645 of 665 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 2012
I bought the Breville Halo Fryer a few days ago.
I had read all the reviews on Amazon.
After being a lover of the actifry, but had to admit although they do what they say the actifry is badly designed.
So I as my last Actifry had just gone in the bin, I decided to give the Breville a try.
The Breville arrived and it was well packed as expected.
Once out of the box I noticed that compared to the Actifry it was more solidly built.
The materials used where of better standard and quality.
The Breville looks smart and although is a bit larger than the Actifry, i like the look of this machine.
After reading the instructions I decided to cook some chips with real potatoes not frozen.
I placed my chips in the Breville after rinsing them and patting them dry.
I put in the required amount of oil.
Set the timer and off it started.
No problem at first, but within a couple of minutes, the paddle began to stall, it was struggling to push the chips around.
I took the chips out and put them back in again, ensuring the paddle was place inside properly, but still had the same problem. In the end I had to take out the paddle and let the chips cook without the paddle.
This meant that every few minutes i had to open the machine and shake the chips to ensure they were cooked evenly.
The chips in my opinion were far better than the ones out of my old Actifry.
I have now contacted Amazon who are sending out a replacement. I am hoping that the one I have is faulty and the replacement will work fine.
I will post an update when I have tried the new machine.
UPDATE AFTER REPLACEMENT RECEIVED.
well i was expecting better.
The new Breville Halo arrived. i was hoping that the first one was faulty.
It seems that this is not the case.
The paddle still seems to be the problem.
I tried to do chips again, but they started to turn to mush or mash very quickly.
So I decided to try parsnips, which I think are a bit more robust.
in they went and within a minute or two the paddle could not cope. this was not a mass amount of parsnips, this was one parsnip cut into strips. if you like mush chips and mush veg, then this is the machine for you. i prefer my chips to look like chips and my roast parsnips to resemble roast parsnips.
So here is my verdict.
Pros & Cons for both machines.
I will start with the Actifry.
1. Smaller and less bulky than the Breville
2. Does actually cook chips and veg without turning them into mash
3. Takes approx 20 mins to cook proper chips
4. The material used to make this machine is in my opinion is cheap and substandard
The lid has a tendency to break off at either the opening catch or the fixing which attaches it to the machine,
The paddle after a few months becomes brittle and will break.
The rubber under the paddle disintegrates
The lid which is supposed to let you look at you food cooking, distorts in colour, making viewing hard.
All the above said the machine does cook the food properly.
Now to the Breville.
1. Bulkier than the Actifry.
2 a more solid machine very robust.
3. Materials used are in my opinion far superior apart from the paddle.
4. Actually takes approx 30 mins to cook real chips.
5. The only problem I see with this machine is that for some reason they have skimped on the paddle. A child could have designed it better. I for one can see where the problem is. The paddle does not need the long black piece of plastic it sits on. No use or purpose.
If the paddle was independent to the machine then it would work fine in my opinion.
So the decision is yours.
My comments to the manufacturers
I for one will be going back to the Actifry, not because it is better quality because it is not, shame on you Tefal, but because it works. Although replacement parts are expensive.
Tefal you need to ask yourselves why you need to supply replacements parts, could it be that the material you are using is of poor quality. I rest my case.
Why on earth have you made such a robust machine with a substandard paddle. Maybe you were trying to get a piece of the action to early. . You should have waited until you sorted out the paddle.
Again ladies and gentlemen. The choice is yours.
I hope this helped.
I decided as I said above to go back to the Actifry, but not the 1kg Actifry the family Actifry 1.5kg. The more expensive model.
See my review on the 1.5kg Actifry.
196 of 206 people found the following review helpful
on 29 June 2012
Great alternative to my actifry which as predicted, broke after one year's intensive useage. I miss my actifry but decided to give the Halo a go and I'm very pleased. It cooks in the same way but is a bit easier to clean AND you can take out the paddle for cooking delicate food like Salmon*. *This is what I've heard, I only ever cook chips in it to be honest and I use fry lite instead of oil for even lower fat chips. Cooks oven chips to perfection without having burnt bits / raw bits (you can go off and watch telly and forget about them). Great for dieters, have lost 7 1/2 stone with slimming world and this is perfect for syn free chips.
I know it's expensive BUT you can't put a price on your health!
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
The Breville Halo Health Fryer is an oddity in a way, in asmuch as it's not immediately obvious why you need to have one. It's not like a microwave oven because it's too slow, and it's not like a normal oven because it's too small. For anyone who already has a normal oven and a microwave, then, it might be difficult to justify adding this to their cooking appliance list.
But it does have one trick up its sleeve: low-fat cooking. For anyone who places healthy cooking high on their list of priorities, this device deserves consideration. Slightly odd, then, that the instruction manual seems to place chips at the top of the food chain and receives prime positioning in the range of recipes. That being the case, I thought I would compare the health benefits of McCain oven chips against traditional peeled-potato chips cooked in the Halo. There's not a huge saving in monetary terms; 1kg of oven chips cost about £1.70, while 1kg of Tesco Finest White potatoes currently cost around 67p, so in very simple terms you'll save £1 on a weight-for weight basis. You wouldn't buy this cooker to save money, at least not very much to make the outlay worthwhile. But oven chips contain about 5% fat compared to a raw potato's 0.2%, which is a significant difference - 25 times more or thereabouts. The cooking process requires very little oil too, and to compare it with deep-fried chip-shop chips the differences and benefits would be huge. I wasn't mad keen on the taste of the chips, although everyone who tried them said they were 'quite nice'. Not very crispy, and soft and squidgey on the inside - vaguely like a roast potato I suppose. I'd have to say that I prefer oven chips for taste, but would acknowledge that they won't be as good for you as chips cooked in the Breville Halo.
It did a very good job with bacon however; in fact given the choice of the three options to hand - microwave, frying pan or the Halo - I would definitely choose this halogen cooker because it's fast, convenient and once again feels healthier. Much the same can be said of a jacket potato, although the one-hour cooking time was disappointing. For the patient however, the results are very good, even if the potato did get slightly burned in one place probably due to the manual advising removal of the rotating stirrer.
One of its obvious drawbacks is size. It's not possible to put a chicken inside, for example, although you can certainly cook chicken fillets. I keep on coming to the conclusion that this device is best suited to a one- or two-person household, because although several of the supplied recipes are for four people, it seems unlikely that a family of four could depend on it day in, day out.
A mixed bag of results, then. It doesn't do anything a normal or microwave oven can do, and it's not a huge money-saver either. It's primary benefit is low-fact cooking, and in this regard it does have the others beaten for some food products and certain types of cooking.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 May 2014
Will update if I get any joy but so far I've followed all the instructions and the end results are just unedible.
The resultant chips taste exactly like they would if you'd stuck a load of potato in the oven for 45 minutes. Except they're mashed up as well.
The paddle idea is awful. It doesnt mix the chips around as intended it just piles them up and mashes them. End result is there are lots of little bits that burn. So you get a pile of roasted mush with little black burnt crumbs.
Tried 3 different types of potatoes, different sizes, soaking in water, drying etc. So far initial thoughts are £70 for this rubbish!
Tried multiple types of fresh potato. Tried frozen chips. End result the same. Total rubbish.
Worse kitchen appliance I've ever bought. Its going back.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 May 2013
I have had 3 Actifrys (burn out literally once the yrs warranty expires!?) this Halo by far beats them as it can do a lot more and is stronger - much better lid for starters!
I tend to leave out the propeller as cooks perfectly without it so nice to have choice of both ways :))
Bowl is better as no hole like the Actifrys so no mess and delicate things such as fish etc can go on grill rack (another thing Actifrys can't be used for cooking as breaks up everything !!)
Buy a Halo and make dinner time a pleasure as fast cooking and easy to clean!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 22 December 2012
Well I initially looked at the Tefal ActiFry, but after reading several reviews and becoming aware of how many people's had caught fire and/or started smoking, that definitely put me off! I wanted a reasonably priced alternative and I didn't fancy the Philips one, so that left the Breville Halo and the choice was definitely the right one, for me.
I'm not a fan of conventional deep-frying. The thought of using a chip pan on an electric hob is not comforting to me, and deep-fat fryers are both unhealthy and in my opinion more hazardous than I'd like to risk. I'm pregnant too, so I wanted a much healthier option, that wouldn't leave me feeling guilty if I fancied the odd plate of chips :) the main reason the Halo appealed to me was the tiny amount of oil needed for 'homemade' chips and none at all for frozen items.
My first impression on unpacking the Halo was how much bigger it was than I was expecting, and where on earth would I put it on my worksurface?! Fortunately it slotted in to a (large) corner I had spare, and the thing is light enough that I can move it around the kitchen when I want to use it (the plug doesn't reach a socket from where I store it in my kitchen) without spraining my arms. It's just a big old piece of kit! It doesn't look unattractive however, and blends with the neutral whites-and-greys of my kitchen nicely.
The thing is a breeze to use, absolute childsplay. There is so little to get wrong! You simply plug it in, set a time with the timer button, which rises in increments of minute-by-minute, press the 'on/off' button and away you go! The interior illuminates so you can see the contents as they cook, although when the Halo reaches temperature, it switches the internal light on and off from time to time and keeps the temperature even. Which is actually a great energy saver, as it uses about 1KW when the light is lit, and it's heating up, and that drops to around 200w when the light extinguishes. The timer beeps a handful of times when your set time is reached and the item has finished cooking, and that's it. All you have to do is press the lid open button on the front, take out the rotating paddle (it's got a handle on it so you never have to touch hot plastic), and slot the supplied handle over the bowl to lift the bowl and the contents out of the fryer.
First impressions of the cooked food? Great! I've really missed homemade chips and now I can have them again, without worrying about steaming hot oil all over the place and the laborious task of cleaning out fryers. The paddle constantly spreads and moves the chips around the non-stick bowl so they cook evenly the whole way through. Unlike some other reviewers, I have not found the paddle breaks up the chips at all. I don't overfill the bowl and I don't cut my chips wafer thin, but then I don't cut them super-thick either. I have only used normal, unglamorous, Asda-own white potatoes so far and they have cooked perfectly. As a rough guide, for the bowl supplied to be half full of chips, this will take around 35 minutes to cook. It uses less electricity than my oven and cooks the chips in around about the same time it takes to cook oven chips in the oven, so I've no complaints. The chips come out of the fryer crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, and taste good. My partner says they taste like 'healthy chips', but this is the whole point for me, I don't want them dripping in grease! They still taste great, and the Halo genuinely does use a spoonful of oil to cook homemade chips.
Cleaning the fryer afterwards is really straightforward. The bowl and handle and the paddle are all washed up in the sink; the actual fryer really needs no wiping at all, except with a piece of kitchen roll on the element inside and a light wipe over the lid with a damp cloth. Done! No yucky grease to scrape away from everything and it doesn't stink of chip fat!
As for cooking sausages in the Halo, some reviewers have said the Halo breaks/mashes them up when you cook them. I have not found this. You have to take the paddle out to cook sausages and meat, and put it on the supplied grill rack instead. The instruction book clearly states this, and instead of the paddle swirling the food around, in this instance you turn it manually once or twice. This is a reassuringly straightforward process. The Halo actually cooks sausages better than my oven does! The grill rack can be placed upside down or right way up so the food is closer or further away from the element as required, so things don't get burned.
All in all I am incredibly impressed with the halo, my only tiny gripes are it's rather cumbersome size (which can't be helped I guess) and the fact that the paddle is not non-stick and probably would have been better for it, as it's not as easy to clean as the fabulous non-stick bowl is. That is all I can think of to mention! It's perfect otherwise and the best £100 I've spent in a long time! One very happy customer right here :)
83 of 95 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2012
I have always owned an actifry and use mainly for chips but after having two thought may try this halo as looked better. When first used it was lovely and quiet and was really impressed as actifry is noisier, but I was very dissapointed whne chips were finished after the 30 mins of cooking time, some were still raw and some were completely broken up and paddle was all gunged up with potato, I followed all instructions for chip size etc.
I tried it again the enxt day and chips were the same but this time the paddle kept getting stuck and making a awful noise, which meant I had to empty contents and start again which I had to do twice before it finally decided to work although the chips came out as before in a mushy mess.
I decided to email breville and ask if there was a problem with the fryers that they were aware of, they just steered me back to amazon who I bought it off and never answered my question.
I returned the product and had a replacement hoping that the first one was just faulty, well it wasnt as the second one does excatly the same and I spend the first 5 mins of cooking time having to release the stuck paddle, so this one is going back too, I am going to have a refund and go back to an actifry.
109 of 126 people found the following review helpful
The Breville is an impressive looking piece of equipment, a fair size you need a bit of space for it, bigger than a normal chip fat fryer.
I have used a standard Halo oven (cheap brand), It is in our caravan and works superbly well, I thought if the Breville was half as good it would be superb
First thing we tried was chips as they are the perfect bench mark to show how good it is, the best thing is the Halo has a paddle which keeps the food moving so they are cooked evenly.
You then place them in to a bowl with a half table spoon of vegetable oil, using you fingers or spoon mix the chips so they are covered with the oil, then you set the fryer to approximately 20 minutes, the fryer then quietly cooks them, the paddle keeps the cooking even, unlike some other fryers where you need to shake them during cooking, first results were okay, the more try's you have the better they got, both fresh spuds and frozen chips cooked very well, after our fourth attempt they were very impressive, the chips were evenly cooked, and just the right crispness, they reminded me a little of oven chips as you don't get any soaked in fat.
I am a vegetarian and use a lot of the meat substitute products such as the veggie sausages and burgers, these cooked very well in the fryer, better than grilling or normal frying, found Quorn cooked cooked better than I have ever tried, I'm not that keen on the Quorn fillets but this cooked it in a way that made it fall apart, lovely.
Big saving on the oil, we tend to buy a quality oil rather than the cheapest as you don't use much and it goes along way, plus the health benefits are massive.
The best thing is the fryer was still very clean afterwards, no fat to get rid of.
It includes a roasting rack to cook delicate items such as fish, a measuring spoon and cooking guide with recipes
I am very impressed and equally pleased with the Halo-fryer, only grumble is its big and needs a fair bit of space.
A great product from a company that makes quality items that do what they say they will.
121 of 140 people found the following review helpful
If you are thinking of investing in a health fryer then this Breville model will certainly be a strong contender. The Halo Health Fryer offers all the essential features most potential purchasers will be looking for: firstly a device which is easy to use with clear instructions. Secondly, one which is very easy to clean so that you don't spend more time washing it than cooking with it. Thirdly and most importantly this machine gives you the rich, full flavour of fried food with a minimum of oil. The claim that you only need one spoon of oil is true and the food that emerges at the end of the cooking process is dry in the best sense of the word with no oil or fat clinging to the food. So far we have cooked chicken, fish and chips all with great success although apparently you can also do things like baked potatoes in it. If you have people in the family with health issues like high cholesterol or diabetes like we do, then this really does open up the possibility of enjoying foods that seemed lost to you. However, everyone can benefit from the taste and lower fat content food that can be prepared in this fryer. To give you some idea of cooking times, a serving of chips for 3 or 4 people will take 30 minutes to cook-not particularly fast, but well worth waiting for if the chips are as good as this. Over the years, we have bought many kitchen gadgets and quite a lot are now gathering dust in the back of cupboards-not this one though. This is a device which will become a regular feature of our kitchen equipment and if you are looking at the price tag and wondering if you will get your money's worth from it, then you can buy with confidence on this occasion. Recommended.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 1 November 2013
My Mum bought this Health Fryer for my birthday as she knows how I try to have a healthy life style. Well I can say the Breville Halo Health Fryer is wonderful. It cooks food really well with very little oil needed and the end result is great. Homemade chips are crunchy in the out side and light and fluffy on the inside. Fish is moist when cooked and my roast potatoes and other veg have so much flavor. I would recommend the Breville Halo Health Fryer to any one that want's great testing with the smallest amount of oil needed. The Halo Health Fryer is also very easy to clean and very quiet when working. Really love my Halo. Thanks to Breville for making it and Mum for getting it for me.