Although Choice recommendations are Choice recommendations, it often pays to read why one is recommended and another that couild even have a higher score might not be. Those differences could be important to you, or your personal priorities could be different from Choice's. Choice freely suggests to have a look based on the various criteria they publish to make a short list.
Last comment is the machines Choice selects to test are reasonably based on 'the market' (sales/popularity). It could well be you can find an excellent low cost machine that has not been tested. How to know? Other sites such as productreview (not as credible as Choice), or perhaps by having a superior warranty.