Top 10 cannabis infusion machines for perfect edibles at home
People have been making edibles at home for generations. Over the years, cannabis consumers have learned how to make infused butter, oil, tinctures, and more.
Originally we were relegated to using a crock pot or saucepan to get the job done. Not to mention decarboxylating weed on a cookie sheet in the oven. Luckily, over the years, cannabis technology has caught up with the infusion world, leaving a bounty of machines that do all the work for you.
These infusion machines vary in many ways, though some use similar technology. The goal of a quality infuser is that it decarboxylates and infuses multiple mediums, like butter, oils, and tincture. Added bonuses would be that it is easy to clean, masks the aroma of cooking weed butter, and isn’t too loud while operating.
With easy-to-use infusion technology and brilliant cannabis cookbooks like Cannabis Gummies, the home cook doesn’t have to settle for canna-brownies anymore. Here are the cannabis infusion machines available now that are perfect for elevating edibles made at home.
MagicalButter Machine is the OG. It has been around for decades. The pitcher-style decarboxylation and infusion machine has evolved but always maintained some key features–like the general shape of it.
The MB2e is the latest model with a bounty of settings and a groovy rainbow LED-lit handle while in operation. It boasts laboratory-grade temperature control and lets the user choose between pre-set timing or setting the temp and time manually. It also has a cleaning cycle.
This model can be loud, but the smell is less noticeable than the LĒVO. One downside is how much space the MB2e takes up, but the bounty of accessories does sweeten the deal. If kitchen storage space isn’t an issue, MagicalButter could be the right option.
Alpha 420 EdiOven
The Alpha 420 EdiOven butter infuser is built for smaller jobs and can infuse up to one cup of butter or oil with up to a half ounce of cannabis. This is an all-in-one machine that decarboxylates and makes butter or oil. It’s also tiny. It sits nicely on a kitchen counter or tucked into a cupboard.
The EdiOven is ideal for someone who likes cooking small batches, as it can work with as little as a few grams of cannabis flower. Set the time and temperature for optimal infusions from two grams to a half ounce. The machine comes with two lids to seal in the aroma, but it does let out some smell while in use.
When it comes to cannabis infusion machines that are small in stature with ultimate functionality, Ardent comes through. The small purple vessel known as FX can do it all, from decarboxylation to infusion. Using the FX is simple and not too loud, and it gives off a slight aroma but most is blocked by the Scent Shield.
The Ardent FX and its smaller counterpart The Mini, can infuse the chosen fat with flower or wax. One draw is that both can infuse smaller amounts of flower. Not everyone has the ability to dedicate an ounce of flower to cooking. It’s nice to have the option to infuse smaller shares.
Ardent doesn’t stop at the nifty machine. The brand also offers molds where liquid-infused butter can be cooled into a stick. Those who choose this infuser can also try baking mixes, or already made gummies.
Many electric kettle-style butter infusers have hit the market after the OG MagicalButter Machine paved the way. Infusion Buds sells a few models: one infuses butter, one to decarboxylate, and one does it all.
The technology of the infuser is the same, with multiple product settings meant for butter, oil, tincture, and lotion. The brand has cute colorways, the infuser is black, and the decarboxylation machine is teal. These can get loud while they run but tend to contain a lot of the cannabis aroma.
Infusion Buds have accessories available, including silicone molds, reusable straining sleeves, and heat-protectant gloves for the chef. Since many cannabis infusers use this technology, shop Infusion Buds over competitors for the colorways.
Quiet, easy to use, and aesthetically pleasing– these are some draws for the LĒVO infusion machine. The LĒVO is built to infuse fats and has an accompanying app that helps users navigate various herbs and oils.
This edible tech allows for precise settings, letting the user choose the temperature to the degree and timing down to the minute. The machine itself is attractive and could sit on the kitchen countertop next to an air fryer or toaster without question.
When using the LĒVO, it can smell dank in the kitchen, and there’s a bit of sound coming off of it–but nothing louder than other options on the list. The easy-to-clean machine is a good choice for the home edible chef.
Nebula offers both a compact all-in-one infusion machine and a pitcher-style one for bigger jobs. These machines are available in black or kelly green, but the most interesting is the new Nebula Boost Black Edition. It looks like a nice electric coffee grinder, but one that decarbs herbs and infuses fats or tinctures.
This infuser is available in Europe, so U.S. herbal chefs may have to choose other models on the list.
Ongrok Botanical Infuser
This cannabis infusion machine features a sleek black pitcher and red accents that scream Ongrok. Like the other electric pitchers on the list, Ongrok utilizes silicone molds, heat-protectant gloves, and a reusable filter. Customize or use one of the five preset temperatures to infuse butter, oils, and tincture. If this option best matches the kitchen, that would be the only reason to choose Ongrok over MB2e or Infusion Buds.
Surprise, surprise, another pitcher infuser–this time in all black. Grab the STX and enjoy the same silicone molds, various-sized filters, and a heat-resistant glove. There aren’t many notable differences between this model and others listed. Decarb your bud and make butter, oil, lotion, or tincture with this all-in-one machine.
The Herbal Infuser
The sleek, black design and kettle-style handle on The Herbal Infuser set it apart from the pack of electric pitcher cannabis infusers. Herbal Infuser, or Hi, offers three infusion cycles, a heat-less mix cycle, cleaning mode, and a countdown screen.
Hi has the usual accessories and a smaller unit, the Hi Mini. Those with a smaller bag of herb appreciate a Mini. Neither advertises having decarboxylation abilities, which means those who choose Hi may need to decarboxylate in the oven before setting and forgetting.
Sure, there were lots of butter pitchers on this list, but Ousia offers something completely different. The Fountain is in the fundraising phase, with a page on IndieGoGo, and promises a countertop appliance that can turn botanical cannabis into Co2 oil with the touch of a few buttons. The machine can also craft essential oils at home and essences for mixologists–it’s not just for weed. The brand has just 33 days left to capture the remaining 82% of its funding goal.
Though the crock pot method has been a historical culinary choice for past stoners, sous vide was there all along. Sous vide is a cooking method that uses the low-temp long-time method (LTLT), a.k.a. exactly what weed needs. It also encapsulates the smell fully, which is plus in lots of kitchens.
The method is used for meat, soft-boiled eggs, and cannabis butter, apparently. In a two-step process, the sous vide technique can decarb weed and infuse how cannabis tastes, as many believe that sous vide edible infusion preserves more of that herbal flavor.
Infusing butter used to be a process cobbled together with common kitchen items, but now there are kitchen items specifically for the job. As cannabis flower continues to get more affordable, taking the kind herb to the kitchen can be a fun activity with friends for the weekend, or offer a budget-friendly way for a patient to make reliable edibles. Whether it’s size, smell, or sound that matters most–there’s an option on this list that fits everyone’s needs.