Breville Halo Plus Health Fryer Review
The Breville Halo+ Health Fryer VDF105 offers a healthy way to cook chips and a variety of other delicious food. This Halo+ fryer needs just half a spoonful of cooking oil to cook a bowlful of fresh chips. If you’re cooking oven chips or frozen food, no oil is needed at all. It features a tilt function and non-stick bowl which continuously rotates for even cooking. The Halo+ is one of the fastest health fryers available.
Breville VDF105 Halo Plus Specification Review
Colour: White and Green
Product dimensions: 39.8cm x 31cm x 32cm
Power: 1400 watts
Item weight: 4.5kg
Cooking capacity: 1.2kg
Auto-shut off: Yes
Fan assisted dual heat
This page on average receives over 1000 monthly readers who end up here to read our in-depth review of the Breville Halo Plus fryer. It’s one of the most popular fryers we’ve ever reviewed – and for good reasons too (more on those below).
My first health fryer was driven by my personal need to eat more healthily and lose weight. Sadly, I wasted my hard earned money (£39.99 in fact) on a “no brand” air fryer which stopped working after 2 months. It was then that I decided to research the best health fryer models available and write my own reviews of them here to inform people like you who may be looking to buy. I’ve now owned my Breville Halo Plus fryer for 3 years and it’s been one of the best kitchen appliances I’ve ever bought – I just wouldn’t be without it today.
With the Halo Plus, you’ll be able to cook healthy AND tasty food for all the family, much faster than using a conventional oven. Just beware of the cheap, inferior air fryers you may have seen on the high street. We only review the best and most trusted brands on HealthFryers.com and Breville are high on our approved list.
Introducing Breville and the Halo Plus
Breville have been an innovator of kitchen appliances in the UK for over 30 years, so it’s no surprise to see a health fryer from them in our health fryer 2018 line up. This particular model was launched in June 2014 and has proved a popular choice among health conscious consumers.
Reasons to Buy
The Breville Halo Plus is a versatile, budget friendly and futuristic looking health fryer which has been getting rave reviews from those who have made the smart decision towards a healthier diet. You can now enjoy your favourite foods, cooked in a far healthier way, using just ½ spoonful of cooking oil.
In terms of look and appearance, the Halo Plus has a white, green and black plastic outer casing, with a transparent viewing window. Ventilation grills are location on the rear and side of the unit. The unit weighs 4.5KG and dimensions are 39.8 x 31 x 32 cm. If you are thinking of positioning this fryer on a worktop below a cupboard, be aware that you’ll need about 52 centimetres of clearance to allow the lid to be lifted up.
Cook your food faster
This model cooks 28% faster than the previous Halo model and there’s a dual heat function, non-stick rotating bowl and tilt mechanism too for evenly cooked food every time. All removable parts are dishwasher safe so cleaning is easy and convenient.
What do you get in the box?
In the box, you’ll find:
- 1 x Breville Halo+ Fryer
- 1 x Non-stick bowl
- 1 x Bowl handle
- 1 x Roasting rack
- 1 x Measuring spoon (for the oil)
- 1 x Instruction booklet featuring cooking guide & recipe ideas
There is a 75 minute digital countdown timer and a common question is how long does it take to cook chips? In our tests, we cooked 600g of frozen thick cut chips in 30 minutes, although if you prefer your chips to be dark and crispy then we recommend another 10 minutes, so 40 minutes in total.
One concern some buyers have about health fryers is the noise when cooking. You will find all health fryers in this category do have an ‘operational noise’ but it’s no worse than the sound of a microwave. We did notice that the Halo Plus was slightly quieter than all of the Tefal range of fryers.
Free Recipe Book Included!
Getting started with your Halo Plus is made simpler by the cooking guide and recipe ideas book which comes included in the box. This will help get your first health fryer cooked meal on the table.
If you’re watching your waistline and budget, then you’ll pleased to know the Halo Plus is a economic and healthier alternative to take-away food and deep fat frying. With this model, you can roast, sauté and fry, giving you a versatile range of meals for all the family.
There’s a generous 1.2KG capacity bowl which we estimate can serve 4 to 5 people.
We liked the dual heat feature. There is a fan assisted instant heat source, so you don’t have to wait for the fryer to warm up – you can start cooking straightaway, saving you time and getting your food on the table faster!
The Halo Plus also comes with a roasting rack, allowing you to grill foods such as bacon, fish or chicken.
Can I buy on Amazon?
Yes you can and as we are affiliated to Amazon, you can use the links from this site to go straight to the Breville Halo Plus product page.
Breville Halo Health Fryer vs Tefal Actifry
It’s a fair comparison to make as each fryer is a popular choice amongst UK consumers and are roughly the same price. What we did noticed was the Breville was slightly easier to clean than than the Actifry and from an aesthetics point of view, the Breville also has a better look (in our opinion).
Can I buy at Argos?
Yes you can, but we found the best price on Amazon and with next day delivery (Prime), there’s no need to leave the house.
Can I buy at Curry’s?
Yes you can, but in our experience, their store checker isn’t always accurate, so you could have a wasted trip. We recommended Amazon!
Can I buy at Asda?
Yes you can but save yourself a trip and use Amazon!
Is it available in black?
No. White and Green only we’re afraid, but it does look good!
Has the black model been reviewed?
No, we’ve reviewed the white and green model. Apart from colour, both are exactly the same.
What’s the best price?
The reason we love Amazon is because of their amazing low prices. At the time of writing, the current prices for the Breville Halo Plus are:
Amazon – click here for latest Amazon price
Argos – £99
John Lewis – not stocked
Debenhams £99 + delivery
Asda – not stocked
Currys – not stocked
Can it cook battered fish?
Yes it does. (no oil needed either)
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Where can I buy spare parts?
You can contact Breville UK here: http://www.breville.co.uk/get-in-touch
Can it cook chips?
Yes it can (and they’re delicious too!)
Is it a deep fat chip fryer?
No it uses circulating hot air and minimal oil.
Does it have a 1 Litre capacity?
Capacity for this model is measured in kilograms. It has 1.25KG capacity – enough for the whole family.
Is it available in white?
Yes it is, and it looks great!
Is there a cookbook?
Yes there is. There’s a instructional cooking guide and recipe ideas booklet included.
What are the cooking times?
Cooking times varying depending on what you’re cooking but here is a guide of popular items:
1kg chips – 40 minutes
chicken drumsticks – 25 minutes
chicken nuggets – 10 minutes
Can I buy at Debenhams?
Yes you can, but we found they have limited stock so check before travelling. Alternatively, order at Amazon.
Is there a demo I can watch?
We don’t film our reviews or demos yet, but there’s a video of the Halo Plus further up the page. Hope that helps.
What are the dimensions?
Here are the dimensions: 39.8 x 31 x 32 cm and it weighs 4.5KG
Can I buy on eBay?
Yes you can but there are many private sellers on there who may not give you the same level of service as Amazon.
Is there a forum for owners?
Not that we know of, sorry.
Can I cook frozen chips?
Yes you can cook frozen chips, no oil needed either for these.
How to use – Instruction manual?
Full instructions on how to use the Halo Plus can be found in the box. There is an instruction manual included.
Can I buy at John Lewis?
Yes you can buy at John Lewis, but for the best price, we found Amazon to offer the best deal.
Is there any noise?
Yes there is a slight background hum, but nothing to worry about. Most of the noise generated is from the built in fan which is used to regulate the temperature.
What is the power consumption?
The unit is rated 1400w. Hope that helps.
What is the price?
We don’t list prices on the site as they change daily. For the latest price, head over to Amazon to check.
Where can I buy a replacement bowl?
Try contacting Breville: http://www.breville.co.uk/get-in-touch
Can I cook roast potatoes?
Yes you can cook roast potatoes. 25 minutes fresh or 40 minutes frozen.
Can I buy at Sainsburys?
Yes you can buy at Sainsburys, but for the best price, we found Amazon to offer the best deal.
Can I cook sausages?
Yes sausages cook fine in the Halo Plus. If they are lean sausages then add a little oil to cook.
Is it Slimming World approved?
We’re not sure about any official endorsement or approval from Slimming World but anything that means healthier food you eat must be a good thing for any slimming organisation!
Customers mention three words regularly in their reviews of the Halo Plus: Versatile, Easy and Fast. They also love how you cook great tasting foods but without the guilt of calorie intake, thanks to the minimal amount of oil required.
The colour scheme of the Halo Plus isn’t to everyone’s taste, but if healthy, great tasting food is more important than aesthetics, then this won’t be a problem.
Something you notice when you read the reviews left on Amazon is how owners like to experiment with cooking different foods using the Halo Plus. You’ll find reports of cooking Quorn burgers, pizza, chilli and lots more! Owning a Halo Plus fryer really will give you lots of options for delicious meals for you and the family.
The Breville Halo Plus is an affordable and excellent addition to any kitchen. If you don’t mind the colour scheme which we understand won’t be to everyone’s taste, then this fryer will give you plenty of healthy meal options at a price which is within the reach of most budgets. For faster cooking times, consider the upgrade which is the Breville Halo+ VDF122 Duraceramic, reviewed by us here.