale made by Distributors in your Level 7
- 1 Point for every direct sale made by Distributors in your Level 8
Please note that each direct sale generates 8 points and when those Points are paid out, the rest of the upline Distributors will receive no Points.
For example, if you are a 4A and you have a 3A Distributor on your 3rd Level and a direct sale takes place on your 4th Level, this 3A Distributor will gather 3 out of 4 Points of that sale and you’ll receive just 1 Point.
Now, if you also have a 1A on your 1st Level, he will get the remaining 1 Point and you’ll receive none. The rest 4 Points will move up to your upline.
3 • Educational Allowance
Once all 8 points generated from a direct sale have been paid out to Distributors, the next 6A ranked Distributor found in the upline is paid the Educational Allowance.
The amount paid by this Educational Allowance varies based on the product sold and is paid only on the sales of specific products.
- Super SD 501 = $220
- SD 501 = $175
- Leveluk DX = $150
- Anespa = $125
4 • Monthly Incentive
The incentive per 8 Level Group sale paid as follows:
- Your monthly total 8Pt sales are 1* or more = $20 per unit ($22, if you are 6A2)
- The $40 multiplier is applied to the number of your Open Volume Sales. When ten or more Open Sales are accumulated, $30 will be added to each Open Sales.
Unfortunately, there are no further clarifications about this incentive.
Enagic provides no information whatsoever on what an 8 Level Group sale is, what the $40 multiplier is, what an Open Sale is and how to get it, nothing.
5 • Quarterly Incentive
The incentive per 8 Level Group sale paid as follows:
- Your quarterly total 8Pt sales are 3* or more = $14 per unit
- Rank incentive 6A2:$1000, 6A2-2:$2000
- Line bonus
Unfortunately, there are no further clarifications about this incentive as Enagic provides no further information.
6 • Title Incentive
You will earn this Title Incentive when you reach the ranks of 6A and higher and make 10 direct sales during the month that you reached any given rank.
- 6A = $3000
- 6A2 = $6000
- 6A2-2 = $12.000
- 6A2-3 = $25.000
- 6A2-4 = $50.000
- 6A2-5 = $100.000
7 • Group Sale Award
This Award will be paid for the six following months after you first reach the rank of 6A.
The amount of money you are going to get paid is calculated depending on how many total sales the 6A Distributors in your downline made as well as how many direct sales you made each month.
8 • Step-up Award
The Step-up Award is paid to you if your current rank is 6A and one of your downline Distributors becomes 6A as well.
The amount of this Award is calculated based on how many 6A Distributors had groups sales during the month they reached that rank.
This Award will be discontinued once you become a 6A2.
9 • Ukon DD Commission
Enagic compensates Distributors with 8 points for every Ukon DD sale.
Each Ukon DD Point is worth $40.
You have to accumulate $200+ worth of Ukon DD Points to be able to receive those commissions.
You can find out more about Enagic’s compensation plan right here.
Chances are that you won’t manage to understand a thing but I guess that there’s no harm in trying…
The short video right below kinda sums up Enagic’s compensation plan so you might want to watch it before moving on.
Please note that Enagic’s compensation plan might undergo changes from time to time so by the time you read this review, some of the info, the commission rates, the rank qualifications, etc that I shared with you right above might not be that accurate.
If you still have questions about Enagic’s compensation plan, you can contact the company’s support team right here or through the live chat on its official website.
Or you could email me at email@example.com and I will do my best to help you out.
Ranks & Qualifications
- 1-2 direct (personal) or indirect (downline) sales
- 3-10 direct (personal) or indirect (downline) sales
- 11-20 direct (personal) or indirect (downline) sales
- 21-50 direct (personal) or indirect (downline) sales
- 51-100 direct (personal) or indirect (downline) sales
- 100+ direct (personal) or indirect (downline) sales
- Reach the rank of 6A
- Have 1 Distributor in your downline that reached the 6A rank
- Reach the rank of 6A
- Have 2 Distributors in your downline that reached the 6A rank
- Reach the rank of 6A
- Have 3 Distributors in your downline that reached the 6A rank
- Reach the rank of 6A
- Have 4 Distributors in your downline that reached the 6A rank
- Reach the rank of 6A
- Have 5 Distributors in your downline that reached the 6A rank
Please note that the qualifications to reach any given are accumulative and not restricted to certain timeframes.
For instance, it doesn’t matter if it takes you 1 month or 10 months to get 3 sales, once you do, you’ll get ranked as 2A.
This also means that you won’t have to meet minimum monthly sales quotas or make regular personal purchases to maintain your current rank… Once you reach a rank, you can never become demoted to a previous rank.
In addition, the trigger to achieve a higher rank promotion has to be a direct sale you personally make.
For example, if you are ranked as 1A and you have 3 indirect (downline) sales, you have to make a personal direct sale to get promoted to 2A.
Likewise, if you are ranked as 1A and have 100+ indirect sales, your next personal direct sale is going to promote you directly to 6A.
How to Join Enagic as a Distributor?
In order to join Enagic as a Distributor, you have to head over to enagicwebsystem.com/backoffice and fill in the registration form.
Please note that the registration form is going to ask you for your Distributor ID which you’ll get when you purchase one of the company’s water filtration systems through another Distributor.
Once you have your Distributor ID, you’ll fill it in the registration form along with your phone number and email and you’ll be able to proceed to the next step.
Then, you’ll have to verify your info with a 4-digit code that you’ll receive through email, text message, or phone call (you choose).
Once you verify your account, you’ll have to fill in a form with some more personal info, your login username, and a password, agree to the company’s terms of service, hit “Create Account” and your account will be up and running.
After that, you’ll be redirected to a page with an optional one-time offer (upsell) that grants you access to Enagic Web System’s full range of features (apparently you’ll have limited access as a free member) as well as to a custom-built website.
You can choose to take this one-time offer or you can proceed to your personal back office at once.
How Much Does It Cost to Join Enagic as a Distributor?
In order to join Enagic as a Distributor, you have to personally purchase at least one of its water filtration systems which means that you’ll have to spend a minimum of $1980 (this is how much Enagic’s cheapest water filtration system, Leveluk R, costs).
In addition, as a free member, you won’t have access to all the features that Enagic Web System (your Distributor back office) offers and it is highly encouraged to take its paid plan if you are serious about building a business…
This paid plan costs $75 per month ($56 per month if you take the one-time offer upon your signup) and you have to pay upfront for an entire year.
However, you won’t have to meet minimum monthly sales quotas or place regular personal orders to remain active and there’s no annual renewal fee.
Is Enagic Kangen Water a Pyramid Scheme?
Most of the time it’s very hard to distinguish between a legit MLM company and a pyramid scheme.
The video below will help you understand how to spot and avoid pyramid schemes in general.
The main difference between an MLM and a pyramid scheme is that MLMs give you the opportunity to earn commissions by selling actual products or services to retail customers while with a pyramid scheme the only way to earn money is by recruiting other people into the scheme.
Not all MLMs are legitimate. If the money you make through an MLM is based on your sales to the public, it may be a legitimate one. If the money you make is based on the number of people you recruit and your sales to them, it’s not legit. It’s a pyramid scheme. Pyramid schemes are illegal, and the vast majority of their participants lose money. – Federal Trade Commission
Unfortunately, Enagic could be considered a pyramid scheme…
As we saw right above, in order to join as a Distributor you have to purchase one of the company’s water filtration systems yourself.
Your product purchase is going to generate 8 Points that are going to be distributed to your recruiter and his upline, earning them money…
This is exactly how pyramid/Ponzi schemes work…
They pay their current investors off of the investments their new investors make.
Despite the fact that Enagic’s compensation plan is heavily focused on Distributors direct selling the company’s water machines, this initial product purchase makes Enagic seem like a pyramid/Ponzi scheme.
Enagic Kangen Water Pros
- Free Replicated Landing Pages
- Established Company
- BBB Accredited, A+ Rating
1 • Free Replicated Landing Pages
Once you join Enagic as a Distributor, the company provides you with several free replicated landing pages.
When people purchase Enagic’s products through your replicated landing pages, you’ll generate points that are going to be used to calculate your commissions.
In addition, if someone signs up as a Distributor through one of your replicated landing pages you automatically become their sponsor, and they become part of your downline.
If marketed the right way, those replicated landing pages could help you maximize your retail customers and recruits and thus your income.
If your business is not on the internet, then your business will be out of business – Bill Gates
You can take a look at 2 samples of those replicated landing pages right below:
2 • Established Company
Enagic has been in business for more than 30 years… Not many companies can pull such a feat off.
In addition, the company has been expanding using the MLM business model for more than 15 years now which is exceptional considering that most MLM companies burn to the ground before they even hit the 5-year mark.
The downside of Enagic being so established is that its market will probably already be way too saturated so you might have great trouble breaking into it and finding people to recruit or purchase the company’s products.
3 • BBB Accredited, A+ Rating
BBB (Better Business Bureau) is a non-profit organization that ranks and accredits businesses, charities and non-profit organizations based on their legitimacy, the information they gather about the business and complaints received from customers.
Enagic Kangen Water has been accreditied with BBB.
This means that BBB has determined that the business complies with the BBB Standards for Trust, eight principles that summarize important elements of creating and maintaining trust in any business.
In addittion, BBB has rated Enagic Kangen Water with an A+ rating which is actually the highest BBB rating.
The higher a company’s rating, the more credible and trustworthy the company is in the eyes of BBB.
Please note that being accreddited with BBB or having a high BBB rating doesn’t necessarily prove that a company is indeed legit or that it will help you achieve your financial goals.
Enagic Kangen Water Cons
- It’s a Pyramid Scheme
- Complicated Compensation Plan
- No Income Disclosure Statement
- Extremely Expensive Products
- Extremely Expensive to Join
- Misleading & Unrealistic Claims
1 • It's a Pyramid Scheme
Yeap, unfortunately, Enagic Kangen Water is most likely a pyramid scheme…
Pyramid schemes are extremely volatile and have very short expiration dates something that makes them an awful choice for those who are after building a long-term income.
Even if they don’t collapse by themselves, when the attention of regulatory authorities such as the FTC falls upon them, they will get closed down anyway.
In addition, according to the FTC, 99.6% of people recruited in a pyramid scheme will either never make money or lose money.
FTC goes on to state that all pyramid schemes are scams.
Pyramid schemes usually disguise as legitimate MLM business opportunities, but those who end up becoming a part of a pyramid scheme usually lose family, friends, and substantial amounts of time and money.
2 • Complicated Compensation Plan
Points, allowances, uni-level, override commissions, various percentages & commissions, open sales, title incentives, unknown bonuses, dozens of different ranks and qualifications, blah, blah, blah…
A person who is relatively new to MLMs doesn’t stand a single chance of understanding how Enagic’s compensation plan really works.
And Enagic hasn’t even tried to make the lives of its potential Distributors easier.
First of all, it hasn’t released an official compensation plan document, something that I find extremely unprofessional and inconvenient.
Secondly, the compensation information that the company has published on its website is extremely vague, deficient, and confusing.
Frankly, I’d expect for a company that has been around for that long to be a lot more organized and professional.
Personally, I’d never join an MLM if I didn’t have in my hands an official print of their compensation plan, especially if the company required me to invest thousands of dollars in order to join it.
3 • No Income Disclosure Statement
The fact that Enagic Kangen Waters has been operating as an MLM for more than 15 years and it hasn’t released an Income Disclosure Statement not even once is purely unacceptable.
It’s fairly obvious that Enagic tries to hide the extremely low income that its Distributors are earning in order to not discourage potential Distributors from joining.
Since Enagic is a pyramid scheme, if new Distributors stop joining, the income of the company’s current Distributors will plummet and the company will start dying.
4 • Extremely Expensive Products
There’s no argument that Enagic’s water filtration systems are extremely expensive.
The Leveluk R which is the company’s cheapest system retails at $1980.
The most expensive one??
The Leveluk SUPER 501 at $5980.
The majority of people, including me, have been drinking ordinary tap water throughout all their lives without having developed any health issues…
So why even bother paying thousands of dollars for a system that will supposedly help us solve a problem that we don’t even have?
Consider how hard it will be for you as a Distributor to convince other people to spend thousands of dollars on such systems…
Let me assure you that if you don’t have extensive experience in sales or maybe in water filtration systems or both, you probably don’t stand a single chance.
5 • Extremely Expensive to Join
Enagic Kangen Water is the most expensive to join MLM I have reviewed so far…
I mean, $1980, really? Come on!
And it might be even more… The Leveluk R which costs $1980 is not really designed to handle the large water consumption of a 4-member family…
If you have a family and you want to actually use the water filter that you are going to have to purchase in order to join Enagic as a Distributor, you’ll have to consider purchasing one of the more expensive, “bigger” models such as the Leveluk SD501 which costs $3980.
Let me tell you that I’d NEVER spend so much money to join an MLM.
Especially when there exist other much more legit ways of building an income for so much cheaper without having to go through all that struggle of becoming a sleazy salesperson and jeopardizing your relationships with those around you because you can’t stop perceiving them as walking bags of cash.
For instance, I have managed to build a profitable online business from scratch with Wealthy Affiliate for only $299 per year…
- No direct sales
- No purchasing additional products that cost thousands of dollars
- No having to deal with customers and returns
- No recruitment
- And I own 100% of my online business
6 • Misleading & Unrealistic Claims
Enagic’s website is full of misleading, unrealistic, and unsubstantiated claims.
First and foremost, it claims that there’s no signup fee whatsoever in order to become a Distributor.
Someone reading this claim would assume that you can join as a Distributor for free but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
As we already saw, in order to join Enagic as a Distributor, you have to purchase at least one of the company’s products and the cheapest one costs a whopping $1980.
After consulting the company’s support team, apparently, purchasing a product isn’t considered a “fee” but rather a purchase but for me, this word technicality is just an attempt to mislead potential Distributors.
Another instance of unrealistic and misleading claims takes place on the company’s official compensation plan video.
This video doesn’t even scratch the surface of the company’s compensation plan. It just talks about hypothetical scenarios of you earning unrealistically high amounts of money per month by “easily” selling the company’s machines.
And apparently, those people that buy Enagic’s machines from you, are going to be so excited that they will be begging you to become Distributors themselves and this way you’ll get two birds with one stone!
Watch the video below to understand what I am talking about.
As it seems, Enagic teaches those deceptive practices to its Distributors as well.
truthinadvertising.org has recorded several instances of Enagic along with its Distributors making unrealistic and unsubstantiated income claims through social media in an attempt to lure more people into their scheme.
Take a look at truthinadvertising’s database of Enagic’s unrealistic claims right here.
Enagic Kangen Water MLM Review Summary
No Income Disclosure Statement Available. 74% – 99% of MLM reps fail to make a profit.
Free replicated landing pages, back office access, marketing materials, training, printable documents.
$1980 – $5980 for a product purchase. Up to $75 per month to gain access to your back office’s full range of features.
Enagic Kangen Water is probably a pyramid scheme…
Is Enagic Kangen Water Suggested?
Enagic Kangen Water is not suggested in any way…
Chances are that the company is a pyramid scheme and while this doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to make any money with it, be aware that your income potential is mainly going to depend on recruiting other people which can be frustrating and exhausting.
Plus, all pyramid schemes tend to collapse on themselves sooner or later.
Also, if you don’t have any experience in sales and/or water filtration systems becoming a Distributor for Enagic might not be the smartest idea…
You can’t even grasp how hard it will be for some random inexperienced person who doesn’t know what he is talking about to convince other people to purchase products that cost thousands of dollars especially when they can really live just fine without them.
People don’t really need those water filters. You’ll have to know how to convince them that they need them. You’ll have to create a need when there is none.
And this will be f*cking hard!
The fact that Enagic hasn’t published a single Income Disclosure Statement in the 15+ years that has been operating as an MLM isn’t just a random occurrence.
It’s fairly obvious that the company is trying to hide the extremely low income its Distributors make…
If you consider joining Enagic ask yourself if you really want to invest thousands of dollars in such a company before doing so.
If yes, well, you have my blessing!
If not, make sure to check out a better money-making opportunity right here.