The Breville Halo Health Fryer Plus is the successor model to the Breville Halo Health Fryer. Breville says it cooks 28% faster than the original model.
Unlike the first model, however, it doesn’t have a paddle. It is therefore perhaps better classified as a countertop convection oven.
Some of the major changes they made from the original Halo were making the lid detachable for easier cleaning, and doing away with the paddle, about which there were a lot of complaints.
Heat: Halogen. There are two heat/cooking settings: one is top and bottom (oven-style) and the other is top only (grill)
Fan: Convection fan
Dimensions: 30cm tall x 29 cm wide by 39 cm deep
Capacity: Breville site says 1.75 kg (User manual says, though, “1.25kg of fresh chips or 1.0kg frozen chips.”)
Temperature: Fixed temperature. You control length of cooking time instead.
Timer: Digital. Up to 75 minutes. Auto shut-off. Beeps upon cooking completion. Countdown stops as soon as the lid is opened and resumes again when closed.
Colour: White with green accents
Other: Lid is removable for cleaning. The lid, the wire rack, and cooking pan are dishwasher safe. No on / off switch.
The bowl rotates, and the machine tilts. To tilt it, you pull out the green circle on the side of the fryer, then still holding it out, with your other hand tilt the machine forward. The small picture on the side circle will change from showing fish, to show chips / fries instead. Release the knob to lock the machine tilted forward.
When cooking chips / fries, cook them with the machine tilted forward to cause them to tumble. Some users suggest stopping cooking half way through just to give the chips a shake anyway.
Breville marketing says that a batch of chips can be made with 1/2 tablespoon of oil, but the user manual does concede that a full tablespoon may actually be needed for proper browning and crispness.
To cook something like a personal-size pizza in it, put the machine level, and put the wire rack into the cooking pan. The rack will then hold the pizza over the middle spindle, so that the spindle doesn’t pierce the pizza bottom.
Some users say the timer beep is too faint and doesn’t sound for long enough.
Some users say they find the green very bright for their kitchen decor.
There are no user replaceable parts. According to Breville, if anything in the machine fails, including the halogen bulb burning out, the machine as a whole must be returned for servicing.
Some users report that the lid, when you open it upright, doesn’t seem to want to stay upright / open on its own, that they have to hold it open with one hand. (The user manual says: “When your Halo+ Health Fryer is in the tilted position, the lid will not stay open on its own and may close unexpectedly. Always return the appliance to the level position before opening the lid.”)
Name: Breville UK
Phone: 0161 621 6900 or enquiriesEurope@jardencs.com
Manufacturer’s product web page: http://www.breville.co.uk/vdf105-halo-plus-health-fryer.html
For Breville Australia :
HWI Electrical Head Office Ph:02 93848100
Spare Parts Fax: 02 97001342
by post to:
Customer Service Manager
Locked Bag 1455
Botany NSW Australia
Manual: Yes. Halo Plus Manual is also online here.
Recipe booklet: Yes, second half of the user manual.