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Pioneer Pet Big Max Ceramic Drinking Fountain
- Circulating drinking water is naturally appealing to your pet. 128 oz. capacity
- Continuously filters water with replaceable charcoal filter for clean and pure, healthy water
- Using ceramic bowls helps to prevent feline acne
- Please read the Troubleshooting Steps provided under Product Details
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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The Big Max ceramic drinking fountain is not only beautiful but easy to clean and dishwasher safe. With it's huge drinking area (holds over a gallon of running water), this fountain will suit most dogs or multiple cats. The Big Max fountain will help your pets to drink more because they are attracted to the movement of the running water.
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• For those owning the smaller Pioneer Ceramic Drinking Fountain you’ll be happy to know the pump, and fountain casings are exactly the same. Therefore you can continue to use both and not have to worry about having to buy different size filters. Uses same filters. Plus, if one of the pumps fails you can always go down to the one fountain with the same pump.
• Ceramic Drinking Fountain allows me to run the ceramic pieces through my dishwasher, including the sanitize feature without risking health concerns of the plastic breakdown or melting near the heating unit. Thus making cleaning the unit easier. However, I must note that you will still need to clean the pump and pump housing by hand since they are plastic, but a small fist size item is much easier to clean than the whole unit.
• As I stated in my previous review of the original Pioneer, plastic can allow for soap or micro-bacteria to adhere due to the porous nature.
• Heavy so it makes it much harder to tip over- one of my cats is always swatting at other bowls I put down for him and has turned over several.
• Cleaner design, allows pets who want to drink from moving water to do so without having stretch neck the water standing water reservoir (think of it from a cat or small dog’s view rather than a larger dog). One of my cats loves drinking from the top part because he doesn’t have to bend down at all. It is face level.
• Pets have fresh constantly filtered water, without having to change out the water daily
• Ceramic comes in black or white, and there is a stainless steel one which may match someone's kitchen appliance themes (yes I realize some people care about this kind of stuff).
• This larger fountain holds enough water to satisfy even a large dog for about a day, so with my 2 cats I typically have to add additional water every other day.
• Reminds me of a small toilet bowl with a cover for water to run down (sounds exactly like one when you hit the two ceramic pieces together)
• Much louder than the Petmate, about the same loudness of the trickling water as the Drinkwell (can be irritating to some people if their fountain is anywhere near their main living areas listening to water dripping constantly, it will be peaceful to others)
• Even with the large bowl there is currently no way to add an additional reservoir add-on. Unlike the Petmate, you cannot just simply slide on an attachment which holds more water.
• I can only comment on the black ceramic, which can make it difficult for people to see the water level to know if they put too much water in, or need to add water (easier to listen to the sound of the water or pump). I believe this is why several people have complained about leaking in the smaller version on this one. The nice thing about the larger Max version over the smaller version is there isn’t the power cord outlet tube located under the top part of the fountain. But keep in mind the water is moving underneath where the pump is located, so do not fill the fountain all the way to the top. I usually leave about ½ inch to an inch from the top. After 11 year with the smaller version, we’ve definitely learned to hear differences in the sound of the pump that indicate it’s time to add water, but I learned that with my four previous plastic fountains too.
• Still have to wash some of the pieces (pump and pump housing) by hand so not completely dishwasher safe
• Same as any pet water filter, the cost of the filters can add up. And unlike fish filters you cannot just add carbon and fiber to a snap together unit. I suppose one could try, but the filter housings in this unit are fused together. Nice thing is the same filters work in the regular Pioneer Fountain as the Pioneer Max Fountain.
• The ceramic unit will be much easier to break if you drop it while cleaning it (Trust me I've dropped the others a few times when hands have gotten wet). That being said, I’ve had no cracks or breakage in the original ceramic unit we’ve owned for almost 11 years, but I haven’t dropped it on tile or hard wood either.
This Big Max fountain has a large basin area that's spacious enough to drink from without bumping whiskers or noses into some other part of the fountain (this was the main, but not only, problem with the other two fountains I tried). The bubbling part is raised and open, and my cats really enjoy drinking from that part.
It's easy to clean, which is another huge plus. Twice a week I take it apart (including the pump), wash all the parts, then reassemble and fill with fresh water. It takes me 10-12 minutes per fountain, so less than an hour a week for both. There are no nooks and crannies that are hard to reach, though I do use a bottle brush to wash out the holes. If you don't clean it regularly, and especially if you don't disassemble and clean the pump regularly, you'll have problems, but it's a quick and easy chore. I replace the filters every 4 weeks.
There's a small amount of vibration, but it's not loud or annoying (a huge problem I ran into with the stainless steel Teardrop fountain). Also, the ceramic is solid enough that it can withstand being bumped into the sink/counter when washing; I've bumped it many times and it hasn't chipped or cracked.
The large basin part seems to be very important, at least for my animals. Both of the other fountains I tried didn't offer a pool of water large enough that could be accessed without bumping another part of the fountain, and my cats unanimously consider that a dealbreaker. With this fountain, they were wary at first, and all 3 started drinking from only the basin area to begin with, but once they became comfortable with it they all moved on to the bubbly part and LOVE that. They all 3 drink so much more now, just because they seem to enjoy interacting with the fountain so much. Dogs are easier to please in most respects :)
I'm attaching some pictures, one of which shows the fountain and pump completely disassembled. There really are very few parts, and none of them are hard to clean. Like I said, I disassemble and wash twice per week, but that's with 3 cats and a chihuahua. For smaller pet households, you probably wouldn't have to do it as often.
Love this fountain, it's worth the cost and is the only one I've tried that works for all of my pets.