What is the best IPFS JS client?

Is ipfs-http-client still the best client to use? With Helia and Kubo evolving, will this client library still work or is it targeted for deprecation and replacement?

I am building an app that uses IPFS for data storage. I have played some with the Helia examples to create and retrieve text and Unix FSManager which are very nice examples. I don’t want to create a helia node instance in the client but rather connect to an already running IPFS node instance. Is this possible with the Helia lib or should I stick with using the ipfs-http-client library?

How did you create the Helia Node, total beginner here btw. Does helia import the same way js-ipfs does?