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Nova vs. FX: Which Device Is Right For You?

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Nova vs. FX: Where it all started

When the Ardent Nova Decarboxylator was developed in 2015, there was very little research on the science of decarboxylation. Ardent’s founder, Shanel Lindsay, however, was determined to stretch her cannabis and infusions further to treat a painful medical condition.

In her experimentation to perfect edibles beginning in 2001, it became clear that traditional appliances like the oven, crockpot, and toaster oven were either burning off essential cannabinoids or failing to activate them entirely. She was done wasting her material.

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Ardent CEO and Founder, Shanel Lindsay smiles as she showcases the Nova
CEO & Founder of Ardent, Shanel Lindsay, proudly holds one of the first ever Nova devices.

The Nova, Ardent’s flagship device, was invented to meet the need for precision decarboxylation, and has done amazing things for patients and cannabis consumers around the globe by completely streamlining the activation process by bringing a lab-grade device into the home. A one-touch system, the Nova uses a proprietary thermal blanket and dual sensors for precision decarboxylation and infusion, so you use far less material and stretch your supply further. It has also become a great resource for home growers and those living in discreet housing situations. An upfront investment that quickly pays for itself and makes life a lot easier, Nova helps any consumer or mmj patient on their wellness journey!

(2020) The Ardent FX releases and sits side-by-side with her sister product, the Nova.

The Nova decarboxylator was joined by big little sister, the Ardent FX, in 2020. Keeping the same goals in mind, with an upgraded, modern twist, the FX brought all-in-one portable cannabis cooking capabilities to the scene. 

Here’s how our two devices compare:

Nova Decarboxylator & Infuser

Nova key features

Decarb Capabilities: Easily activate THCA with the press of a button. Achieve over 97% activation of plant material in every cycle. Also activates CBD to over 85% activation.

Fits: Up to an ounce of plant material at a time – perfect for single-consumption households. No minimum amount required!

Infusion Capabilities: Infuse small batches of butter, ghee, and oils like coconut, MCT, extra virgin olive oil, avocado, and more. Use the Nova’s Concentrate and Infusion Sleeve for mess-free infusions inside the unit.

Baking Capabilities: Personal sized cakes can be made in the Nova, either following your own recipe, box, or using our Cloud Cake Sampler Kit

Dishwasher Safe: No. Please hand wash the Nova’s inner canister between uses, making sure it’s thoroughly dry before each use.

How much does it cost?

Price: $260

Buy: Here

Nova Accessories: (New) Nova Lifter, Concentrate & Infusion Sleeve

Ardent FX

Ardent FX key features

Decarb Capabilities: Two different activation settings for full activation of all cannabinoids: A1 setting to decarb THCA and A2 for CBD. Achieve over 97% activation of plant material in every cycle. 

Fits: Nearly 4x the capacity of the Ardent Nova. Up to 4 ounces of plant material.  No minimum amount required!

Infusion Capabilities: Yes! Press the device’s “infuse” setting to effortlessly combine decarbed material with butter, ghee, or oils like coconut, MCT, extra virgin olive oil, avocado, and more. Use the FX’s Concentrate and Infusion Sleeve for mess-free infusions inside the unit. To strain, use the Infusion Press, which replaces the FX lid after decarb, and allows you to easily separate the usable material from the raffinate. If you prefer higher infusion temp, you can also infuse using the A1 setting. 

Baking Capabilities: Yes! Use the Bake setting to cook mini cakes, loaves, pies, tarts, and other sweet treats, along with beans, pasta, and other savory favorites directly inside the FX. 

Dishwasher Safe? Yes! Remove the FX from its power base, and either toss it in the dishwasher or wash the unit by hand. 

How much does it cost?

Price: $350

Buy: Here

FX Accessories: (New) Infusion Press, (New) FX Lifter, Infusion Sleeve

Both the Nova and the FX are discreet appliances that blend in seamlessly with your other kitchen gadgets.

Each device is equipped with Ardent’s patented technology for full activation of cannabinoids to easily create cannabis and hemp foods, tinctures, capsules, topicals, and more – dosed, flavored, and served your way.

Which Device is Best for Me?

The biggest difference between the FX and Nova is the size of the units. If you are someone who likes to make their own edibles frequently, and will typically be working with stronger infusions, thus requiring more material, the FX would be the best choice for you. If you are someone who likes to make edibles, but typically makes smaller batches and strengths, the Nova will likely be a better fit for you.


Stop spending your hard earned money on pre-packaged edibles and topicals – make your own with plenty of leftovers for your headstash. You will make less trips to the dispensary with Ardent technology. Shop the full suite of Ardent technology, accessories, and kits on our website.