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Breville VDF065 Halo Health Fryer, 1 Kg, 1200 Watt - White
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- Requires only one spoon of oil--99.5% less than a 3 litre standard fryer
- Removable paddle and non-stick rotating bowl give even browning and crispy results
- Use with or without the paddle to fry, cook, bake, sauté and roast
- Double action cooking method means there's no need to preheat
- Includes reversible roasting rack to cook delicate items such as fish, measuring spoon and cooking guide with recipes
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The Breville Halo Health Fryer
Heavenly good cooking, with just one spoon of oil--or none
What if you could fry chips and other food using just one spoon of oil? Or no oil at all?
Imagine how much fat you could cut while still enjoying the full flavours of your favourite comfort foods.
The Breville VDF065 Halo Health Fryer presents the healthier way to fry chips and cook a wide range of ‘heavenly good’ food. This health fryer includes a halogen-heating element and rotating bowl with paddle, as well as a reversible roasting rack.
From spring rolls to chicken korma, fresh fish to crispy chips, satisfy your taste buds today
So, just what can you do with the Halo?
The Halo uses just one spoon of oil when required. That’s 99.5% less oil than a standard 3 litre fryer. Plus, it uses no oil whatsoever when cooking oven chips and frozen foods.
The bowl design and removable paddle allow for complete versatility to cook not only chips, but even more delicate foods such as fish. The Halo caters for fresh or frozen foods, coated or uncoated chicken and fish, crispy chips, succulent chops, tasty spring rolls and spicy samosas. Creamy chicken korma or a hearty red wine sausage casserole can also be prepared. You can even cook mouth-watering sausages, homemade burgers or steak.
Use the Breville Halo Fryer’s roasting rack to cook smaller, delicate foods such as fish, sausage or roast chicken.
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Rotating paddle, convection heat and roasting rack make cooking simple
The raised position of the element allows heat to radiate, producing crispy, golden chips.
Seasoning, herbs and spices can be added while cooking or afterwards. Plus, the unit is fan-assisted, so the convection heat is distributed throughout the bowl--meaning food is cooked quickly and evenly.
The Halo also has a rotating paddle, which cleverly turns ingredients. This eliminates the need to manually shake and turn food.
The paddle can also be removed to cook more delicate items such as fish and chicken or to steam puddings.
You'll also get a reversible roasting rack, which raises the food and allows excess oil to drain off. This works great for sausages or a small roast chicken, for example.
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With instant heating, the Halo is ready to cook when you are
No pre-heat time is required. The halogen element provides an instant heat source. The element also illuminates the bowl’s interior, so you can easily view the cooking progress.
Easy-to-use digital controls allow you to time cooking and monitor the countdown. When cooking is complete, the Halo automatically turns off and beeps to alert you. The cool-touch handle clips to the bowl, allowing you to simply remove the bowl and serve immediately.
The Halo is as easy to clean as it is to cook with. Once cool, the inner bowl, paddle and roasting rack can be easily removed and cleaned in the dishwasher. The lid can be wiped clean.
As a bonus, you also get a recipe book filled with ideas for tasty starters, main meals and desserts. You’ll find the recipe book inside the Halo’s instruction booklet.
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We purchased the Breville Halo Fryer thinking that we would get better results and although the results were initially better than cooking homemade chips in the oven, there were a number of issues with this product.
As mentioned by other reviewers, the design of the paddle results in the chips occasionally becoming trapped in the mechanism. We didn't find this caused the paddle to stop moving around, however did result in the chips becoming a bit damaged and mashed up at times. This doesn't appear to be a fault, but simply a design flaw.
For those who purchase this item and think that its fault as soon as the halogen light goes out – this is normal. Halogen oven's tend to turn off when they get to a certain temperature as they get hot quick and keep their heat well. So don't be alarmed if your device starts turning off and on again from time to time.
We initially found that the chips were cooked well, the preparation time was probably similar to having to part boil homemade chips and then placing them in the oven. They tasted much nicer however and tasted very healthy and not stodgy at all.
If you get one of these and it works, there is a massive list of things you can cook in this device. You can cook chips, sausages, chicken, nachos and loads more!
Unfortunately after a few uses, we found the product didn't seem to be getting up to temperature. Chips were still raw after an hour and even cooking things like nachos, we found the cheese wasn't very melted. We took it back to the retailer we purchased it from who had sold out due to them selling it £50 cheaper than Amazon. We could have swapped it for the Tefal Actifry, however it was a good £30 or so more, so we decided to take a refund.
Our intention now is just to go for a simply halogen oven. From what I can tell the technology is exactly the same, it just doesn't have a moving paddle and you can pick them up significantly cheaper! Looking at reviews online it appears you can cook chips perfectly in these too.
Lastly, if you do buy one of these, keep in mind that they do take up a lot of room! We kept ours on our kitchen side, but we have a long run of units. I have read reviews of others saying they struggled to fit theirs in a cupboard, which I can belive because this is a beast of an item!
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.
I know it's expensive BUT you can't put a price on your health!
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