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Today, I share my Chanson Miracle MAX Plus water ionizer review with you. The MAX Plus is Chanson’s most premium countertop ionizer, and it comes loaded with some interesting features I haven’t seen in other machines.
In my guide, you’ll learn about all the key features in the MAX Plus, its replacement filters, installation, check out a video of the MAX in action, see current Chanson Miracle MAX info, and of course, my comprehensive review.
By the end, you’ll know for sure if the MAX Plus is right for you. Is it better than Kangen, Tyent, AlkaViva and Life Ionizers? This is one of the main questions my guide will answer for you.
Let’s start with a list of the Miracle MAX Plus key features.
- 7 Platinum-Coated Titanium Electrode Plates (Made in Japan)
- Filter Life Indicator
- 8 Water Setting (4 Alkaline Levels, 1 Filtered, 3 Acidic Levels)
- Ability to use Himalayan salt to make strong acidic water that disinfects surfaces on contact (tested to destroy E. coli and staph)
- Ceramic flow control valve allows you to get the exact pH and ORP you desire
- RAD self-cleaning system to prevent calcium buildup on the electrode plates and inside the machine (calcium buildup is one of the main reasons ionizers suffer performance issues)
- Adjustable self-cleaning cycles with the ability to run citric acid cleansing without purchasing a separate cleaning cartridge like other ionizers
- 4th Generation SMPS Power prevents the machine from overheating and allows you to run it continuously for light commercial uses
- Lower power usage than other ionizers on the market
- Multi-Color Digital Display
- Optional Voice Alerts
- Food Grade and BPA-Free Parts
- Wall Mountable
- Manufactured in ISO 9001:2000 certified facilities in Taiwan with Japanese filters and titanium plates
- pH Range: 2.7 – 11.3
- ORP Range: +900 to -820
- Filter Type: Five-Micron, Silver-Impregnated Activated Carbon (9 to 12-month Life)
- Flow Rate: 1/2 gallon (2 liters) per minute recommended
- Dimensions: 12″ Height x 9.73″ Width x 5.5″ Depth
- Weight: 9.9 lbs
- Warranty: 10-Year Warranty on Parts, 5-Year Warranty on Parts & Labor
Where are Chanson Ionizers made?
Before purchasing an ionizer, it’s important for you to know where it’s made.
The two countries in the world that certify alkaline water machines as medical devices are Japan and South Korea.
Leading ionizer manufacturers including Enagic Kangen, Life Ionizers, Tyent, and AlkaViva all manufacture their ionizers and parts in Japan and South Korea.
You may have seen other sites advise you not to buy Chinese-made ionizers. Here’s the problem. You can’t lump Taiwan in with the Chinese mainland because they’re two completely different entities with different quality standards.
I had the pleasure of living in Taiwan, and I can tell you without a doubt that it’s not mainland China. The people of Taiwan take offense when outsiders call Taiwan “China.”
Chanson’s factories are ISO-certified, the same as all other leading brands. I also like that Chanson imports its filters and electrode plates from Japan since the best electrode plates with the highest quality titanium are made in Japan.
Overall, Chanson is a trustworthy company that’s been in business since 1979 and uses 6 Sigma manufacturing practices.
The video below gives you a better idea of who Chanson is:
Miracle MAX Replacement Filters
Unlike most other ionizers on the market, the Miracle M.A.X. Plus ionizer uses a single filter instead of a dual-filter setup. In my opinion, a single-filter setup gives you more freedom with your complete filtration system.
What filter does the Miracle MAX Plus use?
The Miracle MAX Plus uses Chanson’s PJ-6000 filter. The PJ-6000 filter contains silver-impregnated activated carbon imported from Japan.
Why silver-impregnated? Silver is a proven antibacterial. When combined with the food-grade activated carbon, the silver helps to kill any bacteria that could be lingering in your water.
What does the filter remove?
The PJ-6000 removes lead, heavy metals, chlorine, chloramines, VOCs, fungi, bacteria, and other impurities.
Where to buy Miracle MAX Plus replacement filters?
There are currently PJ-6000 filters available at Amazon for the best price I’ve seen online. Click here #ad or the image below to view the current price:
The price is lower for Miracle MAX replacement filters compared to other alkaline water brands.
What is the filter life?
The filter life is approximately 528 gallons or 9 to 12 months. The exact lifespan depends on your incoming water source. You also have the filter life indicator on the machine to remind you when to buy a replacement.
The Chanson filter is powerful, however, the filters in other machines I’ve reviewed are much more powerful. For example, Tyent’s UCE-11 uses .01 micron filters, which is the same filtration level used in kidney dialysis machines.
To get the most out of your Miracle MAX Plus ionizer and the PJ-6000, it’s a good idea to install a whole-house water filter or three-stage prefilter setup like the one pictured below #ad:
This way, you ensure you get the most life out of your Chanson filter and ionizer. The key is to remove water impurities while leaving the essential minerals in the water intact.
Your water needs some minerals to undergo ionization. For this reason, it’s not a good idea to use reverse osmosis water unless you have a reverse osmosis system with remineralization. I recommend this system #ad because it adds calcium, magnesium, and potassium while some others add calcium only.
I know it may seem like you need to buy too many filters. In the end, you save money and drink superior water. Even the most affordable bottled alkaline water brands will cost a lot more than this entire setup including the ionizer in the long run.
The Chanson Miracle MAX Plus is a countertop water ionizer. If you want to install your ionizer as an under-counter ionizer, I recommend the Chanson Miracle MAX Royale ionizer.
The good news is countertop ionizer installation is a lot easier than under-counter installation. You also have the option to mount the Miracle MAX in your kitchen to avoid taking up your valuable counter space.
The Miracle MAX comes with everything you need: the faucet diverter, 1/4″ tubing, and quick-connect fittings.
Instead of me listing the installation steps, the gentleman in the video below does a better job of showing you exactly how to install your new Miracle MAX ionizer:
Since the video above is older, I also recommend watching the video below that shows the up-to-date Miracle M.A.X. Plus ionizer in action with all the new features:
What to expect?
After going through the limited amount of info available on this ionizer, here’s what I found:
- Solid construction and minimal maintenance
- The adjustable flow valve allows you to really dial in the exact water levels you want
- Good customer service
- The lifetime warranty is actually 10 years, and the ionizer requires a prefilter to remove fluoride
- The PJ-6000 filter is on par with its competitors
My Chanson Miracle MAX Plus Review
Now that you know everything there is to know about the Miracle MAX Plus, I’ll let you know what I think about it.
I’ve reviewed a long – and growing – list of water ionizers manufactured by all the major players in the industry and know what to look for when reviewing an ionizer.
To make my review easier for you to read, I’ll break it into two parts: my likes and my dislikes.
- Chanson makes some of the most attractive ionizers I’ve seen. I also like that their ionizers are smaller and more lightweight than other ionizers on the market. If you want to take your ionizer out of the house, it’s easier with a Chanson.
- I believe ionizers made in Taiwan are superior to ionizers manufactured on the Chinese mainland. As I mentioned, I lived in Taiwan before, and quality standards are higher than what you’ll find in some parts of mainland China.
- The Japanese-made electrodes and filter components – Japan is #1 when it comes to titanium electrode plates in water ionizers.
- The RAD self-cleaning to prevent calcium buildup on the plates
- The long warranty period
- The ISO certifications – I took an ISO course back when I used to manage casino construction in Las Vegas. I know for sure that ISO certifications are critical to look for when purchasing a product made overseas.
- The Himalayan salt feature to make strong acidic water for household cleaning is a nice touch. A lot of people forget that one of the major advantages of owning a water ionizer is the ability to make acidic water for household and cosmetic uses. You save money and avoid using chemicals. Plus, I’ve read a lot of reports written by people who cleared up acne with acidic water.
- The high negative ORP is one of the highest I’ve seen in any ionizer, especially in this price range. The higher the negative ORP the more anti-aging antioxidant potential you get in every glass of alkaline water you drink.
- The silver-impregnated activated carbon in the filter is also a nice touch. Silver has natural antibacterial qualities.
- Chanson’s long history dating back to 1979
- No molecular hydrogen boost or infusion function – You can get an AlkaViva Melody II ionizer #ad for a lower price that comes with a molecular hydrogen boost. Molecular hydrogen benefits are the real deal. There’s a long list of studies that show molecular hydrogen is truly a super antioxidant.
- The single-filter setup is less powerful than other ionizers on the market. You definitely need a prefilter system to get the most out of the Chanson PJ-6000 filter. That’s not to say it’s a weak filter, but it’s not on par with say an AlkaViva #ad or Tyent filter #ad.
- The Miracle MAX is not as powerful as other home ionizers on the market. For example, Life Ionizers’ MXL series is the most powerful I’ve seen for home use.
- The warranty is longer than Enagic Kangen yet shorter than the lifetime warranty offered by Tyent with their ACE-11 ionizer #ad.
The Chanson Miracle MAX Plus comes in both black and white.
Overall, I think Chanson manufactures a legit ionizer, and Chanson as a company is a legit company.
The biggest drawback, in my opinion, is the lack of a molecular hydrogen boost function. For hundreds of dollars less, you can buy the AlkaViva Melody II ionizer #ad. AlkaViva builds a higher quality ionizer manufactured in South Korea – with Japanese plates – that’s a certified medical device.
Since you’re shopping in this category, I recommend checking out my reviews of the ionizers below as well:
I think those ionizers give you more value for your money.
If you’re in love with the Himalayan salt feature in the Miracle MAX Plus and don’t mind the drawbacks I listed above, the MAX Plus is a great choice for you. The Chanson Miracle MAX info I found tells me that this is a reliable model.
Personally, I like Tyent and AlkaViva ionizers the most and think they’re building better ionizers than even the more expensive Enagic Kangen brand.
In closing, yes, Chanson is a trustworthy company that manufactures ionizers under strict quality control guidelines.