Thanks for all the input and recommendations. I didn't realize there were so many different 1911 available. I have to look at the various websites on a desktop. Phone is too small and I want to open up different tabs to compare. Then last night I was on YT and 2011 popped up. I hope that doesn't add to the cluster of options.
If you already decided on .45ACP, that eliminates a good number of models.
If you've set a budget, that also thins out the pool of options.
The last "category" to decide upon, as Drck100 said, is frame size. That will dictate the max number of rounds you can have per mag.
Since this is a 1911 discussion, I'd avoid mixing in 2011, mini-1911, and other variants. You already decided on 1911. No sense in bringing every other .45ACP, 9mm, .22LR, .357Sig and 10mm that looks like a 1911 into the already huge list of choices. Unless, of course, you hadn't already considered other variants. If you go that route, you're going to make the choice that much more difficult.
Once you have the 3 1911 categories nailed down: caliber, frame and price, there is one other thing to consider. Do you have to have new, or is used/pre-owned an option? In today's crazy market, you might not be able to find what you want new at all. Retailers are sold out of many models and may take months or a year to fill an order placed today. If you do find what you want, it may only be on Gun Broker and at more than MSRP.
If you do happen to find a good deal on a used 1911, it may still be close to MSRP, simply due to limited supply and high demand. Good deals will be few and far between unless you're lucky and move on it quickly.
I recommend you make a list of the 1911s you would actually buy at MSRP or below. Then watch for that gun to be available at a store, online, at Gun Broker or in the classifieds. Many people (me) are taking advantage of the high market prices to divest ourselves of guns we bought on impulse and can now get back at least close to what we have invested in them. It's a seller's market for the most part.
So, make that list. Then make another of brands and models you'd like to get if the price is right. You might stumble on "the sale of the decade" and score a much nicer 1911 for just a bit more cash.
Making lists will keep you focused on a small, manageable pool of options, and it'll help you "pull the trigger" if you find a great price on one of your listed guns.
I always have one gun I'm looking to buy. If I find it, and the price is better than I've seen it before, I usually buy it. Until then, it keeps me from impulse purchases of other guns. That, and the fact my safe is too full for more guns!