As of January 2016, Amazon.com customer reviewers give Meeco's Red Devil liquid soot remover 5 out of 5 stars and Speedy White fireplace cleaner 4.3 out of 5 stars. Home Depot customers give primarily positive ratings to Absorene dry cleaning soot sponges.
The Speedy White product is designed to remove soot from fireplace surfaces, including glass, stone and brick. Amazon.com customers praise the product's cleaning power, especially on glass, but warn that it should only be used in well-ventilated areas.
Absorene dry cleaning sponges are intended for use on surfaces that shouldn't get wet. Customer reviews from Home Depot say that the sponges work well on flat latex paints but leave streaks on other kinds of paint.