Though Kent’s claims of Zero Water Wastage are misleading, the performance of the Kent Grand Plus model is excellent. Livpure Glo Pro++ delivers a decent performance and is ideal for small Indian families.
Let us compare the Kent Grand Plus and Livpure Glo Pro++ in detail and determine the better-suited appliance for our homes.
Kent Grand Plus vs Livpure Glo Pro ++ – A Tabular Comparison
|Kent Grand Plus
|Livpure Glo Pro ++
|Water Purification Technology
|RO + UF + UV + UV-LED + TDS Controller
|RO + UV + UF + Taste Enhancer
|All types of water
|All types of water
|Can handle TDS levels
|Up to 2000 ppm
|Up to 2000 ppm
|Storage Tank Capacity
|Kent claims Zero Water Wastage
|Silver impregnation to prevent bacterial contamination
|TDS controller mechanism
|Taste Enhancer cartridge
|In-tank UV LED
|Power On, Purification Status, and Tank full
|Wall mount and stand
|Wall mount and stand
|Rs 4000 to Rs 5000
|Around Rs 4000
Performance-wise, Kent Grand Plus, and Livpure Glo Pro++ are similar. But Kent Grand Plus offers more storage and additional in-tank UV-LED purification to maintain water purity during its storage after RO water purification. Though filter replacement costs are high, users do not have better options because changing the RO membrane and other filter components at regular intervals is inevitable.
Pricing-wise, the Livpure model is attractive as the Kent Grand Plus is twice as expensive.
Pros and Cons of Kent Grand Plus
- Performance is excellent as it removes all TDS from the source water.
- This machine offers 9L storage, ideal for medium to large-sized families.
- The UV-LED purification feature ensures water purity during storage.
- The water purification rate of 20 liters per hour is excellent.
- The maintenance and AMC costs are high.
- Kent’s Zero Water Wastage claims are marketing gimmicks.
- Users must purchase the sediment filter separately.
Pros and Cons of Livpure Glo Pro ++
- The performance is good as this model handles TDS up to 2000 ppm.
- The sleek design looks attractive and captivating.
Operational LED indicators are excellent features.
- The Livpure Glo Pro++ pricing is reasonable.
- The sediment pre-filter is not a part of the original package.
- Users are not comfortable with the tap design.
The after-sales services are not up to the customers’ expectations.
- Like other RO water purifiers, this model wastes a lot of water.
Design and Installation
Like all Kent water purifier models, the Grand Plus has a transparent compartment displaying the filters and membranes. The tap design is simple and effective. However, the design is such that it is not ideal for placing the appliance on the kitchen countertop. If you do so, you must place it at the edge. In contrast, wall mounting is a better option. But the machine is heavy.
The Livpure model has a different design making it convenient to place on the kitchen countertop. However, wall mounting the appliance is better because you can stand comfortably and obtain water. This machine is lighter than the Kent Grand Plus model. However, the tap design, though innovative, could be more user-friendly. We experienced water dripping from the tap even after removing the glass.
Kent and Livpure claim that their water purifier models can handle TDS levels up to 2000 ppm. Yes, they can, but the machines perform best when TDS levels are moderate between 500 and 1000 ppm. Anything over that and the machine wastes more water.
We have tested both machines with the source water containing TDS levels at around 600 ppm and found the performance satisfactory. The Livpure model wastes comparatively more water than the Grand Plus, but the water taste of the Livpure Glo Pro ++ is better.
The Kent Grand Plus performs better in areas without heavy metal contamination like arsenic and lead. Since it uses a TDS controller mechanism, We do not recommend using this machine in areas where the input water source has arsenic, lead, and antimony contamination.
Nowadays, water purifier manufacturers cut costs by excluding the sediment filter from the package. The sediment filter costs around Rs 700 and is an integral component because it removes prominent and visible impurities to extend the RO membrane’s lifespan.
Kent Grand Plus and Livpure Glo Pro++ offer UV and UF besides RO water purification. Besides, these machines are equipped with standard pre- and post-RO activated carbon filters to eliminate foul odor and organic contaminants. The Kent Grand Plus is better because it offers additional in-tank UV-LED water purification. This feature prevents the re-contamination of water in the storage tank. Hence, it ensures 100% pure water.
While the water purification performance is similar, both machines waste a lot of water.
RO water purification and water wastage are two sides of the same coin. The RO-purification process works by removing TDS from water using a semipermeable membrane. The eliminated TDS is ejected from the machine as reject water. Therefore, water wastage is inevitable. So Kent’s claims of zero water wastage are a sham. It only recycles the rejected water into the overhead tank or underground sumps. That does not mean the machine does not waste water.
Water wastage depends on the TDS levels in the source water. The higher the TDS levels, more is the water wastage. We tested both machines with source water containing TDS up to 600 ppm. The Livpure Glo Pro++ wasted more water than the Kent Grand Plus model.
Water Taste Change
RO purified water does not have any TDS in it. The process removes good and bad TDS from the source water, making it tasteless. Therefore, water purifier manufacturers replenish the lost TDS in multiple ways.
Kent uses the TDS controller method that involves reintroducing the untreated source water into the purification process immediately after RO water purification. Subsequently, the water passes through UF, UV, and post-RO activated carbon filtration stages.
Livpure uses a Taste Enhancer mechanism involving a taste enhancer mineral cartridge that replenishes essential minerals like calcium and magnesium. Hence, it is a better procedure than the TDS controller. However, the taste enhancer cartridge requires replacements frequently, making it an expensive process.
Does that entail that Kent does not reintroduce minerals into the RO-purified water? No, it is not so. The Kent Supreme Alkaline water purifier has a mineral cartridge introducing calcium and magnesium into the RO-purified water. So it is ideal if you want more minerals in your water.
Storage Tank Capacity
Kent Grand Plus has a 9L water storage tank that should suffice to meet the requirements of medium-sized Indian families. In contrast, the Livpure Glo Pro++ offers a 7L water storage tank for small families.
The in-tank UV-LED feature in the Kent Grand Plus model makes it a safer water purifier because it takes care of water re-contamination before dispensing it to the user.
The LivPure Glo Pro++ has LED alerts to indicate power on, water purification process, and tank full. Kent Grand Plus does not offer these privileges, but the storage tank has a transparent window to indicate the water level. Besides, the RO water purifiers make sound during the purification process. Therefore, it does not require any specific LED indicators.
The Kent Grand Plus has an audible alarm system to indicate it is time to change the RO membrane and filters. It is a helpful feature that safeguards your health because you get time to replace the filters. Otherwise, you must depend on the water taste to understand that the RO membrane has outlived its utility.
All RO water purifiers are expensive to maintain because the filters and RO membranes require replacements after around 6000 liters of water purification. But it depends on the TDS levels in the input water source. Besides, the sediment filter protects the RO membrane by preventing prominent and visible impurities from contaminating it and rendering it less effective. Since Kent and Livpure do not offer the sediment filter, We suggest you purchase it separately.
The Kent Grand Plus incurs maintenance costs of Rs 4000 to Rs 5000 because it requires replacing the RO membranes and other filters. An AMC is a good option. Similarly, the Livpure Glo Pro++ incurs similar maintenance costs. The Taste Enhancer cartridge also requires frequent replacement.
Kent and Livpure have sufficient service centers across India. However, the service depends on the quality of the servicing staff. Some consumers have complained of poor after-sales service from Kent and Livpure. However, We did not experience any such issues.
Usually, the service center professionals insist on users purchasing sediment filters from them. You can purchase it from the market at a lower price. They also insist on users taking an AMC to protect the water purifier. It depends on individual preferences.
Pricing-wise, the Livpure Glo Pro++ is less expensive than the Kent Grand Plus.
Kent Grand Plus and Livpure Glo Pro++ offer good performances but incur heavy maintenance costs. Besides, both machines waste a lot of water despite Kent’s claims of zero water wastage. The Livpure Glo Pro++ is better if budget is your primary concern. However, the Kent Grand Plus is a better proposition if performance and durability are primary attributes.